AU history professor David Murphy to open Brown Bag Lunch Series

Wed, 2010-09-08 13:48 -- univcomm
September 8, 2010

Anderson University Professor of History Dr. David Murphy will kick off the Nicholson Library's fall Brown Bag Lunch Series Wednesday, Sept. 15, with a discussion of his recently published book Murder in their Hearts: The Fall Creek Massacre.

David MurphyThe event will be from noon - 1 p.m. in the Elizabeth York and James York Reading Room, on the first floor of the Nicholson Library. The discussion is free and open to the public. Those who attend are encouraged to bring their own lunches.

Murphy's book, which will be available for purchase during the Brown Bag Lunch, focuses on the March 1824 murder of nine Native Americans by a group of angry, intoxicated settlers. The event, which occurred along Fall Creek in Central Indiana, was significant in part because it was the first documented case under American law in which white settlers were convicted and executed for the murder of Native Americans. In an interview with the Indiana Historical Society, Murphy credits a former student with raising awareness of the massacre, which led to his interest in researching and writing the book.

Carl and Carolyn CaldwellThe Brown Bag Lunch Series will continue on Thursday, Sept. 30, with "Iraq Through our Eyes," a discussion led by Dr. Carl and Carolyn Caldwell. The couple retired from Anderson University last year, Carl as vice president for academic affairs and dean, and Carolyn as a faculty member in the Falls School of Business. They spent the past year teaching at American University of Iraq in Sulaimani, a city in the northern part of the country.

Deborah Miller FoxDeborah Miller Fox, professor of English, will conclude the fall Brown Bag Lunch Series on Wednesday, Oct. 27, with a discussion of her recently published book A Star for Robbins Chapel. Her book will be available for purchase during the event. Miller Fox teaches creative writing, composition, and literature at AU. She regularly advises the Literary Arts Magazine staff and directs the annual creative writing contests.

The Brown Bag Lunch Series began in 2005 as an opportunity for faculty, staff, students, and the public to gather in an informal setting to discuss topics of interest. Discussions typically draw about 15-20 attendees, said Dr. Janet Brewer, director of the Nicholson Library, though some events have drawn larger crowds.

Past discussions have at times revolved around particular themes, such as the Remnant Trust and the Great Decisions Global Affairs Discussion Program.

"This time there is no theme," said Brewer, "but it just so happens that we have two professors with books that are out, so it's a good way to celebrate with them and let everybody know about their accomplishments. And, of course, Carl and Carolyn's experience has sparked broad interest."

Each Brown Bag Lunch will begin at noon and conclude by 1 p.m. The events typically include opportunity for questions and answers after the main presentation.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.