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Terry Waltz – Three-Day Mandarin Dog-Gone Fast Workshop
Feb 21 – Feb 23 all-day
Terry Waltz - Three-Day Mandarin Dog-Gone Fast Workshop @ Athens Clarke County Public Library, First Floor Classroom

Led by Dr. Terry Waltz, expert in Mandarin and Total Physical Response Storytelling (TPRS), these three classes immerse students in Mandarin language learning that is fun and effective. Supported by the Willson Center and the Department of Language and Literacy Education, this immersive experience is aimed at adult beginners in the study of Mandarin (no previous experience necessary but attending all three sessions is strongly encouraged). Fluent Mandarin teachers are also welcome to observe this practice and the speedy results. Classes are from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 21-23.

Surprise yourself by how much Mandarin you can learn in three days and by doing so, learn about a spirited new approach to teaching and learning world languages.

Participants who attend all three days will receive a free copy of China’s award-winning book “To Live” by Yu Hua as part of the NEA Big Read program. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Global Georgia Initiative: Willson Center / Grady College Conversation – “Journalism and the Contemporary South”
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm
Global Georgia Initiative: Willson Center / Grady College Conversation - "Journalism and the Contemporary South" @ UGA Chapel | Athens | Georgia | United States

Join us for a conversation on journalism in the contemporary South with six panelists with national experience in the modern media and the challenges they face in telling the stories that speak to a tumultuous time.

  • Eliza Borné, editor, Oxford American
  • Valerie Boyd, professor, UGA Grady College of Journalism
  • Richard Fausset, Atlanta bureau chief, The New York Times
  • Alysia Nicole Harris, managing editor, Scalawag
  • Pete McCommons, editor & publisher, Flagpole
  • Chuck Reece, editor in chief, The Bitter Southerner

Dean Charles Davis of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will moderate the discussion.

The event is presented in partnership with the Grady College, The Bitter Southerner, Flagpole, Oxford American, and Scalawag.

The Willson Center’s Global Georgia Initiative presents global problems in local context with a focus on how the arts and humanities can intervene. The series is made possible by the support of private individuals and the Willson Center Board of Friends.


Jessica Silbey – “The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators and Everyday Intellectual Property”
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm
Jessica Silbey - "The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators and Everyday Intellectual Property" @ Hirsch Hall (School of Law), Classroom B (Room 122)

Jessica Silbey, professor at the Northeastern University School of Law, is a leading scholar and nationally recognized expert on intellectual property and the use of film to communicate about law. Silbey has altered the national conversation about creativity and invention with her recent book, The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators and Everyday Intellectual Property (Stanford University Press). Based on a set of 50 interviews with authors, artists, inventors and lawyers, Silbey’s work challenges the traditional notion of intellectual property as merely creating financial incentives necessary to spur innovation. Drawing on her interdisciplinary background and qualitative empirical training, Silbey’s research sheds new light onto the roles intellectual property law play to sustain and frustrate the creative and innovative communities in the work they seek to accomplish.

Silbey earned her law degree as well as her PhD in comparative literature from the University of Michigan. She served as law clerk to Judge Robert E. Keeton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and Judge Levin H. Campbell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She also spent three years in private law practice, focusing on intellectual property and reproductive rights.

Silbey is co-editor of the book Law and Justice on the Small Screen (with Peter Robson) and author of numerous law review articles and publications in other venues. In addition to her research on intellectual property, Silbey writes about the use of film as a legal tool (body cams, surveillance video, medical imaging) and the representations of law in popular culture (courtroom dramas, reality television). She is an affiliate fellow at Yale’s Information Society Project and a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. In January 2016, Silbey was elected chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) national Section on Intellectual Property and appointed to serve on the AALS Presidential Conference Film Committee. She currently serves as co-chair of the New England Chapter for the Copyright Society of the United States.

Shirley Brice Heath – Aralee Strange Lecture: “The Arts as Brick and Mortar of Community Building”
Feb 22 @ 5:30 pm
Shirley Brice Heath -  Aralee Strange Lecture: “The Arts as Brick and Mortar of Community Building” @ Georgia Museum of Art | Athens | Georgia | United States

Shirley Brice Heath holds the Marjorie Bailey Professorship in English and Dramatic Literature and is a professor of linguistics, emerita, at Stanford University. She is also the director of research for the Public Theater in New York City. Her work focuses on the ways in which long-term engagement with art can drive the linguistic and cognitive development of adolescents. Her talk will draw from national and international contexts in which the arts are building community togetherness, communication and, sometimes, solace and comfort. This program is made possible by the Aralee Strange Fund for Art and Poetry.

Marc Teicholz – Guitar Recital
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm
Marc Teicholz - Guitar Recital @ Ramsey Concert Hall

Guitarist Marc Teicholz was awarded first prize at the 1989 International Guitar Foundation of America Competition, the largest, most prestigious contest of its kind in the United States. He was also a prize winner at the 1991 New York East-West Artists Competition.

Described by Gramophone as “arguably the best of the new young guitarists to have emerged,” and by Soundboard magazine as “among the best we have ever heard,” Teicholz’s performances throughout the world include tours of the United States, Canada, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Fiji. His recitals and master classes have received critical acclaim, and he has been featured in concert with orchestras in Spain, Portugal, California and Hawaii.

He has also had new works written specially for him. Most recently, Teicholz debuted Clarice Assad’s Concerto for Guitar, O Saci-Pererê, at the Biasini Festival in San Francisco. Teicholz tours the United States extensively with The Festival of Four. He is featured on the pilot soundtrack for George Lucas’ “Young Indiana Jones,” and has recorded solo CDs for Naxos, Sugo, Menus and Music, and most recently, Guitar Salon International. His latest solo disc, Valseana, presents works performed on historic guitars of the period of each musical selection.  On Delos records, he has recently released Open your Heart with soprano Laura Claycomb, featuring mixed 19th and 20th century composers.

For Naxos, Marc Teicholz has made his mark with two collections of Sor’s music already committed to disc. In a show of his versatility, he has also recorded the fifth volume of the collected works for guitar by the 19th Century French virtuoso guitarist and composer Napoleon Coste.

Teicholz, currently on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory, teaches in the summer at the California Summer Arts Festival and the Weatherfield Music festival in Vermont. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Yale School of Music, and holds a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley Boalt School of Law.

Willson Center Cinema Roundtable – “Women, Hollywood, and the #METOO Era”
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm
Willson Center Cinema Roundtable - "Women, Hollywood, and the #METOO Era" @ Fine Arts Building, Balcony Theatre (Room 400)

This past year saw many dramatic revelations within the American cinema, from the Harvey Weinstein scandals and the #ME TOO plus #TIMESUP movements, to highly popular movies by women writers, directors, and producers, including Wonder Woman, First They Killed My Father, Mudbound, and Lady Bird, among many others. This panel will address current state of American filmmaking, assessing ongoing hurdles and notable triumphs for women in Hollywood today. Panelists include Antje Ascheid (Film Studies), Maryann Erigha (Sociology), Kate Fortmueller (Entertainment & Media Studies), and Rielle Navitski (Film Studies). Richard Neupert moderates the roundtable, which is free and open to the public. The audience will be invited to join the discussion.

Jonathan Hsy – “Disability and Divergent Readers: The History of the Book through Other(ed) Senses”
Feb 28 @ 4:30 pm
Jonathan Hsy - “Disability and Divergent Readers: The History of the Book through Other(ed) Senses” @ Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries Auditorium

This talk, part of the 2018 Symposium on the Book, considers how disability-oriented cultural studies can transform how we think about material texts and the phenomenology of reading. Among the text technologies considered will be the development of braille/tactile books and “talking books” (precursors to audiobooks) for readers with visual impairments, and a surprisingly long history of deaf-oriented texts on sign language communication beginning in the later Middle Ages.

Jonathan Hsy is associate professor of English at George Washington University and founding co-director of the GW Digital Humanities Institute. He specializes in medieval literature with interests in translation, material culture, and disability studies. He is the author of Trading Tongues: Merchants, Multilingualism, and Medieval Literature (2013), and one of his current book projects explores autobiographical writing by medieval authors who self-identified as blind or deaf. His publications on disability and digital media have appeared in AccessusCambridge Companion to the Body in LiteratureEarly Modern Women JournalNew Medieval LiteraturesJournal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and postmedieval. He blogs at In The Middle, a group medieval studies blog.

Hsy visits UGA as this semester’s Franklin College Diversity Fellow. His talk is sponsored by the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the department of English, and the Willson Center.

The Symposium on the Book is an interdisciplinary Willson Center Research Seminar that aims to explore the nature of the book in all its forms, across time and space. The goals are twofold, to pose fundamental questions such as: what makes a book a book, how have cultural attitudes toward books and book making changed, are digital media recuperating or killing print media? And to investigate and analyze the various media that contribute to the production of books such as ink, e-ink, paper, screen, manuscript, print, pixels, binding, and book arts, as well as the production processes themselves.

Heather Cass White – “Marianne Moore: Why Editing Matters”
Mar 1 @ 4:30 pm
Heather Cass White - "Marianne Moore: Why Editing Matters" @ Park Hall Library (Room 261)

Marianne Moore (1887-1972), major American modernist poet and editor, was one of her age’s shiftiest artists. She made, remade, reordered and selectively suppressed her poems many times during her life, making the establishment of a “definitive” Moore canon nearly impossible. The past decade, however, has seen a Renaissance in the editing of her work, revealing a poet quite different from the one her posthumous readers thought they knew. At this talk we will get into the nitty-gritty of that work, exploring the ramifications of editing for Moore in particular and poetics in general.

Heather Cass White is professor of English at the University of Alabama. She is the author of numerous articles on modern American poetry as well as two critical editions of Moore’s poems: Adversity and Grace: Marianne Moore, 1936-1941 (ELS Editions, 2012) and A-Quiver with Significance: Marianne Moore, 1932-1936 (ELS Editions, 2008). White has just published a new edition of Moore’s work, New Collected Poems of Marianne Moore (London: Faber; NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017).

For those planning on attending the workshop, the poems to be discussed are “Diligence is to Magic as Progress is to Flight,” “Poetry,” “Roses Only,” “Radical,” and two versions of “The Student”.

The event is sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Modernism Workshop, the Wilson Center, and the English department.

Maria Franca Sibau – “Militant Virtue: Contentious Exemplary Heroines in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Vernacular Stories”
Mar 2 @ 12:00 pm
Maria Franca Sibau - "Militant Virtue: Contentious Exemplary Heroines in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Vernacular Stories" @ TBD

Maria Franca Sibau is Assistant Professor of Chinese in the Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures at Emory University. She earned a B.A. degree in East Asian Studies from Venice University, an M.A. degree in East Asian Studies from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in traditional Chinese literature from Harvard.  Her research and teaching interests include fiction and drama of the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties (thirteenth to early twentieth century), women writers, and popular culture in pre-modern China.

This talk is a part of the “Women in War: Literature, History, and Politics in the Early Modern World” Research Seminar.

Religion and the Common Good Seminar – “Augustine on Love, Conflict, and the Goods We Hold in Common”
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm
Religion and the Common Good Seminar - "Augustine on Love, Conflict, and the Goods We Hold in Common" @ Miller Learning Center, Room 248

This talk will be led by Richard Miller, Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Religious Ethics, University of Chicago.

The Religion and the Common Good Seminar is an interdisciplinary initiative that builds on existing networks between faculty, students, community members, and other professionals with research, teaching, and service interests in religion’s contribution to the common good.  The seminar explores the ways religious communities reach beyond the bounds of their own community to benefit people of other faiths or of no particular faith, what constitutes the common good from a religious faith perspective, differences between religions in approaching various common goods, how religions prevent or promote common goods within society or segments of society, religious teachings and practices that motivate members to seek the good of others, and inter-religious service for the common good.

The Religion and the Common Good Seminar is presented by the department of religion with support from the Willson Center.