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A Moveable Feast: A Series of Lectures and Performances Celebrating the Liberal Arts 2014-2015


September 4, 2014, 6:00 pm
The Telfair Museum, 121 Barnard St.

Gardens, Manners, and William Jay: Savannah's Romantic Spirit
Dr. Christopher E. Hendricks, The Department of History

In conjunction with the Telfair Academy’s exhibit, Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth-
Century Paintings from the Johnson Collection, Early American historian Christopher E. Hendricks will examine how this exciting age reshaped Savannah’s landscape, society, and architecture. With the dawn of the nineteenth century, the city of Savannah found itself on the cusp of great change as it developed from a provincial colonial capital to a thriving and nationally important port city. Accompanying this shift was an equally exciting revolution in culture as Americans joined their European cousins in revolting against the rationality of the eighteenth-century in favor of emotional responses to experience as they expressed themselves through literature, music, and the visual arts.

November 13, 2014, 6:00 pm
The Ships of the Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

X Marks the Spot: Treasure Maps and National Identity in the Far, Far Away
Dr. Jane Rago, The Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy

The popularity of adventure novels exploded at end of the nineteenth century, as a seemingly insatiable Western audience clamored for fantastic tales of the “far, far away.” These tales both quelled and reflected late imperial anxieties about national identity. Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island (1883) supplied images of the modern pirate, but perhaps more importantly the novel also bequeathed the perdurable romance of the treasure map. As the Age of Exploration gave way to the Age of Adventure, treasure maps replaced blank maps of colonial conquest— cartographies to be deciphered and decoded rather than charted and written.  Cultural theorist Jane V. Rago will analyze late-imperial adventure tales, arguing that these narratives served as sites of cultural domination that inscribed national identity in ways that parallel current discourses of globalization.

February 5, 2015, 6:00 pm
The Beach Institute/King Tisdale Cottage Foundation, 502 East Harris St.

Re-enfranchising the Disenfranchised: Voting Rights in America
Dr. Becky da Cruz, Dr. Ned Rinalducci, Dr. Maxine Bryant, and Dr. George Brown;
The Department of Criminal Justice, Socal and Political Sciences

This panel of scholars will examine the multi-faceted history of voting rights of African Americans, focusing on the political, sociological, and legal implications of efforts to restrict and deny access to the vote—the fundamental instrument of democracy. Of particular interest will be an exploration of the effects of incarceration on the black community and the relationship between criminal records and voting rights. Yet by devoting equal time to the achievements of African Americans, this discussion will also emphasize and celebrate the civil rights initiatives that led to the expansion of voting rights, which in turn led (at least partially) to the election of the first African-American president of the United States. The panelists will conclude by offering perspectives on the possibilities for the continuation of re-enfranchisement movements.

March 5, 2015, 6:30 pm
The Armstrong House, 447 Bull St.

Do Numbers Speak for Themselves? The Liberal Arts Requirement and Savannah’s Metro Economy
Dr. Michael Toma, Calloway Professor of Economics

We are awash in data. Analytical research, however, is not merely the acquisition of data. Rather, if we hope to use it to address the complexities of important questions, we must employ finely-honed critical thinking skills to scrutinize numerical patterns. Data can provide resources for analytical investigations of business phenomena, but privileging numbers alone can also hinder our quest for insight into human interactions in everyday economic transactions. This talk will explore how data both augments and clouds our vision of the workings on Savannah's metro area economy. Calloway Professor of Economics, Dr. Michael Toma, will argue that a liberal arts education serves as a crucial foundation from which to examine data-based analytical superstructures. Engaging both data collection and critical thinking, he will offer us a fuller picture of our economy's performance today and where it is likely headed tomorrow.

April 2, 2015, 6:30 pm
The Fine Arts Auditorium on Armstrong’s campus, Science Dr.

The Emergence of Modernism: Art between the Wars
Dr. Deborah Jamieson, Dr. Steve Primatic, Dr. Benjamin Warsaw, Dr. Emily Grundstad-
Hall; The Department of Art, Music and Theater

This collaborative performance will integrate the visual and performing arts of the early twentieth century to explore the emergence of modernism as it is bracketed within the cultural context of the first and second world wars. Examining key paintings of the era and paralleling their motifs with those in musical composition, this final course of our Moveable Feast will bring together professors of art and music to trace an historical arc from Debussy to Stravinsky, to Weil and Gershwin, finishing with a tribute to Cole Porter and American jazz.

All performances are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Dr. Teresa Winterhalter, Assistant Dean, The College of Liberal Arts, 912.344.3135 or teresa.winterhalter@armstrong.edu

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
— Ernest Hemingway

 

Lectures begin at 6 p.m. unless noted.
Events are free and open to the public.