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 Fall 2019, University of West Georgia professors Matt Franks, Keith Pacholl, Hannes Gerhardt, Meg Pearson, Jeffrey Zamostny, Micheal Crafton, Blackwell Prize in Painting winner Josephine Halvorson, and visiting scholar Alison Chapman come to Newnan, Carrollton, and Serenbe to discuss topics in Literature, History, Geosciences, Language, 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.

BRING OUT THE FREAKS: DISABILITY IN LITERATURE

with Dr. Matt Franks, Associate Professor of English

HOW TO START A REVOLUTION: PROPAGANDA & THE COMING OF THE WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE

with Dr. Keith Pacholl, Professor of History

Tuesday, September 10 | 6:00 pm reception, 6:30 pm talk
UWG Newnan Center
We know our Founding Fathers and Mothers as critics of tyranny, defenders of liberty, and champions of freedom. But did you know that they were also masters of propaganda? Join us for an entertaining evening to see how American colonists used print, images, and other material objects to encourage patriotism, discredit opponents, and spark a revolution.

LIFE AFTER CARBON

with Dr. Hannes Gerhardt, Professor of Geosciences

Tuesday, September 17 | 6:00 pm reception, 6:30 pm talk
Hawthorne Room, The Inn at Serenbe
As the inconvenient truth of global climate change settles into our consciousness, we are often left with a sense of cynicism in the face of the apparent intractability of our energy-driven carbon dependencies. Yet is our failure to imagine a paradigmatic shift to a new, sustainable energy system justified? Let's take a journey into possible worlds to come--rooted in efforts and innovations in the here and now--where energy is abundant, affordable, and carbon-neutral.

READING IN THE RENAISSANCE

with Dr. Meg Pearson, Professor & Chair of English

Tuesday, October 1 | 6:00 pm reception, 6:30 pm talk
Carnegie Library, Newnan *No Alcohol Served *
Trying to read and comprehend Renaissance/older literature can feel like staring off a cliff: where do you even begin? You begin here! Join us as we re-introduce two important texts and authors from the period. From there, we'll dive deeply into the language and cultural secrets, and read as the Renaissance did (except with less plague).

SPECIAL EVENT: BLACKWELL PRIZE IN PAINTING WINNER JOSEPHINE HALVORSON

Professor of Art, Boston University

Tuesday, October 15 | 6:00 pm reception, 6:30 pm talk
UWG Newnan Center
Join us for an artist talk by Josephine Halvorson, winner of numerous awards, including The Rome Prize, The James and Audrey Foster Prize, and many others. Halvorson is Professor of Art and Chair of Graduate Studies at Boston University, and has been featured on the PBS program ART21. She is the 2019 recipient of the Blackwell Prize in Painting (worth $10,000), administered by UWG's School of the Arts.

SPECIAL EVENT: SAVING JOHN MILTON

with Dr. Alison Chapman, Professor and Chair of English, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Tuesday, April 2 | 6:00 pm reception, 6:30 pm talk
The Hub at Hudson Mill, Carrollton
Milton is mostly known today for his epic Paradise Lost, a poem he curiously almost didn't survive to finish. In the middle of composition, Milton came within a hair's breadth of being hanged, drawn, and quartered. Join us for a special session featuring visiting scholar Dr. Alison Chapman, and hear about how one of the greatest poems in the English language almost didn't get written at all.

CRAZED FOR SPAIN: HOLLYWOOD'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH "LO ESPAÑOL"

with Dr. Jeffrey Zamostny, Associate Professor of Spanish

Tuesday, November 19 | 6:00 pm reception, 6:30 pm talk
Hawthorne Room, The Inn at Serenbe
The cinema was born in the same decade as both the Spanish-American War of 1898 and a vogue in the U.S. for all things stereotypically Spanish. Over the next thirty years, Hollywood churned out dozens of films featuring matadors, gypsies, bandits, and flamenco dancers played by the likes of Rudolph Valentino and Greta Garbo. Join us as we explore how Spaniards promoted and resisted Hollywood's Spanish fetish, both at home in Spain and in the U.S.

THE LIFE & DEATH OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR

with Dr. Micheal Crafton, Interim University President

Tuesday, December 3 | 6:00 pm reception, 6:30 pm talk
Carnegie Library, Newnan *No Alcohol Served *
If grammar has a history, then grammar must change. Yet if grammar changes, is there such a thing as correct grammar? Correctness often depends on local conditions, yet some grammatical errors can be so severe that even their mother would not claim them. Come find out just how well/good you understand the differences.