Auburn University Montgomery Liberal Arts Conference
7-8 FEBRUARY 2014
Now in its sixth year, the AUM Liberal Arts Conference continues to center its theme on the American South. Registrants to the conference will be able to enjoy a variety of peer-reviewed panels over the course of two days on topics spanning the fields of anthropology, geography, art history, American history, American literature and theater, music history, communication studies, mass communication, and sociology. The conference also will host a two distinguished speakers, offer a reading session of poetry and prose from local writers, show a film on Alabama eating habits, and display a gallery exhibition.
Keynote Speaker for Friday, 7 February: David R. Davies, Dean of the Honors College and Professor of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Southern Mississippi. A veteran reporter, Davies is a leading authority on how newspapers have covered race relations and American culture in the latter half of the twentieth century. Among his publications is The Press & Race: Mississippi Journalists Confront the Movement (University Press of Mississippi, 2001) and The Postwar Decline of American Newspapers, 1945-1965 (Praeger, 2006). The title of his conference presentation is “The Press and the Civil Rights Movement.”
Keynote Speaker for Saturday, 8 February: James L. Roark, S. C. Dobbs Professor of History, Emory University. Roark is one of the country’s foremost authorities on race during the nineteenth century. He is the author of Masters without Slaves: Southern Planters in the Civil War and Reconstruction (W. W. Norton, 1977) and coauthor of Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South (W. W. Norton, 1984). The title of his conference presentation is “The Mason-Dixon Line in African-American (and American) History.”
Artist for the Conference: John D. Powers, Assistant Professor of Sculpture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Powers brings to his creative work a unique blend of natural history, architecture, and technology. His exhibition for the conference explores the intersection of cinema, computation, music, and physical space.
Film—Eating Alabama—7 February: Andrew B. Grace, Professor of Telecommunication and Film, University of Alabama. Grace is a highly-regarded documentary filmmaker, whose work often combines humor and social justice. His film for the conference examines the dramatic changes that have taken place in how Alabamians both produce and consume food.
Open Call for Papers and Panels: AUMLAC 2014 is now accepting paper and panel proposals on any liberal arts topic related to the American South. Please submit 250-word abstracts and one-page CVs to email@example.com. The deadline for all proposals is 1 November 2013.
For information on the last AUMLAC, please go to the following site: AUMLAC 2013.
General Conference Information
| ||before 1 Feb 2014 ||after 1 Feb 2014 |
|Conference Registration ||$75.00 ||$85.00 |
|Student Registration ||$45.00 ||$55.00 |
|(Registration includes lunch on both days of the conference.) |
Click here for the registration form.
The conference will be held in Goodwyn Hall on the AUM campus. The university is located on the east side of Montgomery off Exit 9 (Taylor Road) of I-85 and is about fifteen minutes from the historic downtown, where visitors can tour the First White House of the Confederacy, the Maya Lin Civil Rights Memorial, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, the Hank Williams Museum, and the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Also nearby is the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
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Directions and Maps
Discounted hotel accommodations of $67.00 per night for 6-8 February are available at nearby Country Inn & Suites on Chantilly Parkway (334-277-4142). Please mention AUMLAC while making reservations to receive the discounted rate.
Rental cars are available at reasonable rates at the Montgomery Airport. A conference shuttle bus will run between campus and the hotel in the mornings and afternoons of the event.