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Theatre AUM Presents Matt & Ben
In 1997 Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won an Oscar for their screenplay, Good Will HuntingMatt & Ben tells the story of Hollywood’s golden boys before J-LO, before Gwyneth, before Project Greenlight, before Oscar, when the screenplay for Good Will Hunting mysteriously dropped from the heavens.

Join us Valentine Day, opening night for this clever, witty show, or catch one of the remaining performances, February 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 7:00 pm or Sunday February 24th at 2:00 PM.

Thank you for your support of Theatre AUM!

Theatre AUM
just returned from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region IV in Spartanburg, SC. Along with intensive training sessions, diverse workshops, and networking opportunities; each student participant received professional feedback as they showcased their work. KCACTF Region IV consists of universities from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Southern Virginia and Puerto Rico.

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Awards 2019

Regional 1st Place Costume Design
Olivia Tippett
Regional 2nd Place-Costume Design
Karen Licari

National Honorable Mention-Costume Design
Kate Saylor

Making a historic first for Auburn University at Montgomery,
Finalist -Acting
Kodi Robertson with Brittany Vallely
Marcus Godbee
for a scene performed by Amy May, Kate Saylor, and Brittany Vallely

Arts Leadership and Diversity candidates-
Marcus Godbee
Kate Saylor

Dramaturgy nominee-
Karen Licari

Irene Ryan Acting nominees-
Olivia Crutchfield with Brittany Vallely
Amy May with Tony George
Kodi Robertson with Brittany Vallely

Design Exhibition nominees:
Emily Aveldanez
Olivia Crutchfield
Marcus Godbee
Karen Licari
Kate Saylor
Olivia Tippett
Brittany Vallely 

The Kennedy Center American College Theater is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from universities nationwide with a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country.
Among the goals of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival are:
To encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs; to provide opportunities for participants to develop their theater skills and insight; and achieve professionalism.

Auburn University at Montgomery’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
will feature a pair of World War II-focused movies, as well as a documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in its 2019 Political Film Series.

The screenings are free and open to the public. Complimentary popcorn and sodas will be available for attendees. The film series schedule includes the following:

“Miracle at St. Anna”

Monday, February 4, 7 p.m.
Goodwyn Hall 109

As part of Black History Month, Auburn University at Montgomery will screen a 2008 movie that represents a departure from the usual Spike Lee fare. Based on a true story chronicled in James McBride’s novel of the same name, the film is set in 1944 Italy and follows four African-American soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 92nd Infantry Division – the segregated unit known as the “Buffalo Soldiers” – trapped in a Tuscan village. “Miracle at St. Anna” explores their bravery in combat and the soldiers’ daily experiences with racial prejudice from their white commanding officers. Faculty members Dr. Ben Severance and Dr. Pia Knigge will introduce the movie to audience members.

Miracle at St. Anna trailer


Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m.
Goodwyn Hall 109

During Women’s History Month, AUM will screen the 2018 documentary by Julie Cohen and Betsy West exploring Justice Ginsburg’s life and career. While the “Notorious RBG” has emerged as a pop cultural icon, her biography may not be as well known. This film chronicles the personal journey of a diminutive, “quiet warrior” in her rise to the nation’s highest court. Faculty member Dr. Theresa Pelfrey will introduce the documentary.

RBG trailer

“Woman in Gold”

Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m.
Goodwyn Hall 112

Based on a true story, the 2015 movie starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds will serve as a Holocaust Memorial Day feature. Maria Altman (played by Mirren), with the help of her nephew (played by Reynolds), seeks to regain the portrait of her aunt painted by Gustav Klimt in 1907 and plundered by the Nazis in World War II. In addition to taking on the legal battle to regain the portrait, she also fights to obtain a measure of justice for the death, destruction and art theft perpetrated by the Nazis. Faculty members Dr. Eric Sterling and Dr. Naomi Slipp will introduce the feature. Woman in Gold trailer

The Political Film Series is supported by Auburn University at Montgomery’s Office of the Provost and its Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

The Southern Studies Conference
is hosted at Auburn University at Montgomery February 1-2, 2019 and features twenty-two interdisciplinary panels, two distinguished keynotes by Wayne Flynt, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Auburn University, and Jeffrey Melton, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies, University of Alabama, and a lecture and exhibition by Marcia Weber, a galleries and expert in self-taught and outsider art. While you must register for the Conference in order to attend the scholarly panels (visit the website for information on how to register), the three Keynote events are open to the public free of charge. 
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The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences would like to congratulate the following faculty for being awarded a Faculty Research Grant-in-Aid. These grants serve to support research for their various projects.

Dr. Lee Farrow, Distinguished Teaching Professor in History and World Languages & Cultures, for her project entitled “Odious and Disagreeable: The Catacazy Affair and the Uneasy Path of Russian-American Relations”

Dr. Hilary Gamble, Assistant Professor of Communication, for her project entitled “T.V. Viewing Study”

Dr. Brett Lehman, Assistant Professor of Sociology, for his project “The Local Legacy: The Impact of the Legacy Museum on Montgomery Residents’ Priorities for Public Schooling”

Dr. Lilian Mina, Assistant Professor in English and Philosophy, for her project entitled “Writing Faculty Access to Technology Professional Development in Public Four-Year Institutions”

Dr. Seth Reno, Associate Professor in English and Philosophy, for his project “Representing the Anthropocene, 1750-1884”

Dr. Michael Simmons, Distinguished Research Professor in History and World Languages & Cultures, for his project entitled “Eusebius of Ceasarea’s Understanding of Salvation History”

Congratulations to all on your accomplishment!

Foster Dickson, a writer and AUM alumnus, presented his new book Closed Ranks: The Whitehurst Case in Post-Civil Rights Montgomery, on Tuesday, November 27, from 4:00-5:00 PM in the South Room Library Tower. 
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The Department of Political Science and Public Administration held an event to honor Constitution Day on Monday, September 17, 2018. Two specialists in American politics from the Department, Assistant Professor Nicholas Howard and Assistant Professor David Hughes, discussed the U.S. Constitution, the 2020 Census, and their consequences for electoral politics and representation in Alabama.

The Economics Club went on a study abroad trip where they spent two weeks learning about the economy and history in Frankfurt, Germany, Vienna, Austria, and Prague, Czech Republic. The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences has many clubs and organizations where you can become involved!
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