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Auburn University celebrates Arts and Humanities Month

 

Faculty, staff and students from the College of Liberal Arts kicked off Arts and Humanities Month 2013 on Oct. 1.

Faculty, staff and students from the College of Liberal Arts kicked off Arts and Humanities Month 2013 on Oct. 1.

Throughout the month of October, the College of Liberal Arts will celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month with performances, lectures, exhibitions and other special events to offer opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the community to experience the arts and humanities.

"Arts and humanities events are always happening on Auburn's campus and they're a really vibrant part of our culture," said Chloe Courtney, an art history and English literature double major in the College of Liberal Arts. "This is a great chance to bring that more to the forefront of campus life as a whole and especially to involve students who may not be aware otherwise."

Highlights of the celebration include the Auburn Writers Conference, Oct. 18-19, which will feature a tribute to alumna and best-selling author Anne Rivers Siddons, who has been named the inaugural winner of the Women's Leadership Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award; Auburn University Theatre productions of "On the Verge; or, The Geography of Yearning" and "All That Fosse"; film screenings, which are part of the college's Italian Film Festival and the Francophone Film Festival; numerous musical performances, art exhibits, and artist and researcher lectures.

Anthony Lee and Willie Wyatt Jr., Auburn’s first African-American undergraduate students, discussed their experiences related to the integration of Auburn University at one of the opening events for Arts and Humanities Month on Oct. 1.

Anthony Lee and Willie Wyatt Jr., Auburn's first African-American undergraduate students, discussed their experiences related to the integration of Auburn University at one of the opening events for Arts and Humanities Month on Oct. 1.

The college will hold a barbecue and kite-flying event on Wednesday, Oct. 16, on Cater Lawn. The event will feature performances by theatre students, a student brass quintet, an English student, and an Elvis impersonator who will sing, "Heartbreak Hotel" in honor of the college's CLA Reads book selection, Anne Rivers Siddons' "Heartbreak Hotel."

The month will close with a keynote presentation titled "Our Shared Humanities" by Christine Henseler on Friday, Oct. 25. Henseler is the chair of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department and professor of Spanish and Hispanic studies at Union College in New York. Henseler says her work in the "Humanities in Action Lab" focuses on "reaching beyond and across disciplines to better articulate the value of the arts and humanities in and of themselves and as applied to fields as varied as engineering, political science or medicine."

The College of Liberal Arts celebrates Arts and Humanities Month with a barbecue and kite-flying event featuring student performances on Cater Lawn.

The College of Liberal Arts celebrates Arts and Humanities Month with a barbecue and kite-flying event featuring student performances on Cater Lawn.

A panel of Auburn University College of Liberal Arts young alumni will also participate in the event to share how their liberal arts education has played a role in their professional lives.

"We decided to bring in a panel of alumni – one who graduated from history, one from philosophy, and one from art," said Giovanna Summerfield, associate dean for educational affairs in the College of Liberal Arts. "We brought together these, really, junior scholars, junior alumni, to inspire our current students who may be wondering, especially after reading article upon article about this perceived humanities crisis, 'What am I going to do with my degree?' to give them a sense that the liberal arts education offers a wide array of possibilities. These alumni are young, successful professionals in a variety of fields who have adapted the knowledge they acquired at Auburn in very different professional careers."

A complete schedule of Arts and Humanities Month events can be found at http://www.cla.auburn.edu/cah/programs/arts-humanities-month.

By Carol Nelson, Office of Communications & Marketing

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