Willson Center to host Georgia Humanities Symposium in Savannah October 14


Willson Center to host Georgia Humanities Symposium in Savannah October 14

Savannah Cultural Arts CenterIn partnership with Georgia Humanities and Savannah State University, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts will host 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.

The program is supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation and will include speakers from a diverse range of institutions and organizations, including Savannah State, Morehouse College, Emory University, The University of Pittsburgh, Savannah College of Art and Design, UGA, Penn Center of St. Helena Island, S.C., and Save Our Legacy Ourself of Sapelo Island, Ga.

The conversation is free and open to the public, and travel support will be made available to participants. On Saturday, October 15 there is the additional free option to join a three-hour Eco Adventure Cruise with Bull River Cruises, subject to numbers. Please contact Willson Center Associate Director Winnie Smith at wsmith78@uga.edu with any questions about how to participate or attend.

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 is the third of three annual meetings during which participants share experiences of projects, grants, and innovations in humanities research and teaching. Previous symposia were held in Athens and Columbus, Ga.









Outline Schedule (Subject to change)

10-11 a.m.

Welcome and networking

Nicholas Allen (Willson Center, UGA)

Laura McCarty (Georgia Humanities)


11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Panel One: Coasts, Memories, and Planetary Awareness

Chair: Valerie Babb (Emory University)

Corrie Claiborne (Morehouse College)

Weihua Zhang (SCAD)

Deloris Pringle (Penn Center)

Christina Davis (Savannah State)


12:15-2 p.m.



2-3:15 p.m.

Panel Two: Imagining Futures

Chair: Barbara McCaskill (UGA)

Robin Brooks (University of Pittsburgh)

Maurice Bailey (Save Our Legacy Ourself)

Ondra Dismukes (Morehouse College)

Vicki Crawford (Morehouse College)


3:15-3:45 p.m.



3:45-4:30 p.m.

Closing conversation