Georgia Debate Union finishes season ranked fifth in the nation

Posted 1 year 9 months ago
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The hardwork and determination of students on the UGA debate team has developed a competitive advantage out of the stellar UGA undergraduate experience:

The Georgia Debate Union at the University of Georgia finished the 2015-16 season ranked fifth in the varsity rankings of the American Debate Association. These rankings are based on an institution's success over the course of an entire season, which begins in mid-September and goes through the end of March.

The UGA team, with 24 members, reached the elimination rounds in nine of 14 tournaments over the course of the year,...

Peace Corps Certificate Program

Posted 1 year 10 months ago

UGA and the Peace Corps have launched a new program aimed to prepare students interested in joining the Peace Corps or acquiring the skills and knowledge to have a great global impact. The program, highlighted in this week's Columns, speaks to the mind and motivations of many students as it emphasizes the core importance of many Franklin programs and majors:

UGA currently ranks 24th nationally for Peace Corps volunteers. Twenty-seven alumni are now serving in the Peace Corps. Since President John F. Kenney launched the program in 1961, more than 600 UGA alumni have joined the Peace...

A world of languages at UGA

Posted 2 years 2 weeks ago
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Comment on dit, "world class university?" UGA has the programs and the people that make it second-to-none in teaching and learning foreign languages - a set of capabilities that is the sine qua non for a premier university:

“It’s a truly diverse blend, that both harkens back to the roots of classical liberal arts education as it builds on the world as we know it today and looks forward to both the challenges and the opportunities of the future,” said Noel Fallows, Distinguished Research Professor of Spanish and associate dean in the Franklin College. “You can make the...

The Star Wars Gaze

Posted 2 years 2 months ago
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Spoiler alert: No spoilers herein about the new film whatsoever.

A 40-year-old essay with nearly 9,000 citations on Google scholar is the focus of a series of articles in the Chronicle of Higher Ed that, taken together, present an affirmative case for the humanities, and for understanding how popular art reflects our mores can introduce fascinating revelations that support positive individual and societal change:

40 years later, "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" still resonates with students, and still resonates with me. Men and women remain unequal in their relationship...

Humanities events recap

Posted 2 years 3 months ago
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Today's issue of Columns includes three stories about some terrific recent events that highlight engagement with the humanities on campus, including the visit by acclaimed American novelist Alice Walker:

Walker, who came to UGA as the Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding, spoke to capacity crowds Oct. 14 at the Chapel and Oct. 15 at the Morton Theatre in downtown Athens.

Her message, which Walker delivered with her thoughtful, Zen-like tone, resonated with UGA students like Mansur Buffins, a second-year social studies education and African-American studies major....