The River Region's high school teachers and meeting planners now call on faculty at Auburn University at Montgomery when they need guest speakers. The AUM School of Liberal Arts has launched a new speakers bureau, Scholars Without Walls, which sends professors out into the community to discuss their areas of expertise before high school classrooms and community groups. "These presentations are free, which we hope will help organizations on tight budgets," said Michael Burger, dean of the School of Liberal Arts. "High schools, in particular, can often no longer afford field trips. But if you can't come to us, we'll come to you."
Since January, Auburn Montgomery liberal arts faculty have spoken to more than 1,000 students from the following schools: Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, Blount Elementary, Wetumpka High School, Enterprise State Community College, Trinity Presbyterian School, Loveless Academic Magnet Program, Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School, Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School and Montgomery Academy. They have also presented at four public libraries.
Professors are available in the areas of archaeology, geography, art, history, literature, music, academics, societal issues and theatre. Just a few of the topics available are:
History Professor Lee Farrow has taught staff members at the Montgomery City-County Public Library how to write
- Adventures in Alabama Archaeology
- Historical Research for Beginners
- Mexican Immigration
- The History of Money
- Origins of Racism in the U.S.
- King Arthur in History and Myth
- Is Rowling the New Tolkien? From Hobbits to Harry Potter
- Writer's Work: Demystifying the Putting of Words on Paper
- Gettysburg: The Battle and the Address
- The World of the Graphic Novel
- Greek Epic: Homer's "The Odyssey"
- How Blues Became Rock
- The Many Faces of Robin Hood
- Literature of the Holocaust
- What Plagiarism Is and How to Avoid It
- The Evolution of Dating
- The Death Penalty
- Everyone Can Draw
- How to Audition for the Theatre
- Single Parent Families
book reviews and has given them a refresher on avoiding plagiarism.
"Her presentations were thorough and thought-provoking," said Vivian White, assistant director of the library system. "Our thanks are offered to AUM for such an invaluable community speaker program."
The list of available topics is constantly updated and some programs are offered in Spanish. Speakers are able to adapt their presentations to the group they are addressing, and can therefore appear before small groups or large, in individual classes or assemblies. A visiting theatrical and musical performance by Theatre AUM's tour troupe may also be booked. For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Dana Bice at 334-244-3278 or