The humanities and arts at the University of Georgia are stronger than ever before. Our community extends from the classrooms to the world, and is recognized everywhere for its excellence, its collective empathy, and its openness to innovation. These are all qualities that existed before the pandemic, and which will persevere after.
Willson Center Annual Report 2019 - 2020
Willson Center Director
Professor in Humanities
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“Without this funding, the UGA and Athens community would not have been able to experience this wonderful, world-class dance company. The outreach activities allowed participants from ages 7 to 70 to interact with these exceptional artists.” On the Willson Center Public Impact Grant for AILEY II Dance Company Lisa Fusillo, Professor, Department of Dance
GEORGIA Humanities Symposium Chester Fontenot, Shaleisa Brewer, and Benjamin Reiss participated in a panel discussion at the 2020 Georgia Humanities Symposium, held in Columbus, Ga. MORE
Val Jeanty performed a DJ set and took part in a conversation with Ashon Crawley of the University of Virginia for the Global Georgia Initiative public events series. Jeanty and Crawley’s visit was also part of the Mellon-funded DJ Summits program.
BY OUR HANDS By Our Hands presented by the Georgia Incarceration Performance Project was a research and theatrical partnership between faculty and students at UGA and Spelman College, produced with the support of a Global Georgia research project. Free public performances were held at UGA and Spelman.
IN PLACE UGA students took part in a day of service at Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery in Athens as part of a Humanities in Place project led by Ben Ehlers, associate professor of history. MORE
The Willson Center actively pursues support from organizations like The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which awarded a major grant for three Global Georgia public initiatives: a series of faculty and graduate student-led research projects, an annual statewide Georgia Humanities Symposium, and the community-based Humanities in Place program.
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“I received encouraging responses from students, focusing on the overwhelming participation in this event from undergraduate students. They were appreciative that attention was concentrated on them, their grasp of the material, cultural aspects, their preparation, and final performance.” On Sharon Rostorf-Zamir’s Willson Center Short-Term Visiting Fellowship Stephanie Tingler, Professor, Hugh Hodgson School of Music
The Willson Center supports research at UGA through faculty fellowships and awards to graduate students, as well as grant-based clusters and seminars. It also serves as the point of contact for the university’s membership in the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru). WILLSON CENTER ANNUAL REPORT 2019 - 2020 Faculty
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$500 supports creative research projects in the arts
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“It conveys the idea that people really care what we are thinking about – our emotions are valued.
It is not just our personal concern.”
On her Shelter Projects micro-fellowship award Kuo Zhang
Kuo Zhang’s Shelter Project is a series of poems on the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of a Chinese international student in the U.S.
Jace Bartet’s Shelter Project is an original composition for six electric guitars, multitrack recorded by himself in isolation.
Ashley Crooks-Allen’s Shelter Project is a series of poems reflecting on the experience of living through an era of protests for racial justice while in isolation.
Alden DiCamillo’s Shelter Project is a community-sourced, arts-based ’zine that will be published both online and in print. Shelter
The Willson Center, in partnership with the Graduate School, the Arts Council, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and Flagpole magazine, awarded 34 micro-fellowships in its Shelter Projects program. The $500 fellowships support graduate students and community-based artists and practitioners in the creation of shareable reflections on their experience of the COVID-19 pandemic through the arts and humanities. The projects will be displayed in a virtual exhibition for UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts festival in November 2020. arrow_forward_iosarrow_back_iosWillson Center Annual Report 2019 - 2020
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"The financial and professional support I have received from the Willson Center has been fundamental to my formation as an anthropologist influenced by the environmental and digital humanities."
On her Willson Center Graduate Research Award
Louisiana Lightsey, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology
"Golden Booker” award-winning author Michael Ondaatje took part in a public conversation with students at Clarke Central High School during his visit as the 2019-2020 Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding. DELTA CHAIR
The Coasts, Climates, the Humanities, and the Environment Consortium held its first meeting at the National Humanities Center in September 2019, with a public conversation on “Coastal Thinking” featuring leading environmental humanities scholars and moderated by Willson Center director Nicholas Allen. CCHEC
DJ Lynnée Denise performed and took part in a public conversation with music scholar Harold Pride as part of the DJ Summits series, a research project organized by Ed Pavlić, professor of English and African American studies.
The Willson Center partners with groups and entities on the local, state, and national levels to promote and share the humanities and arts in our communities. Established programs include the Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding and the Global Georgia Initiative public events series. In 2019 the Willson Center and three other regional state flagship universities launched the Coasts, Climates, the Humanities, and the Environment Consortium, a community-focused public humanities partnership supported by the Mellon Foundation. arrow_forward_iosarrow_back_iosWillson Center Annual Report 2019 - 2020
$10,000 SUPPORTS ONE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP FOR UGA HUMANITIES AND ARTS FACULTY GIVE TO SUPPORT THE WILLSON CENTER
“The Willson Center Research Fellowship has been essential for me… I have a one-year-old baby girl, and my wife and I have been full-time caregivers as well as full-time professors since the crisis hit in March. Although my book will certainly be delayed due to COVID-19, it will still be completed in time to allow me to apply for promotion and tenure in the Spring of 2021. For that, I am very thankful.” On his Willson Center Faculty Fellowship Timothy Yang, Assistant Professor, Department of History
The Willson Center supports dozens of public events each year through recurring funded programs and special provisions. These include visiting artists and speakers, performances, screenings, discussions, and other events that are shared with the community on campus and beyond. Willson Center Annual Report 2019-2020
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The Willson Center is able to share its events and programs free to the public thanks to the generosity of our Board of Friends and our many other supporters. Please consider helping us with a gift that is meaningful to you. Thank you for your support of the humanities and arts at UGA and throughout our community. [
$100 supports one virtual speaker fee for UGA faculty and students $200 supports one matching award for a Department-Invited Artist or Lecturer $1,250 supports one Graduate Research Award $500 supports creative research projects in the arts $10,000 supports one Research Fellowship for UGA humanities and arts faculty GIVE TO SUPPORT THE WILLSON CENTER
Willson Center Annual Report 2019-2020