In this series of nine evenings, University of West Georgia professors Meg Pearson, David Newton, Brad Darvas, Micheal Crafton, Alison Umminger, Stacy Boyd, Nathan Rees, Stephanie Chalifoux, and Erin Lee Mock come to Newnan, Carrollton, Serenbe, and now Atlanta, to discuss topics in Language, History, Philosophy, and Art. Join us for a bit of wine and conversation!

BULL-BAITING, BEARS, AND BEHEADINGS: A SHAKESPEARE STORY - Dr. Meg Pearson, Chair and Professor of English

Where: Carnegie Library // Newnan
When: Tuesday, January 23 // 6:00pm
We've learned about Shakespeare's words, now let's learn about Shakespeare's world. Join us for an evening of bear-baiting, beers, and beheadings as we take a tour through the mad world of Renaissance London and its theatres. ***No alcohol served.

Y'ALLS AND DRAWLS: THE CURIOUS HISTORY OF SOUTHERN DIALECTS - Dr. David Newton, Associate VP and Professor of English

Where: Red Rock Room // Carrollton
When: Tuesday, February 6 // 6:00pm

Few things are more closely associated with the American South than its incredible variety of dialects, at times a source of regional pride and at others the focus of misconceptions and stereotypes. What do we really know, though, about Southern dialects? Join us as we explore the history of Southern accents and their present status in an ever-changing region.

MAKING ZOMBIES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SPECIAL EFFECTS - Prof. Brad Darvas, Assistant Professor of Theatre

Where: UWG Center // Newnan
When: Tuesday, February 13 // 6:00pm

By what methods do special-effects artists, in a sense, bring the undead back to life? Through physical examples, images, and tales from the set, we will discuss some of today's most popular (and ghastly) television and film transformations. Join us for an evening devoted to the making of zombies.
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HUMANITIES IN THE AGE OF CYBORGS - Dr. Micheal Crafton, University Provost and Professor of English

Where: Millennium Gate Museum // Atlanta
When: Tuesday, February 27 // 6:00pm

As industries turn increasingly to technology to streamline operations and lower costs, the Arts and Humanities would seem at a great disadvantage in attracting students. Yet the ability to reason confidently and persuasively, to think critically and divergently, and to empathize with a wide array of personal experiences are the hallmarks of both arts-based programs and desirable, if not required, skills for many industry jobs. Can the Humanities save us from the cyborgs? Join us for a wide-ranging discussion.
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SILENCE AS SUBSTANCE - Dr. Alison Umminger, Professor of English

Where: Hills and Hamlets Bookshop // Serenbe
When: Tuesday, March 6 // 6:00pm
In a world of ever-increasing business and noise, how can contemplative practice add greater meaning and sanity to our daily lives? Is silence best understood as an absence or a rich space that we may inhabit? Join us as we investigate the very substance of silence.
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SHAKESPEARE IN HARLEM - Dr. Stacy Boyd, Associate Chair and Associate Professor of English

Where: Carnegie Library // Newnan 
When: Tuesday, November 21 // 6:00pm
Described as the "Poet Laureate of the Negro Race" and "Harlem's Shakespeare," Langston Hughes is one of the most important African-American writers in the twentieth century. Known mostly for his urban, blues-inspired poetry and his association with the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes also made significant contributions in fiction, drama, and autobiography. Join us as we discuss Harlem's vogue and some of Hughes' lesser known texts. ***No alcohol served.
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ICON OR IDOL: ART AND THE SECOND COMMANDMENT

Where: Red Rock Room // Carrollton
When: Tuesday, March 27 // 6:00pm
From illustrated Bibles to artworks adorning churches, images are a common and generally uncontested part of contemporary Christianity. But that hasn't always been the case. From ancient Rabbinic writers to Byzantine iconoclasts and Protestant reformers, theologians have interpreted the second commandment in dramatically different ways. Come encounter the contentious history of graven images as we explore how mixing art and religion sparked the Bonfire of the Vanities, landed the painter Veronese before the Inquisition, and resulted in a masterpiece by Michelangelo being painted over.
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B-GIRLS AND BOMBSHELLS: THE OTHER 1950s WOMEN - Dr. Stephanie Chalifoux, Assistant Professor of History

Where: Hawthorne Room // Inn at Serenbe
When: Tuesday, April 10 // 6:00pm
The iconic 1950s images of women baking, vacuuming in pearls, and staying home to raise children form a persistent, if incomplete, depiction of the era. Alongside the growth of the suburbs and the nuclear family developed a vibrant commercial sex market that included prostitution and Playboy. Join us as we cast off the nostalgic lens and explore the world of the other 1950s women. 
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THE GREATEST GENERATION GOES TO THE MOVIES - Dr. Erin Lee Mock, Associate Professor of English

Where: UWG Center // Newnan
When: Tuesday, April 17 // 6:00 pm
We might commonly associate the post-WWII period with the G.I. Bill, heightened prosperity, and strong civic spirit, easily forgetting how precarious that time felt. What role did cinema play in this dramatic reintegration? How did popular film both reflect and refract the fears and hopes of all sixteen million soldiers suddenly returned to peace? Come join us as we attempt to answer those questions.
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