by Erikah Swift

The University of West Georgia’s School of the Arts (SOTA) recently announced its third season of The Other Night School. In a series of evenings, attendees can join university professors in discussions about language, history, philosophy and art.

This lecture series is set in a dynamic learning environment and offers intriguing conversations that will interest everyone.

“Now in our third year, The Other Night School continues to share with our surrounding communities the best part of our university – our fantastic faculty discussing their interests and passions,” said SOTA Director Dr. Chad Davidson. “It's all the excitement and dynamism of a college classroom without any homework or parking problems.”

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

September

Bards and Bad Manners: “The Odyssey” as a Social Primer
Dr. Chad Davidson, SOTA director and professor of English

Where: Carnegie Library, Newnan
When: Tuesday, Sept. 11

We commonly think of “The Odyssey” as a tale of heroism, bravery and a journey through the mystical world of Greek antiquity. Yet the epic also effectively functions as a code of conduct, a book of social mores and a guide to Greek etiquette. Join us as we consider the ways in which Homer might just be the first Emily Post or Judith Martin, the original Mr. Manners. *No alcohol served.*

War and Ethics of Killing
Dr. Rosemary Kellison, associate professor of philosophy

Where: Hawthorne Room, The Inn at Serenbe
When: Tuesday, Sept. 25

We hear about it on the news: the errant bomb, the misguided missile or the hospital destroyed. Particularly in today's urban wars, such mistakes can result in the deaths of innocent civilians. But who is responsible when innocent people are killed in war, and who counts as “innocent” anyway? Join us as we discuss some of the responses to these questions that have been developed over the past several 100 years in the Christian, Muslim and international law traditions.

October

Bringing Art into Nature: Painting Plein Air
Dr. Nathan Rees, assistant professor of art

Where: UWG Newnan
When: Tuesday, Oct. 2

We take it for granted that painters can work outdoors just as easily as in, but only in the mid-19th century did new technology make painting outside feasible. Come see how this new, direct way of encountering nature revolutionized landscape painting in the era of Impressionism and how it continues to inspire artists in the present.

Sink Your Teeth Into This: Vampires Past and Present
Dr. Leah Haught, assistant professor of English

Where: Red Rock Room at Hudson Mill, Carrollton
When: Tuesday, Oct.16

From the reanimated corpses of medieval manuscripts to the moody bloodsuckers of modern fiction, creatures that defy mortality have long fascinated those of us bound by it. Join us in considering what our not-quite-living doppelgangers might tell us about human fears and aspirations alike. What might the dead tell us about what it means or should mean to live?

The Poe(try) of Nevermore: Edgar Allan Poe and “The Raven”
Dr. David Newton, associate vice president and professor of English

Where: Carnegie Library, Newnan
When: Tuesday, Oct. 30

“The Raven” is Edgar Allan Poe's most beloved poem, but it is also one of the most misunderstood works in American literature, a trait it shares with Poe himself – whose life is all too often portrayed as a horrifying caricature removed from what we really know about the man. Can reading “The Raven” help us discover the real Poe? Join us for an evening of haunted elegies and POEtic fun, Halloween style. *No alcohol served.*

November

Life and Death in the Roman Army
Dr. Nadejda Williams, associate professor of history

Where: Red Rock Room at Hudson Mill, Carrollton
When: Tuesday, Nov. 6

While historical writers from the Roman world mostly focused on its leaders, recent archaeological evidence from Roman camps and cemeteries allows us to reconstruct a picture of daily life (and death) in the service of Rome. What was it like to be in the army of one of the greatest empires the world has ever known? Join us as we consider such aspects of the Roman legionary experience as training, diet, love life, birthday parties and funerals.

The Great Famine and the Irish World
Dr. Michael de Nie, professor of history

Where: UWG Center, Newnan
When: Tuesday, Nov. 13

Ireland is currently home to 7 million people, yet 70 million people worldwide claim Irish ancestry, over half of them in North America. This remarkable history of mass emigration was set in motion by the catastrophic Great Famine of 1845-52. Join us as we explore how the failure of the potato crop in Ireland led to the creation of a global Irish diaspora.

December

Hip-Hop and Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Larry Rivers, associate professor of history

Where: Hawthorne Room, Inn at Serenbe
When: Tuesday, Dec. 4

What does hip-hop have to do with Martin Luther King Jr.? With the first-ever federal holiday observation of King scheduled for Jan. 20, 1986, the martyred civil rights activist's child, Dexter King, began organizing a musical tribute. Could hip-hop – a potentially powerful, yet largely misunderstood music form – represent the principles for which his father had stood? Join us as we investigate this curious convergence.

Posted on September 10, 2018