2021-2022 Signature Lectures

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.
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    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.


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  • 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.

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  • 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.


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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Adam Gopnik

    Adam Gopnik
    Writer, The New Yorker

    CED’s HGOR Lecture: “Reconnecting the Arts and Sciences”

    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 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, 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.

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  • 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.

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