ATHENS, GA — The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies will host a scholars and policymakers symposium to celebrate the Library’s 40th anniversary year on Oct. 27-28, 2014 in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
Richard Baker, US Senate Historian Emeritus, will kick off the symposium with a keynote address at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27. On Tuesday, Oct. 28 scholars from a number of institutions will participate in panel discussions, highlighting their use of Russell Library collections in recent publications. Presenting scholars will include Chris Manganiello, Jason Sokol, Gregory Mixon, Tammy Ingram, Monica Gisolfi, Michelle Brattain, Thomas Okie, and Ashton Ellett. Panels will be organized around the Russell Library’s six key collecting areas: Politics, Social Relations, Public Good, Environment, Economy, Peace and War.
Featured policymakers will include Chris Carr, Commissioner of Economic Development, Michael Thurmond, former Labor Commissioner and current Superintendent of the DeKalb County School System, Abit Massey of the Georgia Poultry Federation, congressional staffers and others who will join the discussions, building on the historical context of the themes presented and adding commentary on the creation of related public policy and its oversight in light of current events.
The Russell Library, a department within the University of Georgia Libraries, serves as a center for research and study of the modern American political system. Established in 1974 through the efforts of the Richard B. Russell Foundation, the Georgia General Assembly, and the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, the Library’s original mission was to collect and preserve materials that document the life and career of the late Richard B. Russell, United States Senator from Georgia from 1933 to 1971.
“Our holdings document public policy as the product of public interests and a function of the political process at all levels, and demonstrate the breadth, the diversity—truly, the full spectrum of Georgia’s political and civic life for over a century,” said Russell Library director Sheryl Vogt. “We plan to host a program that focuses on conversations about politics and policy over time.”
The keynote address and all panel sessions for the Scholars and Policymakers Symposium are free and open to the public and will be held in the auditorium on the second floor of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. For a full schedule of events and speakers, visit rbrl40.weebly.com or contact Jan Hebbard at (706) 542-5788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overview of Events Open to the Public:
All events will be held in the auditorium (Room 271) of Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries
Monday, October 27
3:30-4:15 p.m. – Pre-symposium Forum: Genesis and Development of Russell Library
6:00-6:15 p.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks
6:15-7:00 p.m. – Keynote Address “Who the Heck is Walter George?”
8:30-10:00 p.m. — Film screening and panel discussion, Dean Rusk: At the Heartbeat of History
Tuesday, October 28
8:30-9:00 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00-10:30 a.m. — Panel Session: Politics of Public Good
10:45-12:15 p.m. — Panel Session: Politics of Social Relations
1:45-3:15 p.m. — Panel Session: Politics of Economy
3:30-5:00 p.m. — Panel Session: Politics of Environment