A language, Wittgenstein famously remarked, is like an ancient city where new buildings rise from the pediments of impossibly old temples, where the old and new share the living space. So, too, in language, where a single sentence might feature words that predate written records next to those just minted yesterday.

In this series of four evenings, University of West Georgia English professors Chad Davidson, Micheal Crafton, Meg Pearson, and David Newton return to Newnan to share the stories of four amazingly adaptable words that have lived through some extraordinary adventures. Join us for a bit of wine and conversation devoted to more of our curious English language.

THE CURIOUS ADVENTURES OF YOU - Dr. Chad Davidson

Where: UWG Newnan // Main Lecture Hall
When: Tuesday, October 4 // 6:00pm
This evening is all about you. Or maybe thee. Or is it y'all or even you guys, You: that small but useful word has weathered many storms, only in the last few hundred years enjoying its now seemingly unassailable position as our default second-person pronoun. But where did you come from, Where has you been? Where might you be headed? Come listen and find out all about you.

THE CURIOUS ADVENTURES OF WORD - Dr. Micheal Crafton

Where: UWG Newnan // Main Lecture Hall
When: Tuesday, October 11 // 6:00pm

Word up! While even basic words possess rich histories, words that describe language itself often impress even more. The word word fits both bills: a most common Old English word, with clear connections to Pre-Old English, but a. one that has had many permutations and is responsible for all manner of new words, new meanings, and new verbal structures. How can this be, Come share with us some words about it.

THE CURIOUS ADVENTURES OF WILL - Dr. Meg Pearson

Where: UWG Newnan // Main Lecture Hall
When: Tuesday, October 18 // 6:00pm

'Where there, a will, there's a way." True enough, but there is never just one will, especially in the earlier centuries of the English language. For the speakers of Old English, will could mean anything from determination to delight, from testament to choosing. Later, for one of the most famous "Wills" of all time, Mr. Shakespeare, will became a wish, a desire, a man, and even his amatory equipage! Will you be there to learn about it all?

THE CURIOUS ADVENTURES OF BE - Dr. David Newton

Where: UWG Newnan // Main Lecture Hall
When: Tuesday, October 25 // 6:00pm

"To be, or not to be . . ." lt, hard to imagine Shakespeare, most famous quotation without one of the smallest but most ubiquitous and versatile verbs in the English language. Despite its simplicity, be is astonishingly complex and ancient in its origins, possessing one of the most unusual histories of any verb in the language. Join us as we examine the history of our strangest, yet most essential verb and discover how its forms have changed and mutated over time, a process that continues in English even today. Be there!