HAMMOND — A series of lectures will highlight the final days of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual fall arts festival.

Fanfare’s finale begins on Wednesday, Oct. 18, with the first of three free "Then and Now Lecture" presentations in Pottle Auditorium. First up is history instructor Charles Elliott’s “Don’t You Know There’s A War On? Sustainability, Self-Sufficiency, and American Simplicity in World War II” at 1 p.m.

His lecture will explore national, public and private initiatives enhancing austerity as a strategic mandate in the fight against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.

Tom Franklin, author of “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter,” will visit Oct. 20-21 as part of the Common Read program, which provides students and community members the opportunity to read selected works and meet the author.

Franklin will speak about and read from his book at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Ponchatoula Library, 380 N. Fifth St. A question-and-answer session will follow.

A repeat performance is scheduled at 10 a.m. Oct. 21 in the Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas St. Following the morning’s program is a presentation for audience members interested in writing and publishing their own works.

Also on Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center, Entergy and Holly and Smith Architects are sponsoring an interactive children’s event called "Building Blocks: If Kids Ruled the City." Scheduled at the Hammond Recreation Center, the event is an interactive experience where youngsters ages 7–10, together with their parents and siblings and aided by architects and university students, get to build a small-scale version of their ideal city.

Admission is free, and participants are asked to bring a cardboard box.

The final two lectures will be held Oct. 25 and Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.

On Oct. 25, communication Professor Joe Burns will present “Blowing Eight to the Bar: American Music During World War II.”

On Oct. 31, William Robison, head of the History and Political Science Department, will present the final lecture, “Martin Luther, Halloween, and the Sexy Witches of World War II: Uncovering Unlikely Links Between the Reformation and Modern History.”

Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas St., (985) 543-4371. Some tickets may be purchased online at columbiatheatre.org. The box office is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before Columbia performances. For a complete schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at (985) 543-4366 or visit columbiatheatre.org.