Provost's Seminar Series

The Provost's Seminar Series features members of the following academies who visit campus to share their insights and meet with the campus community:

  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • National Academy of Engineering
  • National Academy of Medicine
Spring 2024 Seminar Series
J. Michael Kosterlitz
J. Michael Kosterlitz | Physics

Harrison E. Farnsworth Professor of Physics, Brown University

Chhabra-Landau Lecture in Physics
March 14, 3:55 p.m., Physics Building 202

Born in Scotland and educated at the University of Cambridge, J. Michael Kosterlitz is the Harrison E. Farnsworth Professor of Physics at Brown University, where his research focuses on theoretical condensed matter physics. In 2016 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in using topology to explain phase transitions (now known as Kosterlitz-Thouless transitions) in two-dimensional materials. In 2017 he was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Faculty Profile

Sponsored by the Center for Simulational Physics, the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Event contact: Amberly Tankersley

Eric Betzig
Eric Betzig | Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Professor of molecular and cell biology and Eugene D. Commins Presidential Chair in Experimental Physics, University of California, Berkeley

“New Windows Into the Secret Lives of Cells
March 25, 10:20 a.m., STEM Research Building II, 1218

Eric Betzig and his colleague Harald Hess built the first super-resolution single molecule localization microscope. For this work, he was a co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. A professor of molecular and cell biology, Betzig is also the Eugene D. Commins Presidential Chair in Experimental Physics, a Senior Fellow at the Janelia Research Campus, and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. Betzig was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2015.

Faculty Profile

Sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Event contact: Yohannes Abate



The Provost’s Office will invite up to two speakers each Fall and Spring semester, and nominations will be considered on a rolling basis. Nominations for the Provost’s Seminar Series may be submitted via this link.

Speakers must be a member of one of the following academies to be considered: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine.

Nominators and their respective unit heads or deans are expected to serve as hosts for their selected speaker. The Provost’s Office will cover all travel expenses for speakers and provide a nominal honorarium. Talks given through the Provost’s Seminar Series are also eligible for designation as a Signature Lecture.


All nominations will be retained for future consideration if not selected initially. For more information about the Provost’s Seminar Series, please contact Will Richardson at (706) 583-0506 or

Lecture Archives
Fall 2023

  • David A. Lake
    David A. Lake | Political Science

    Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Jerri-Ann and Gary E. Jacobs Endowed Chair in Social Sciences, University of California, San Diego

    “Anarcy, Hierarchy, and the Use of U.S. Power
    in International Relations”
    December 4, 2023

    Lake has published widely in international relations theory and international political economy and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006. 

    Faculty Profile

    Sponsored by the Department of International Affairs and the School of Public and International Affairs..

Spring 2023

  • Steven G. Louie
    Steven G. Louie | Physics

    Distinguished Professor of Physics, University of California Berkeley

    Chhabra-Landau Lecture: “Discovering Nature with Computation: The Fascinating Quantum World of One- and Two-dimensional Materials
    April 13, 2023

    Professor Steven G. Louie is a Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley) and a Senior Faculty Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He received his physics Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1976. After having worked at the IBM Watson Research Center, Bell Labs, and U of Penn, he joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1980.Louie is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Academia Sinica, as well as fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Materials Research Society (MRS). He is a recipient of the APS Rahman Prize for Computational Physics, APS Davisson-Germer Prize in Surface Physics, MRS Materials Theory Award, and Foresight Institute’s Feynman Prize, among others. His research is in theoretical and computational condensed matter physics. Louie has published over 680 papers. He is known for his pioneering development of the ab initio GW method and for his studies of novel materials and reduced-dimensional systems.

    Faculty Profile

    Sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Center for Simulational Physics, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Trudy F.C. Mackay
    Trudy F.C. Mackay | Genetics

    Director, Center for Human Genetics at Clemson University

    “Genetic Architecture of Complex Traits: Lessons from Drosophila”
    March 1, 2023

    Mackay is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

    Faculty Profile

    Sponsored by the Department of Genetics, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Spring 2022

  • Jahan Ramazani
    Jahan Ramazani | English

    University Professor and Edgar F. Shannon Professor, University of Virginia

    “A Life in Poetry”
    April 13, 2 p.m.

    Ramazani specializes in modern and contemporary Irish, British, American, Caribbean American, and African poetry. His books include “The Hybrid Muse: Postcolonial Poetry in English” and “Poetry in a Global Age.” He is the editor of numerous books and special journal issues including “The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry” and “The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Poetry.” In his latest book, “Poetry in a Global Age,” Ramazani discusses modern and contemporary poems not only in relation to world literature, war, and questions of orientalism but also in light of current debates over ecocriticism, translation studies, tourism, and cultural geography.

    Faculty Profile

    Event hosted by the Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts. Lecture is part of the Spring 2022 Signature Lecture Series.

Fall 2021

  • Annette Gordon-Reed
    Annette Gordon-Reed | History

    Carl M. Loeb University Professor of History, Harvard University

    Constitution Day: “On Juneteenth: History, Memory, the Present and the Future”
    September 17, 11:30 a.m.

    Gordon-Reed is a distinguished professor and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family” and “On Juneteenth.” She has received numerous honors, including the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Award, the Frederick Douglass Book Prize, the George Washington Book Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Her lecture is part of Constitution Day, an annual celebration of the day that representatives to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia completed and signed the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

    Co-sponsored by the American Founding Group, The Gable Fund of the Department of History, Jack Miller Center, Office of Institutional Diversity, President’s Venture Fund, School of Law, School of Public and International Affairs, and Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.

Fall 2020

  • Johanna Drucker
    Johanna Drucker | Digital Humanities

    Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies at UCLA; Distinguished Professor of Information Studies

    “Rethinking Assumptions: The Current Value(s) of Academic Work”
    September 25, 1 p.m.

    Drucker is internationally renowned for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. Her research includes modeling interpretation for electronic scholarship, digital aesthetics, the history of visual information design, history of the book and print culture, and critical studies in visual knowledge representation. Drucker’s most recent books are “SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing” and “Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide.” She is currently working on a database memoire, “ALL, the Online Museum of Writing” in collaboration with University College London and King's College. Drucker is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Willson Center for Humanities and Art, UGA Libraries, and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Spring 2020

  • Daryll J. Pines
    Daryll J. Pines | Engineering

    Dean, Clark School of Engineering; Professor of Aerospace Engineering

    “Aerospace Prizes Inspire the Five I’s of Success”
    March 5, 4 p.m.

    Pines is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and Institute of Physics (IOP).

    Faculty Profile | Meet the Dean

    Event hosted by the College of Engineering.


Provost's Seminar Series Nomination Form