Willson Center hosts second Georgia Humanities Symposium in Columbus, Ga. with Georgia Humanities

In partnership with Georgia Humanities, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts hosted the second Georgia Humanities Symposium, a national conversation on the public humanities, in the Columbus Museum in Columbus, Ga. on Friday, February 7, 2020.

The program was supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and included speakers from a diverse range of institutions and foundations, including the National Humanities Alliance, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, a2ru, the Do Good Fund, the Rural Studio, These Halls Can Talk, and several Georgia and Southeastern institutions.

The conversation was free and open to the public, and travel support was made available to participants.

The Georgia Humanities Symposium has two aims:

  • To gather together humanities research leaders at the state, region and national levels to discuss and share diverse humanities practices with a view to amplifying our collective voice and knitting a stronger fabric between us.
  • To discover if we can build this conversation into a sustainable and durable framework for connecting innovation and advocacy for the humanities in the Southeast to other regional and national initiatives, with a view to increasing our collective visibility and competitiveness, in particular with foundations, endowments, and private support.

This was the second of three annual meetings during which participants shared experiences of projects, grants, and innovations in humanities research and teaching.

The Georgia Humanities Symposium is made possible by the generosity of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through a grant to the Global Georgia Initiative of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia.








Outline Schedule

9:30-10 a.m.

Check in

10-10:15 a.m.


Ronald C. Williams, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Academic Innovation, Columbus State University

10:15-11:30 a.m.

Panel One 

Chair: Stephen Kidd (National Humanities Alliance)

Deneen Senasi (Mercer University)

Ben Reiss (Emory University)

Chara Bohan (Georgia State University)

Shaleisa Brewer (These Halls Can Talk)

Chester Fontenot (Mercer University)

11:30-11:45 a.m.


11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Conversation with the Rural Studio and The Do Good Fund

Nicholas Allen, Rusty Smith, Hannah Israel

12:30-2 p.m.

Networking lunch 

Conversations hosted by CHCI, a2ru and others   

2-3 p.m.

Panel Two

Chair: Amanda Rees (Columbus State University)

Ann McCleary (University of West Georgia)

Lauren Bradshaw (University of North Georgia)

John Tures (LaGrange College)

Mark Wilson (Auburn University)

3-3:15 p.m.

Closing remarks 

Nicholas Allen (University of Georgia)