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.

Holmes-Hunter Lecture: Keith Parker

Keith Parker, general manager and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, will speak. Parker was recognized as the Outstanding Public Transportation Manager by the American Public Transportation Association in 2015 and was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council in 2016.

Lecture: "Translating Ecology: From Public Art to Climate Action"

"Translating Ecology: From Public Art to Climate Action," Timothy Carter (PhD '06), president of Second Nature, a nonprofit organization that works to build a sustainable and positive global future through leadership networks in higher education. A reception precedes the seminar at 4:30 p.m. in the Ecology lobby, hosted by Laurie Fowler, executive director for Public Service and External Affairs at the Odum School of Ecology and director for Policy of the UGA River Basin Center.

Lecture: Rob Stein - From AIDS to Zika

NPR health correspondent and senior editor Rob Stein has covered global infectious diseases since the early days of the AIDS pandemic, also reporting on emerging pathogens such as SARS and perennial threats such as influenza. On Tuesday, Jan. 24, Stein will visit the University of Georgia to talk about his journey as he opens the 2017 Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard lecture series.

2017 Founders Day Lecture

Charles Bullock, Richard B. Russell Professor of Political Science in the School of Public and International Affairs, will present this year’s lecture, “The Highs and Lows of the 2016 Presidential Election," to celebrate the 232nd anniversary of the establishment of America’s first state-chartered institution of higher education. His lecture will focus on the 2016 presidential election.

Sponsored by: Alumni Association
Contact: Lauren Cook 

For more information, visit: http://alumni.uga.edu/foundersweek/

2017 George H. Boyd Distinguished Lecture

David Reitze, executive director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory at the California Institute of Technology, will deliver the 2017 George H. Boyd Distinguished Lecture.

He will speak at 3:30 p.m. on January 12 in room 202 of the Physics Building. His lecture is titled “Last Tango in Space: Detecting Gravitational Waves from Binary Black Hole Mergers for the First Time Ever Using LIGO.”

Lunchtime Time Machine: How do you counterfeit money (in nineteenth-century America)?

This installment of the Department of History’s undergraduate lecture series features Dr. Stephen Mihm. Professor Mihm teaches the second half of the U.S. survey and upper-division courses on nineteenth-century America and on the history of American capitalism. He the is author of A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men, and the Making of the United States and co-author of Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance.

Free admission, free pizza.


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