humanities

On truth

Posted 3 years 1 week ago
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Astute piece in the Chronicle Review about the opportunism of disputing the truth that actually grew out of the academy:

It’s not just garden-variety ignorance that periodically appears in public-opinion polls that makes us cringe or laugh. A 2009 survey by the California Academy of Sciences found that only 53 percent of American adults knew how long it takes for Earth to revolve around the sun. Only 59 percent knew that the earliest humans did not live at the same time as the dinosaurs.

As egregious as that sort of thing is, it is not the kind of ignorance that should most...

National Humanities Alliance

Posted 3 years 1 month ago
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When a university's humanities programs are strong, as they are at UGA, we don't hear much about the threats to instruction and research in its many disciplines. But that humanites strength on our campus comes from a supportive community that fosters collaboration at critical junctures - both physical and in time - that makes innovative faculty and student initiatives a reality. In other words, we recognize the importance of having the Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts, and now the National Humanities Alliance Foundation recognizes the importance of the Willson Center at UGA as...

Kudos, April - May

Posted 3 years 1 month ago
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Tremendous accomplishments by Franklin faculty of late, as noted below. But we share our our top item with great pride and no small measure of sadness as the Franklin College bids farewell and good luck to one of our great colleagues, Linda Bachman, as she begins an important new job at UGA:

Assistant dean Linda Bachman has been named director of university experiential learning. Her appointment is effective May 1 in the Office of the Vice President for Instruction.

Bachman, who chaired a university-wide committee convened by Provost Pamela Whitten in 2014 to explore an...

Mapping Reconstruction

Posted 3 years 2 months ago
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This is certainly no joke, and already getting a lot of attention in the media. The digital humanities continue to take significant leaps forward with the use of maps as information graphics - and maybe they always have been, even in 2D, but add history, technology, data, narrative and... wow.

Mapping Occupation, a recently launched web-based project by UGA and City University of New York historians, provides the first detailed look at where the United States sent its troops to occupy the South after the American Civil War. This new view of the Army’s role sheds new light on the...

New home for the Willson Center

Posted 3 years 3 months ago
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Support for and promotion of the humanities and arts might appear to be a lower priority in many instances, for reasons we need not go back through. But one thing (at least) remains clear: vigorous support for the humanities and arts lets all and sundry know how and where they are vital, while providing inestimable opportunities for faculty, students and the campus community. That describes our Willson Center, and in a mark of our campus commitment to the humanities and arts, it now has a new home on Lumpkin Street:

[UGA's] Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts has...

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