literature

TEDxUGA 2017: Ideas Worth Spreading

Posted 4 hours 29 min ago
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Franklin's Jessica Luton attended the recent TEDxUGA event and shares the story:

This past Friday, the Athens and UGA community had an opportunity to listen to some “ideas worth spreading” via the local TED Talk affiliated program known as TEDxUGA. The event, which began in 2013, drew its biggest crowd ever, with over 1000 people in attendance. The growth of this event can be attributed to a dynamic organizers and presenters year after year, as well the decision to hold the event in it’s biggest venue yet--the Classic Center.

The afternoon consisted of presenters sharing...

Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding Colm Toibin

Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago
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The Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the FRanklin College welcome Irish writer Colm Toibin to UGA as the second annual Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding March 15-17:

Toibin is a prize-winning novelist, short-story writer, dramatist and critic whose works have been translated into more than 30 languages. He is the author of the acclaimed novels The Master and Brooklyn, a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and a contributing editor at the London Review of Books.

The first public event of Toibin's visit will be a March 15 screening of the...

Global Georgia, Craige Lecture: Viet Thanh Nguyen

Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his 2015 novel The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen will visit UGA for a Feb. 13 talk as part of the Signature Lecture series and the Willson Center’s Global Georgia Initiative speaker series.

Nguyen’s Feb. 13 Global Georgia talk is presented as the department of comparative literature’s annual Betty Jean Craige Lecture. 

Born in Ban Me Thuot, Viet Nam in 1971, Nguyen and his family came to the United States as refugees in 1975. He earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Berkeley before accepting a teaching...

Memorial for Judith Ortiz Cofer

Posted 2 months 4 days ago
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The university community will have the opportunity to pay their respects and celebrate the life of retired Regents Professor of English and creative writing Judith Ortiz Cofer, who passed away on Dec. 30. The memorial service will be held Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel followed by a reception in Demosthenian Hall. 

"Judith Cofer was a highly intelligent and gifted human being who brought her love of family and her experience as a native born-Puerto Rican and long-time citizen of Georgia to bear in her poems, essays, and fiction," said Hugh Ruppersburg, professor emeritus of English...

Searching for Sequoyah

Posted 3 months 2 weeks ago
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Research, history, literature and culture converge in a new film project that includes LeAnne Howe – Eidson Distinguished Professor in the department of English - as writer and producer. Searching for Sequoyah:

In 1808, Sequoyah began working on a system to write the Cherokee language. He worked in secret. Some people thought he was crazy. Others thought he must be practicing sorcery, threading sounds on an invisible symbol. Finally, in 1821, he perfected his syllabary, a symbol set with one character for each syllable in the language—86 of them. He went to the home of his cousin...

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