In this series of eight evenings, University of West Georgia professors Chad Davidson, Rosemary Kellison, Nathan Rees, Leah Haught, David Newton, Nadejda Williams, Michael De Nie, and Larry Rivers come to Newnan, Carrollton, and Serenbe to discuss topics in Language, History, Philosophy, and Art. Join us for a bit of wine and conversation!

BARDS AND BAD MANNERS: THE ODYSSEY AS SOCIAL PRIMER - Dr. Chad Davidson, SOTA Director and Prof. of English

Where: Carnegie Library // Newnan
When: Tuesday, September 11 // 6:00pm reception, 6:30pm talk
We commonly think of The Odyssey as a tale of heroism and bravery, a journey through the mystical world of Greek antiquity. Yet the epic also effectively functions as a code of conduct, a book of social mores, a guide to Greek etiquette. Join us as we consider the ways in which Homer might just be the first Emily Post or Judith Martin, the original Mr. Manners. ***No alcohol served.
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WAR AND THE ETHICS OF KILLING - Dr. Rosemary Kellison, Associate Prof. of Philosophy

Where: Hawthorne Room // The Inn at Serenbe
When: Tuesday, September 25 // 6:00pm reception, 6:30pm talk

We hear about it on the news: the errant bomb, the misguided missile, the hospital destroyed. Particularly in today's urban wars, such mistakes can result in the deaths of innocent civilians. But who is responsible when innocent people are killed in war, and who counts as "innocent" anyway? Join us as we discuss some of the responses to these questions that have been developed over the past several hundred years in the Christian, Muslim, and international law traditions. *Attendees who RSVP at the link below will be entered into a door prize drawing for a $100 gift card to Hills and Hamlets!
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BRINGING ART INTO NATURE: PAINTING IN PLEIN AIR - Dr. Nathan Rees, Assistant Prof. of Art

Where: UWG Center // Newnan
When: Tuesday, October 2 // 6:00pm reception, 6:30pm talk

We take it for granted that painters can work outdoors just as easily as in, but only in the mid-nineteenth century did new technology make painting outside feasible. Come see how this new, direct way of encountering nature revolutionized landscape painting in the era of Impressionism and how it continues to inspire artists in the present.
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SINK YOUR TEETH INTO THIS: VAMPIRES PAST AND PRESENT - Dr. Leah Haught, Assistant Prof. of English

Where: Red Rock Room // Carrollton
When: Tuesday, October 16 // 6:00pm reception, 6:30pm talk

From the reanimated corpses of medieval manuscripts to the moody bloodsuckers of modern fiction, creatures that defy mortality have long fascinated those of us bound by it. Join us in considering what our not quite living dopplegangers might tell us about human fears and aspirations alike. What might the dead tell us about what it means or should mean to live? *Attendees who RSVP at the link below will be entered into a door prize drawing for a $100 gift card to Underground Books!
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THE POE(TRY) OF NEVERMORE: EDGAR ALLAN POE AND THE RAVEN - Dr. David Newton, Associate VP and Prof. of English

Where: Carnegie Library // Newnan
When: Tuesday, October 30 // 6:00pm reception, 6:30pm talk
The Raven is Edgar Allan Poe's most beloved poem, but it is also one of the most misunderstood works in American literature, a trait it shares with Poe himself -- whose life is all too often portrayed as a horrifying caricature removed from what we really know about the man. Can reading The Raven help us discover the real Poe? Join us for an evening of haunted elegies and POEtic fun, Halloween style. ***No alcohol served.
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LIFE AND DEATH IN THE ROMAN ARMY - Dr. Nadejda Williams, Associate Prof. of History

Where: Red Rock Room // Carrollton 
When: Tuesday, November 6 // 6:00pm reception, 6:30pm talk
While historical writers from the Roman world mostly focused on its leaders, recent archaeological evidence from Roman camps and cemeteries allows us to reconstruct a picture of daily life (and death) in the service of Rome. What was it like to be in the army of one of the greatest empires the world has ever known? Join us as we consider such aspects of the Roman legionary experience as training, diet, love life, birthday parties, and funerals. *Attendees who RSVP at the link below will be entered into a door prize drawing for a $100 gift card to Underground Books!
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THE GREAT FAMINE AND THE IRISH WORLD - Dr. Michael De Nie, Prof. of History

Where: UWG Center // Newnan
When: Tuesday, November 13 // 6:00pm reception, 6:30pm talk
The island of Ireland is currently home to seven million people, yet 70 million people worldwide claim Irish ancestry, over half of them in North America. This remarkable history of mass emigration was set in motion by the catastrophic Great Famine of 1845-52. Join us as we explore how the failure of the potato crop in Ireland led to the creation of a global Irish diaspora.
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HIP HOP AND MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. - Dr. Larry Rivers, Associate Prof. of History

Where: Hawthorne Room // Inn at Serenbe
When: Tuesday, December 4 // 6:00pm reception, 6:30pm talk
What does Hip Hop have to do with Martin Luther King, Jr.? With the first-ever federal holiday observation of King scheduled for January 20, 1986, the martyred civil rights activist's child, Dexter King, began organizing a musical tribute. Could Hip Hop -- a potentially powerful, yet largely misunderstood music form -- represent the principles for which his father had stood? Join us as we investigate this curious convergence. *Attendees who RSVP at the link below will be entered into a door prize drawing for a $100 gift card to Hills and Hamlets!
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