Willson Center

Faculty Research Clusters in the Humanities

Posted 4 years 5 months ago

In continuing with our Humanities Week theme, today the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at UGA launches its new Faculty Research Clusters initiative with a reception at 4 p.m. in the Russell Building Special Collections Libraries:

The program supports groups of University of Georgia faculty who are organized to address large-scale humanities and arts questions in partnership with colleagues from allied departments, colleges, centers, and institutes.

UGA President Jere Morehead and Vice President David Lee are scheduled to give remarks at the event....

Former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa to give Chapel lecture

Posted 4 years 9 months ago
James-Joseph silhouette, dark background

James A. Joseph, former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa in the immediate wake of the release and election of Nelson Mandela in the late 1990's, will present a talk this afternoon at 4 pm in the UGA Chapel. The talk is “Leadership as a Way of Being: Reflections on Nelson Mandela, Servant Leadership and Personal Renewal.”

Joseph has served in the administrations of four U.S. Presidents. He was the only holder of the office of U.S. Ambassador to South Africa to present his credentials to President Nelson Mandela. In 1999, President Thabo Mbeki awarded Joseph the Order of Good Hope, the...

Swindler: This ≠ That

Posted 4 years 11 months ago
Swindler colored print

The Willson Center for Humanities and Arts presents a lecture by assistant professor of art Jon Swindler on Wednesday March 27 at 4 p.m. in room S150 of the lamar Dodd School of Art. The lecture, part of the 2012-23 Fellows Lecture Series in the Willson Center, is titled "This ≠ That: Mediation and Accumulation."

Swindler's talk will focus on two recent printmaking-based projects generated during an artist residency in Venice, Italy.

A printmaker, Swindler is one of our great young art faculty members. And who among us doesn't love Venice? This should be good.


van Wagtendonk's "on a Wing and a Prayer"

Posted 5 years 3 months ago
song of lift, birds.

Associate professor of art and chair of Art X: Expanded Forms, Martijn van Wagtendonk will present his Willson Center lecture on Thursday, Nov.15 at 4 p.m. in room 248 of the Miller Learning Center. His lecture will focus on his kinetic sculptural installation, Song of Lift:

Song of Lift is a 5-minute-long, fully automated, viewer-sensitive opera. A 14-armed circular structure hangs in the center of a gallery’s 20-foot ceiling. Its 12-foot arms hang down like a closed umbrella. From the arms, strings hang 144 winged objects just above the ground. This is the center of the play. A...

Portrait of Oscar W.

Posted 5 years 5 months ago
black and white pen drawing of a man in a peacock skirt.

The Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde is famous for almost as many popular quotations as Mark Twain or Orwell. His late-Victorian world was peppered with all manner of dandyism and wise-crackery, captured perfectly in The Portrait of Dorian Gray. But his life was also colored by his homosexuality, closeted as it was with his wife and children, which eventually led to his imprisonment and death.

A fascinating artist, and now his trial will be the subject of a Modernism Seminar Lecture on Monday September 17:

"The Trial of Oscar Wilde," Kevin Dettmar, W.M. Keck...