Willson Center

Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding Colm Toibin

Posted 1 week 3 days ago
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The Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the FRanklin College welcome Irish writer Colm Toibin to UGA as the second annual Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding March 15-17:

Toibin is a prize-winning novelist, short-story writer, dramatist and critic whose works have been translated into more than 30 languages. He is the author of the acclaimed novels The Master and Brooklyn, a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and a contributing editor at the London Review of Books.

The first public event of Toibin's visit will be a March 15 screening of the...

Panel discussions on Films and Food

Posted 1 month 1 day ago
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The extraordinary new films Moonlight and I Am Not Your Negro are the focus of special screenings and panel discussions this week. On Wednesday Feb. 22, Moonlight:

A screening of Barry Jenkins’s Oscar-nominated film, followed by a panel discussion with Valerie Babb, professor of English and director of the Institute for African American Studies; Ed Pavlić, professor of English and creative writing; and Channette Romero, associate professor of English

And the next evening, Feb. 23, I Am Not Your Negro:

A screening of Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary on James...

Global Georgia, Craige Lecture: Viet Thanh Nguyen

Posted 1 month 1 week ago
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Winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his 2015 novel The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen will visit UGA for a Feb. 13 talk as part of the Signature Lecture series and the Willson Center’s Global Georgia Initiative speaker series.

Nguyen’s Feb. 13 Global Georgia talk is presented as the department of comparative literature’s annual Betty Jean Craige Lecture. 

Born in Ban Me Thuot, Viet Nam in 1971, Nguyen and his family came to the United States as refugees in 1975. He earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Berkeley before accepting a teaching...

Engaging the public with art

Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago
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As we get more acquainted with the Irish craft of understatement, Kim Mawhinney, Head of Art at the Ulster Museum, Belfast, visits campus Thursday Nov. 10  to deliver her lecture, “‘Art Can Tread Where Words and Politics Often Can’t’: Curating the Troubles Legacy”

[The lecture] examines the challenges and consequences of using art to engage the public with the legacy of Northern Ireland’s recent past. Art of the Troubles, 2014, and Colin Davidson: Silent Testimony, 2015, were two landmark exhibitions demonstrating the Ulster Museum’s ongoing commitment to helping the public explore...

STEM education and the humanities

Posted 5 months 4 days ago
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Scientific American weighs in on the tendency to prioritize STEM disciplines over the humanities and how Voltaire and Camus have an important role to play, especially in a high-tech future:

Promoting science and technology education to the exclusion of the humanities may seem like a good idea, but it is deeply misguided. Scientific American has always been an ardent supporter of teaching STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But studying the interaction of genes or engaging in a graduate-level project to develop software for self-driving cars should not edge out...

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