The Metalanguage of Race: Then and Now

The Institute for Women’s Studies has partnered with the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Institute for African American Studies, Franklin College, the Atlanta branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and the Athens Area Black History Bowl, to bring Dr. Evelyn Higginbotham, Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, to the University of Georgia as part of the Women’s History Month programming.

Lecture: “Bridging the Gap in Higher Education”

Joycelyn Elders, Professor Emeritus at the University of Arkansas School of Medicine, will give the Mary Frances Early Lecture entitled “Bridging the Gap in Higher Education” April 5, 3 – 4 p.m.. The event will take place at the M. Smith Griffith Auditorium, Georgia Museum of Art with a reception to follow. Elders was the 15th Surgeon General of the United States, and the first African American and only the second woman to head the U.S. Public Health Service.
Sponsored by the Graduate School, Graduate and Professional Scholars and the Office of Institutional Diversity

Lecture: Barbara Grosz

Barbara Grosz, Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences at Harvard University, will present a lecture entitled “Intelligent Systems: Design and Ethical Challenges” as the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. The first woman president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Grosz specializes in natural language processing and multi-agent systems. She developed some of the earliest computer dialogue systems and established the research field of computational modeling of discourse.

Lecture: George Nash

George H. Nash, Senior Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, will present a lecture entitled “The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America.”

Nash is the author of a foundational text on American conservatism and a three-volume biography of Herbert Hoover commissioned by the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association. His essays have appeared in numerous national publications including the American Spectator, Modern Age, National Review, New York Times Book Review, Policy Review and Wall Street Journal. 

Lecture: The War Against AIDS, 35 Years and Counting

Deborah L. Birx, Ambassador-at-Large and the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy with the U.S. Department of State, will present a lecture entitled “The War Against AIDS, 35 Years and Counting: Are We There Yet?” The lecture is part of the Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard series, sponsored by the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism and the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases.

Delta Visiting Chair Lecture: Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín, Irish author, essayist and journalist, will give the Delta Visiting Chair Lecture entitled “Staying Home, Leaving Home: Ireland and America” March 16, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the UGA Chapel. Tóibín has written numerous acclaimed novels, short stories, plays, essays and works of criticism and memoir. His award-winning novel Brooklyn was adapted for an Oscar-nominated 2015 film starring Saoirse Ronan.

Sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.

Lecture: Rick Ridgeway

Rick Ridgeway, Vice President of Environmental Affairs at Patagonia clothing company, will present a lecture entitled “The Elephant in the Room.” Ridgeway is a mountaineer, adventurer, environmentalist, writer, filmmaker and businessman who oversees vanguard environmental and sustainability initiatives. He was part of the 1978 team that included the first Americans to summit K2, the world's second-highest mountain.

Betty Jean Craige Annual Lecture: Viet Than Nguyen

Viet Than Nguyen, the Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, will give the Betty Jean Craige Annual Lecture entitled "Nothing Ever Dies: Ethical Memory and Radical Writing in The Sympathizer.”  Nguyen’s The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, while his non-fiction work Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War was short-listed for a 2016 National Book Award.


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