Contact: Mark Wilson, (334) 844-4948 (wilsom3@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)


AUBURN - Historian and author Wayne Flynt will speak on “Auburn University Serving the Community” as AU’s Sesquicentennial Lecture Series continues at 4 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph B. Draughon Library.

As a land-grant institution, AU is charged with a mission of outreach and service, and faculty from all academic disciplines serve this mission as they extend the benefits of academic research to homes, families and businesses across the state.

Flynt, an AU professor emeritus of history, is the author of numerous books on state history including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated “Poor But Proud: Alabama’s Poor Whites.” He co-authored “Alabama: A History of a Deep South State,” a book also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book, “Alabama in the Twentieth Century,” was awarded the 2004 Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize. He has received the Lillian Smith Award for Non-Fiction, the Alabama Library Association Award for Non-Fiction, Outstanding Academic Book from the American Library Association and the James F. Sulzby, Jr. Book Award.

The lectures in this series, presented throughout its anniversary year, have highlighted Auburn’s history and heritage. The final lecture, a special holiday presentation on the history of the president’s home and Auburn University’s first ladies, will be presented by Nell Ruth Campbell Richardson at 2 p.m., on Dec. 7, at the President’s home.

All lectures are videotaped, and DVDs of past lectures may be checked out at the Ralph B. Draughon Library. Please contact the library for circulation information.

For more information on the series, go to http://www.auburn.edu/communications_marketing/150/lecture.html or call the Center for the Arts and Humanities at (334) 844-4946. The lectures are sponsored by the Auburn University Libraries, AU Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts, AU Outreach and the AU Sesquicentennial Committee.

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

(Contributed by Mark Wilson.)