A new lecture series sponsored by Armstrong Atlantic State University's College of Liberal Arts will feature a variety of topics.
"It's called 'A Moveable Feast,'" says Laura Barrett, AASU professor of English and dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "It will feature various professors in the College of Liberal Arts who are all presenting at historic sites downtown."
The title of the series was inspired by Ernest Hemingway. A.E. Hotchner, Hemingway's friend and biographer, remembered him saying, "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."
The lectures will be presented on one Thursday each month between September and March.
"The last event will be held back on the campus in the Fine Arts Auditorium," Barrett says.
The first will be presented Sept. 12, at the Old Cotton Exchange on Bay Street. Nicholas Mangee, assistant professor of economics, will present "On the Relevance of a Liberal Arts-Based Economics Education for Society."
On Oct. 24 at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, Lara Wessell, assistant professor of political science, will present "Presidential Authority and National Threats: Thinking Critically about Power."
On Nov. 21 at the Beach Institute, Lauren Mason, assistant professor of literature and African American studies, will present "To Be Beautiful in Light: The Role of Photography in Shaping the Modern Black Identity."
On Jan. 30 at the Flannery O'Connor House, Laura Barrett will present "'A ghost in his supposedly safe old house': Uncanny Homes in American Fiction."
The keynote address will be presented Feb. 25 at Temple Mickve Israel by Andrew Delbanco, Mendelson family chair of American Studies, and Julian Clarence Levi, professor in the humanities at Columbia University. Its title is "What is College For? The Future of American Education."
"This will be the centerpiece," Barrett says. "He wrote a book called 'College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be.'
"He'll talk about the importance of liberal arts and fact-finding," she says. "Liberal arts is being besieged by the public and legislators. We have to remind ourselves of the point of a liberal arts education and realize that it prepares us for the workplace."
On March 27 at the Georgia Historical Society, Ella Howard, assistant professor of history, will present "Homeless: Poverty and Place in Urban America."
The series will close April 24 at the AASU Fine Arts Auditorium with a musical program featuring Emily Grundstad-Hall, assistant professor of music. A soprano, she will present works by Schubert, Schumann, Bach, Debussy, Puccini and Mozart. Also featured will be Dominick Argento's "Letters from Composers," with Brian Luckett on guitar. A reception and final toast will follow the performance.
All events are free and open to the public.
The decision to present the lectures at historic sites downtown was to make AASU more familiar to residents.
"Armstrong is a beautiful campus. but most people don't connect it with Savannah," Barrett says. "It's all the way on the southside.
"We want to remind people that we are a part of Savannah," she says. "Our art, music and theater programs contribute quite a lot, but many people don't know we're here."
The idea for the series came out of a faculty roundtable, Barrett says. "We're all pretty excited about it," she says.
"We thought if we could make people aware, they would be inclined to seek out opportunities we have on campus in the future," Barrett says. "It's very nice for us to get downtown."
IF YOU GO
What: AASU A Moveable Feast lecture series presents "On the Relevance of a Liberal Arts-Based Economics Education for Society"
When: 6 p.m. Sept. 12
Where: Old Cotton Exchange, E. Bay St.