College of Liberal Arts
A Moveable Feast
A Series of Lectures Celebrating the Liberal Arts and Savannah's Historic Sites
On the relevance of a Liberal Arts-based economics education for Society
September 12, 2013
The Old Cotton Exchange, East Bay Street
Nicholas Mangee, Assistant Professor of Economics
As the recent global financial crisis and ensuing great recession have shown, we live in an ever-evolving economic world confronted by numerous impending challenges. Mangee will explore how a liberal-arts based education in economics provides society with the critical thinking and analytical tools necessary to confront such obstacles with purpose and (perhaps even) a renewed sense of optimism.
Presidential Authority and national threats: thinking critically about Power
October 24, 2013
The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, 460 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Lara Wessell, Assistant Professor of Political Science
The ways in which American presidents respond to crises offer important insights into their politics, their leadership styles, and their interpretations of the Constitution. In this lecture, Wessell will draw upon the powers of critical analysis inculcated through a liberal arts education to assess presidential power as she examines the ways in which recent presidents have responded to war, natural disaster, civil unrest, and the ever-changing landscape of current events.
To Be Beautiful in Light: The Role of Photography in Shaping the Modern Black Identity
November 14, 2013
The Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris Street
Lauren Mason, Assistant Professor of Literature and African-American Studies
This lecture explores the ways in which the photograph has been used to create and shape perceptions of African-American identity in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From W.E.B. Du Bois to Alain Locke to Langston Hughes, the notion of what it means to be an African-American has been shaped by photographic and literary representations of black scholars, artists, and politicians. Mason will examine how visual images establish and continually reinforce collective and individual African-American identities.
"A ghost in His Supposedly Safe Old House": Uncanny Homes in American Fiction
January 30, 2014
The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home, 207 East Charlton Street
Laura Barrett, Professor of English and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
When Henry James returned to his native land after a nearly thirty-year absence, he remarked that he felt dispossessed and alienated, as if there were “a ghost in his supposedly safe old house.” What James describes is a sense of the uncanny, defined by Freud as the familiar made strange. Building intersections between theory and art, Barrett will discuss how turn-of-the-century American literature—rife with haunted houses and eerie doubles—reveals an uncanny moment in American history, one in which concepts of home and self were in flux.
What is College For? The Future of American Education
February 25, 2014
Temple Mickve Israel, 20 East Gordon Street
Andrew Delbanco, Mendelson family Chair of American Studies
and Julian Clarence Levi, Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University
In this centerpiece lecture for A Moveable Feast, Delbanco will argue that as the commercialization of American higher education accelerates, more and more students are coming to college with the narrow aim of obtaining a pre-professional credential. Delbanco will illustrate how a traditional four-year college experience— an exploratory time for students to discover their passions and test ideas and values with the help of teachers and peers—is in danger of becoming a thing of the past. This talk will encourage us to remember why making a strong liberal arts education available to as many young people as possible remains central to America’s democratic promise.
Homeless: Poverty and Place in Urban America
March 27, 2014
Georgia Historical Society, 501 Whitaker Street
Ella Howard, Assistant Professor of History
During the twentieth century, many homeless Americans lived on skid rows, the best known of which was New York City’s Bowery. Such spaces became more than urban poverty zones. Over time, they came to define the people who lived there. Howard will lend insight into the meaning of homelessness and poverty in twentieth-century America and offer us a new perspective on the modern welfare system.
Letters from Composers: Musicians Speak
April 24, 2014
Fine Arts Auditorium, Science Drive on the Armstrong campus
Emily Grundstad-Hall, Assistant Professor of Music
After so many hearty servings of thought-provoking lectures, A Moveable Feast will culminate in a celebration of the joy in living that a liberal arts education also promises. The series will close at Armstrong’s Fine Arts Auditorium where Professor Grundstad-Hall, soprano, and Benjamin Warsaw, piano, will perform works by Schubert, Schumann, Bach, Debussy, Puccini, and Mozart. Also featured on the program will be Dominick Argento’s, “Letters from Composers,” with Brian Luckett on guitar.
This performance begins at 7 p.m.
A reception and final toast to living the life of the mind and the spirit to the fullest will follow the performance.
— Ernest Hemingway
Lectures begin at 6 p.m. unless noted.
Events are free and open to the public.