Audience Public Upcoming Events

Ice Cream with the Dean

Fri, Aug 23, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Thach Concourse

Join the College of Liberal Arts for our annual Welcome Week event.  O-Town Ice Cream will be serving scoops on the Thach Concourse from 12pm - 2 pm.  Free and open to all students, faculty and staff. Hosted by the CLA Student Council.

For more information, contact Amy Shugart at (334) 844-2101 or aey0001@auburn.edu.

Economics Seminar Series

Fri, Aug 23, 2019
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Miller Hall 230

featuring Dr. John Zhu from Yale University

"Better Monitoring...Worse Productivity"

Abstract: Changing workplace demands are driving managers to collect more information and provide more feedback about worker performance than ever before. Despite obvious benefits, concerns persist about how all this information (much of which is non-contractible and must pass through discretionary feedback) might distort incentives. I highlight a better monitoring/worse outcome channel that speaks to these concerns. Some improvements to the informativeness of monitoring tempt managers to provide excessive negative feedback leading to overpunishment. Workers then refuse to accept contracts that do not severely constrain the size of the punishment threat. Without a serious punishment threat, effort and surplus decline.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tannista Banerjee at tzb0018@auburn.edu.

AU Philosophical Society Lecture

Fri, Aug 23, 2019
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Ross Hall 136

The AU Philosophical Society will host their first lecture of fall semester this Friday, August 23 at 3 pm in Ross Hall 136. The speaker is Mitch Green from the University of Connecticut. His talk is titled "On Silencing and Distorting."  Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tom Lockhart at tpl0002@auburn.edu.

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park Symposium

Sat, Aug 24, 2019
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Pebble Hill

This year’s symposium will celebrate the bicentennial of Alabama’s statehood with presentations focused on Alabama’s earliest historians and their insights into Creek Indian history, the Creek War, and the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.

Speakers will include Dr. Kathryn Braund, Hollifield Professor of Southern History at Auburn University; Dr. James Pate, professor emeritus at the University of West Alabama; Dr. John Ellisor of Columbus State University; and Dr. Alex Colvin of Alabama Department of Archives and History. 

This event is made possible thanks to partnerships with Auburn University’s Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill, the National Park Service, and the Friends of Horseshoe Bend.

Women's Studies Guest Speaker - Dr. Matthew Hoch

Tue, Aug 27, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Haley Center 3166

featuring Dr. Matthew Hoch, associate professor of voice

"Music by Women: Past, Present, and Future"

Throughout history, women composers have routinely encountered societal issues that hindered their creative endeavors. Even in the twenty-first century, women are far less represented on concert programs than their male counterparts. A recent survey of major American orchestras revealed that the work of women composers comprised only 1.8% of concert programs, and women do not fare much better as writers of musicals and film scores. This presentation will look at historical reasons for this imbalance, analyze the present situation, and look optimistically toward a future in which there is more parity between female and male composers in the music world.


Dr. Matthew Hoch is Associate Professor of Voice in the Department of Music at Auburn University. Among his many publications are articles in the Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music and a recently published book, So You Want to Sing Music by Women, coauthored with Linda Lister. Hoch is affiliate faculty in women’s studies at Auburn University, where he developed the
institution’s first-ever Women in Music course, offered at both undergraduate and graduate levels and in live and online formats.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Arianne Gaetano at amg0028@auburn.edu.

Closing Reception for Caitlin Masley

Tue, Aug 27, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Biggin Hall

Artist Caitlin Masley will present a lecture on her work on Tuesday, August 27 at 5 p.m. in Biggin 005; a public reception in the gallery will follow. Masley holds a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Arizona and a Masters of Science in Design and Urban Ecology from Parsons/The New School. She is the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including an Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Socrates Sculpture Park, a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship, Puffin Foundation Grant and Foundation for Contemporary Art (emergency grant) and the LMCC Swing Space Grant and Residency among others. Masley has been artist-in-residence in Austria, Germany, Quebec, Norway and Switzerland, as well as had work included in group exhibitions at MOMA/PS1, Center for Built Environment, Storefront for Art and Architecture and site-specific solo exhibitions at McColl Center for Contemporary Art, Islip Museum, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, HVcc Foundation, Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art and the HDLU Museum in Zagreb, Croatia. Masley’s work is included in the Pfizer Corporate Collection, Benaki Museum Collection, Holt Renfrew Collection, Progressive Corporate Collectionamoung others and many Private Collections. She is also the founder of studioMAPstudioSWAP which is part of the Parsons/DESIS Lab/CSI Incubator program.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Art and Art History at artdept@auburn.edu.

New Faculty Welcome Reception

Wed, Aug 28, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Pebble Hill

Dean Aistrup invites you to welcome our new faculty to the CLA family. A short ceremony will begin at 5 pm with a reception to follow. Free and open to all faculty and staff and their guest.

For more information, contact Wendy Bonner at bonnewr@auburn.edu or 334-844-5195.

Africana Studies Lecture Series

Thu, Aug 29, 2019
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
RBD Library Ground Floor Auditorium

Dr. Elijah Gaddis

Auburn History Department

Title of the presention: Gruesome Looking Objects: Racial Violence And the Archives

Free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Southern Aesthetics Workshop - Day 1

Fri, Aug 30, 2019
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The American Society for Aesthetics Board of Trustees has approved a grant of $3,640 in support of a Southern Aesthetics Workshop, to be held August 30-31, 2019, at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. Aaron Meskin, Chair and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Georgia and James Shelley, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Auburn University. Substantial cost-sharing for the Workshop is being provided by the Auburn Philosophy Department.

Schedule: Free and open to the public

August 30, 2019

  • 11:00-12:00     Registration
  • 12:00-12:25     Welcome and Introduction
  • 12:30-1:25       Lunch
  • 1:30-2:25         Paper by Kristin Boyce, Mississippi State University
  • 2:30-3:25         Paper by Julianne Chung, University of Louisville
  • 3:30-3:55         Break—light snack available
  • 4:00-5:55         Keynote Address: Paul C. Taylor, Vanderbilt University

August 31, 2019

  • 9:00-9:25         Coffee and Pastries
  • 9:30-10:25       Paper by Anthony Cross, Texas State University
  • 10:30-11:25     Southern Society Planning Meeting I
  • 11:30-12:25     Paper by James Dow, Hendrix College
  • 12:30-1:25       Lunch
  • 1:30-2:25         Paper by Jay Miller, Warren Wilson College
  • 2:30-3:25         Paper by Elizabeth Scarbrough, Florida International University 
  • 3:30-3:55         Break—light snack available
  • 4:00-4:55         Southern Society Planning Meeting II

Local Information

Conference Venue: All sessions of the Southern Aesthetics Workshop will be held at The Program Room at Pebble Hill, a small conference facility owned by Auburn University. It’s located at the intersection of Debardeleben St. and Magnolia Ave., a ten to fifteen minute walk from campus. 

Economics Seminar Series

Fri, Aug 30, 2019
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Miller Hall 230

featuring Taylor Jaworski from Colorado State University discussing highways and globalization.  Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tannista Banerjee at tzb0018@auburn.edu.

Southern Aesthetics Workshop - Day 2

Sat, Aug 31, 2019
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The American Society for Aesthetics Board of Trustees has approved a grant of $3,640 in support of a Southern Aesthetics Workshop, to be held August 30-31, 2019, at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. Aaron Meskin, Chair and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Georgia and James Shelley, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Auburn University. Substantial cost-sharing for the Workshop is being provided by the Auburn Philosophy Department.

Schedule: Free and open to the public

August 30, 2019

  • 11:00-12:00     Registration
  • 12:00-12:25     Welcome and Introduction
  • 12:30-1:25       Lunch
  • 1:30-2:25         Paper by Kristin Boyce, Mississippi State University
  • 2:30-3:25         Paper by Julianne Chung, University of Louisville
  • 3:30-3:55         Break—light snack available
  • 4:00-5:55         Keynote Address: Paul C. Taylor, Vanderbilt University

August 31, 2019

  • 9:00-9:25         Coffee and Pastries
  • 9:30-10:25       Paper by Anthony Cross, Texas State University
  • 10:30-11:25     Southern Society Planning Meeting I
  • 11:30-12:25     Paper by James Dow, Hendrix College
  • 12:30-1:25       Lunch
  • 1:30-2:25         Paper by Jay Miller, Warren Wilson College
  • 2:30-3:25         Paper by Elizabeth Scarbrough, Florida International University 
  • 3:30-3:55         Break—light snack available
  • 4:00-4:55         Southern Society Planning Meeting II

Local Information

Conference Venue: All sessions of the Southern Aesthetics Workshop will be held at The Program Room at Pebble Hill, a small conference facility owned by Auburn University. It’s located at the intersection of Debardeleben St. and Magnolia Ave., a ten to fifteen minute walk from campus. 

Women's Studies Open House

Wed, Sep 4, 2019
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Haley Center 3227

The campus community is invited to attend an open house for the Women's Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts. Meet Dr. Allison Vandenberg, instructor of women's studies and Brittany Rose, the new WS graduate assistant. Light refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Arianne Gaetano at amg0028@auburn.edu.

Artist Talk and Opening Reception: Casey McGuire

Wed, Sep 4, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Biggin Hall

Join the Department of Art and Art History for an artist talk and opening reception for the exhibition "Shadowless Forest" by Casey McGuire. The exhibition runs from Sept. 4 to Oct. 2. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sarah Odens at sao0014@auburn.edu. 

Reading by Margaret Renkl

Wed, Sep 4, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Pebble Hill

The public is invited to a reading by Margaret Renkl, author of Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss.

Late Migrations is an unusual, captivating portrait of a family—and of the cycles of joy and grief that inscribe human lives within the natural world.

Growing up in Alabama, Renkl was a devoted reader, an explorer of riverbeds and red-dirt roads, and a fiercely loved daughter. Here, in brief essays, she traces a tender and honest portrait of her complicated parents—her exuberant, creative mother; her steady, supportive father—and of the bittersweet moments that accompany a child’s transition to caregiver.

And here, braided into the overall narrative, Renkl offers observations on the world surrounding her suburban Nashville home. Ringing with rapture and heartache, these essays convey the dignity of bluebirds and rat snakes, monarch butterflies and native bees. As these two threads haunt and harmonize with each other, Renkl suggests that there is astonishment to be found in common things: in what seems ordinary, in what we all share. For in both worlds—the natural one and our own—“the shadow side of love is always loss, and grief is only love’s own twin.”

Margaret Renkl is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, where her essays appear weekly. Her work has also appeared in GuernicaLiterary HubProximity, and River Teeth, among others. The founding editor of Chapter 16, a daily literary publication of Humanities Tennessee, and a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Carolina, she lives in Nashville.

The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Co-sponsored by the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben Street, Auburn.

This workshop will present a range of models for supporting digital humanities work in different institutional contexts. Led by Dr. Lauren Klein of Emory University, it will discuss the various practices enabled by these models as well as specific projects that have resulted. 

12 pm - Lunch

2 pm - Workshop 

RSVP for lunch and/or workshop by Aug. 29 to patricia.james@auburn.edu. 

Economics Seminar Series

Fri, Sep 6, 2019
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Miller Hall 230

featuring Larry F. Warren from the Census Bureau discussing "Earnings Growth, Job Flows and Churn with Satoshi Tanaka and David Wiczer.  Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tannista Banerjee at tzb0018@auburn.edu.

Women's Studies Guest Speakers - Dr. Lauren Ruhlman and Dr. Silvia Vilches

Tue, Sep 10, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Haley Center 3166

featuring Dr. Lauren Ruhlman and Dr. Silvia Vilches from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

"Researching Sex Trafficking"

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Arianne Gaetano at amg0028@auburn.edu.

Breeden Scholar Lecture - Esteban Del Valle

Tue, Sep 10, 2019
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Biggin Hall 005

The Colege of Liberal Arts and the Department of Art and Art History invite you to attend a lecture by  Esteban Del Valle, the 2020 Breeden Scholar. 

Esteban del Valle is an interdisciplinary artist born in Chicago, Illinois in 1984. He completed his MFA in painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009, where he received a Presidential Scholarship and the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship. His work investigates the performance of leadership, the role of the artist as a public figure, and the effects of class and privilege on institutions in the form of paintings, murals, sculpture and video art. He has exhibited internationally, working with galleries and organizations such as Urban Nation, Berlin, Germany; Fundacion-Taller Silvano Lora, Santo Domingo; Sumter County Gallery of Art, Sumter, SC; VisArts in Rockville, MD, and Superchief Gallery, New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA.

Del Valle has been the recipient of several visual arts residencies and fellowships including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Fine Arts Work Center, and Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program. He has also been awarded residencies at Chulitna Lodge in Lake Clark, Alaska, Hub-Bub in Spartanburg, SC, Djerassi in Woodside, CA, and received a fellowship from the Arts Student League in New York. Del Valle executes mural projects internationally, and is currently a second-year Visual Artist Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Giovanna Summerfield at summegi@auburn.edu.

Join us for “Who We Are and What We Do: The High Impact of African American Social Organizations,” a talk by Dr. Earnestine Green McNealey.

Through community engagement, African American fraternal and women’s group have continually fulfilled their mission of service by instituting and supporting initiatives that strengthen their communities and perpetuate their heritage. In this presentation, Dr. McNealey will examine the genesis of the groups and profile ground-breaking and enduring initiatives, which have contributed to progress in education, health, social action, economics, and culture.

McNealey is a researcher and write who specializes in the history of African-Amreican women’s groups committed to used their resources to improve lives and communities.  She has written official histories of Alpha Kappa Alpha and the Links, and her latest book, Transformational Links: Empowering Purposeful Lives and Strong Communities, is scheduled for release in November.

Women's Studies Film Screening & Discussion

Tue, Sep 24, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Haley Center 3166

Join the Women's Studies Program for a film screening and discussion of "To the Bone" (2017). Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kayleigh Pears at knp0007@auburn.edu.