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Liberal Arts: A Moveable Feast

“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.

A Series of Lectures and Performances Celebrating the Liberal Arts

Armstrong State University is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2016-2017 Moveable Feast lecture and performance series, presented by the university’s esteemed College of Liberal Arts faculty in historic venues throughout Savannah. All events are free and open to the public.

The goal of the Moveable Feast series is to celebrate the vital role the liberal arts play in keeping the ideal of democratic education alive. This year’s lineup will include lectures on a variety of topics and conclude with a theatrical troupe performance.

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6 p.m.
"Grappling with Nuances: Political Contexts and Economic Platforms in the 2016 General Election"
Drs. Lara Wessel and Nicholas Mangee
The Kennedy Pharmacy, 323 East Broughton St.

Please join us on the eve of the 2016 US presidential election as Lara Wessel, Assistant Professor of Political Science, and Nicholas Mangee, Assistant Professor of Economics, grapple with the nuances of Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s political and economic policies. Wessel will present an overview of both candidates’ policies —focusing on the embedded politics in their respective party’s platforms. Wessel will emphasize the inter-party and intra-party rhetoric that has defined this election cycle, teasing out the potential short-term and long-term consequences for the political parties themselves, the electorate, and the presidential election process. Mangee will survey the candidates’ most significant economic policy proposals. He will discuss how, throughout the campaigns, both Clinton and Trump have cultivated positions on immigration, wages, infrastructure, taxes, education, and national defense. By highlighting their positions on these issues, he will compare their positions based on their implications for economic growth. And remember, November 8th is only days away….  

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6 p.m.
“Landscapes of Unrest: Visual Narratives of Environmentalism and Civil Rights in Photographic Stills”
Drs. Regina Bradley and Angela Horne
The Jepson Center, 207 West York Lane

Examining how landscape photography can function as a visual narrative, Angela Horne, Associate Professor of Visual Arts, and Regina Bradley, Assistant Professor of African American Culture, will discuss how seemingly "still" images of a landscape are translated into stories that inform the way we engage with modern American culture and society. Focusing on images from the exhibition Watershed: Contemporary Landscape Photography (currently on display at the Jepson), Horne will analyze the relationships between people and the environment that these prints encompass by emphasizing how at times the camera directs viewers’ responses and at others leaves them unresolved. Drawing upon another manifestation of “still landscape” photography, Bradley will explore how our visual images of the Civil Rights Movement shape our understanding of a Southern culture-scape today. She will direct our gaze beyond these images to observe connections between the visual narratives and the protests taking place in the post-Civil Rights South. Together, Horne and Bradley will expose the often unsettling social significance of stillness in these exposures.

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
”Women in Conflict:  Constructing Identity in the Twentieth Century during Dictatorship and War”
Drs. Hapsatou Wane and Allison Belzer
The Armstrong House, 447 Bull St.

Drawing from distinct historical moments and settings, Hapsatou Wane, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, and Allison Scardino Belzer, Associate Professor of History, will explore how women writers respond to political and military conflict. Wane will evaluate how Afro-Brazilian women use stories of insurrection to represent the muddy entanglements of their identities. In particular, she will examine the role memories of slavery, colonialism, and military dictatorship play in the construction of black selfhood. Belzer will analyze how women living at the Italian front responded to the violence they experienced during the First World War. She will emphasize how, as civilians and volunteer medical personnel, these women resisted military occupation and promoted Italian patriotism, all the while redefining what femininity could mean in the early twentieth century. Join Wane and Belzer for a conversation about how women situate themselves in a political world supposedly outside of their purview.

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6 p.m.
”From Peril to Promise:  The Social Responsiveness of American Theater in the 1930s and 40s”
Dr. Pam Sears and Company
The American Legion Ballroom, 1108 Bull St.

Out of the instability of the 1930s and 40s, playwrights, theatre artists, and composers created inspirational, socially responsive work with innovative theatrical practices. Doing so, they offered theatergoers an experience that encouraged new perspectives and lightened the burden of the day-to-day realities of economic depression and world war. By reacting to the perilous atmosphere of these decades with dramatic reflections on their situations, many playwrights hoped they might inspire individuals to conceive a propitious future. Join a company of Armstrong’s outstanding musical and theatrical performers and directors as they explore scenes from popular dramatic works of the period by Tennessee Williams, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Kaufman and Hart. Journey with this troupe as they reenact scenes made famous by some of our great entertainers, while they also demonstrate how these players promoted stability and hope during this extraordinary period in American theater.

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