humanities

Happy Juneteenth

Posted 1 week 2 days ago
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Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States:

in 1979 Texas became the first state to make Juneteenth an official holiday. (Ironically, the bill was passed on June 7, the anniversary of Homer Plessy’s arrest on the East Louisiana line, as covered in Plessy v Ferguson: Who Was Plessy.) Leading the charge was Rep. Al Edwards of Houston,...

UGA Classics in Rome

Posted 1 week 6 days ago
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UGA Classics in Rome is currently underway under the direction of Professors Elena Bianchelli and Chris Gregg, a Mellon Professor of Classical Archaeology.

Participants and professors live in a small family-run, centrally located hotel in Rome and in their six-week stay they become intimately connected with the city and the Italian life style. Classes are held every morning right in front of the monuments and they focus on the archaeology, the arts, and the history of Rome. Students also take day trips to the Etruscan necropolis of Tarquinia and Cerveteri, to Hadrian’s Villa and the...

Summer Program in Public History in Washington, DC

Posted 2 weeks 2 days ago
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Public history is the work that historians do outside of the university to bring history to a wider audience. This can take place in many different settings but includes historic sites, museums, archives, libraries, parks, and monuments.

UGA's Summer Program in Public History consists of a two-course sequence (6 credits).

During Maymester students take HIST 4026, Public History in Washington, DC, which offers an introduction to public history in the nation's capital. Class meetings are held at cultural institutions on the Washington Mall. During these site visits, students...

First-Year Orientation: Welcome new students

Posted 4 weeks 15 hours ago
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First-year Orientation sessions begin tomorrow, June 1, and we want to welcome all new students and parents who will be visiting campus for two-day tours/registration/information sessions all summer. It can be an overwhelming experience, as we well understand, though orientation has been designed with this in mind. Still, there is much to take in; the University of Georgia operates like, and offers as many services of, a small city: Where will you live? How will you get to class? Where are the dining halls? When are they open? Buses? The list is nearly endless, but hidden within these more...

The mathematics of music

Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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There's a lot more to the arts and sciences than meets the eye, especially when the great artists or inventive scientsts combine the two to let us all see something beautiful:

Physicist and saxophonist Stephon Alexander has argued in his many public lectures and his book The Jazz of Physics that Albert Einstein and John Coltrane had quite a lot in common. Alexander in particular draws our attention to the so-called “Coltrane circle,” which resembles what any musician will recognize as the “Circle of Fifths,” but incorporates Coltrane’s own innovations. Coltrane gave the drawing to...

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