2019-2020 Signature Lectures

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Fall 2019

  • Alan Taylor

    Alan Taylor

    Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair in the Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia

    “Competing Constitutions: North America, 1783-1795” 

    September 16, 1:30 p.m., UGA Chapel

    Taylor is the author of several books about the colonial history of the United States, the American Revolution, and the early American Republic. Two of his books, “William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early Republic” and “The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832,” have won a Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book is “American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804.”

    Sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the School of Public and International Affairs

  • John F. Crowley

    John F. Crowley

    Chairman and CEO, Amicus Therapeutics

    Mason Public Leadership Lecture

    September 20, 10:10 a.m., Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries Auditorium

    Crowley has led Amicus Therapeutics, a global biotechnology company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of novel treatments for persons living with rare and orphan diseases, since 2011. His involvement with biotechnology stems from the diagnosis of two of his children with Pompe disease—a severe and often fatal neuromuscular disorder. To find a cure for them, he left his position at Bristol-Myers Squibb and became an entrepreneur. Crowley is the subject of “The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million—and Bucked the Medical Establishment—in a Quest to Save His Children,” which was later adapted into the film “Extraordinary Measures.”

    Sponsored by a grant from Keith Mason. Part of the Terry Leadership Speaker Series presented by the Institute for Leadership Advancement.

  • Steven Hill

    Steven Hill

    Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of Legal Affairs, NATO

    “NATO @ 70: The Rule of Law Alliance” 

    September 26, Noon, Hirsch Hall, Room 120

    Hill leads the multinational legal team in the NATO Office of Legal Affairs, which provides timely legal advice on policy issues, develops consensus solutions for compliance with multinational legal requirements, and promotes and defends the organization’s legal interests in numerous internal and external venues. Prior to joining NATO, Hill was Counselor for Legal Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. 

    Sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Law Center at the School of Law

  • Irina Bokova

    Irina Bokova

    Former Director General, UNESCO 

    “Preserving Global Cultural Heritage in Times of War and Conflict”
    October 1, 5 p.m., UGA Chapel

    Bokova served as Director General of UNESCO for two full terms, from 2009-17, and was the first woman to serve in this role. She has successfully advanced a strong United Nations agenda for the better preservation of humanity’s cultural heritage. In particular, she and UNESCO have been successful in criminalizing the illegal trade in cultural artifacts and in persecuting those who willfully destroy parts of cultural history. 

    HGOR Endowed Lecture, with support from the School of Public and International Affairs, the Willson Center for Humanities and Art, and the School of Law. Part of the College of Environment and Design 50th anniversary celebration.

  • Chad Smith

    Chad Smith

    Former Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation 

    “Cherokee Removal and the Trail of Tears: The Unlearned Lessons of Populism Today”

    October 10, 4 p.m., Miller Learning Center, Room 248

    A major figure in Indian affairs, Smith has advocated on Native issues nationally and internationally, including at the United Nations. Smith served as a professor at Dartmouth College teaching Cherokee History and Native American Law. He is an author of books on leadership, art, and Native American worldviews, including “Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation: Learn From All I Observe.” 

    Sponsored by the Institute of Native American Studies in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

  • David Salyers

    David Salyers

    Entrepreneur and former Chick-fil-A Executive

    “START UP .... your future!!"

    October 24, 12:30 p.m., Jackson Street Building, Room 125

    Salyers was one of the original two marketing executives at Chick-fil-A, where he was instrumental in the growth and development of the iconic ‘cow campaign’ and championed a marketing department that rose to international prominence. His 2016 book, “Remarkable!,” which he co-wrote with Randy Ross, imparts leadership lessons that can transform one’s workplace culture. An entrepreneur at heart, he is now on the board of three corporations and is involved in nine startups more defined by meaning than money.  

    Sponsored by Innovation Gateway

  • Ashley Watson

    Ashley Watson (JD ’93)

    Chief Compliance Officer, Johnson & Johnson 

    Ethics Week Lecture

    Nov. 4, 1:25 p.m., Chapel

    In addition to serving as chief compliance office for Johnson & Johnson, Watson is Vice Chair of the Ethics Research Center, which is committed to creating and sustaining high quality ethics and compliance programs. She previously was senior vice president for ethics and compliance at Merck and also served as the senior vice president, deputy general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer at Hewlett-Packard.

    Sponsored by the School of Law and the Terry College of Business

  • Anita Wardlaw

    Alvia Wardlaw

    Professor of Art History and Director of the University Museum at Texas Southern University

    “All of One Piece: The Life and Art of Mary Lee Bendolph”
    November 7, 5:30 p.m., Georgia Museum of Art, M. Smith Griffith Auditorium

    Wardlaw is a leading expert in African and African American art who serves on the Scholarly Advisory Committee of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Prior to joining the faculty of TSU, she served as curator of modern and contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for 22 years and organized more than 75 exhibitions on African and African American art.

    Alfred Heber Holbrook Memorial Lecture

  • Ertharin Cousin

    Ertharin Cousin

    Payne Distinguished Lecturer, Stanford University

    “Achieving Food Security and Planetary Health: A Solvable Enigma”

    November 12, 3:30 p.m., UGA Center for Continuing Education and Hotel, Mahler Hall

    Prior to joining the faculty of Stanford, Cousin served as executive director of the world’s largest humanitarian organization, the United Nations World Food Programme, with 14,000 staff serving 80 million vulnerable people across 75 countries. She is a Distinguished Fellow at Stanford’s Center on Food Security and the Environment and its Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law.

    D.W. Brooks Lecture and Awards

  • A.E. StallingsJohn T. Edge

    A.E. Stallings (BA, '90) and John T.  Edge

    Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Author Discussion,
    moderated by GPB's Virginia Prescott

    November 17, 4 p.m. Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, Room 271

    Stallings is an American poet who has published three collections of poetry, “Archaic Smile,” “Hapax,” and “Olives,” as well as a verse translation of “Lucretius, The Nature of Things.” She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation and was a 2019 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.  

    Edge has served as director since the 1999 founding of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. Winner of the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation, he is author of “The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South.” Edge is also the host of the television show “TrueSouth,” which airs on the SEC Network and on ESPN. 

    Prescott is the Gracie Award-winning host of “On Second Thought” for Georgia Public Broadcasting.

    Sponsored by the University of Georgia Libraries


Spring 2020

  • Robert Roeder

    Robert G. Roeder

    Arnold & Mabel Beckman Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The Rockefeller University

    George H. Boyd Distinguished Lecture
    January 10, 3:30 p.m., Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel, Masters Hall

    Roeder is the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The Rockefeller University. His interests are in the mechanism and regulation of transcription in development, differentiation, homeostasis and cancer. Dr. Roeder’s seminal contributions have been recognized by election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the European Molecular Biology Organization, as well as by numerous prestigious scientific awards and prizes.

    Sponsored by the Office of Research

  • Justice Robert Benham

    The Honorable Robert Benham

    Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia

    Holmes-Hunter Lecture
    February 3, 2 p.m., UGA Chapel

    Justice Benham is the first and longest serving African American member of the Supreme Court of Georgia. He became the second African American to graduate from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1970. He was later appointed to the Court of Appeals, where he served for five years before being appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court in 1989, earning his Master of Laws from the University of Virginia that same year. Benham serves as president for the Society for Alternative Dispute Resolution, a trustee of the Georgia Legal History Foundation, chairman of the Judicial Council and the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism.

    Sponsored by the Office of the President

  • Ajay P. Malshe

    Ajay P. Malshe

    Professor and Director of the Materials, Manufacturing and System Integration Laboratory, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

    Innovation District Seminar Series: “Nine Facets of a ‘Profeneur,’ A Professor Entrepreneur”
    February 5, 5:30 p.m., Jackson Street Building, Room 130 (Critique Space)

    Malshe is a professor and director of the Materials, Manufacturing and System Integration Laboratory at the Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering. He specializes in nanomanufacturing, bio-inspired systems, high-density electronic packaging and entrepreneurship in the university’s Institute for Nano Science and Engineering. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, which honors those who have made significant contributions to engineering research and practice, as well as pioneering innovative approaches to engineering education.

    Sponsored by the Innovation District

  • Robert Johansson

    Robert Johansson

    USDA Chief Economist

    J.W. Fanning Lecture: “U.S. Farm Outlook 2020: Policy and Uncertainty”
    February 17, 10:30 a.m., Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel, Room R

    Johansson serves as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief economist. He is responsible for the department’s agricultural forecasts and for advising the secretary of agriculture on economic implications of alternative programs, regulations and legislation. His research includes biofuels policy, water quality and quantity policies, regulatory economics, food security, and regional modeling of agricultural systems. Johansson also serves as the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation board chairman.

    Sponsored by the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics 

  • Marion Fedrick

    Marion Fedrick

    President, Albany State University

    20th Annual Mary Frances Early Lecture
    February 25, 2 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center

    Fedrick is the 10th president of Albany State University. Prior to her current role, she served as vice chancellor for human resources at the University System of Georgia. Her professional background includes higher education administration, strategic planning, crisis management and strategic partnership management in both the private and public sectors. Fedrick is a graduate of UGA with a bachelor’s degree in adult education and a master’s degree in public administration.

    Sponsored by the Office of the President, Graduate School, and Office of Institutional Diversity

  • Lawrence Wright

    Lawrence Wright

    Staff Writer, The New Yorker

    Ferdinand Phinizy Lecture: “The Future of Terrorism”
    February 27, 4 p.m., UGA Chapel

    Wright is an author, screenwriter, playwright and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. He won a Pulitzer Prize for “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11,” which spent eight weeks on The New York Times best-sellers list. Wright’s most recent book, “God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State,” was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books include “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief” and “The Terror Years: From Al-Qaeda to the Islamic State.”

    Sponsored by the Department of History, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts Global Georgia Initiative, School of Public and International Affairs, and Center for International Trade and Security

  • Joan Gabel

    Joan Gabel

    President, University of Minnesota

    Louise McBee Lecture in Higher Education: “The Evolving Social Contract of Higher Education”
    March 18, 11 a.m., UGA Chapel 
    Note that this lecture has been postponed to a later date. Please check back for updates.

    Gabel is the first woman president in the University of Minnesota’s 167-year history. Her scholarship focuses on the public higher education mission, ethical governance and women’s leadership. Gabel was previously the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina. She has been recognized with numerous service, research and teaching awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship. Gabel holds a J.D. from UGA.

    Sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education

  • Adam Gopnik

    Adam Gopnik

    Staff Writer, The New Yorker

    College of Environment and Design Lecture Series: “Reconnecting the Arts and Sciences”

    April 3, 3:30 p.m., UGA Chapel
    Note that this lecture has been postponed to a later date. Please check back for updates.

    Gopnik is a writer for The New Yorker and the author of several celebrated books. He has won the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism three times, as well as the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting, and the Canadian National Magazine Award Gold Medal for arts writing. His work has been anthologized many times, in “Best American Essays", “Best American Travel Writing,” “Best American Sports Writing,” “Best American Food Writing,” and “Best American Spiritual Writing.” Gopnik received the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Republic.

    Co-sponsored by the College of Environment and Design, HGOR, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, and the Lamar Dodd School of Art.

  • Gary Gallagher

    Gary Gallagher

    John L. Nau III Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia

    Gregory Distinguished Lecture: “The Road to Secession and Sumter: Was the Civil War Inevitable?”
    April 9, 4 p.m., UGA Chapel
    Note that this lecture has been postponed to a later date. Please check back for updates.


    Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor Emeritus in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. His current research is about the monuments on the battlefield at Gettysburg, with an emphasis on the ways in which Union and emancipation figured in 19th century dedicatory speeches and inscriptions. Among Gallagher’s books are “Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty” and “Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War.” He is the recipient of the William Woods Hassler Award for his lifetime contributions to Civil War studies.

    Sponsored by the Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era

  • Marion Nestle

    Marion Nestle

    Professor Emerita, New York University

    Inaugural Food, Power, and Politics Lecture
    April 14, 5:30 p.m., Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, Room 271
    Note that this lecture has been postponed to a later date. Please check back for updates.

    Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor Emerita of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. She is also a consumer advocate, nutritionist and author of six award-winning books. Nestle’s research examines scientific and socioeconomic influences on food choice, obesity and food safety, with an emphasis on the role of food marketing. Among her recent honors are the John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service from Bard College and the Public Health Hero Award from the University of California School of Public Health at Berkeley.

    Sponsored by the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, UGA Libraries, and College of Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Jack E. Davis

    Jack E. Davis

    Rothman Family Chair in the Humanities, University of Florida

    Odum Environmental Ethics Lecture: "The Gulf of Mexico: History, Wisdom, and Hope"
    April 16, 5:30 p.m., Jackson Street Building, Room 123
    Note that this lecture has been postponed to a later date. Please check back for updates.


    Davis is a professor of history and Rothman Family Chair in the Humanities at the University of Florida. He specializes in environmental history and sustainability studies. He is also the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea” and a recipient of the Andrew Carnegie fellowship award. His books include “Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez Since 1930” and “An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century.”


    Sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts Global Georgia Initiative, Environmental Ethics Certificate Program, Department of History, and College of Environment and Design