Willson Center for Humanities and Arts

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.

“‘Art Can Tread Where Words and Politics Often Can’t’: Curating the Troubles Legacy”

Kim Mawhinney, Head of Art, Ulster Museum, Belfast, examines the challenges and consequences of using art to engage the public with the legacy of Northern Ireland’s recent past.  Art of the Troubles, 2014, and Colin Davidson: Silent Testimony, 2015, were two landmark exhibitions demonstrating the Ulster Museum’s ongoing commitment to helping the public explore, understand and respond to the 30-year period of Northern Ireland’s history known as the Troubles.

Guest Lecture: Tess Davis

"Tomb Raiders and Terrorist Financing: Cutting off the Islamic State’s Illicit Traffic in ‘Blood Antiquities,'" Tess Davis, affiliate researcher at the University of Glasgow. Part of the Signature Lecture Series.

Davis, a lawyer who has dedicated the last decade to combating the illicit antiquities trade, served as executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation before joining the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow.

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. 

Cinema Roundtable: “Animated Comic Attractions & Early Cinema”

This roundtable discusses how silent cinema reworked some of the graphic traditions and story content of comic strips from their era. Visiting Scholar Tom Gunning, University of Chicago, will join panelists Rielle Navitski, film studies, and Chris Pizzino, English, for this roundtable moderated by Richard Newport, film studies.

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A Conversation with Alice Walker

Alice Walker will join Valerie Boyd, Associate Professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, for a public conversation in this Delta Chair community event. It is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission. Tickets will be available through the Morton Theatre box office at a date to be announced.

Parking is available one half-block away in the West Washington Street Parking Deck at 125 W. Washington St.

More details will be released soon.

Alice Walker: "Standing in Georgia, Writing to the World"

A native of Eatonton, Walker is the author of seven novels, including "The Color Purple," for which she became the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize.
Walker has been designated the Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding.

Walker will give a talk and read from her literary works in this keynote Delta Chair event. The event free and open to the public, and seating is general admission.

Overflow seating with a live video stream will be available nearby. Parking is available in the UGA North Campus Parking Deck on Jackson Street.

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