“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
Georgia Southern University's College of Arts and Humanities will present the fifth season of its “Movable Feast” lecture and concert series at 6 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Telfair Academy, in parallel with the “Monet to Matisse” exhibition on view at the Jepson Center.
The series is produced in cooperation with GSU's College of Behavioral and Social Sciences to “illuminate a series of connections between musical and visual creators during the times of social turmoil in which Claude Monet and Henri Matisse shaped their art.”
The program, titled “Actions and Reactions: Sounds and Sights of a World Foregone,” will include a lecture by Argentinian composer Martin Gendelman, also an associate professor of music at GSU's Statesboro campus, on “the historical, cultural and biographical backdrop of selected compositions from late 19th- and early 20th-century composers, from Chopin to Gershwin.” The lecture will be followed by a performance by Benjamin Warsaw, pianist and assistant professor of music at GSU's Armstrong campus.
Event organizer Teresa Winterhalter, associate dean, College of Arts and Humanities, and professor of English at GSU's Armstrong Campus, explains that the genesis of the “Movable Feast” series happened about a half-dozen years ago at the college formerly known as Armstrong.
“Over six years ago, a small group of Armstrong's Liberal Arts professors (as they were known at the time) joined a Faculty Reading Roundtable to explore Andrew DelBanco's 'College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be,'” says Winterhalter. “Building on his thesis — that the Liberal Arts often takes a hit in funding decisions and discussions about relevance to jobs training, in part, because it doesn't do enough to promote its essential purposes to the public at large — the idea for the 'Moveable Feast' lecture series was born.”
Winterhalter explains that the title for the series comes from Ernest Hemingway's celebrated memoir of the same name.
“We have partnered with the Telfair Museums several times over the last few years,” says Winterhalter. “And with the generous cooperation of Mr. Harry Delorme, have been able to combine some of the expertise of our stellar faculty with the extraordinary cultural center the Telfair brings to our city.
"The Telfair seems the most fitting and wonderful space to launch the new iteration of our series. Given that the Jepson Center's installation of 'Monet to Matisse' is running at the time we are opening our series, we tried to pair our faculty resources with their amazing exhibit in such a way that we could add another dimension to what this exhibit already offers to all of us.
“As so many of us can attest, the abiding impact of an education grounded in the traditions of the liberal arts can be felt throughout one's life and that education itself also becomes a moveable feast.”
IF YOU GO
What: “A Moveable Feast” lecture and concert, “Actions and Reactions: Sounds and Sights of a World Foregone”
When: 6 p.m. Jan. 10
Where: Telfair Academy Rotunda, 121 Barnard St.
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