2021-2022 Signature Lectures

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Spring 2022 Schedule

Spring 2022 Signature Lectures
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. All Signature Lectures are free and open to the public. Capacity is limited for some lectures, with registration required.

  • Arthur Tress

    Arthur Tress

    Zoom Artist Talk: Arthur Tress and Appalachia
    January 26, 2 p.m.
    Zoom Webinar, Register

    During five years of world travel, mostly in Asia and Africa, Tress developed an interest in ethnographical photography that eventually led him to his first professional assignment as a U.S. government photographer recording the endangered folk cultures of Appalachia. In 1968, Volunteers in Service to America commissioned him to document the endangered folkways of Appalachia. The ravaged landscape of this region spurred an environmental awareness in his work, including a series on resource extraction and the human costs of pollution. The exhibition "Inside Look: Selected Acquisitions from the Georgia Museum of Art," features a selection of Tress’s Appalachia photographs.

    Sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art.

  • Alice Hill

    Alice Hill
    David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Council on Foreign Relations

    CITS Global Decisions Series: "The Role of Climate Resilience in International Security"

    January 26, 5:30 p.m.
    Zoom Webinar, Register

    Hill’s work at CFR focuses on the risks, consequences and responses associated with climate change. She previously served as special assistant to President Barack Obama and senior director for resilience policy on the National Security Council staff, where she led the development of national policy to build resilience to catastrophic risks, including climate change and biological threats. Her co-authored book, "Building a Resilient Tomorrow," was published in 2019. In 2020, Yale University and the Op-Ed Project awarded her the Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis. Hill’s new book, "The Fight for Climate After COVID-19," was published in September 2021.

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

  • Marilyn Holmes

    Marilyn Holmes
    Retired educator and wife of the late Hamilton Holmes, Sr.

    Holmes-Hunter Lecture

    February 1, 2 p.m.
    Livestream at president.uga.edu/holmes-hunter

    Holmes is a long-time friend and supporter of the University of Georgia who has helped open doors for students and has made the UGA campus more inclusive through her advocacy and generosity. She is the widow of the late Hamilton Holmes, Sr., one of the first two students to integrate UGA. After a 16-year career in teaching, she retired in 2003. Since then, she has volunteered as a reading tutor in Atlanta Public Schools and Quality Living Services Senior Center. She is a former member of the board of the Atlanta History Center and past Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Atlanta Speech School.

    Sponsored by the Office of the President

  • Arthur Blank

    Arthur Blank
    Owner and Chairman, Blank Family of Businesses

    Terry Leadership Speaker Series

    February 16, 11:30 a.m.

    Perhaps best known as co-founder of The Home Depot, Blank is now widely recognized for his diverse businesses. In addition to the Blank Family Foundation, Blank’s Family of Businesses includes the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United; the nationwide PGA TOUR Superstore; three ranches in Montana; and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which hosted the 2019 Super Bowl and is home to the Falcons and Atlanta United. Named by ESPN as the 2021 Sports Philanthropist of the Year, Blank is a tireless advocate of using purpose and profit hand-in-hand to benefit the communities around him.

    Sponsored by the Institute for Leadership Advancement and the Terry College of Business.

  • Diana Mutz

    Diana Mutz
    Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication and Director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics, University of Pennsylvania

    George S. Parthemos Lecture: "The Influence of Black Lives Matter on the 2020 Election"

    February 17, 3:30 p.m.
    Zoom Webinar, Register

    A Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Mutz conducts research on public opinion, political psychology and mass political behavior, with a particular emphasis on political communication. She is the author of numerous books, including "Impersonal Influence: How Perceptions of Mass Collectives Affect Political Attitudes," "Hearing the Other Side: Deliberative Versus Participatory Democracy," and "In-Your-Face Politics: The Consequences of Uncivil Media." Her latest book, published in 2021, is "Winners and Losers: The Psychology of Foreign Trade."

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

  • Robert J. Jones

    Robert J. Jones
    Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    22nd Annual Mary Frances Early Lecture 

    February 22, 3 p.m.
    Georgia Center for Continuing Education, Mahler Hall

    Jones has served as chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2016. He previously served as president of the University at Albany, State University of New York and is an experienced and accomplished scientist and research university leader. A Georgia native, Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Fort Valley State College, a master’s degree in crop physiology from UGA, and a doctorate in crop physiology from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Under his leadership, Illinois has launched a $2.25 billion philanthropic campaign, created The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, and hired an inaugural vice chancellor for diversity, education and inclusion.

    Sponsored by the Graduate School, the Mary Frances Early College of Education, and the Office of Institutional Diversity

  • Kelly Senecal

    Kelly Senecal
    Co-founder and Vice President, Convergent Science
    Visiting Professor, University of Oxford

    "Racing Toward Zero: The Untold Story of Driving Green"

    February 25, 12:40 p.m.
    Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences, Auditorium (Room 175)

    Senecal has long been an advocate of creating cleaner propulsion systems, with a particular focus on computer modeling to enable faster design. In 1997, he co-founded Convergent Science, a global leader in computational fluid dynamics software. Its customers include leading automotive and commercial vehicle manufacturers, tier one suppliers and professional motorsport teams. Starting with his TEDx talk in 2016, he has been promoting a diverse mix of transportation technologies through invited talks, articles and social media. He is co-author of the book "Racing Toward Zero: The Untold Story of Driving Green." A visiting professor at the University of Oxford, Senecal is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

    Sponsored by the College of Engineering

  • Diane Davis

    Diane Davis
    Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

    HGOR Lecture Series: "Designing and Planning Cities to Foster Inclusion"
    March 29, 4:30 p.m.

    Davis is an internationally known sociologist whose research interests include the relations between urbanization and national development, comparative urban governance, socio-spatial practice in conflict cities, urban violence and new territorial manifestations of sovereignty. Her books include "Transforming Urban Transport," "Cities and Sovereignty: Identity Conflicts in the Urban Realm," "Discipline and Development: Middle Classes and Prosperity in East Asia and Latin America," "Irregular Armed Forces and their Role in Politics and State Formation," and "Urban Leviathan: Mexico City in the Twentieth Century."

    Sponsored by the College of Environment and Design and the Department of Sociology 

  • John Drake and Claudio Saunt

    John Drake & Claudio Saunt
    2021-2022 Regents' Professors

    Charter Lecture Series
    April 11, 1 p.m.
    Zoom Webinar, Register

    Drake is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Odum School of Ecology and founding director of the Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases. His research combines evolutionary biology, ecology and epidemiology to develop new quantitative methods that reconcile theory and data, with applications for forecasting the trajectories of epidemics and mapping the distributions of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, Ebola and West Nile virus.

    Saunt is a Distinguished Research Professor and Richard B. Russell Professor of American History in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. He is widely recognized as one of nation’s foremost scholars of Native American history and a pioneer in the field of digital history. He is the author of four books, including his most recent, "Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory," that have been received with widespread acclaim, both within and beyond the scholarly community.

    Both Drake and Saunt were named Regents' Professors this year, an honor bestowed by the board of regents on distinguished faculty whose scholarship or creative activity is recognized both nationally and internationally as innovative and pace-setting.

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

  • Jahan Ramazani

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

    Provost's Seminar Series
    "A Life in Poetry"
    April 13, 2 p.m.
    Zoom Webinar, Register

    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 in light of current debates over ecocriticism, translation studies, tourism, and cultural geography.

    Sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

  • Natasha Trethewey

    Natasha Trethewey
    Board of Trustees Professor of English, Northwestern University

    Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding
    April 21, 4 p.m.

    Trethewey has published five books of poetry, including "Monument: Poems New and Selected" and "Native Guard," for which she was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. She is also the author of "Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast" and "Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir," a New York Times bestseller. She was named the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States in 2012 and selected for a second term a year later. Her many honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Trethewey earned her bachelor’s degree in English at UGA and also holds a master’s degree from Hollins College and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

    Sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the Institute for African American Studies, and the Department of English

  • Anne Molley

    Anne Molloy
    Emeritus Professor, Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine

    Lynn Bailey Lectureship: "Folic Acid—Key to Birth Defect Prevention Globally"
    April 27, 11:30 a.m.
    Richard B. Russell Jr. Special Collections Libraries Building, Room 271

    Molloy directs the Vitamin Research Laboratory at Trinity College Dublin and has more than 30 years of experience researching the molecular, nutritional and genomic factors that influence folate and related micronutrient functions within the body. Her research accomplishments have established her as a global expert in the area of folic acid in the prevention of neural tube defects and other birth defects. She is an expert scientific advisor and serves on committees of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization that determine maternal public health polices domestically and worldwide.

    Sponsored by D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor Emeritus William Flatt


Fall 2021 Schedule

Fall 2021 Signature Lectures
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. All Signature Lectures are free and open to the public. Capacity is limited for some lectures, with registration required.

  • Annette Gordon-Reed

    Annette Gordon-Reed
    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., Zoom Webinar

    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.

    Registration for this virtual event is required.
    spia.uga.edu/constitution-day for more information and to register.

    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.

  • Mary Frances Early

    Mary Frances Early
    First Black graduate of UGA and pioneering music educator

    Book Launch: “The Quiet Trailblazer: My Journey as the First Black Graduate of the University of Georgia”

    September 28, 2:00 p.m., Livestream

    Early made history on August 16, 1962, when she became the first Black graduate from UGA. She earned a master’s degree in music education, later returning to UGA to earn a specialist in education degree in 1967. Early is a civil rights icon and pioneering music educator who inspired and influenced generations of students, schools and Black communities. She played an integral role in the campaign for racial equality at UGA and across the South and remains a tireless advocate in the field of education. On February 25, 2020, the University celebrated the naming of the College of Education in honor of Early. She recently wrote her autobiography, “The Quiet Trailblazer: My Journey as the First Black Graduate of the University of Georgia,” published by the Mary Frances Early College of Education and the UGA Libraries and distributed by the UGA Press.

    Registration for this virtual event is required.
    Visit gail.uga.edu/events/aa/mary-frances-early-book-launch-chat-with-coach-joni-taylor-2021
     to register.

    Co-sponsored by the Mary Frances Early College of Education, UGA Libraries, Office of Alumni Relations, and the Office of the President. Part of the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Desegregation of UGA.

  • Raphael W. Bostic

    Raphael W. Bostic
    President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

    Mason Public Leadership Lecture

    October 6, 11:30 a.m., Chapel

    Bostic serves as the 15th president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is responsible for all the institution’s activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. Bostic previously held the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise at the University of Southern California. Bostic has also served on many boards and advisory committees, including the California Community Reinvestment Corporation, Abode Communities, NeighborWorks, the National Community Stabilization Trust, the Urban Land Institute, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, the National Economic Association and Freddie Mac.

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

  • Martin Moore

    Martin Moore
    CEO, Meissa Vaccines

    “Vaccine Biotech: A Journey from South Georgia to Virology to Silicon Valley”

    October 22, 11:00 a.m., Innovation Hub, Room 100

    Moore is co-founder and CEO of Meissa Vaccines, a private, clinical-stage, venture-backed biotech company focused on the advancement of vaccines for respiratory viruses. Meissa is currently in clinical trials with two vaccines, one against RSV and one against COVID-19. Moore previously served as an associate professor and director of the Center for Childhood Infections and Vaccines at Emory University. He led the development of the RSV vaccine using a synthetic biology technology, recognized as Emory’s innovation of the year in 2013. Moore holds a B.S. in biology and a Ph.D. in genetics from UGA.

    Co-sponsored by the Office of Research and Innovation Gateway.

  • Ismahane Elouafi

    Ismahane Elouafi
    Chief Scientist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

    D.W. Brooks Lecture: “How Science, Technology and Innovation Can Accelerate the Transformation of Our Agri-Food Systems”

    November 2, 3:30 p.m., Zoom Webinar

    Elouafi is the UN FAO’s first chief scientist, a new position created within the organization’s core leadership structure. With nearly two decades of experience in agricultural research and development in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, she is internationally known for promoting underutilized crops, using non-fresh water in agriculture and empowering women in science. Elouafi previously held the position of director general at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, where she led the development and implementation of long-term strategy. She has received numerous awards, including the National Reward Medal by His Majesty Mohamed VI, the King of Morocco, and the Excellence in Science Award from the Global Thinkers Forum.

    Sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

  • The Honorable Mark Lee Greenblatt

    The Honorable Mark Lee Greenblatt
    Inspector General, U.S. Department of the Interior

    Getzen Lecture on Government Accountability: “If You Want a Friend, Get a Dog: Oversight in the Age of Twitter”
    November 8, 1:30 p.m., Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries Auditorium, Room 271

    Greenblatt leads a nationwide workforce of more than 270 investigators, auditors, evaluators, attorneys and support staff. As the senior official, Greenblatt oversees more than 70,000 U.S. Department of the Interior employees, assesses over $20 billion in grants and contracts, and conducts complex administrative and criminal investigations. He also serves as the vice chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, leading the inspector general community’s mission to combat fraud, waste and mismanagement. Greenblatt is the author of “Valor: Unsung Heroes From Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front.”

    Sponsored by the School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Part of the 2021 Ethics Awareness Week

  • Joan T.A. Gabel

    Joan T.A. Gabel
    President, University of Minnesota

    Louise McBee Lecture in Higher Education:
    “Fulfilling Higher Education's Social Contract and Value Proposition”

    November 16, 11:00 a.m., Chapel

    Gabel serves as president of the University of Minnesota, where under her leadership the University established its first systemwide strategic plan, surpassed $1 billion in annual research expenditures, achieved record-setting private giving, and advanced transformational partnerships, including NXT GEN MED, the ground-breaking partnership between the university, the Mayo Clinic and Google. Gabel previously served as the University of South Carolina’s executive vice president and provost, and as business dean at the University of Missouri. She was recognized as a shining star by The Wall Street Journal. She is also a Fulbright Scholar and a proud 1993 alumna of the UGA Law School.

    Sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education.

  • Adam Gopnik

    Adam Gopnik
    Writer, The New Yorker

    CED’s HGOR Lecture: "Catching The Bullet: What I've Learned About Art, Science, and the Foxtrot."

    November 17, 4 p.m., Chapel

    Gopnik is a writer for The New Yorker and the author of several notable books. He has won the National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism three times, the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting and the Canadian National Magazine Award Gold Medal for arts writing. Gopnik’s 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.” He was awarded the Legion d'honneur by the French President in 2021.

    A book signing will follow the lecture, with three of his published works available for purchase: “A Thousand Small Sanities,” “The Table Comes First" and “At the Stranger’s Gate."

    Co-sponsored by the College of Environment and Design, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. Part of the 2021 Spotlight on the Arts Festival.

  • Jennifer Crandall

    Jennifer Crandall
    Artist, Journalist and Filmmaker
    Panel Discussion: Perspectives on “Whitman, Alabama”
    November 18, 4:00 p.m., Zoom Webinar

    Learn more at georgiamuseum.org

    Crandall is a journalist, photographer and filmmaker whose work explores themes of identity and connection. Her work combines art and poetry to tell the story of what it means to be American. Crandall is the creator of the Emmy-nominated Washington Post series, onBeing, and the Emmy-nominated documentary project “Whitman, Alabama,” now on view at the Georgia Museum of Art. She has received numerous awards, including the Knight-Batten Special Distinction Award for Innovation, an Online News Association Award for Innovation, awards from the White House News Photographers Association and recognition from the American Film Institute.

    Co-sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art and Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. Part of the 2021 Spotlight on the Arts Festival.