Mapping Reconstruction

Posted 2 years 11 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 1 week ago

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...

Table's Edge

Posted 3 years 3 weeks ago

Cheeky titles aside, even if 'the path to our hearts is through our stomachs' is a mischievous falsehood, the fare upon our tables affirmatively helps define our culture, if not our sensibility. To dwell, wax and further instruct on the issue of food, the Willson Center brings John T. Edge to campus this Thursday:

 [A] widely published writer and the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, Edge is one of the leading figures in an emerging public conversation about how regional...

Imagining America

Posted 3 years 6 months ago

Connecting the arts and humanities to a democratic revivial in the United States is more than an intriguing idea - the future of the cultural and political ideals of a diverse nation hangs in the balance. And while that may sound like hyperbole, consider the headwinds of violence, apathy, low-voter turnout, politcal disillusionment and eroding trust in institutions into which American society has turned in recent years. As much as that 'decision' has been driven by choice, short-term corporate self-interest and a certain passive willingness, so to will solutions to re-engage be a matter of...

Teaching Ferguson's lessons

Posted 3 years 6 months ago

Hot-off-the-presses is not usually a part of lesson plans in university classrooms - unless it is. History, political science, economics... social sciences and humanities classtime can easily and sometimes should be convulsed in topical isses. Faculty at institutions in the immediate area don't have the luxury of remove and often need to incorporate the events for multiple reasons. The Chronicle of Higher Education shares some lessons plans from faculty in the St. Louis area and how they plan to address sensitive issues of race and policing that were ignitied on Aug. 9. Could be...