1/30/06 Contact: Katie Wilder, 334/844-9999 (wildeka@auburn.edu)
David Granger, 34/844-9999 (grangdm@auburn.edu)


AUBURN - In celebration of its sesquicentennial, Auburn University has planned a year-long lecture series titled "Auburn Through the Years" to commemorate the university's storied history.

Beginning in February, the series includes 10 different lectures reflecting on periods of AU's history such as "Women at AU," "The WWII Era at Auburn" and "AU Desegregates" among others.

The series will serve as an opportunity for AU's alumni and friends to reminisce and share memories about the state's largest and oldest land-grant institution, said Jay Lamar, a member of the committee that planned the event.

"Auburn has such a rich and long history and we wanted to celebrate the traditions, vision and energies that have gone into making it what it is today," Lamar said.

AU will officially celebrate its sesquicentennial on Feb. 1, the 150th anniversary of the date when Alabama Gov. John A. Winston signed the charter establishing the East Alabama Male College.

The first nine lectures will be held in the Special Collections Room of the Ralph B. Draughon Library and are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. The final lecture will be held at the President's Mansion. The date and time of this lecture has not been set. The schedule is as follows:

  • February 23 - AU in the 1850s and 1860s - Ralph Draughon Jr
  • March 2 - Land Grant/Early Auburn - Wayne Flynt
  • March 14 - Women at AU - Leah Atkins
  • April 19 - AU vs UA - Anthony Donaldson
  • May 4 - The WWII Era at Auburn - David Alsobrook
  • September 12 - AU Desegregates - Marty Oliff and Harold Franklin
  • October 12 - Athletics at AU - David Housel
  • October 24 - Images of Auburn/AU - Jack Simms
  • November 9 - Auburn Serving the Community - Wayne Flynt
  • December (date to be determined) - AU's First Ladies and a History of the President's Mansion - Nell Richardson

In addition to the special lecture series, Lamar said many of AU's schools and colleges have also planned lectures throughout the year to not only reflect on their own accomplishments during the past 150 years but also to look to the future. For more information on AU's sesquicentennial celebration, visit www.auburn.edu/150.

Auburn University is a preeminent land-grant and comprehensive research institution with more than 23,000 students and 6,500 faculty and staff. Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally, Auburn is Alabama's largest educational institution, offering more than 230 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs.

(Contributed by Katie Wilder.)

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