The lecture series features Auburn University faculty members discussing their latest research. They include presentations by Professors Ruth Crocker on philanthropist Margaret Olivia Sage, Geoffrey Hill on the Ivorybill Woodpecker, Gary Mullen on British naturalist Philip Henry Gosse, Angela Lakwete on the cotton gin in antebellum America, and Paula Backscheider on women, poetry, and social movements in eighteenth century Britain. The University Libraries, the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities, and the University Bookstore sponsor the lectures, which are hosted by Special Collections & Archives on the ground floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.
In 2006 Auburn celebrated the 150th anniversary of the founding of the East Alabama Male College, the university's earliest predecessor. Sesquicentennial events included a lecture series that illuminated topics and events essential to understanding the history of Auburn University. The Sesquicentennial Lecture Series grew out of the university's Sesquicentennial Committee. In addition to the committee, the Auburn University Libraries, the Center for Arts and Humanities of the College of Liberal Arts, and AU Outreach sponsored all of the lectures. The College of Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension System also sponsored the lectures dealing with their own histories. The Systems Department of the Auburn University Libraries videotaped the lectures, digitized and edited them, and designed this website for their online presentation.