As a part of the university's "This is Auburn Speaker Series" Auburn Magazine's editor emeritus, Mike Jernigan will speak about George Petrie and the Auburn Creed.
The event will take place on Friday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m at the Auburn Alumni Center.
Jernigan, a two-time Auburn alumnus will discuss the impact of George Petrie, author of the Auburn Creed.
An author himself, Jernigan's book "Auburn Man: The Life and Times of George Petrie" discusses the life of the Auburn icon. Even though Petrie is an important figure in Auburn history, Jernigan noticed not many people actually know much about the man himself.
Petrie impacted both athletics and academics at the University by bringing football and baseball to the University in 1892. Petrie is also widely considered the founder of the Auburn University History Department and Graduate School.
Petrie's 50-year academic career led him to be the first Alabamian to ever receive a Ph.D.
Jernigan himself retired from Auburn in 2004 and was named the editor emeritus of the Auburn Magazine the following year. Following his career at Auburn Magazine, Jernigan lived in the Cayman Islands, became a history instructor at Lee-Scott Academy and has done freelance work for a number of periodicals including Coastal Living and World War Two Magazine.
Jernigan will speak prior to this Saturday's football game against the University of Georgia and the Auburn alumnus will also hold a book signing where his books will be available for purchase.