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Warhawk Weekly 6-11: CRCV Summer Seminar; Celebrate Juneteenth

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AUM Civil Rights & Civic Virtue Society hosts second annual Summer Seminar

a group of people standing in front of a buildingFive visiting professors will speak on civil rights, civic virtue, and character education at the Auburn University at Montgomery Civil Rights & Civic Virtue Society’s (CRCV) second annual Summer Seminar June 24-28.

The CRCV’s summer seminar was created to increase the understanding of civil rights history, deepen the knowledge of civic virtue, and cultivate civic engagement among students, faculty, staff and Montgomery residents. The workshop is held on AUM’s campus located in Montgomery, birthplace of the civil rights movement.

“Through this intensive summer seminar, participants will gain a greater understanding of our local civil rights history and be able to reflect on its importance,” said AUM Department of Philosophy Chair and Professor Aaron D. Cobb, who serves as CRCV’s project director. “We also hope that the AUM community and members of the public will walk away from the workshop with a shared commitment to serve their community.”

The seminar’s keynote speakers are visiting faculty members:

  • Julie Buckner Armstrong, professor of English at the University of South Florida
  • Meena Krishnamurthy, associate professor of philosophy at Queen’s University (Canada)
  • Michael Lamb, F.M. Kirby Foundation Chair of Leadership and Character, executive director of the Program for Leadership and Character, and associate professor of interdisciplinary humanities at Wake Forest University

Two CRCV scholars will also be featured:

  • Daniel Henry, assistant teaching professor in the Department of African American Studies and The Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University
  • Kevin Timpe, William H. Jellema Chair in Christian Philosophy and professor of philosophy at Calvin University

a group of people standing on a sidewalkCRCV Summer Seminar participants will visit important historic sites such as Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church and museums such as the Rosa Parks Museum associated with the civil rights movement in Montgomery and Birmingham. The seminar also will feature structured reflection about these visits and facilitated conversations on readings about the civil rights movement. Participants will also volunteer at Montgomery’s Mercy House/Mission About People.

AUM students and employees have an opportunity to earn scholarships and stipends as part of the CRCV Summer Seminar.

Student participants will receive $500 for their participation, which will be paid as a scholarship on their student account in Fall 2024. Faculty and staff participants will receive a stipend for their participation. The CRCV has selected 24 student, nine faculty, and four staff participants.

The weeklong seminar is supported by a John Templeton Foundation grant, which connects to themes within the framework of “From Civil Rights to Civic Virtue: Forming Character Through Community.”

Learn more about the seminar and speaker presentations:

Celebrate Juneteenth at AUM

Catherine Coleman Flowers, founder and director of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise, has spent her career bringing attention to the largely invisible problem of inadequate waste and water sanitation infrastructure in Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and poor rural communities across the United States.

Flowers will share her work with students, faculty and staff at a brunch hosted by AUM to recognize Juneteenth on Tuesday, June 18. The event will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Taylor Center 221-223.

As a federal holiday, Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans after the Civil War. AUM will be closed on Wednesday, June 19, in observance of the Juneteenth holiday.

An environmental and climate justice activist, Flowers is known as a powerful storyteller and communicator. She has advocated for environmental justice in moving testimony before the United Nations and the U.S. Congress, framing access to clean water and sanitation as a civil and human right.

In 2022, Flowers received the Harvard Law School Horizon Award for her contributions to environmental policy. In 2020, she received a Genius Grant from the MacArthur Foundation, which supports creative people and institutions committed to building a more just and peaceful world. She also was named a 2020 McArthur Fellow for Environmental Health and Advocacy.

The brunch is sponsored by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation entitled “From Civil Rights to Civic Virtue: Forming Character through Community”, AUM’s Experiential Education and Engagement Center and AUM’s Office of Human Resources Affirmative Action and EEO.

Registration is required for the Juneteenth brunch. RSVP online by Thursday, June 13.

Staples invited to national playwright conference

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Tiara Staples

Staples, a communication theatre major, has been invited to attend the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center June 18-24.

During the conference, Staples will assist on a play by theater artist and director Miranda Haymon. Haymon’s project will be one of two plays in development at the conference, which is held every summer in Waterford, Connecticut. Only a select number of unproduced works are selected from a pool of more than 1,000 submissions to participate in the playwright-driven workshop.

Staples received an invite to the National Playwrights Conference based on her first place Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Directing Initiative award at the Region IV Kennedy Centers American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in February. Staples earned the honor and an invite to KCACTF’s national festival for her directing work in the 2023 Theatre AUM production of the play “The Language Archive” by Julia Cho.

Staples has also received a scholarship to participate in a five-day course at the Kennedy Center Directing Intensive July 15-19. The course brings together a cohort of about 20 young and early-career directors for master classes, hands-on activities, and discussions about the craft and the career of directing. The scholarship includes travel, lodging, and a per diem.

Staples is expected to complete her studies at AUM in Fall 2025.

Get one-on-one help with your FAFSA

Want to learn the dos and don’ts of filling out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

AUM is offering special, one-on-one FAFSA workshops to new and returning students. The workshops are designed to provide personalized assistance to fit your schedule. Simply choose one the following:

In-Person Workshops: Meet face-to-face with a member of AUM’s Financial Aid team to get direct support to complete your FAFSA. Email AUM’s Office of Financial Aid to set up an in-person session.

Online Workshops: For those with busy schedules, AUM’s online/after-hours workshops are perfect for working parents and students. Register now for a virtual workshop.

Whatever option you choose, a member of our Financial Aid team is ready to assist you with completing your FAFSA.

Secure your spot today and take the first step towards receiving your financial aid!

Apply for Provost scholarships

a person sitting at a tableAre you interested in expanding your academic experience and exploring your academic discipline more fully? Would you like to strengthen your written and oral communication, critical thinking, technical skills, and information literacy and build a learning community with faculty and fellow students?

The Office of the Provost is sponsoring one-credit-hour tuition scholarships for students interested in research or teaching fields.

Research scholarship

To encourage undergraduate students to participate in research and internships, a one-credit-hour scholarship is available. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be:

The research-based scholarship does not apply to internship and research courses that are required as part of their program requirements.

AUMTeach scholarship

If you want to determine whether a teaching certificate is right for you, the Office of the Provost is sponsoring one-credit-hour scholarship to encourage students to take an AUMTeach course. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be:

  • A junior and senior majoring in a STEM field (College of Education majors are not eligible).

The AUMTeach minor consists of eight classes. The scholarship will pay $750 towards your first two AUMTeach minor classes.

Please note that incorrect or incomplete information in the application can delay the award or exclude you from eligibility.

For more information, email Molly Belew at [email protected] or visit the AUMTeach minor webpage.

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