Carnegie Library Foundation
History scholars to share insights
by W. Winston Skinner
The Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation will be bringing scholars to town to share insights on civilizations from Babylon to 17th century France.
Each scholar will give a 6:30 p.m. lecture at the second floor meeting room of the Carnegie at Newnan’s Court Square. Afterward, there will be a time for conversation at a downtown cafe.
The overall theme for the lectures will be “Lasting Legacies of the Past.” The speakers will be faculty members from Auburn University.
The first speaker will be Donna Bohanan, who will be at the Carnegie on Sept. 16, speaking on French influence on colonial America. Bohanon holds a bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College and a PhD from Emory University.
Joseph Allen Kicklighter will speak on early Christianity on Oct. 7. He is a professor of history and the history department’s undergraduate program officer.
Joe Kicklighter holds a bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude from the University of the South and master of arts and PhD degrees from Emory University.
Matt Maczycki will offer insights on early Islamic north Africa on Oct. 21. An assistant professor of history, Maczycki earned his bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Arkansas. His master of arts in Middle East studies and Ph.D. in history are from the University of Utah.
Ancient Babylon will be the topic for the final lecture on Nov. 4. Michael Kozuh, associate professor of history, will bring that lecture.
Kozuh’s bachelor of arts degree is from the University of Michigan. He received his PhD with honors from the University of Chicago.
The Carnegie Library Foundation also now has concrete plans for the next Edgar B. Hollis Distinguished Lecturer event. The inaugural Hollis lecture was held April 7 and featured Dr. Ralph C. Wood of Baylor University speaking on J.R.R. Tolkien. The next Hollis lecture will be held on Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Carnegie auditorium. Colin Duriez will be speaking on C.S. Lewis.
Duriez was, for many years, books editor for Inter-Varsity Press in Leicester, England. He studied at the University of Istanbul and the University of Ulster, where he was a founding member of the Irish Christian Study Centre. He also studied with Francis Schaeffer at L’Abri in Huemoz, Switzerland.
Duriez won the Clyde S. Kilby Award in 1994 for his research on the Inklings, a literary discussion group that included both Tolkien and Lewis and was associated with the University of Oxford.