Liberal Arts lecture series to touch on D-Day, Russian Grand Duke in October

The School of Liberal Arts Lecture Series will host two lectures in October, touching on the topics of material remembrances of D-Day and a Russian Grand Duke's tour of America. Both lectures will take place in the South Room on the 10th floor of Young Tower and begin at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 2 - Dr. Kate Lemay, Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts, will present "Using Material Culture to Analyze Memory of D-Day in Normandy." Lemay will discuss the plaques, memorials and steles that emerged in Normandy as part of the collective French memory of the traumatic experience of D-Day. In tracing how these materials evolved from the immediate post-war period to the present, Lemay argues that while early post-war material culture frequently reflected repression of traumatic memories, more recent such material subversively acknowledges that trauma.
  • Thursday, Oct. 30 - Dr. Lee Farrow, Professor in the Department of History and World Languages and Cultures and Associate Dean in the School of Liberal Arts, will present "Alexis in America: A Russian Grand Duke's Tour, 1871-1872." In addition to providing a narrative of the first visit of a Russian royal to the United States, Farrow will examine the cultural underpinnings of that event. As she will discuss, the American response to the Duke's tour involved national self-reflection on political corruption, the emerging power of ethnic minorities, persistent racism, and continuing sectionalism between North and South. Farrow's presentation is based on her forthcoming book, which will be published by LSU Press in the fall.


Study Abroad hosting Japanese table every Tuesday

Learn basic conversational Japanese, simple origami, and perhaps how to make an "onigiri" rice ball and obento at Study Abroad's Japanese language table. Japanese exchange students at AUM will be at the table every Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m on the first floor of Young Tower. This is a great way to make new friends, learn a new language, and perhaps prepare to participate in AUM's exchange program with the University of Shiga in Japan. Visit Study Abroad on Facebook for more details.

Filibuster literary magazine accepting submissions for 2015 issue

The Filibuster, AUM's literary magazine, is now accepting poetry, prose, photographs, and art for its 2015 issue. Any student currently enrolled at AUM may submit his or her work as an attached file (.txt, .doc, or .docx) to Files containing photographs or scanned artwork (.png, .jpeg, or .bmp) should be at least 300 PPI. There is no limit on the number of submissions per student. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31. For more information, contact the editor for the 2015 issue, Richard Price, at

Have some haunting good times at the Library's annual haunted open house on Oct. 30

LibraryHalloween2013_blastPut on your scariest best and check out the Library's "Mad Scientist" Open House on Thursday, Oct. 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of Young Tower. Tear into some radioactive cupcakes, nachos, cookies and popcorn. Have your picture taken in one of the Library's many decorative creations... if you dare! Co-sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. Special thanks to the Schools of Sciences and Nursing.

Help Athletics get to '6K by May' during social media drive

6Kopener_blastThe Department of Athletics has started a "6K by May" social media campaign, striving to reach 6,000 supporters across its social media platforms. The department is currently present on each of the four major social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. The followership goal would more than triple the combined users of the athletic department’s social media networks.

Global Education Center
Noon – 1 p.m.

October 30

Day of the Dead Lecture, Alters and Food
Dr. Pam Long, Department of History and World Languages and Cultures
Grounded in Mexican traditions, Day of the Dead is a tribute to family, friends, and cultural icons who have “passed on.” The community places images and possessions of deceased persons on an ornately constructed offrenda (altar or table). The hosts will prepare at least one offrenda for AUM faculty, staff, and students who have passed on (Oct. 26 – Nov. 2). The community can honor AUM-placed pictures or items that reflect people to be remembered. In
Mexican culture, these symbols invite the spirits back to spend time with family and community.

Global Education Center filling the fall calendar with cultural events

Day of the Dead table on display at AUM.AUM's Global Education Center has several events planned for September and October that will open your eyes to many different cultures from across the globe as well as right here in the U.S. AUM faculty experts will explain and facilitate discussions on many of these topics, and there will be some musical presentations as well. Learn more about the Global Education Center's fall lineup.

Read and recite your own literary masterpieces at Poetica on Oct. 30

The English Club invites you to share your creative side at Poetica on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. in Goodwyn Hall 109. Come share poetry, short stories, or other short pieces of writing with fellow students. Refreshments will be provided. The event is Halloween-themed, so costumes are certainly welcome, but the stories you share can be about anything.

AUM Connected to host showing of Tim Burton's Batman and look into Burton's visual style on Halloween

BatmanSymBurtonVer_blastJoin the AUM Connected Common Reading Program for the Halloween event "Tim Burton’s Visual Style and Batman" on Friday, Oct. 31, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Taylor Center 230. Val Winkelman, Professor in the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts, will offer an introduction to director Tim Burton’s visual style, which will be followed by a showing of his 1989 film Batman. The lecture and film are free and open to the public. In the spirit of Halloween, costumes are welcome. Refreshments and door prizes also will be available.

Political Film Series presents Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story on Nov. 3

Fall2014PolFilmSerBoogie_blastLee Atwater was sort of a political rock star, at least within the Republican Party. He mentored several prominent Republicans, helped three presidents get elected, and changed the way electoral campaigns are conducted. With "Boogie Man," director Stefan Forbes successfully tells the story of Atwater’s highly controversial political career, including the 1988 Willie Horton ad attacking the Democratic presidential candidate Dukakis. On his deathbed at age 40 because of a brain tumor, Atwater apologized to Dukakis and others for his campaign tactics. Some people doubted that his apology was sincere. View this eye-opening documentary and judge for yourself on Monday, Nov. 3, beginning at 7 p.m. in Goodwyn Hall 109. Dr. Curtis Ellis from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration will introduce the film. Co-sponsored by the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts. Learn more about the Political Film Series and see what other films are playing this fall.

Watch the inspirational film 'Radio' on Nov. 6

RadioPosterFall2014_blastThe Warhawk Disability Alliance, the Center for Disability Services, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and the Student Government Association are proud to present the 2003 award-winning film "Radio" starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ed Harris. "Radio" is an inspirational film based on a true story about a man with an intellectual disability, James "Radio" Kennedy, who is befriended by the local head football coach, Harold Jones of T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, S.C. Radio and Coach Jones form a friendship that extends over several decades, and Radio transforms from a shy man into an inspiration to his community. The film will be shown on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. in Goodwyn Hall 111. Pizza, popcorn, and refreshments will be provided free of charge, thanks in part to funding provided by the AUM Student Activities Fee and the Student Government Association. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to request accommodations for a disability, contact the Center for Disability Services at 334-244-3631 or by Oct. 30. To learn more about James "Radio" Kennedy, visit T.L. Hannah High School.

Celebrate International Education Week at AUM beginning Nov. 6

Calling all Warhawks - you're invited to take part in International Education Week, an annual initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the U.S. 2014 marks the 15th anniversary of International Education Week, and several AUM offices and organizations are hosting events Nov. 6-13 to celebrate as well as support our own global initiatives and efforts. One of the highlights of the week will be the luncheon on Nov. 12 at which Dr. Dave Sorenson, Professor of International Security Studies at the Air War College, Air University, will present "Why the Middle East is in Crisis." If you'd like to attend the luncheon, please RSVP by Nov. 5. Here's more information on the events of International Education Week.

Theatre AUM to open production of 'Galileo' on Nov. 6

Theatre AUM's production of "Galileo" by Bertolt Brecht will open on Thursday, Nov. 6, and run for seven performances. Show time is 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16. AUM students, faculty and staff are admitted free with Warhawk ID. General admission is $10, and discount tickets for senior citizens, non-AUM students and military are $5. Tickets can be picked up at the box office the day of the performance. Reservations are not required.

Unwind at DeStress Fest on Nov. 13

DeStressFest2012_blastAs fall finals approach and you get buried under the weight of studies, the Counseling Center invites you to take a few minutes to relax and refresh at the DeStress Fest on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be several events to help you take the edge off in Taylor Center 230, the Global Education Center (Taylor Center 219-220), and on the Quad, including:
                      • Free massages
                      • Twin spin
                      • Relaxation station and aroma therapy
                      • Inflatables
                      • Arts and crafts
                      • Video games
                      • Free food!

AUM Connected hooking readers with Big Fish fall events

BigFishConnected_blastAUMConnectedLogo_blastYou think you stretch your fish tales a little? Pick up a copy of Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions and join AUM Connected, the campus Common Reading Program, in exploring the myths and legends of the extraordinary life of Edward Bloom as told to his son. AUM Connected will host several discussions and events this fall, including a book signing with Big Fish author Daniel Wallace, a treasure hunt, and showings of the Tim Burton film based on the book. There's still time to pick up a copy and read before the first event on Aug. 22!

Visit AUM Connected for a schedule of all the fall Big Fish events

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