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Oxford College continues Community Classroom series

OXFORD -- After beginning a popular community classroom series last year, Oxford College again will offer the expertise of their staff to the public.

The Oxford College Community Classroom will continue, beginning this month and continuing into November.

The OCCC's aim is to bring together residents of the Oxford and Covington communities with faculty in an exchange of learning and ideas.

This year's lecture series begins Tuesday. Two other lectures will be offered Nov. 13 and 27.

All members of the local community are welcome and encouraged to participate. There is no charge to attend.

"We are so pleased to be a part of Oxford, Covington and Newton County. OCCC will be a way in which we can give back to the communities we are part of, while getting to know our fellow residents better," said Margaret Dugan, Oxford College director of auxiliary operations and liaison to the city of Oxford. "The series is outstanding in its array of topics as well as the knowledge and teaching skills of our speakers. This is not to be missed."

From 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Brad Hawley, adjunct assistant professor of English, will present, "Down These Mean Streets: On the Trail of the American P.I.," in Tarbutton Theater near the corner of Haygood and Pierce Streets. It will give an overview of crime fiction with an emphasis on a private investigator.

At the same time Nov. 13, Florian Pohl, assistant professor of religion, will present "Insights into Islam: Considering the Qur'an" in the Dean's Dining Room at the Oxford College Dining Hall near the corner of Pierce and Wesley Streets. It will explore the Qur'an's role in the Muslim community from a comparative religious studies perspective by highlighting interpretations and recitation.

At the same time Nov. 27, David Leinweber, associate professor of history, will present "Songs and Stories: Folk Music Discussed and Performed," in Tarbutton Theater.

Guests are invited to come early for dinner in the college's dining hall. Service for dinner begins at 5 p.m. and cost is $8 for an variety of choices.

Registration is not required for the series.

Last year's series was piloted as an afternoon series, with an average of about 30 people per class with topics like sustainability, Civil War battle sites and Shakespeare.

Dugan said she hopes the later time will attract more guests this time. It is open to any age.

In the future, the program may be able to expand into offering more courses.

"We realize the importance of having a connection with the community," Dugan said. "This is an exciting opportunity to showcase interesting lectures that our faculty members have to offer."