In this series of seven evenings, University of West Georgia professors Chad Davidson, Nathan Rees, Dan Williams, Micheal Crafton, Leah Haught, and Muriel Cormican come to Newnan, and now Carrollton, and Serenbe, to discuss topics in Language, History, Philosophy, and Art. Join us for a bit of wine and conversation!

IMPRESSIONISM: BEHIND THE SCENES - Dr. Nathan Rees, Department of Art

Where: UWG Newnan Center // Newnan
When: Tuesday, September 19 // 6:00pm
What do you really know about Impressionism? At first glance, it might seem like a light-hearted style all about beauty. For the artists who pioneered the movement, however, Impressionism signified a search for a new form of realism. Inspired by scientific discoveries in optics and visual perception, they strove to capture reality in a way that cameras couldn't. Come discover how Impressionism is about more that just pretty pictures.

WHY IS THERE SO MUCH RELIGION IN AMERICAN POLITICS? - Dr. Dan Williams, Department of History

Where: The Oak Room // Serenbe
When: Tuesday, September 26 // 6:00pm

President Donald Trump's close alliance with conservative evangelicals has brought new attention to the relationship between religion and American politics, but this is actually not a new phenomenon in American history. Join us for a historical tour of the controversial relationship between religion and American politics, on both the left and the right, as we try to answer the question: Why is American politics so religious?

THE PHUNNY HISTORY OF INGLISH SPELLIN' - Dr. Micheal Crafton, Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs

Where: Milestone Investment Management, LLC // Carrollton
When: Tuesday, October 10 // 6:00pm

That English spelling is a proverbial "hot mess" will be a surprise to no one, but the question is why? How did it get this way? The answers will be provided here, tonight. It is partly a matter of hostile takeovers, confused standards, and rebellious scamps who refuse to "do the right ting." This lecture will not correct all your spelling issues, but it will provide brilliant rationales for why you are not to blame.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF A GHOSTLY KIND - Dr. Leah Haught, Department of English

Where: UWG Newnan Center // Newnan
When: Tuesday, October 24 // 6:00pm

Few questions are as cental to the human experience as what happens to us after we die. It is not particularly surprising, then, that ghosts are among the oldest and most universally recognized supernatural entities. Sometimes helpful, sometimes vengeful, ghosts are frequently depicted as being caught between worlds in ways that make us as living audiences question our conceptions of morality, mortality, and time. Join us as we explore what ghosts might tell us about the relationships between good and evil, fear and curiosity, fate and free will, and past and present throughout history.

UNRAVELING TRAVELING - Dr. Muriel Cormican, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Where: Grange Hall // Serenbe
When: Tuesday, November 14 // 6:00pm
Paris, Rome, Berlin, Dublin. Who doesn't want to go to Europe, see the Eiffel Tower, the Coliseum, the Brandenburger Tor, and the Book of Kells? But why do we want to travel? Freud theorized that we do it to escape the death drive and the authority of the "father." Contemporary American cinema (Eat Pray Love, Under the Tuscan Sun, Lost in Translation among others) often shows it to be a process of learning, a journey toward enlightenment, self-knowledge, and growth. University Study Abroad Programs suggest the same idea, and yet the German philosopher Immanuel Kant never traveled more than 70 miles from his home town of Königsberg and was clearly an educated and enlightened man. Totalitarian states often limit their citizens' travel, suggesting that travel might be a threat to nationhood and patriotism. Join us as we discuss these and other ideas and try to unravel what travel has meant and means to our human condition.

PAINTING THE SOUTHERN LANDSCAPE - Dr. Nathan Rees, Department of Art

Where: UWG Newnan Center // Newnan
When: Tuesday, November 21 // 6:00pm
Just what is it that makes the southern landscape unique? Since the colonial era, painters have attempted to capture the spirit of the American South–with surprisingly different results. Join us for a historical tour of landscape painting in Georgia and neighboring states as we explore artists’ diverse interpretations of the South—its cultures, institutions, and history—through their depictions of its land.

THE CURIOUS (LATIN) HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE - Dr. Chad Davidson, Department of English

Where: Milestone Investment Management, LLC // Carrollton
When: Tuesday, November 28 // 6:00pm
That English is a Germanic language is a well known fact. That English is a bit of an anomaly among Germanic languages because of its high percentage of French vocabulary is also nothing new. (We have William the Conqueror to thank for that.) Less well known, however, is the extent to which Latin—through the Romans, through the church, through French invaders, and even through the arts—has had a constant and deeply felt influence on English. Join us as we explore the curious (Latin) history of our (Germanic) language.