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The Willson Center

Promoting research and creativity in the humanities and arts.

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Public Programs

The Global Georgia Initiative brings the world to Georgia and Georgia to the world.

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Digital Humanities Lab

The DIGI initiative supports collaborative research at UGA and beyond.

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Public Humanities

Recognized as a national model program for fostering “humanities communities.”

Promoting Scholarly Inquiry & Creative Activity

  • Colm Toibin
    Delta Chair’s high school visit featured in Washington Post

    The visit by 2017 Delta Chair for Global Understanding Colm Tóibín to Clarke Central High School was featured in the Washington Post on March 23. Athens public education advocate Bertis Downs, a member of the Willson Center Board of Friends, wrote a guest post on Valerie Strauss's Answer Sheet blog highlighting Tóibín's conversation with CCHS students, part of his three days of events as Delta Chair.

  • Whiting
    Call for Proposals: Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship for 2018-19

    The Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship is designed for nominees whose proposed project and professional expertise are both squarely in the humanities. The proposed project should engage a specific public beyond the academy in the humanities and the nominee should play a significant leadership role in the project.

  • Colm Tóibín
    Author Colm Tóibín to visit UGA and Athens as Delta Chair for Global Understanding

    The Willson Center will welcome the internationally acclaimed Irish writer Colm Tóibín to the University of Georgia as the second annual Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding March 15-17, 2017.

Upcoming Events

8:30 pm Screening and Q&A – “Jerusalem I... @ Ciné
Screening and Q&A – “Jerusalem I... @ Ciné
Mar 27 @ 8:30 pm
Screening and Q&A - "Jerusalem Is Proud to Present" @ Ciné
Nitzan Gilady, a producer, director, and scriptwriter from Israel, will be in Athens for a special screening of Jerusalem Is Proud To Present at Ciné. His documentary follows the drama of staging an LGBT parade in 2008 that was opposed by orthodox Jews, evangelical Christians,...
4:00 pm Bill Kretzschmar – “Common Threa... @ MLC Room 213
Bill Kretzschmar – “Common Threa... @ MLC Room 213
Mar 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Bill Kretzschmar - "Common Threads in Complex Systems at UGA" @ MLC Room 213
The Complex Systems Research Seminar this year, included talks from faculty members across the campus, and two talks from external speakers. The question now, at the end of the year, is what has been discovered about complex systems that brings together all of the research across campus....
4:00 pm Leonard Cassuto – “Graduate Scho... @ MLC Room 147
Leonard Cassuto – “Graduate Scho... @ MLC Room 147
Mar 28 @ 4:00 pm
Leonard Cassuto - “Graduate School in the Humanities: Past, Present, and Especially Future” @ MLC Room 147
Leonard Cassuto received his BA from Columbia University and his PhD from Harvard, and has been teaching at Fordham University since 1989, with the exception of half a year spent in Tanzania as a Fulbright lecturer. At Fordham University he teaches American Literature and writes on subjects...
4:00 pm Neil Landau – “Breaking in to TV... @ Peyton Anderson Forum at Grady College
Neil Landau – “Breaking in to TV... @ Peyton Anderson Forum at Grady College
Mar 29 @ 4:00 pm
Neil Landau - "Breaking in to TV: Getting a Job vs. Making a Career" @ Peyton Anderson Forum at Grady College
Neil Landau, a screenwriter whose work includes “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead,” “Melrose Place” and “The Magnificent Seven,” will give his talk, “Breaking into TV: Getting a Job vs Making a Career,” as a part of the Hearst Foundation Visiting Professional series. Landau is currently...
8:00 pm Erin Espelie – “The Lanthanide S... @ Ciné Lab
Erin Espelie – “The Lanthanide S... @ Ciné Lab
Mar 30 @ 8:00 pm
Erin Espelie - "The Lanthanide Series" @ Ciné Lab
Athens native Erin Espelie (University of Colorado, Boulder) will present her Lanthanide Series, a 70-minute experimental documentary about rare earth elements (the lanthanides), black mirrors (from obsidian to iPads), and how technology is reshaping the way we record the present and replay the past at Ciné....
8:00 pm Henry Kaiser – “Under Antarctic ... @ Ciné
Henry Kaiser – “Under Antarctic ... @ Ciné
Mar 31 @ 8:00 pm
Henry Kaiser – “Under Antarctic Ice in Words, Film, & Music” @ Ciné |  |  |
Henry Kaiser has successfully integrated research science, cinematic arts, and music throughout his long and varied career. His Antarctic cinematography and soundtracks for several Werner Herzog films and his pioneering work as one of the first wave of American improvisational guitarists has brought him a...
9:00 am 5th Annual Chess & Community Con... @ Mahler Hall (Georgia Center)
5th Annual Chess & Community Con... @ Mahler Hall (Georgia Center)
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am
5th Annual Chess & Community Conference @ Mahler Hall (Georgia Center) | Athens | Georgia | United States
Chess and Community present the 5th Annual Chess and Community Conference. Opening remarks will be from Blaine Williams, the City Manager, with a Keynote Address from award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault and a presentation by Beau Shell, a child entrepreneur and CEO of his own business....


Internal Deadlines

April 4 | Global Research Collaboration Grant Program funded by the Office of Research and the Office of International Education

External Funding Opportunities

Mar 23 | ACLS: Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs Grants for Universities

Mar 30 | Georgia Humanities Grants

Apr 12 | NEH: Fellowships

Apr 12 | NEH: NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication

Jun 1 | NEH: Common Heritage

Jun 6 | NEH: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Jun 7 | NEH: Digital Projects for the Public

Jul 20 | NEH: Humanities Collection and Reference Resources

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