No quizzes or pesky term papers. No parking problems or tuition fees. Just the best university professors, the most captivating lectures, and wine.

Come be part of a dynamic learning environment with important, intriguing, and, yes, curious topics of interest to everyone.

For Spring 2020, University of West Georgia professors Chad Davidson, Nathan Rees, Shannon Finck, Keith Bohannon, Colleen Vasconcellos, Dawn Neely, Rob Kilpatrick, and Blackwell Prize in Writing winner Graham Barnhart come to Newnan, Carrollton, and Serenbe to discuss topics in Literature, History, Language, Music, and Art.

To be eligible for great door prizes, make sure to RSVP at the event links below. You must be present the night of the event to win.

New this semester: Leave the big audience and wine behind. Take part in our dynamic, limited-seating Saturday Seminars. Chad Davidson and Keith Bohannon will each teach a two-hour seminar to further explore their scheduled TONS talks. Information and links to register are below.

Make sure you can find your way to each of our locations:

 

THE ANATOMY OF A POEM

with Chad Davidson, SOTA Director and Professor of English

FACTS AND FANTASY IN WESTERN ART

with Nathan Rees, Associate Professor of Art

Tuesday, January 28 | 6:00 pm reception, 6:30 pm talk
Hawthorne Room, The Inn at Serenbe
Artists were responsible for defining our popular image of the "Old West," but how can we separate legend from fact? Come explore how artists navigated between history and myth as they shaped our vision of the American frontier.

SATURDAY SEMINAR: THE ANATOMY OF A POEM

with Chad Davidson, SOTA Director and Professor of English

Saturday, February 1 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
UWG Newnan Center, Room 186
Cost: $75 includes a great conversation and a book to further your studies
How does poetry mean? In what ways do form and language work together in a poem for striking effect? We will discuss a handful of poems, both contemporary and classic, in our quest to unpack some of the reasons why poetry continues to scare us, and maybe why it should. Copies of former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky's helpful guide, The Sounds of Poetry, will be given to all participants. *Click here to register.*

GETTING WARMER: LITERATURE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS

with Shannon Finck, Senior Lecturer of English

Tuesday, February 11 | 6:00 pm reception, 6:30 pm talk
The Hub, Carrollton
Great works of fiction have historically represented fundamental truths of individual human experience. As humans become the single most significant force affecting the planet, however, is it time to rethink the novel's purpose? *Tickets are not required at the door, but don't forget to RSVP for door prizes.

REMEMBERING THE CONFEDERACY

with Keith Bohannon, Professor of History

Tuesday, February 18 | 6:00 pm reception, 6:30 pm talk
UWG Newnan Center
Terrible events in recent years have prompted a new phase of debate and discussion over Confederate symbols. This talk will examine the origins of the mythology of the Lost Cause, and the controversy over what place, if any, Confederate monuments should have in our twenty-first century landscape. *Tickets are not required at the door, but don't forget to RSVP for door prizes.

SATURDAY SEMINAR: REMEMBERING THE CONFEDERACY

with Keith Bohannon, Professor of History

Saturday, February 29 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
UWG Newnan Center, Room 186
Cost: $75 includes a great conversation and a book to further your studies
We hear about the Southern Lost Cause mythology in literature, movies, monuments, and symbols. But what is the Southern Lost Cause mythology? How do we make sense of the different interpretations in popular culture? This seminar will explore how historians work on memory and the Civil War, and discuss recent controversies surrounding public Confederate monuments and the display of the confederate battleflag. *Click here to register.*

SPECIAL EVENT: BLACKWELL PRIZE-WINNER GRAHAM BARNHART

Poet and author of The War Makes Everyone Lonely

Tuesday, March 10 | 6:00 pm reception, 6:30 pm talk
Carnegie Library, Newnan *No Alcohol Served*
Join us for a ready by poet and US Army veteran Graham Barnhart, whose debut collection The War Makes Everyone Lonely earned him the Blackwell Prize in Writing (worth $10,000) administered by SOTA.  *Tickets are not required at the door, but don't forget to RSVP for door prizes.

THE SMALLEST OF SLAVES: ENSLAVED YOUTH IN JAMAICA

with Colleen A. Vasconcellos, Associate Professor of History

Tuesday, March 24 | 6:00 pm reception, 6:30 pm talk
Hawthorne Room, The Inn at Serenbe
Jamaica's sugar empire was once the brightest jewel in the English Crown. Yet that jewel's biggest flaw was the enslavement of millions, including children. What was the nature of childhood in such an environment?

OPERA IS DEAD, LONG LIVE OPERA!

with Dawn Neely, Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Opera Workshop

Tuesday, April 7 | 6:00 pm reception, 6:30 pm talk
The Hub, Carrollton
Critics have lamented for decades that opera is a dying art. But is opera really dying, or is it instead constantly being reborn? *Tickets are not required at the door, but don't forget to RSVP for door prizes.

HOW TO BE A CITIZEN OF THE WORLD

with Rob Kilpatrick, Chair, Department of International Languages and Cultures

Tuesday, April 21 | 6:00 pm reception, 6:30 pm talk
UWG Newnan Center
When asked where he came from, Socrates did not answer "From Athens" but "From the world." In our current era of globalization mixed with resurgent nationalism, however, are these ideals still desirable or even possible? *Tickets are not required at the door, but don't forget to RSVP for door prizes.