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Steve Dorff, a member of UGA Class of ’71 and award-winning songwriter, will talk about his career Feb. 15.

Dorff, who has written songs for Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston, Willie Nelson and more, will discuss his new book, “I Wrote That One, Too…: A Life In Songwriting from Willie to Whitney,” and will treat guests to a few  selected songs.

The program begins 5:30 p.m. in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. A reception and book signing will follow.

Please RSVP by Feb. 8th to Leandra Nessel at LNessel@uga.edu or (706) 542-3879

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Join us in the DigiLab (Main Library, Room 300) for the first part of our workshop about using R with ggplot2 to build visualizations of data.

This series of workshops is a continuation of last semester's R series. They will introduce the concepts and power behind the programming language R. These sessions are open to all and are intended for beginners. No experience necessary. 

Full schedule of this semester's workshops, all led by Joey Stanley. :

January 19 - Intro to R Part 1
January 26 - Intro to R Part 2
February 2 - Building Interactive Web pages in R: Introduction to Shiny Part 1
February 9 - Building Interactive Web pages in R: Introduction to Shiny Part 2
February 16 - Visualizations I: Introduction to ggplot2
February 23 - Visualizations II: Customizing plots in ggplot2
March 2 - Visualizations III: Advanced topics in ggplot2
March 9 - Communicating to your audience with R Markdown
March 23 - Clean and tidy data: Tidyverse Part 1
March 30 - Transform, reshape, and modify your data: Tidyverse Part 2
April 6 - Special topics: Regression and mixed-effects modeling
April 13 - Special topics: Network analysis
April 20 - Special topics: Working with text

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Cinema Politique aims to introduce and discuss international and national political developments on the basis of movies and documentaries.

The February 2018 selection is the Peabody Award-winning 2001 movie Boycott. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King and Ralph Abernathy were still in their twenties in 1955 at the start of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. HBO Films brings to life in a stylish and unconventional manner the story of how a single act of defiance united a community, ignited a movement and gave voice to a new leader.

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to surrender her seat in a 'whites only' section of a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Using Parks' courageous act as a rallying cry, charismatic young minister King and Abernathy joined other black leaders in an organized boycott of the city's public buses. What began as a one-day protest soon escalated into something beyond all expectations. The boycott ultimately ended in triumph after 381 days, and galvanized the Civil Rights movement.

In order to present a fresh and daring approach to this pivotal movement in America's history, the filmmakers integrated a variety of cinematic formats, including real and re-created documentary footage, simulated home movies and traditional narrative. Boycott provides unique access to the public and private struggles of those who were destined to change history.

Starring Jeffrey Wright as Martin Luther King, Jr., Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Terrence Howard as Ralph Abernathy, and Iris Little-Thomas as Rosa Parks, Boycott returns to events that should by now be among the most famous and familiar accounts of the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the United States. But in this retelling we go behind and beyond the public record. In Boycott we explore the personal emotions, the domestic struggles, and the unknown conflicts that precede and undergird courage. We explore the consequences of moral choices. And we are reminded that these and similar choices must still be confronted one by one, by individuals and by society, if we are all to live free at last.

Introducing the program and leading the discussion will be Freda Scott Giles, emerita professor of theatre and the Institute for African American Studies. Giles and her late husband Leroy Giles both appear in the movie.

Room 250, Miller Learning Center.

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Join us for a guided tour of the exhibit galleries of the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. Participants should meet in the rotunda of on the second floor of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries (300 S. Hull Street, Athens, GA)

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Ward Morehouse III and Katherine Boynton, will talk about behind the scenes on Broadway and inside some of the world’s most lavish hotels at the UGA Libraries Feb. 21.

Ward Morehouse III is a columnist, a playwright, a TV host, sometime critic and an author. His book, Broadway After Dark: A Father and Son Cover 100 Years of Broadway, is a portrait of some of the greats and near-greats of the New York theater.

The father in this literary partnership is Ward Morehouse, Jr. (1895-1966), the legendary Broadway critic whose “Broadway After Dark” column ran for decades in the New York Sun. His interviews with Eugene O’Neill, William Gillette, Laurette Taylor, Gloria Swanson and many other stars bring back memories of the glorious days of the Broadway stage. Ward Morehouse III picked up where his father left off, writing his own “Broadway After Dark” column, as well as reviewing plays for Reuters, The New York Post and The Christian Science Monitor. Ward Morehouse Jr.’s papers are held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Morehouse is also the author of several books, including Inside the Plaza: AnIntimate Portrait of the Ultimate HotelThe Waldorf Astoria: America’s Gilded Dream, and Life at the Top: Inside New York’s Grand Hotels.

Katherine Boynton is an actress who has appeared on stage and screen.

RSVPs are requested to Leandra Nessel at LNessel@uga.edu or at (706) 542-3879.