by Emily Sprewell

The University of West Georgia’s School of the Arts (SOTA) will continue its fourth season of The Other Night School for Fall 2019. The season will include a series of evening lectures held by university professors and will cover a range of interesting topics such as literature, history, art and science.

Guests who attend the event can expect a learning atmosphere filled with interesting subject matter and discussion.

“The series – now in its fourth year – allows the community to experience the best of our university faculty speaking about their areas of interest,” said SOTA Director Dr. Chad Davidson. “That has been a constant throughout its history, and it has proved quite popular. There's a desire in our community for shared intellectual pursuit, particularly the way we package it: free wine, lots of laughs and riveting lectures.”

The Fall 2019 series will also feature guest speaker Dr. Alison Chapman who will deliver her lecture regarding the poet John Milton.

“Chad has done such a great job of putting all this academic expertise to work on behalf of the community, and I’m delighted to be included,” said Chapman. “There’s nothing like presenting a new idea to a smart, curious, general audience—you get the kinds of questions that really help shape your thinking. So this lecture will teach me easily as much as it will (hopefully!) teach the audience.”

Receptions for all events begin at 6 p.m. and talks begin at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary wine will be provided at most events.

*Tickets are not required at the door, but don't forget to RSVP for door prizes.


Bring Out the Freaks: Disability in Literature
Dr. Matt Franks, associate professor of English

When: Tuesday, Aug. 27
Where: The Hub at Hudson Mill, Carrollton

Disabled characters abound in literature from “King Lear” to “Moby Dick” to “Game of Thrones.” So why is disability typically represented as a convenient metaphor for moral failings and social ills, rather than as a valid aspect of human experience on its own terms? Join us for an exploration of literature's freaks, gimps and defectives, and find out what they have to say about our own precarious bodies.


Founding FathersHow to Start a Revolution: Propaganda & the Coming of the War for Independence
Dr. Keith Pacholl, professor of history

When: Wednesday, Sept. 11
Where: UWG Newnan

We know our Founding Fathers and Mothers as critics of tyranny, defenders of liberty and champions of freedom. But did you know that they were also masters of propaganda? Join us for an entertaining evening to see how American colonists used print, images and other material objects to encourage patriotism, discredit opponents and spark a revolution.

Life After Carbon
Dr. Hannes Gerhardt, professor of geosciences

When: Tuesday, Sept. 17
Where: Hawthorne Room, The Inn at Serenbe

As the inconvenient truth of global climate change settles into our consciousness, we are often left with a sense of cynicism in the face of the apparent intractability of our energy-driven carbon dependencies. Yet is our failure to imagine a paradigmatic shift to a new, sustainable energy system justified? Let's take a journey into possible worlds to come – rooted in efforts and innovations in the here and now – where energy is abundant, affordable and carbon-neutral.


Reading in the Renaissance
Dr. Meg Pearson, professor and chair of English

When: Tuesday, Oct. 1
Where: Carnegie Library, Newnan

Trying to read and comprehend Renaissance/older literature can feel like staring off a cliff: where do you even begin? You begin here! Join us as we reintroduce two important texts and authors from the period. From there, we'll dive deeply into the language and cultural secrets and read as the Renaissance did (except with less plague). *No Alcohol Served *

Special Event: Blackwell Prize in Painting Winner Josephine Halvorson
Professor of art, Boston University

When: Wednesday, Oct. 16
Where: UWG Newnan

Join us for an artist talk by Josephine Halvorson, winner of numerous awards, including The Rome Prize, The James and Audrey Foster Prize, and many others. Halvorson is professor of art and chair of graduate studies at Boston University and has been featured on the PBS program “Art21.” She is the 2019 recipient of the Blackwell Prize in Painting (worth $10,000), administered by UWG's School of the Arts.


Special Event: Saving John Milton
Dr. Alison Chapman, professor and chair of English, University of Alabama at Birmingham

When: Tuesday, Nov. 5
Where: The Hub at Hudson Mill, Carrollton

Milton is mostly known today for his epic “Paradise Lost,” a poem he curiously almost didn't survive to finish. In the middle of composition, Milton came within a hair's breadth of being hanged, drawn and quartered. Join us for a special session featuring visiting scholar Chapman and hear about how one of the greatest poems in the English language almost didn't get written at all.

Crazed for Spain: Hollywood’s Love Affair with “Lo Español”
Dr. Jeffrey Zamostny, associate professor of Spanish

When: Tuesday, Nov. 19
Where: Hawthorne Room, The Inn at Serenbe

The cinema was born in the same decade as both the Spanish-American War of 1898 and a vogue in the U.S. for all things stereotypically Spanish. Over the next 30 years, Hollywood churned out dozens of films featuring matadors, gypsies, bandits and flamenco dancers played by the likes of Rudolph Valentino and Greta Garbo. Join us as we explore how Spaniards promoted and resisted Hollywood's Spanish fetish, both at home in Spain and in the U.S.


The Life & Death of English Grammar
Dr. Micheal Crafton, interim university president

When: Tuesday, Dec. 3
Where: Carnegie Library, Newnan

If grammar has a history, then grammar must change. Yet if grammar changes, is there such a thing as correct grammar? Correctness often depends on local conditions, yet some grammatical errors can be so severe that even their mothers would not claim them. Come find out just how well/good you understand the differences. *No Alcohol Served *

Posted on August 22, 2019