Roads Scholar Lecture Series returns to TROY

Posted: Tuesday, 13 October 2009

TROY—The Roads Scholar Lecture Series will return to Troy University Oct. 15 with a lecture on “The Songs of Nat King Cole” by Daphne Simpkins.

The lecture is scheduled for 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theatre.

A component of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street’s “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” traveling exhibit, the Roads Scholar Lecture Series, and the exhibit at The Studio in downtown Troy, is free and open to the public. Troy University and The Johnson Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Alabama State Humanities Council, are sponsoring the exhibit, said Dr. Maryjo Adams Cochran, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

Simpkins, a Montgomery, Ala. native and adjunct professor of creative writing at Auburn University Montgomery, is an author whose works include a biography for children: “Nat King Cole: An Unforgettable Life of Music.”

“These lectures and the interactive museum exhibit help tell us the story of American music,” Dr. Cochran said. “We’re pleased to be able to play a role in telling that story.”

On Oct. 29, Dr. Alan Brown, an author and professor of English at the University of West Alabama, will deliver the final Roads Scholar Lecture at TROY from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. in the Trojan Center Theatre. “Songs of Slavery” will be his topic.