Dr. Alex Colvin to speak on ‘Understanding Creek Life’ at OLLI Brown Bag Lecture Series on Feb. 26


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Opelika Observer

Dr. Alex Colvin, public programs curator at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, will present Understanding Creek Life at OLLI’s Alabama Bicentennial Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture Series on Feb. 26. This talk will explain the social organization and changing economic interests of the Creek people at the turn of the 19th century.
Colvin will provide a look at the early period of Creek life, focusing on how the Creeks organized their families and towns. Her talk will also cover the early relationship between the Creek Nation and the United States and the devastating Red Stick War of 1813-14.
Colvin has a B.A. from Samford University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Auburn University. Her work has earned the Distinguished Dissertation Award from Auburn University; the Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Prize from the Southern Association for Women Historians and the Hitchcock Graduate Award for Excellence.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University (OLLI at Auburn) hosts its Alabama Bicentennial Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture Series from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boykin Community Center, located at 400 Boykin St. in Auburn. The bring-your-own-lunch begins at 11:45 a.m., and complementary coffee, tea and water will be provided. The program begins at 12:15 p.m. The series is cosponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities and City of Auburn’s Boykin Community Center. The program is open to the public at no charge.
OLLI at Auburn is a program of the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach at Auburn University. OLLI administrative offices and select classes are located at the historic Sunny Slope property, 1031 S. College St. in Auburn.
For more information regarding this event or to learn about becoming a volunteer faculty member, volunteer service assistant or sponsor, contact Shawnee McKee, OLLI Administrative Support, at 334-844-3146, olli@auburn.edu, or by visiting www.olliatauburn.org.


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