Global Georgia Initiative – Mellon Foundation Grant Funded Programs

A major grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will enable the Willson Center to expand its Global Georgia Initiative, a public humanities program in place since 2013. In its first six years, the Global Georgia Initiative has engaged the humanities and arts in exploring global issues of public concern in a diversity of local contexts, serving audiences at UGA and throughout the Athens community.

The expansion of the initiative focuses on three areas: connecting its visiting speaker programs to curricular and experiential learning activities addressing large-scale humanities questions at UGA (Global Georgia Program research projects); bolstering existing off-campus public humanities collaborations (Humanities in Place); and instituting a statewide symposium for the humanities to provide a platform for the sharing and dissemination of humanities research and priorities by members of the statewide academic community (Georgia Humanities Symposium).