Willson Center hosts Georgia Humanities Symposium in Savannah

Savannah Cultural Arts CenterIn 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 October 14, 2022.

The program was supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation and included 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 was free and open to the public, and travel support was made available to participants. On Saturday, October 15 there was a free, three-hour Eco Adventure Cruise with Bull River Cruises.

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










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