Lecture

Black History Month Lecture

"Beyond Famous Firsts: Black History Month, Populism, and the American Protest Tradition," Adrienne Petty, associate professor of history at the College of William and Mary.

Petty’s research focuses on black farmers in the post-Civil War south. Her most recent book, Standing Their Ground: Small Farmers in North Carolina since the Civil War, is one of the books for the History Department’s Black History Month book clubs.

Mary Frances Early Lecture: Bakari Sellers

Bakari Sellers, CNN political analyst, will present “Education, Civil Rights and Equality: Cornerstones for our Future” as the 2018 Mary Frances Early Lecture. At age 22, Sellers was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives, making him both the youngest member of the state legislature as well as the youngest African-American elected official in the nation. Sellers represented South Carolina’s 90th district in the state legislature from 2006-2014. He has also worked for Congressman James Clyburn and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.

Charter Lecture: "Hollywood South"

Gale Anne Hurd, CEO of Valhalla Entertainment; Will Packer, Emmy-nominated producer; Jeff Stepakoff, executive director, Georgia Film Academy; and Lee Thomas, division director of the film, music and digital entertainment division at the Georgia Department of Economic Development will present “Hollywood South: The New $9.5 Billion Georgia Industry.”

Aralee Strange Lecture: Shirley Brice Heath

Shirley Brice Heath, Marjorie Bailey Professor of English and Dramatic Literature and Professor of Linguistics, emerita, at Stanford University will present “The Arts as Brick and Mortar of Community Building” as the 2018 Aralee Strange Lecture.  Heath is a linguistic anthropologist whose research focuses on learning through sustained experience in art and/or science as well as across various environments. She has written several books and publications on her work with community building as well as directed and produced short documentaries on the topic.

Louise McBee Lecture: Michelle Asha Cooper

Michelle Asha Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, will present “Tackling Postsecondary Challenges Today.”  Cooper has served as the deputy director for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance at the U.S. Department of Education. She also provides commentary to various media outlets including NPR, FOX News, the Washington Post and C-SPAN. Cooper is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Aspen Institute Presidential Fellowship and the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s EXCEL (Excellence in Chief Executive Leadership) award.

Betty Jean Craige Lecture: Qiu Xiaolong, novelist

Qui is a poet, literary translator and crime novelist. He will present a lecture entitled, “A Chinese Cop in the Global Age.” His critically acclaimed Inspector Chen series —which is set in Shanghai, China, in the 1990s—has been published in 20 languages and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Qui’s novel “Death of a Red Heroine” won the Anthony Award for best novel in 2001.

Sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts

Founders Day Lecture: Marshall Shepherd

Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor Marshall Shepherd will present this year's Founder's Day Lecture entitled: “The Challenges of Communicating Science to Non-Scientists.” A leading international expert in weather, climate and remote sensing, Shepherd is director of UGA’s Atmospheric Sciences Program. He serves as host of The Weather Channel’s Sunday talk show “Weather Geeks” and as a contributor to Forbes magazine. Shepherd served as president of the American Meteorological Society in 2013 and is the recipient of the society’s 2018 Helmut E. Landsberg Award.

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