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Icons of the 20th Century – Fall 2002

Brown Bag Lunch History Programs
Icons of the 20th Century
October, 2002 Series

Wednesday, October 2, 2002 12:00 Noon
“Henri Matisse: Leader in the World of Art”
Scholar: Dr. Michael DeMarsche, Director,
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, Auburn University

Matisse, a French painter, is considered by many as one of
three of the most influential artists of the century, and
he was also a noted sculptor, book illustrator and tapestry
designer. Matisse was the leader of the fauves, a group
of painters who started the first important art movement
of the era. He believed that a painting was more important
as an object of art that as a representation of reality.

Wednesday, October 9, 2002 12:00 Noon
“William (Billy) Franklin Graham: Evangelist, Businessman, and Spiritual Advisor
to Presidents”
Scholar: Dr. David Ed. Harrell
Professor of History, Auburn University

Billy Graham, born on a farm, dreamed of playing baseball.
At sixteen years of age, he was converted at a revival
meeting and his ambitions turned from baseball to
preaching. Ordained a Southern Baptist in 1939, Graham
went on to launch nationwide evangelistic campaigns
and then international revivals. He used modern
communications to reach vast audiences, modern
business arrangements to handle his ministry, and
gained the confidence of millions of people including
both Democratic and Republican presidents.

Wednesday, October 16, 2002 12:00 Noon
“Harry S. Truman: President During Conflict & Crisis”
Scholar: Dr. Leah Rawls Atkins
Director Emeriti of the Center for the Arts &
Humanities at Auburn University

Truman served during one of the most critical times in
American history. He dealt with World War II and its
aftermath: the economic chaos of returning to a peacetime
economy, the rebuilding of Europe, the Cold War, and the
aggression of North Korea. Truman’s outspoken manner
and wit earned him loyal friends and bitter enemies, but he
became an icon of the 20th Century by meeting the
challenge of the Presidency with courage, determination
and imagination.

Wednesday, October 23, 2002 12:00 Noon
“Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon”
Scholar: Dr. James Hansen
Professor of History, Auburn University

Neil Armstrong was one of the first United States
astronauts and the first human to set foot on the moon.
Armstrong was the commander of the Apollo II programs,
which carried out the moon landing in 1969. Since that
momentous occasion, the astronaut has been a combat
pilot, test pilot, professor, businessman, and
presidential adviser.

Wednesday, October 30, 2002 12:00 Noon
“Elvis Aaron Presley: King of Rock & Roll”
Scholar Dr. Hardy Jackson, III
Head of History and Foreign Languages,
Jacksonville State University

Elvis Presley first sang in a church choir, taught himself to
play the guitar, and never learned to read music. By 1955,
he had achieved national fame as a singer and performer.
Presley combined country and western with rhythm and
blues into a more emotional “rock and roll.” This
new sound swept the nation, grew into a
national mania.


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