Georgia Humanities Symposium set for March 8, 2019


Georgia Humanities Symposium set for March 8, 2019

The Willson Center and Georgia Humanities will host the Georgia Humanities Symposium on Friday, March 8, 2019 in the Georgia Museum of Art on the University of Georgia campus.

The publicly engaged humanities are a critical part of research and outreach nationally and the University of Georgia is part of a rich fabric of humanities research and teaching whose threads weave through the state.

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 south east to other regional and national initiatives, with a view to increasing our collective visibility and competitiveness, in particular with foundations, endowments and private support.

It is planned that this will be the first of three annual meetings during which we will share experiences of projects, grants, and innovations in humanities research and teaching.

This first group will consist of delegates from around the state and region, including Georgia Humanities, the High Museum, the University of Florida, the University of North Carolina, the University of Tennessee, Auburn, Clemson, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes.

The meeting will be recorded so that the conversation can be accessed by the widest group possible.

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




Venue Details


Georgia Museum of Art

90 Carlton St. Athens, GA 30602


Directions and Parking




If you would like to travel to Athens on Thursday 3/7/19, the day before the symposium, the Willson Center will cover the cost of one night hotel room (with parking if needed).

To reserve a hotel room call the hotel reservations directly at 1-866-808-1483 and reference the UGA Willson Center Mellon Symposium (block code: WIL)

Or use this link:  Hotel Indigo Athens – UGA Willson Center Mellon Symposium. Click “book now” and enter requested dates between check-in 3/7/19 to check out 3/8/19.  Remember, the group block and discounted rates will be available until 2/7/19.

This reservation does not include meals and beverages.

The hotel is 2 miles from the Georgia Museum of Art.  You can drive from the hotel to the symposium, and park at the Performing Arts Center or South Campus deck  or there is a small hotel shuttle we will reserve for the morning of Friday 3/8/19.

We can also cover your reasonable mileage or flight.  Athens is 90 minutes from ATL, and we will also reimburse you for your Uber, Lyft or Groome shuttle .

Please email Winnie Smith if this is the case.  She will work with you on UGA accounts payable vendor forms to process your travel reimbursement.




9:15 – 9:50: Check in and coffee


9:50 – 10:00: Welcome

GMOA Auditorium

Nicholas Allen (Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, UGA)


10:00 – 11:00: Panel One – Georgia and The Public Humanities, GMOA Auditorium

Chair: Stephen Berry (UGA)

Edward Hatfield (New Georgia Encyclopedia)

Ann McCleary (University of West Georgia, West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail)

Amanda Rees (Columbus State)

Avis Williams (Putnam County School System)


11:00 – 11:30: Coffee break


11:30 – 12:30: Panel Two – Making Connections, GMOA Auditorium

Chair: William Warner (CHCI)

Rand Suffolk (High Museum)

Jean Bohannon (Kennesaw University)

Robyn Schroeder (UNC)

Brian Orland (UGA)


12:30 – 1:30: Networking lunch GMOA Education Classroom


1:30 – 2:30: Panel Three – Next Steps, GMOA Auditorium

Chair: Vicki Crawford (Morehouse)

Jeff Hardwick (NEH)

Jacqueline Jones Royster (Georgia Tech)

Barbara McCaskill (UGA)

Daniel Fisher (NHA)


2:30 – 2:45: Closing remarks


3:00: GMOA tour (optional): please feel free to visit the museum galleries upstairs – no drinks or large bags


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