Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Martin T. (Marty) Olliff“The Great War in the Heart of Dixie: Alabama During World War I”
The United States participated militarily in World War I (1914-1918) for only nineteen months—hardly enough time to effect the long lasting changes that war can make on
Dr. Olliff received his Ph.D. in American History from Auburn University, and he is currently the Director of the Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture and Assistant Professor of History at Troy University, Dothan. He serves on the governing board of the major historical journals. In 2008, the University of Alabama Press published his edited volume, The Great War in the Heart of Dixie: Alabama in World War I.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Karen Utz “Sloss Furnaces: The Industrial Evolution of Birmingham’s Iron Plantation”
The Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark is currently the only
Utz is the Curator and Historian of Sloss
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Tom Hallock “Self-Portraits in Nature: William Bartram and the Art of Flowers”
William Bartram traveled the American South from 1773 to 1776 exploring and discovering native American plants. His book Travels (1791)—a memorable account of the nature and native inhabitants of the American South—contained drawings and meticulous observations about the plants and people that he met; the book was an instant classic in naturalist literature. Presenter, Tom Hallock’s lively, illustrated talk will explore questions of self-investigation through the work of Bartram, an accomplished scientific illustrator, one whose paintings crossed from technical explanation into biography.
Dr. Hallock—a graduate of Dickinson College with a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from New York University—is the author of several publications and the co-editor of William Bartram, the Search for Nature’s Design. The College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University has selected Hallock as the distinguished Daniel F. Breeden Eminent Scholar Chair for the fall of 2013. He is an associate professor of English at the University of South Florida State, Petersburg.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Ove Jensen “The Battle of Horseshoe Bend”
On the morning of 27 March 1814, General Andrew Jackson and an army of 3,300 men consisting of Tennessee militia, United States regulars, and both Cherokee and Lower Creek allies attacked Chief Menawa and 1,000 Upper Creek or Red Stick warriors fortified in the “horseshoe“ bend of the Tallapoosa River. Facing overwhelming odds, the Red Sticks fought bravely yet ultimately lost the battle. This was the final battle of the Creek War of 1813-1814 which is considered part of the War of 1812. Presenter, Ove Jensen, will describe the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, the peace treaty which was signed after the battle, and the impact of the victory that forced the Upper and Lower Creeks to give the United States over 23 million acres of land in what is now Alabama and Georgia.
Ove Jensen is a Park
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Skip Tucker “Stonewall Jackson: That Strange Night in Chancellorsville”
Skip Tucker has written an exciting novel about the legendary Stonewall Jackson—the Confederate leader who “stood like a stone wall” and saved the day for southern troops at
Tucker served the Jasper, Alabama Daily Mountain Eagle for ten years as a reporter and editor and he was media director for Judge Charlie Graddick’s 2012 campaign for the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Rheta Grimsley Johnson “Mining For Meaning in the Deep South”
Rheta Grimsley Johnson, the award-winning reporter
A native of Colquitt, Georgia, Johnson grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, studied journalism at Auburn University and has lived and worked in the South all of her
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Adam Jortner “What Happened at the Salem Witch Trials?”
The Salem witch trials still beguile the popular imagination more than three hundred years after the horrific incident. Adam Jortner will share his thought about the mass hysteria that gripped Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 when more than two hundred people were accused of practicing witchcraft. Twenty people were executed before the persecution ended. Eventually, the colony admitted that the trials were a mistake and compensated the families of those convicted. Since then, the story of the trials has become synonymous with paranoia and injustice with books and movies keeping the interest in the incident alive.
Adam Jortner has spent the last several years studying the ways in which claims of supernatural power transformed American politics and Christianity. Jortner has a B.A. from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia where he won the Zora Neale Hurston Prize for the best paper on gender studies for his work on Ann Lee, founder of American Shakerism. He currently teaches American History at Auburn
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Dolores Hydock“Reunions and Rituals: Greetings from the Past”
Dolores Hydock, a familiar and
Hydock, originally from Pennsylvania, is an actress and story performer whose work has been featured in a variety of concerts, festivals, and special events throughout the United States. She is a touring artist for the Alabama State Council on the Arts, a speaker with the Alabama Humanities Foundation, and a member of the Southern Order of Storytellers. Dolores lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and in her spare time, teaches Cajun and zydeco dancing. She is a great favorite with the brown bag lecture audience and her entertaining and thought-provoking stories always leave them wanting more of the same!