2014–2015 Signature Lectures

Fall Semester 2014

  • David Mayhew

    Sterling Professor of Political Science

    Yale University

    "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

  • Eric Foner

    Pulitzer-prize winning author and DeWitt Clinton Professor of History

    Columbia University

    "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

    Retired President

    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

Spring Semester 2015

  • Paul Kurtz

    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

  • Glenda Hatchett

    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

  • Mike Slive


    Southeastern Conference


    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)

  • Tomiko Brown-Nagin

    Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History

    Harvard University


    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

    Pepperdine University


    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

    Harvard University


    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 peabody@uga.edu or 706-542-3787.