Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Planning on attending the National Championship Celebration? Celebrate with Tony Barnhart first! Tony “Mr. College Football” Barnhart and Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg will speak at Auburn University on January 21-22, 2011.
Barnhart will give a luncheon address on Saturday, January 22, at 11:30 a.m. For those attending the National Championship Celebration, transportation will be provided to and from Jordan-Hare Stadium. Tickets to the lunch with Barnhart are $30.
Barnhart’s talk is entitled “College Football Is Not a Game. It Is a Way of Life.” Now in his 34th season as a reporter for television, radio and the internet, Barnhart can be heard on “The Tony Barnhart Show” (CBS) and is a regular commentator on “College Football Today” (CBS). His “Talkin’ Football” airs weekly on CSS. The 1999 Georgia Sports Writer of the Year, Barnhart was the 2009 recipient of the Bert McGrane Award, which represents the Football Writers Association of America wing of the College Football Hall of Fame. A reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 24 years, he continues to write a daily college football blog, Mr. College Football, on ajc.com.
Bragg will give a dinner address on Friday, January 21 at 6 p.m. Tickets to the Bragg program are $50.
After growing up in the community of Possum Trot near Jacksonville, Alabama, Bragg worked at several newspapers before joining the New York Times in 1994. He covered murders and unrest in Haiti, then wrote about the Oklahoma City bombing, the Jonesboro killings, the Susan Smith trial and more as a national correspondent based in Atlanta. He currently teaches at the University of Alabama's journalism program in its College of Communications. His most recent book is The Most They Ever Had, set in Jacksonville and described as a brilliant evocation of the “hardscrabble lives of those who lived and died by an American cotton mill.”
Both speakers are part of the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts two-day public symposium, Becoming Alabama: Who, What, When, Where and Why. Focusing on how the press has recorded, reported and shaped Alabama politics, culture and opinion, Becoming Alabama will also feature popular columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson, NPR’s Debbie Elliott and faculty and students from the College of Liberal Arts’ Department of Communication and Journalism.
Reservations may be made online at www.auburn.edu/cah or by calling 334-844-4946. Registration deadline for meals is Tuesday, January 18. The conference is open to the public. For additional information and a list of presenters, visit our website or call 334-844-4946. Students may register at no cost.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
To kick off its 2011 “Becoming Alabama: Who, What, When, Where and Why” public symposium, Auburn University College of Liberal Arts announces a pre-conference on state resources for media and newspaper archives. Free and open to all interested, the pre-conference will be held 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
The pre-conference will include talks by Auburn University professor emeritus of history and one of the state’s foremost archival experts Dr. Allen Jones, as well as Dana Chandler, archivist at Tuskegee University, Laura Anderson, archivist at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Montgomery, and Meredith McLemore, archivist at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery. Dr. Jeff Jakeman, professor of History at Auburn and editor of the online Encyclopedia of Alabama, will moderate.
Speakers will focus on how state history is captured and interpreted through the media, especially newspapers. “Newspapers can offer surprising insight and background on historical events and perspectives, not at all always what we expect to find,” notes Jay Lamar, director of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts. “In addition, the pre-conference speakers are dynamic, and the stories from the holdings they describe will be fascinating even to those not actively researching newspapers or other media.”
The pre-conference opens “Becoming Alabama: Who, What, When, Where and Why,” a public symposium that will take place on January 21-22 at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. It will feature scholars and professionals exploring the role of the press and media from the 1814 massacre at Fort Mims, a galvanizing event in Alabama and U.S. history, through the Gulf oil spill.
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Rick Bragg will join syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson in offering perspectives on writing and media representations of the state. Tony Barnhart, Mr. College Football and CBS Sports journalist, will talk about the state’s fascination with sports. Debbie Elliott will address NPR’s coverage of the oil spill.
Prominent scholars of history and media from Auburn University, as well as other institutions, will also present on topics ranging from how early newspapers supported an emerging literary culture in the state to how a handful of remarkable editors shaped both Alabama’s opinion and its image.
Registration for the conference is $25. Registration for meals, which will feature keynote speakers, is separate. Students may register at no cost. For a schedule and a list of presenters, please visit www.auburn.edu/cah or call 334-844-4946.