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American Conference for Irish Studies to hold regional gathering in Athens, Dec. 2-3

The 2022 American Conference for Irish Studies / SOUTH will take place December 2-3, 2022 in Athens, with plenary events free and open to the public.

The conference theme is “Border Crossings,” and it will feature two public plenary conversations, a public reading, and roundtable panel discussions. ACIS members can register here to attend and participate in the panel discussions.

The Dec. 2 plenary conversation will feature Geraldine Higgins, Emory University (Moderator); Peter O’Neill, University of Georgia; Kerry Neville, Georgia College; Lisa Godson, National College of Art and Design; Annie Fletcher, Director, Irish Museum of Modern Art; and Howard Keeley, Georgia Southern University.

The Dec. 3 plenary panel will feature Nicholas Allen, University of Georgia (Moderator); Marilynn Richtarik, Georgia State University; Caoimhe nic Dháibhéid, University of Sheffield; Eve Patten, Trinity College Dublin; John O’Brennan, Maynooth University; and Kim Mawhinney, Senior Curator of Art, Ulster Museum, National Museums NI.

The Dec. 3 evening closing event will feature readings by novelist Rónán Hession and poets LeAnne Howe and Adrian Rice. The full program is available here.

Registration is free for students, adjunct and faculty with less support, and $50 for everyone else. All attendees must register if they plan to attend the panel discussions. The plenary events are free and open to the public. Further speakers may be added to the program as conference plans are finalized.

ACIS / SOUTH 2022 is presented with the generous support of the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Georgia.

UGA Spotlight on the Arts Festival spans November 2022

The 2022 Spotlight on the Arts festival begins November 1 and continues throughout the month with a rich calendar of events celebrating the literary, visual and performing arts. The Willson Center’s contributions include an evening with Athens photographer Christy Bush to celebrate her new book FAMILIAR; a conversation with the artist, musician and filmmaker Jay Bolotin; a roundtable with faculty and graduate student recipients of the university’s Arts Lab Fellowships; and many more public events and programs.

Highlights from the festival schedule include:


Through Nov. 30 • Exhibition: Anina Major and Tamika Galanis

Nov. 1 • Reading: Marilyn Tan

Nov. 3 • Lecture and conversation: Scott Hershovitz

Nov. 3 • Visiting Artist Lecture – Troy Chew

Nov. 3 • FAMILIAR: Christy Bush in Conversation with Chris Black

Nov. 4 • Guest Reading: Clare Longendyke

Nov. 4 • Webinar: The Critical Response Process in Action

Nov. 4 • Georgia Writers Hall of Fame: Induction and celebration of the life of John Lewis

Nov. 4 • Guest Performance: Clare Longendyke

Nov. 4 • Performance: Chinese Music Ensemble

Nov. 9 • An Afternoon with UGA’s Jazz Ensemble

Nov. 9 • Conversation: Anina Major and Tamika Galanis

Nov. 10 • Shouky Shaheen Lecture: Tim Barringer

Nov. 10 • Performance: Peter Steiner and Constanze Hochwartner

Nov. 11 • Idea Lab Conversation: Mini Grant Stories

Nov. 16 • Conversation: UGA Arts Lab

Nov. 16 • 4’33” Research Competition

Nov. 16 • Visiting Artist Lecture – Tony Marsh

Nov. 17 • An Evening with Jay Bolotin

Nov. 18 • Idea Lab Conversation: Arts Funding Trends

Nov. 18 • Dodd Market

Nov. 18 • One Night Only

Willson Center hosts Georgia Humanities Symposium in Savannah

In partnership with Georgia Humanities and Savannah State University, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts hosted the third Georgia Humanities Symposium, a national conversation on the public humanities, at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center in Savannah, Ga. on Friday, October 14, 2022.