March 14, 2024
by Jere W. Morehead, President

The University of Georgia is holding its second annual Humanities Festival this week and next to celebrate the many contributions of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni to these vibrant fields. Organized by the UGA Humanities Council, the festival featured lectures, conversations, performances, and networking opportunities for members of our campus community and beyond.

Oxford Professor of Poetry and UGA alumna A.E. Stallings gave the festival’s opening keynote address. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, Ms. Stallings graduated from UGA with a bachelor’s degree in Latin as a Foundation Fellow. In addition to providing the opening address, she took time to speak with current students on campus about her award-winning poetry, inspiring the next generation of authors and scholars.

The Humanities Council was created in 2022 and is supported by the Office of the Provost, the Office of Research, and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, with the participation of more than 30 colleges, schools, departments, and units across the University. I am grateful to the council for its leadership in elevating the study of languages, literature, and other aspects of the human experience and promoting the humanities’ importance in UGA’s world-class learning environment.