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President Morehead, VP David Lee Help Launch Willson Research Clusters

The Willson Center will launch its new Faculty Research Clusters initiative at a public reception at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. UGA President Jere Morehead and Vice President David Lee will give remarks at the event, and Willson Center Director Nicholas Allen will introduce the directors of the six clusters.

Advance Tickets Now on Sale for “Everyday People: The Film, Television, and Video Work of Jim McKay”

Tickets are now on sale for “Everyday People: The Film, Television, and Video Work of Jim McKay,” a festival to be presented November 15-18 by the Willson Center in partnership with Whatever It Takes Athens as part of the University of Georgia’s 2013 Spotlight on the Arts.

The opening event will be a gala reception and screening of Tourfilm, McKay’s feature-length concert film documenting R.E.M.’s 1989 world tour for the album Green, co-hosted by David Daley, editor-in chief of The event will benefit Whatever It Takes, an initiative of the local nonprofit Family Connection – Communities in Schools whose mission is to fight poverty in Athens through support for public education and families.

James A. Joseph, Former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, to Speak at Chapel

James A. Joseph, U.S. ambassador to South Africa from 1995 to 1999, will speak at the UGA Chapel May 16 at 4 p.m. in a special installment of the Willson Center’s Global Georgia Initiative. The event is in partnership with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, which has organized the ambassador’s visit to UGA. Joseph’s talk is entitled “Leadership as a Way of Being: Reflections on Nelson Mandela, Servant Leadership and Personal Renewal.”

Scott Russell Sanders, Renowned Conservationist Author, to Give Earth Day Lecture

Scott Russell Sanders, a respected author and environmental activist, will give a lecture entitled “Near and Distant Bears” at 7 p.m. April 22 in the Day Chapel at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The lecture is part of The Georgia Review’s Earth Day celebration, co-sponsored by the Willson Center, the Botanical Garden, and the UGA Environmental Ethics Certificate Program.