Event Calendar

July 10 – 14: Museum Maker Summer Camp 2023

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8:30 am – 12:00 pm Each Day (Early Drop off available at 8:00 am)

For ages 11 – 13

Price: $150 (Use promo code SUMMER for siblings at checkout.)

The Art of Game Design 

Campers will learn all about the game design process for creating analogue (board and card) games and basic digital games. Students will make their own games and complete working versions of them by the end of camp.

Have any questions? Please contact Christy Barlow, PreK-12/Family Programs Manager at



Cody Mejeur is Assistant Professor of Game Studies at the University at Buffalo. They have published on teaching with games, identity in games, and video game narratives and player experiences, and they are currently the game director for Trans Folks Walking, a narrative game about trans experiences. Their research has been featured at many international conferences and events, including the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and Pictoplasma, and their games have been exhibited at Science Gallery Detroit and Meaningful Play. They are Director of the Narrative for Social Justice (N4SJ) Initiative with the International Society for the Study of Narrative and work with the LGBTQ Video Game Archive on preserving and visualizing LGBTQ representation. They are editor at One Shot: A Journal of Critical Games & Play and serve as Diversity Officer for the Digital Games Research Association.

June 29: Common Grounds

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6 – 7 p.m.

Art, coffee, and conversation Thursday nights at the Jule. Every week will feature a new host or presentation to guide attendees through a casual conversation about arts and culture.


This Week:

Adam Domby, Associate Professor, History, Auburn University

Adam Domby is a historian of the Civil War and Reconstruction. His first book, The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory (University of Virginia Press, 2020), examines the role of lies and exaggeration, in the creation of Lost Cause narratives of the war, as well as their
connections to white supremacy. Looking at pension fraud, Confederate monument dedications, and other myths reveals that much of our understanding of the Civil War remains influenced by falsehoods
and racism.

Domby has written on a variety of topics including prisoners of war, guerrilla warfare, and genealogy. His current book project At War with Itself, focuses on southerners fighting their neighbors during the American Civil War and examines the legacy of those local fights that civil wars inevitably create. His research centers on the role these conflicts played in three divided southern communities during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Close examination of the social dynamics of these southern communities reveals new insights into why the Confederacy lost, why Reconstruction ended the way it did, and the distinctiveness of southern society, culture, and politics.

He is also currently researching, with Dr. Shari Rabin, a biography of the nineteenthcentury rabbi conman. Through the misadventures of one man, the project will examine various aspects of the second half of the nineteenth century including political culture and corruption, Unionism, and American

Before his arrival at Auburn, Domby was an assistant professor of history at the College of Charleston.

June 24: Self-Care Saturday

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10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Join The Jule this summer for a series of openlevel yoga classes with rotating instructors from The Yoga Room. Classes are free and open to all levels. Limited mats available on site.


Yoga with instructors from The Yoga Room

Heather Clemmons

Heather Clemons is a newcomer to the Auburn area and has been a yoga teacher in southern middle Tennessee since 2017. She has a background teaching yoga in the hatha style to bodies of all ages and experience levels. She lives in Auburn with her husband Chase, and two children, Elliott and Margot, and their dog, Kaylee. She is grateful to be a part of and teach yoga in such a vibrant and diverse community.

A figure with hands at their side looks down and walks toward bright lights.

June 22: Indecent Spaces Debut Performance

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6 to 7 p.m. 

Through movement, sound and design, Indecent Spaces explores the more difficult and often hidden histories of the United States, American citizens and their bodies by exploring several locales around the nation, including the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Caroline, the Transcontinental Railroad station in Livermore, California, the Sixth Precinct in New York City, New York, and the Tucson Benedictine Monastery in Tucson, Arizona.

This performance piece is staged in the Grand Gallery, with with dancers manipulating large video screen set pieces and interacting with the audience.

From the creative team of Jonah Bokaer Choreography and architect Charles Renfro (partner of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro – DS+R), sociologist Charlie Kurtzman and violinists Jennifer and Angela Chun.


June 15: Common Grounds

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6 – 7 p.m.

Art, coffee, and conversation Thursday nights at the Jule. Every week will feature a new host or presentation to guide attendees through a casual conversation about arts and culture.


This Week:

Jesus A. Tirado, Assistant Professor, Education, Auburn University and Elijah Gaddis, Associate Professor, History, Auburn University

Elijah Gaddis studies the spatial, material, and cultural histories of the 19th and 20thcentury South. His first book, Gruesome Looking Objects: A New History of Lynching and Everyday Things, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2022. This work looks at the souvenirs, mementos, and relics collected and created to preserve the memory of lynchings over the course of a century. Rooted in interdisciplinary methods material culture, ethnography, spatial and landscape studies the book examines the lingering attachments to objects of racial violence and collective accountability for the afterlives of these fraught
As a public and digital historian, Gaddis has curated a variety of exhibits, built online archives and projects, and run oral history initiatives. Much of his recent public history work has been through the Community Histories Workshop (CHW) which he cofounded. The CHW is a joint initiative of the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill and Auburn University and works in collaboration with organizations and individuals to research, gather, interpret, and preserve untold histories. Gaddis is currently collaborating with a range of community partners including: Klein Arts & Culture, the Boykin
Community Center, the Garden District Preservation Association, and Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery. His work with colleagues and collaborators has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Park Service, and a range of other organizations.
In his public history work, and in his teaching, Gaddis focuses on community engagement and collaboration. At Auburn, he teaches courses on landscape and spatial history, material culture, museum studies, and digital humanities.

June 8: Water Spirits

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6 p.m.

Auburn Area Community Theatre presents a live performance of Water Spirits.

Following a reading of the play, join us for a conversation with playwright Alicia Kester and Abdul-Khaliq Murtadha, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Auburn University.


Set in the lower 9th Ward of New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina, Water Spirits is an original new work by playwright Alicia Kester that explores what happens when a young woman returns to New Orleans to discover that spirits are talking to her. This staged reading of the play is directed by Abdul-Khaliq Murtadha, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance at Auburn University, and produced by Auburn Area Community Theatre. Free and open to the public.


*This reading is presented in conversation with Kevin Brisco: Migratory Roots

Alicia Kester (she/her) is a Black, mixedrace playwright, poet, fiction writer, and filmmaker. She draws on both her Yoruba (Nigerian) and Louisiana Creole heritages as well as her queer, disabled, and firstgeneration identities to address themes of migration, familial constructs, tribalism, environmentalism, the physical and/or racialized body, and current events. She often explores speculative genres, infusing magical realism, absurdism, or futurism within mundane or hyperrealist contexts in her writing. She recently completed a residency with Monson Arts in Maine. In 2022 she completed a residency with 3G Theater that culminated in a staged reading of her play Water Spirits. In 2021 she completed a residency with the Cph Queer Theater Festival, where she wrote two short plays that were produced in Denmark. She is looking forward to an upcoming residency at The Hambidge Center in Georgia. Water Spirits was a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference and the Garry Marshall Theater New Works Festival. She’s been published and is a former VONA scholar and a recipient of a grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, among others.

Andrea Holliday

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