UGA Signature Lectures feature speakers noted for their broad, multidisciplinary appeal and compelling bodies of work. Many of the lectures are supported by endowments, while others honor notable figures and milestones in the university’s history.
Upcoming Signature Lectures are listed below, and additions to the lecture series will be posted when available. Requests for accommodations for those with disabilities should be made as soon as possible but at least 7 days prior to the scheduled lecture. Please contact Katie Fite in the Office of Academic Programs at 706-542-0383 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to request accommodations.
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2014–2015 Academic Year
Sterling Professor of Political Science
"What Does a President's Fourth Congress Look Like?"
The George S. Parthemos Lecture
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, 3:30 p.m., Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, Room 271
David Mayhew is one of the world's leading authorities on American party politics and Congress. This year marks the 40th anniversary of his landmark book The Electoral Connection.
Sponsored by the Department of Political Science in the School of Public and International Affairs
Gerald L. Early
Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, Professor of English and African and African-American Studies
Washington University in St. Louis
"The Birth of the Cool: Race, the Military, and the Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson"
The Phi Beta Kappa 100th Anniversary Lecture
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, 11:15 a.m., The Chapel
Gerald Early is a noted essayist and American culture critic. He has served as a consultant on several Ken Burns documentary films, among them Baseball, Jazz, and an upcoming PBS film on the life of Jackie Robinson. Early was nominated by President Obama to serve on the National Council on the Humanities and began his five-year term in August 2013.
Sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa and the Office of Academic Programs
Pulitzer-prize winning author and DeWitt Clinton Professor of History
"Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad"
The Gregory Distinguished Lecture
Monday, October 27, 2014, 4 p.m., M. Smith Griffith Auditorium, Georgia Museum of Art
Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, is one of this country's most prominent historians. He is author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery."
Supported by the Amanda and Greg Gregory Graduate Studies Enhancement Fund in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Mary Sue Coleman
University of Michigan
"Public Higher Education in the 21st Century: Can America Continue to Lead?"
The Louise McBee Lecture
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 11 a.m., The Chapel
Mary Sue Coleman served twelve years as president of the University of Michigan (2002-2014) where she was named by Time magazine as one of the nation’s “10 best college presidents.” Previously, Coleman served as president of the University of Iowa (1995-2002).
Sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law Emeritus
University of Georgia
"A New York Yankee in Abraham Baldwin's Court: (Almost) 50 Years Behind Enemy Lines"
The Founders Day Lecture
Monday, January 26, 2015, 1:30 p.m., The Chapel
Paul M. Kurtz was a faculty member at the University of Georgia School of Law from 1975 to 2013, specializing in criminal law and family law, and served as the law school's associate dean (1991-2013). The annual Founders Day Lecture recognizes the date that the University of Georgia was established. In 1785, the Georgia General Assembly adopted a charter creating the University as the nation’s first state-chartered institution of higher education.
Sponsored by the UGA Alumni Association and Emeriti Scholars
Former Chief Presiding Judge
Fulton County, Georgia, Juvenile Court
The Holmes-Hunter Lecture
February 6, 2015, 2 p.m., The Chapel
Atlanta native Glenda Hatchett, Georgia’s first African-American Chief Presiding Judge of a state court, also presided over the twice Emmy-nominated syndicated show Judge Hatchett. Judge Hatchett previously served as senior attorney for Delta Air Lines and was named by Ebony Magazine as one of “100 Best and Brightest Women in Corporate America” for her work there. Judge Hatchett also is the author of the national best-selling books Dare to Take Charge and Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say.
Sponsored by the Office of the President
The Mason Public Leadership Lecture
Postponed - Date to be determined
As the seventh commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, Mike Slive has helped shape the landscape of college sports, leading the adoption of a new and effective league-wide NCAA compliance initiative; engineering landmark television contracts, including the launch of a conference network; and guiding the conference through expansion, welcoming two new institutions.
Part of the Institute for Leadership Advancement's Terry Leadership Speaker Series, supported by a contribution from Terry College of Business alumnus and lawyer Keith Mason (BBA '82, JD '85)
Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History
Donald L. Hollowell Lecture
An international authority on inequality constitutional law, education law and social inequality, Brown-Nagin has published widely. Her 2011 book, "Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement" received several accolades, including the Bancroft Prize, the Organization of American Historians' Liberty Legacy Book Award, and the Lillian Smith Book commendation. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, she held joint appointments in law and history at the University of Virginia and at Washington University in St. Louis. Brown-Nagin earned a doctorate in history from Duke University, a law degree from Yale University, where she edited the "Law Journal," and a bachelor's degree in history, summa cum laude, from Furman University.
Edward J. Larson
University Professor of History and Darling Chair of Law
The Spring 2015 Charter Lecture
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 11:00 a.m., The Chapel
A prolific writer and public speaker, Edward J. Larson is recipient of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History. Larson taught for twenty years at the University of Georgia, where he was chair of the History Department. The author of nine books and over one hundred published articles, Larson teaches, lectures, and writes about issues of law, science, and politics from a historical perspective.
Sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research
The Peabody/Smithgall Lecture
Postponed - Date to be determined
Literary scholar, filmmaker, journalist, cultural critic and institution builder, Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr. has created 13 documentary films and authored 16 books and scores of articles. Gates’s most recent film, the six-part PBS documentary series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, which he wrote, executive produced and hosted, earned the 2013 Peabody Award and NAACP Image Award.
Gates’ lecture is sponsored in part by the Morton Theatre Corporation (MTC), UGA Institute for African American Studies and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. This event has been postponed; for more information, contact email@example.com or 706-542-3787.