by Shameria Wilson

The University of West Georgia School of the Arts (SOTA) continues its third season of The Other Night School. This semester’s installments include captivating conversations with some of UWG’s most knowledgeable professors.

With a variety of interesting topics that calls for social engagement and learning, The Other Night School is an informative yet fun event open to the entire community.

“Expect the best part of the college experience: expert scholars and artists discussing topics of interest to all,” said SOTA Director Dr. Chad Davidson. “My goal is to ensure that no matter the topic, the lecture is always entertaining and thought provoking.”

All receptions begin at 6 p.m. and talks at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary wine will be served at most events.

The semester will kick off with the first session, The Life and Death of English Grammar, on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Bring a friend and join a dynamic learning environment outside of regular school hours.


Tuesday, Jan. 29: The Life and Death of English Grammar
Dr. Micheal Crafton, university provost and professor of English
Carnegie Library, Newnan
*No alcohol served*

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 mother would not claim them. Come find out just how well/good you understand the differences.


Tuesday, Feb. 5: The Price of the Ticket: Complicating Travel
Dr. Dionne Irving Bremyer, associate professor of English
The Hub, Carrollton

The history of travel runs parallel to the history of colonial rule, whose darker realities linger in even the sunniest of destinations. In service of profit, tourism attempts to distract the tourist from this troubling past. But can we confront those realities, engage in thoughtful, responsible travel and still have a little fun? Join us for some answers.

Tuesday, Feb. 19: Life on the Moon in the 1830s
Mark Schoon, associate professor of art
Hawthorne Room, The Inn at Serenbe

For centuries the moon had remained an unattainable subject of speculation and desire. Through a series of illustrated newspaper articles in 1835, however, much of this speculation was to be set straight, as claims of exotic landscapes, flora and fauna were attributed to the famed astronomer Sir John Herschel. Join us for a look at this and other instances when scientific representation competes with our desires and basic reasoning.


Tuesday, March 5: A Revolution in Manners and Morals
Dr. Stephanie Chalifoux, assistant professor of history
The Hub, Carrollton

Think the 1960s was the era of youthful rebellion? Think again, daddy-o. In the 1920s, young Americans engaged in dating and dalliances that challenged their parents’ ideas of respectable behavior. Come hear about the music, manners and morals of 1920s modern society in a talk that is sure to be the cat’s pajamas. Flappers and big-timers welcome.

Tuesday, March 12: Special Event: New York Times Best- Selling Author Theresa Brown
Theresa Brown, New York Times best-selling author
UWG Newnan

Join us for a reading and discussion by New York Times best-selling author Theresa Brown. Former English professor turned nurse, Brown will read from her latest book, “The Shift,” which chronicles a day in the life of a nurse. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from this groundbreaking author, recipient of the New Georgia Literary Achievement Award (worth $10,000), administered by the UWG’s School of the Arts. The first 50 attendees receive a complimentary copy of “The Shift.”


Tuesday, April 2: Reading Behind the Lines (and Spaces)
Dr. Josh Byrd, associate professor of music
Hawthorne Room, The Inn at Serenbe

Music is much more than notes on a page. But how do performers read beyond the notation? What makes one interpretation different from the next? This session will reveal what lies behind the lines.

Tuesday, April 9: Icon or Idol: Art and the Second Commandment
Dr. Nathan Rees, assistant professor of art
UWG Newnan

From ancient Rabbinic writers to Byzantine iconoclasts and Protestant reformers, theologians have interpreted the second commandment in dramatically different ways. Come encounter the contentious history of graven images as we explore how mixing art and religion sparked the Bonfire of the Vanities, landed the painter Veronese before the Inquisition, and resulted in a masterpiece by Michelangelo being painted over.

Tuesday, April 23: The Many Faces of Benjamin Franklin
Dr. Patrick Erben, professor of English
Carnegie Library, Newnan
*no alcohol served*

Printer, politician, scientist and philanthropist, Benjamin Franklin was above all a master of creating self-images that served many situations—from the pomp of the French court to the muddy streets of Philadelphia. Join us as we consider the ways in which Franklin turned himself into one of America’s most enduring cultural myths.

Posted on Jan. 28, 2019