William Bartram Symposium, October 27
- AUBURN UNIVERSITY TO HOST SYMPOSIUM ON WILLIAM BARTRAM
AUBURN, Ala. -- William Bartram, the celebrated eighteenth-century naturalist who explored the American South in the years just prior to the American Revolution, will be the focus of a one-day interdisciplinary symposium on Friday, Oct. 27, to be held in the Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University's Ralph B. Draughon Library.
The symposium, which is open to the public, will showcase the latest work by a distinguished group of eight scholars from a variety of fields, including literature, history and art history.
William Bartram is best-known for his book Travels, published in 1791, which described his tour of the southern backcountry in the 1770s, including the region that ultimately became modern Alabama. Bartram's work provides descriptions of the natural, relatively pristine eighteenth-century environment of the early South, as well as the region's Indian peoples. A copy of the 1791 edition was recently donated to Auburn University Libraries. It will be on display at the conference.
Kathryn Braund, a professor of history at Auburn University and current president of the Bartram Trail Conference, a national organization of Bartram enthusiasts, notes that the gathering should generate cross-disciplinary discussion among scholars and bring the latest scholarly work on Bartram to both the general public and the Auburn academic community." Books on Bartram written by symposium presenters will be available for purchase, and authors will be available for book signing.
There is a $25 registration fee for the conference, which includes lunch and refreshments. Students may attend the lectures for free. For a registration form, schedule and list of scholars and presentations, please go to: www.auburn.edu/cah or call 334-844-4948. Registration forms should be received by October 25.
The symposium is sponsored by the Auburn University Center for the Arts and Humanities, AU departments of history and English, the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Bartram Trail Conference.
Mark Wilson, Ph.D.
Center for the Arts & Humanities
Auburn University, AL 36849