A FREE program for kids and their families including a gallery activity, tour of the John Abbot naturalist exhibit of watercolors and specimens of Georgia insects, and a hands-on craft activity. Join us at the Russell Special Collections Building, 300 S. Hull St., July 16 1-4 p.m. Free parking in the Hull Street Deck.
300 S. Hull Street was a parking lot when tens of thousands of Olympic athletes and fans descended on Athens for the Centennial Olympic Games. UGA faculty, students, and staff joined other Athenians in welcoming visitors to the Classic City. Today, UGA’s Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries occupy that former parking lot, and the records and artifacts collected by many who worked, volunteered, and attended the Olympics are part of the collections of the Hargrett, Russell, and Brown Archives.
On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, the Special Collections Libraries will continue their commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Centennial Olympics with “Athens’ Olympics Remembered,” a panel discussion featuring three couples, all of whom were deeply connected to the Games. James and Carol Reap, Jack and Jacquie Houston, and Marc and Becky Galvin will share their stories, and audience members will be asked to join in and contribute.
Mary Miller, Peabody Awards Collection archivist, organized the event. “I still have vivid memories of attending the Women’s soccer finals, and it’s hard for me to believe it’s been 20 years since the 1996 Olympics. The Olympics had a strong and lasting impact on Athens, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about the experiences of those who were closely connected to the process.”
James K. Reap served the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) as the uniform manager for Volunteer Services at the Uniform Distribution Center in Atlanta. Jacquie Houston was by Nwankwo Kanu’s side moments after he captained the Nigerian men’s soccer team to win the Gold. A highlight for panelist Marc Galvin, who served as a sector coordinator for UGA during the Olympics, was assisting with the raising of the United States flag at the Gold Medal ceremony for United States Women’s Soccer Team. “I have always been patriotic but that was a peak moment and I was honored to have that opportunity,” Galvin recalls.
Uniforms, photographs, souvenirs, a torch, newspaper headlines, and a gold medal are among the artifacts included in the ongoing Special Collections Olympics exhibit. A tour of the exhibit and a reception will follow the discussion.
Free and open to the public.
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries
University of Georgia botanist Robert Wyatt will present the third talk in the Natural History Lecture Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 30 in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library. His lecture, “Sex in the Garden,” will be preceded by a reception with coffee and cookies, and is free and open to all.
This lecture is a tongue-in-cheek presentation about various facets of plant reproduction, dealing with plant sexuality in a humorous and anthropomorphic manner, considering such questions as are males really necessary, does it always take two to tango, and does size matter? Wyatt uses real-world examples to stimulate thinking about plant reproduction, while simultaneously entertaining the audience with comparisons and contrasts—some rather far-fetched—to animal, including human, reproduction.
Wyatt obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his doctorate from Duke University, both in botany. He taught for two years at Texas A&M University before joining the faculty at the University of Georgia, where he was a professor of botany and ecology for more than 20 years and still retains an adjunct appointment. From 1999 to 2005 he was the executive director of the Highlands Biological Station, an interinstitutional center of the University of North Carolina. He has won numerous awards for teaching and research, including a Guggenheim Fellowship that enabled him to produce a book, Ecology and Evolution of Plant Reproduction. He has trained more than 40 graduate students, received millions of dollars in research grants, and published more than 160 scientific papers.
The Natural History Lecture Series is organized by the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History, a non-profit organization that supports and advances the mission and programs of the Museum by increasing public awareness, supporting service and outreach programs, fundraising and mobilizing other resources. The Series is co-sponsored by the Friends of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.
The spring and summer lectures coincided with the exhibit “John Abbot, Early Georgia’s Naturalist Artist,” which includes watercolor illustrations from the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript collections, The exhibit celebrates the 20th anniversary of the James W. Woodruff, Sr. Center for the Natural History of Georgia and will be on view through August.
To learn more about the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History, see http://www.gmnhfriends.org/.
More information on the Abbot exhibit is at: www.libs.uga.edu/scl
Beth Fowkes Tobin, University of Georgia professor in English and women’s studies and curator for the exhibit “John Abbott: Early Georgia’s Naturalist Artist” at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, will describe what she has learned about Abbot through her research.
Abbot was born in London in 1751 and came to Georgia in 1776 to collect birds, butterflies, and other insects. Although he intended to return to Britain after he had made enough drawings to establish his career as a natural history illustrator, Abbot never left the South, according to Tobin. He lived the rest of his long life in Georgia, where he continued to collect and draw insects and birds into his eighties. He died in 1840, outliving his wife and his son who was childless.
Tobin will speak at 6 p.m. June 23 in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. A reception and tours of the exhibit will follow.
Abbot had no family in Georgia to protect his legacy and to keep safe for posterity his personal papers, letters, notebooks, journals, account books, and legal documents. Anything that he might have had in his possession when he died has disappeared. Only a handful of documents remain that can shed light on his life.
“However, we should be grateful that so much of his art survives today along with his notes on birds and insects, the actual specimens he collected, and his letters to naturalists in Britain and the U.S. If we are looking for some sense of the man, who he was as a person, then these are the best documents to examine because they can tell us about the quality of his mind, his relationship with the natural world, and his amazing artistic accomplishments,” Tobin said.
“John Abbott: Early Georgia’s Naturalist Artist” will be on view through August.
Ecologist Richard Hall will present the second talk in the Natural History Lecture Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. His presentation, “Birding Through the Seasons in Athens-Clarke County,” will take place in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library, preceded by a reception with coffee and cookies. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History and the Friends of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and is free and open to all.
Nestled between the two forks of the Oconee River, on a migratory corridor connecting Latin America to the boreal forest, Athens is blessed with a great diversity of bird life.
“Thanks to the rich history of ornithology at UGA, the museum collections, and pioneering efforts of citizen scientists recording their sightings online, the Athens-Clarke County bird list totals over 250 species,” said Hall. “This talk will survey the breeding, wintering and migratory birds found in Athens, including tips on when and where to find them, and speculate as to which species we can expect to see more of (and less of) in a warmer world,” he said.
An associate research scientist in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology and College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Infectious Diseases, Hall uses mathematical models to predict how migratory species respond to global change. He is a former president of the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society, a member of the Georgia Ornithological Society Checklists and Records Committee and editor of From the Field, a quarterly report of noteworthy Georgia bird sightings.
The Natural History Lecture Series is organized by the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History, a non-profit organization that supports and advances the mission and programs of the Museum by increasing public awareness, supporting service and outreach programs, fundraising and mobilizing other resources.
To learn more about the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History, see http://www.gmnhfriends.org/.
The talk coincides with an exhibit featuring rare watercolors from John Abbot, one of Georgia’s earliest naturalists, part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the James W. Woodruff, Sr. Center for the Natural History of Georgia.
“Making a Scene,” the theme of the 24th annual meeting of the British Women Writers Conference, is illustrated in a student-curated exhibit examining writings by 18th and 19th century women. The exhibit will be on display in the Hargrett Gallery of the Russell Special Collections Libraries through June.
Using memorabilia, photos, books and journals, broadside advertisements, and theatrical cabinet cards, students Holly Gallagher and Maria Chappell, highlight the work of Fanny Kemble, a British actress and writer, whose memoir drew attention to life on her husband’s Georgia plantation and the mistreatment of slaves. The exhibit also focuses on other writers, including Aphra Behn, Elizabeth Inchbald and Susanna Centlivre, and actresses Ellen Terry and Sarah Siddons.
This year’s conference is being hosted by the UGA English Department June 2-5 and held at the Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. Begun in 1991 by graduate students at two northwestern U.S. universities, the BWWC was established as a forum for the sharing of ideas among students of literature, regardless of college affiliation or status as students. The conference focuses on the literary figures and writings of the 18th and 19th centuries, which the conference’s founders note as a distinct time in British women’s history. Those centuries mark the beginnings of the feminist movement, and event founders established the conference to highlight lesser-known female writers or those who have been historically overlooked for their achievements.
More information on the conference is available here: https://bwwc2016.wordpress.com/
Explore the anatomy of the cockroach, Joseph McHugh will discuss the Virtual Roach Project, a web resource focused on insect anatomy that was developed as a technical reference and an instructional tool. The project links morphological terminology with an extensive image archive, including scientific illustrations, scanning electron micrographs, and photomicrographs.
The talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the auditorium of the Russell Special Collections Libraries.
A tour of the “John Abbot: Early Georgia’s Naturalist Artist” exhibit will follow the talk. This exhibit includes modern scientific illustrations and specimens of cockroaches along with rare watercolors from the 18th century.
A lecture and documentary screening highlighting the significance of the Dixie Highway will take place this Thursday, April 21, in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries beginning at 4 p.m.
Titled, “Driving Dixie: The Politics of Early Automobile Tourism,” Tammy Ingram, assistant professor at the College of Charleston, will deliver a talk focused on the ways that automobile tourism reshaped both the physical and political landscapes of the South, and Georgia in particular, from the 1910s through the 1930s. “I plan to examine both the effects of tourism on transportation policymaking in the state, and also the ways in which public enthusiasm for new highway projects and tourist dollars inspired businessmen and politicians to sell a very specific vision of the state,” said Ingram. A reception and book signing will follow at 5 p.m.
Ingram’s book Dixie Highway: Road Building and the Making of the Modern South, 1900-1930, is the first to examine the largely forgotten 6,000-mile network of roads that crisscrossed the South and Midwest from Lake Michigan to Miami Beach. Published in 2014, the book has been awarded an Excellence in Research Award by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council, and the 2015 Malcolm Bell, Jr. and Muriel Barrow Bell Award by the Georgia Historical Society.
At 6:30 p.m. Down the Dixie Highway, a one-hour documentary produced by Georgia Public Broadcasting will be screened followed by a Q&A session with filmmakers and producers. The documentary was produced in conjunction with the Dixie Highway Context Study, a project completed in 2015 to create a developmental history of this historic tourist highway. Funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the study included mapping each segment of the highway using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
The ongoing exhibition, “Seeing Georgia: Changing Visions of Tourism in the Modern South,” on display in the Richard B. Russell Library Gallery through July 2016 inspired this event pairing. The exhibit investigates how the state transformed from a way station along the route to Florida into a popular tourist destination during the twentieth century. These events are co-sponsored by the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and the Department of History at the University of Georgia. For more information contact Jan Hebbard at (706) 542-5788 or email@example.com. For more information on parking, visit: http://www.libs.uga.edu/scl/visit/parking.html
Artist-scientist Nancy Lowe will explore contemporary artists who use scientific illustration and/or natural history collections in artworks Friday, April 22, 6 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. The lecture is open free to the public. A reception will follow.
Featured artists will include Walton Ford, George Boorujy, Brandon Ballengee, Rosamond Purcell, and Suzanne Acker. In the heyday of scientific illustration, from the Enlightenment until the adoption of photography, scientists communicated the world’s natural history to the European elite by way of drawings, watercolors, and collected specimens. The Hargrett Library’s exhibit of the works of John Abbott are great examples of this tradition. In this talk, we will explore ways in which current artists shake up the traditional techniques of scientific illustration and natural history collections to advance the edges of contemporary art.
Nancy Lowe is an artist-scientist whose works of art and scientific illustrations have been exhibited in multiple museums and galleries in the US and Europe. She has taught scientific illustration and nature journaling at universities, museums, biological field stations, and other venues in the US and Costa Rica.
The talk coincides with an exhibit featuring rare watercolors from, John Abbot, one of Georgia’s earliest naturalists, part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the James W. Woodruff, Sr. Center for the Natural History of Georgia.
Join the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries at the University of Georgia for a spring exhibits reception next Thursday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. The event will include live music from local band Hog-Eyed Man; a custom print station operated by Double Dutch Press; light refreshments and gallery tours. The reception is free and open to the public.
Exhibitions highlighted include: “The Greatest Bulldog of Them All: Dan McGill,” “Seeing Georgia: Changing Visions of Tourism in the Modern South,” “Selections from the Disability History Archive,” “John Abbot, Early Georgia’s Naturalist Artist,” “Celebrating 75 years of excellence: The George Foster Peabody Awards,” and “Olympic Legacy.”
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706.542.3879. For more information about the Special Collections Libraries call 706.542.7123 or visit www.libs.uga.edu/scl