2020-2021 Signature Lectures

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Spring 2021 Schedule

Spring 2021 Signature Lectures
All Signature Lectures are free and open to the public, and the Spring 2021 Signature Lectures will be held in a virtual, online format.

Several events commemorate the 60th anniversary of UGA’s desegregation

  • Nikki Giovanni
  • Neil Shubin

    Neil Shubin
    Robert R. Bensley Distinguished Service Professor of Anatomy, University of Chicago

    George H. Boyd Distinguished Lecture:
    "Finding Your Inner Fish: From Expeditions to Enhancers"

    February 3, 2021 at 4 p.m., Zoom
    *Registration required. Capacity limited.

    Shubin is an award-winning paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and science writer. He has developed expeditionary research programs in Canada, Africa, the continental United States, Asia and Greenland over the past 15 years. These research expeditions have led to new insights on the origin of major groups of vertebrates. His research team is also known for the discovery of the Tiktaalik roseae, an ancient fish that lived at the cusp of the transition to land 375 million years ago. Shubin is the author of three books, including "Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body." He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Sponsored by the Office of Research, Department of Genetics
    and Department of Cellular Biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and the Developmental Biology Alliance

  • Calvin Trullin and Charlayne Hunter-Gault

    Calvin Trillin
    Author and Journalist

    Discussion with Charlayne Hunter-Gault
    "An Education in Georgia: Then and Now"

    February 4, 2021 at 4 p.m., Zoom
    *Registration required. Capacity limited.

    Trillin is an American journalist, humorist, food writer, poet, memoirist and novelist. He has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 1963 and is the author of 31 books. Trillin is the author of "An Education in Georgia: Charlayne Hunter, Hamilton Holmes, and the Integration of the University of Georgia." While working at Time magazine, Trillin covered the entrance of Hunter-Gault and Holmes into the University of Georgia in 1961. He will lead a conversation with alumna Charlayne Hunter-Gault, one of the University's first two African American students, who has received numerous awards for her work in print and broadcast journalism. Her awards include two National News and Documentary Emmy Awards as well as two Peabody Awards. The conversation will be moderated by Valerie Boyd, Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence and associate professor of journalism at UGA.

    Sponsored by the UGA Press, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Mary Frances Early College of Education, and the New Georgia Encyclopedia

    60th Anniversary of Desegregation at UGA

  • Harold Alona Black

    Harold Alona Black 
    Professor Emeritus, University of Tennessee

    Terry Leadership Speaker Series

    February 9, 2021 at 9:30 a.m., Zoom
    *Registration required. Capacity limited.

    Black has published over 100 papers in leading academic journals and lectures extensively in the areas of financial institutions and the monetary system. He has served as consultant to companies including SunTrust Bank, Chrysler Financial Corporation, National Bank of Commerce and the Mortgage Bankers of America. Black has received numerous awards, including the Department of Treasury's Special Achievement Award and the National Credit Union Administration’s Exceptional Service Award. He was cited by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions as one of the 50 most influential figures in credit union history. Black is the University of Georgia's first black male freshman and in 1966 became the first African American graduate of the Terry College of Business. He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Terry College.

    Sponsored by the Institute for Leadership Advancement in the Terry College of Business

    60th Anniversary of Desegregation at UGA

  • Gates

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    Peabody Award-Winning Historian and Harvard University Professor
    in conversation with special guest
    Charlayne Hunter-Gault
    Award-Winning Journalist and Author

    Holmes-Hunter Lecture Series

    February 23, 2021 at 2 p.m., Zoom

    Gates has authored or co-authored 25 books and created 23 documentary films, including "Wonders of the African World," "Black in Latin America" and "Black America since MLK: And Still I Rise." His 2013 TV documentaries "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross" won an Emmy and a Peabody Award, and his genealogy series "Finding Your Roots" is now in its seventh season on PBS. His newest project, "The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song," comprises a film series and a companion book that features Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Dr. Gates and Hunter-Gault collaborate each summer on the Hutchins Forum on Martha’s Vineyard, examining contemporary issues on race and social justice from a variety of viewpoints.

    Sponsored by the Office of the President

    60th Anniversary of Desegregation at UGA

  • Joy Harjo

    Joy Harjo
    U.S. Poet Laureate, Renowned Performer and Writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation
    LeAnne Howe
    Eidson Distinguished Professor in American Literature, University of Georgia
    Member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

    "Reading and Conversation: Joy Harjo and LeAnne Howe"

    March 10, 2021 at 4 p.m., Zoom
    *Registration required. Capacity limited.

    Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She was recently appointed to a third term as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States. Harjo is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and Board of Directors Chair of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. She also holds a Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Harjo is the author of nine books, including "An American Sunrise," "Crazy Brave," and "Poet Warrior: A Call for Love and Justice." Harjo has received numerous awards and honors, including the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, two NEA fellowships and a Guggenheim Fellowship. 

    Howe's work connects literature, Indigenous knowledge, Native histories, and expressive cultures. She is co-producer and writer for a new film documentary, "Searching for Sequoyah," about the life and disappearance of Sequoyah, creator of the Cherokee syllabary in 1841. She received a U.S. Artists Ford Fellowship, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas, American Book Award, Oklahoma Book Award and was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar to Jordan.

    Sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the Institute of Native American Studies

  • Justice Goodwin H. Liu

    Justice Goodwin H. Liu
    California Supreme Court

    119th John A. Sibley Lecture: "Who's Going to Law School? Trends in Law School Enrollment Since the Great Recession."

    March 30, 2021, at 3 p.m., Zoom

    Liu joined the California Supreme Court in 2011 as associate justice. He was previously an associate dean and professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Liu specializes in constitutional law, education law and policy, and diversity in the legal profession. He currently holds visiting professorships at both Harvard and Stanford universities, where he teaches constitutional law. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford, a master’s degree from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a law degree from Yale University. Liu served as judicial clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Judge David Tatel. He also worked as special assistant to the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, as well as helped to launch the AmeriCorps national service program.

    Sponsored by the School of Law and The Charles Loridans Foundation of Atlanta

  • Regents' Professors

    Diane Marie Amann, Stephen R.H. Beach, Pejman Rohani, Ronald L. Simons, UGA Regents’ Professors

    Charter Lecture Series
    April 6, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

    Pejman Rohani
    , 2020 Regents' Professor and University of Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Ecology and Infectious Diseases in the Odum School of Ecology and the College of Veterinary Medicine

    Rohani's research focuses on the introduction of the ecological perspectives to infectious disease biology. His work investigates the importance of spatial synchrony in the outbreak of measles and pertussis for predicting the extinction and eradication of these major childhood infectious diseases.

    Ronald L. Simons, 2020 Regents' Professor and Distinguished Research Professor in the department of sociology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

    Simons' research focuses on the processes by which social experiences become biologically embedded and influence mental and physical health outcomes. His research suggests that social factors, such as marital, work, financial and social status variables, impact biological aging and the development of chronic illness more so than the effects of diet, exercise, body mass index, smoking and other known health-risk factors.

    Diane Marie Amann, 2021 Regents' Professor and the Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law in the School of Law

    Amann's scholarship focuses on the ways that national, regional and international legal regimes interact as they endeavor to combat atrocity and cross-border crime. Her current research will produce the first-ever book, under contract with Oxford University Press, on the roles of women professionals at the 1945-46 war crimes trial before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg.

    Steven R.H. Beach, 2021 Regents' Professor and Distinguished Research Professor in the department of psychology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

    Beach's scholarship focuses on the way that community, family and marital process affect mental and physical health. His pioneering work and collaborations have shown that strengthening close relationships, including marriage and parenting relationships, can play a critical role in reducing depression and physical health problems, and can buffer the impact of stress from economic and social factors.

    Sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

  • Emma Parmee

    Emma Parmee
    Global Head of Discovery Sciences, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson

    The Chu Lectureship: "New Directions in Chemistry: Expanding Exploration of Chemical Space"

    April 14, 2021 at 11 a.m., Zoom

    Parmee is considered a leader and top expert in drug manufacturing and development. Most notably, she was one of the lead investigators in the discovery of Januvia, a revolutionary drug that helps lower blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes without the side effects of some of the previously available treatments. Parmee obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Oxford University. She also held a NATO postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Parmee has almost 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry working in numerous therapeutic areas at major pharmaceutical companies, including Merck and now Janssen. She has received numerous awards, including the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award and the Gordon E. Moore Medal from the Society of Chemical Industry.

    The Chu Lectureship honors the outstanding accomplishments of Distinguished Research Professor and Professor Emeritus Dr. David Chu, who has spent his entire career researching new drugs for the treatment of viral infections and cancer.

    Sponsored by the College of Pharmacy





Fall 2020 Schedule

Fall 2020 Signature Lectures
All Signature Lectures are free and open to the public, and the Fall 2020 Signature Lectures will be held in a virtual, online format.

  • Elizabeth Deeley

    Elizabeth Deeley
    Global Vice Chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice; Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP

    Diversity and Inclusion Lecture Series

    September 16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., Zoom

    Deeley is a seasoned trial lawyer and a top advisor to Fortune 100 companies. She is an active member of the firm’s Women Enriching Business Committee and is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal community. Deeley has served on a number of boards, including for the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Legal Aid at Work and was a member of the Judiciary Committee with the San Francisco Bar. She is a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom. Deeley is a 1992 graduate of UGA with a bachelor of business administration degree.

    Sponsored by the Institute for Leadership Advancement

  • Salimah El-Amin and Stephanie Jenkins

    Salimah El-Amin and Stephanie Jenkins
    Producers, Ken Burns' Florentine Films

    Brown Media Archive and Peabody Awards Collection
    25th Anniversary Event: Florentine Films Panel Discussion

    September 16, 2020 at 7 p.m., Facebook Live event

    This event is part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Brown Media Archive and Peabody Awards Collection. Florentine Films' archival researchers Stephanie Jenkins and Salimah El-Amin will discuss a behind-the-scenes look at the art and craft of the documentary researcher. El-Amin is a co-producer on a forthcoming documentary film about the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, slated to be released later this year. Jenkins has been working with Ken Burns and Florentine Films since 2010, and she is currently a producer on an upcoming Muhammad Ali film.

    Sponsored by UGA Libraries and the Brown Media Archive and Peabody Awards Collection

  • Michael P. Zuckert

    Michael P. Zuckert
    Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science, Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame

    Constitution Day 2020:
    “The Consistency of James Madison: the Bill of Rights”

    September 17, 2020 at 2:30 p.m., Zoom
    *Registration required. Capacity limited.

    Zuckert, a political philosopher, focuses his research in the areas of modern political thought and American constitutionalism. In addition to several articles, his books include “Natural Rights and the New Republicanism,” “The Natural Rights Republic,” and “Launching Liberalism.” Zuckert is also the founder and lead editor of the journal American Political Thought and senior scholar for Liberty!, a six-hour public television series on the American Revolution. He is currently completing “Natural Rights and the New Constitutionalism,” a study of American constitutionalism in a theoretical context.

    Sponsored by the School of Public and International Affairs, Department of Political Science, and The American Founding Group

  • Johanna Drucker

    Johanna Drucker
    Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies at UCLA

    Provost's Seminar Series: “Rethinking Assumptions: The Current Value(s) of Academic Work"

    September 25, 2020 at 1 p.m., Zoom
    *Registration required. Capacity limited.

    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.

    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

  • Susan Schneider

    Susan Schneider
    NASA-Baruch Blumberg Chair at the Library of Congress and NASA; William F. Dietrich Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University

    Scott and Heather Kleiner Lecture Series in Philosophy:
    "AI, Your Brain, and the 'Thought Data Economy'"

    October 8, 2020 at 4 p.m., Zoom
    *Registration required. Capacity limited. 

    Schneider writes about the nature of the self and mind, with a focus on issues in philosophy, artificial intelligence (AI), cognitive science, and astrobiology. In her most recent book, “Artificial You: AI and the Future of the Mind,” Schneider explores the philosophical implications of AI, as well as the enterprise of "mind design." Schneider has worked with NASA on the future of intelligence and currently works with the U.S. Congress on AI policy development. Her work has been featured in notable publications such as The New York Times, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

    Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Institute for Artificial Intelligence


  • Carolyn Finney

    Carolyn Finney
    Scholar-in-Residence, Franklin Environmental Center at Middlebury College

    “What's Race Got to do With It? Christian Cooper, John Muir, and the Nature of Green Space”

    October 15, 2020 at 3:30 p.m., Zoom
    *Registration required. Capacity limited. 

    Finney, a storyteller and a cultural geographer, explores the complex intersections of race and the environment. She seeks to increase awareness of how privilege influences how we experience the outdoors and the definition of environmental issues. Finney’s scholarship focuses on gender and environmental management in Kenya and Nepal, as well as on African Americans' experiences with the outdoors in the United States. Her first book, “Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors” was released in 2014.

    Sponsored by the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

  • Diane DeMell Jacobsen

    Diane DeMell Jacobsen
    Chairman, Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation

    "The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design"

    October 21, 2020 at 3 p.m., Zoom
    *Registration required. Capacity limited. 

    Jacobsen is a distinguished international affairs scholar, curator, business executive, and passionate collector of American art. Most notably, she is the founder of the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation, which is dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing museum-quality works of American art. The foundation’s collection includes paintings, sculpture, silver and furniture. Jacobsen’s lecture will be presented in conjunction with the Georgia Museum of Art exhibition “The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design,” on view from October 17 through Jan 3. 

    Sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art

  • Admiral James G. Stavridis

    Admiral James G. Stavridis
    United States Navy Admiral (Ret.) and Operating Executive, The Carlyle Group

    “Geopolitics and Leadership in the Time of Coronavirus: What Lies Ahead?”

    October 27, 2020 at 5:30 p.m., Zoom
    *Registration required. Capacity limited. 

    Admiral Stavridis is a retired four-star officer in the U.S. Navy. He led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, counter piracy and cyber security. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command. From 2006 to 2009, he was responsibe for all military operations in Latin America. Stavridis holds more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations. He is a monthly columnist for Time and a chief international security analyst for NBC. Stavridis is also the author of nine books, including “Sailing True North.”

    Sponsored by the School of Public and International Affairs and Center for International Trade and Security

  • W. Ralph Eubanks

    Ralph Eubanks
    Author and Visiting Professor of Southern Studies, English, and Honors in the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi

    Georgia Writers Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary Celebration:
    “Georgia’s Literary Past and the Future of Southern Letters”

    November 8, 2020 at 4 p.m., Livestream lecture

    Eubanks, a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, is currently a visiting professor of English and southern studies at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of “Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi’s Dark Past,” “The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South,” and “A Place Like Mississippi.” Eubanks is the former editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review at the University of Virginia and served as director of publishing at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., from 1995 to 2013. He has also published essays in The Hedgehog Review, American Scholar, The Georgia Review, and The New Yorker.

    Sponsored by the UGA Libraries, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and The Georgia Review

  • Julie Borlaug

    Julie Borlaug
    Vice President of External Relations, Inari Agriculture, Inc.

    D.W. Brooks Lecture: "Using Innovation and Technology to End Hunger and Poverty"

    November 10, 2020 at 3:30 p.m., Zoom

    Borlaug is the granddaughter of American biologist, humanitarian and Nobel laureate Norman E. Borlaug. As the vice president of external relations for Inari Agriculture, she is continuing the Borlaug legacy and inspiring the next generation by advocating for innovation and technology to end hunger and poverty. Borlaug has developed agricultural partnerships between public, private and philanthropic groups to expand the mission to feed the world’s hungry. She previously served as director of strategic initiatives for Texas A&M Agrilife Research, associate director of external relations for the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, and director of development for the American Cancer Society.

    Sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

  • Maxine Clark

    Maxine Clark
    CEO and Co-Founder, The Clark-Fox Family Foundation

    Driven by Purpose: Philanthropy and Social Good

    November 11, 2020 at 12:45 p.m., Zoom
    *Registration required. Capacity limited.

    Clark is one of the true innovators in the retail industry. She is chief inspirator of Delmar DivINe, CEO of the Clark-Fox Foundation, and founder and former CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop. In 2013, Clark stepped down from her Chief Executive Bear role to apply her entrepreneurial skills to her passion for improving K-12 public education and to invest in and mentor women and minority entrepreneurs. Her latest venture, Delmar DivINe, is the first collaborative space dedicated to maximizing the human and financial capital of St. Louis’ social initiatives and institutions. Slated to open in 2021, Clark hopes this project will encourage community development and social improvement. She has also published the book “The Bear Necessities of Business: Building a Company with Heart”. Clark is a 1971 graduate of UGA with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and she was the speaker for the university’s summer commencement exercises in 2008.

    Sponsored by the Department of Advertising and Public Relations in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

  • Marion Nestle

    Marion Nestle
    Professor Emerita, New York University

    Inaugural Food, Power, and Politics Lecture

    November 12, 2020 at 3 p.m., Livestream lecture
    *Registration required. Capacity limited. 

    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