Lecture: Richard J. Roberts

Richard J. Roberts, chief scientific officer of New England BioLabs, will present "Exploring Bacterial Methylomes" as this year's George H. Boyd Distinguished Lecture. Roberts, an English biochemist and molecular biologist who co-discovered introns in eukaryotic DNA and the mechanism for gene-splicing, was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
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Lecture: Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, the Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law and professor of history at Harvard University will present “'The Civil Rights Queen:’ Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Racial and Gender Equality in America” as this year's Donald L. Hollowell Lecture. Brown-Nagin’s 2011 book, Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement, won the Bancroft Prize in American History, making her the first woman of color to win the honor. 

Lecture: Patricia Bell-Scott

Patricia Bell-Scott, UGA professor emerita of women’s studies and human development and family science, will discuss her new book, "The Firebrand and the First Lady," which is a portrait of the friendship between civil rights activist Pauli Murray and Eleanor Roosevelt. Co-sponsored by the Institute for African American Studies. A part of Black History Month observance. Prior to the event, the African American Choral Ensemble will present a selection of songs under the direction of  Gregory Broughton. A part of Black History Month observance. 

Global Georgia Initiative: Assaf Gavron

Assaf Gavron is a writer and translator. His fiction has been translated into ten languages, adapted to the stage, and four of his books are optioned for films. Gavron is also one of the noted translators in Israel. Among the authors he has translated from English are J.D. Salinger, Philip Roth, Jonathan Safran-Foer and J.K. Rowling. The event is part of the Willson Center’s Global Georgia Initiative.

Global Georgia Initiative: Natalie Chanin

Natalie “Alabama” Chanin is the owner and designer of Alabama Chanin. She has a degree in environmental design with a focus on industrial and craft-based textiles from North Carolina State University. Chanin continues to learn and to teach craft traditions, using them to bridge generational, economic, and cultural gaps. Chanin’s talk is part of the Willson Center’s Global Georgia Initiative, which brings world-class thinkers to Georgia. 

Founders Day Lecture

Thomas C. Reeves, UGA professor emeritus, will present this year’s lecture to celebrate the 231st anniversary of the establishment of America’s first state-chartered institution of higher education. His lecture is titled "So You Think You're Smarter than a Robot: The Race between Human Learning and Deep Learning."  Brian Heredia, a member of the Class of 2018, will provide the student response. 


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