Willson Center for Humanities and Arts

Author Event and Book Signing with Hanif Abdurraqib and Xinyue Huang

Join The Georgia Review and Avid Bookshop at the legendary 40 Watt for a literary night you won't want to miss. Best-selling writer and music critic Hanif Abdurraqib reads from his newly released book, There's Always This Year, about basketball, life, and home. Emerging bilingual poet Xinyue Huang reads from her book on love, loss, and persistence. Free and open to the public. Book sale and signing to follow. RSVPs highly suggested. 

Reconstructing the Black Archive: The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts, the First African American Woman Novelist

Dr. Gregg Hecimovich, 2024-2025 Hutchins Family Fellow and Professor of English at Furman University, will describe his extraordinary research journey to document the life and literary accomplishment of Hannah Bond, who escaped enslavement in North Carolina and subsequently wrote, using the pseudonym “Hannah Crafts,” what scholars consider to be one of the earliest novels written by an African American woman.

Spotlight x Spotlight Ecologies // Sea Sound Seen: Peter Van Zandt Lane, Dana Montlack, and Felicia Zamora

Join us for aqueous work from an award-winning poet and distinguished composer. Peter Van Zandt Lane will give a presentation on his current composition project, Thresholds, a work for orchestra and electronics that incorporates data sonification from the Georgia Coastal Ecologies Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site and is supported by a grant from the Georgia Sea Grant Artists Program.

Mountain Food Myths and Memories: A Conversation with Erica Abrams Locklear

Please join us for a conversation with Erica Abrams Locklear, author of Appalachia on the Table: Representing Mountain Food and People (University of Georgia Press), and Josina Guess, assistant editor for Sojourners Magazine, to discuss Locklear's book and how long-held preconceptions about Appalachian foodways color our perception of the region and its people. 

Keeping the Chattahoochee: Sally Bethea to Discuss New Book about Her Efforts to Protect an Essential Southern Waterway

The University of Georgia Press, Avid Bookshop, and the Athens-Clarke County Library invite the public to an author event and book signing with Sally Bethea in celebration of her book Keeping the Chattahoochee: Reviving and Defending a Great Southern River on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, from 7pm-8pm at the public library. There will be a book signing after the discussion.


Humanities Pedagogy and AI in German and American Classrooms

ChatGPT made its début less than a year ago: how are humanists responding to the bot? Join Dr. Julia Burkhardt, Professor of Medieval History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and a participant in the UGA-LMU Faculty Research Exchange Program, in exploring this question with a group of UGA faculty who have been thinking deeply about artificial intelligence and education: Elizabeth Davis (English), Jeremy Davis (Philosophy), Katie Ireland (Libraries and Digital Humanities), Kevin Jones (History), and Montgomery Wolf (History). 

2023 Food, Power, and Politics Lecture

Join the Russell Library for the fourth annual Food, Power, and Politics Lecture featuring Maurice Bailey, President & CEO of Save Our Legacy Ourself (SOLO), a non-profit based on Sapelo Island. Bailey will discuss the revival of heritage crops and the preservation of the culture, heritage, and traditions of the Saltwater Geechee people on Sapelo Island. Nik Heynen will moderate the event. Light reception to follow.