Sharing stories that move us and  make us

Carson McCullers. Courtesy of the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians

Want a happiness boost? Georgia Humanities has you covered. Through vibrant discussions, thought-provoking publications, and celebrations of local history, 
we help Georgians find joy in new discoveries and lifelong learning.  

"Jamil's Georgia" in SaportaReport

Courtesy of the Digital Library of Georgia
Rich's and the 1960 presidential election  
From the 
New Georgia Encyclopedia

Approximately 10,000 items once belonging to Martin Luther King Jr. are housed at the  Atlanta University Center's Robert W. Woodruff Library. The collection includes books, drafts of speeches (including the "I Have a Dream" speech), credit card receipts, and college examination blue books. 

February in Georgia history 

Courtesy of the Georgia Department of Economic Development

The Battle of Atlanta
cyclorama  made its Atlanta debut on February 22. Previous stops
included Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Indianapolis, Indiana. The painting, the largest in America at 42 feet tall and 358 feet in circumference, is currently scheduled for restoration and will reopen at the Atlanta History Center in 2018.   

Remembering African American female landowners

What did it mean for African American women to own land in the Reconstruction South? For Anna Charleston, a landowner, a businesswoman, and a community activist in Plainview, a tiny hamlet located outside of Madison, Georgia, it meant that she could use her property to benefit and support her community. 

In Plain View, an exhibition by artist Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier now on view at the Morgan County African American Museum, uses handmade books, documentary photographs, and a mixed media installation to explore the histories of Anna Charleston and other female landowners and entrepreneurs in the Plainview community. 

You can learn more about Anna Charleston and her contemporaries, and how complicated interracial and familial relationships impacted black landownership at a panel discussion on February 12.

In Plain View: African American Women Entrepreneurs of Morgan County, Georgia exhibition
Morgan County African American Museum, Madison
Now through April 30

The State of Black Land Ownership in Georgia and the United States panel discussion
Morgan County Public Library, Madison
February 12, 2:00 p.m.

*This project is supported by a Georgia Humanities grant.
Clockwise from top left: Eudora Welty, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, and Flannery O'Connor
Southern Writers Onstage: Women Black and White begins

"Mutual understanding in the world being nearly always, as now, at low ebb, it is comforting to remember that it is through art that one country can nearly always speak reliably to another, if the other can hear at all. Art, though, is never the voice of a country; it is an even more precious thing, the voice of the individual, doing its best to speak, not comfort of any sort, indeed, but truth." 
-Eudora Welty

Southern Writers Onstage, a program of Georgia State University's Center for Collaborative and International Arts, returns to the Balzer Theater at Herren's for four dramatic readings of short stories by southern women writers, including Eudora Welty, Alice Walker, Flannery O'Connor, and Toni Morrison.

This program uses literature to explore difficult, realistic relationships between black and white people in an environment that provides space for thoughtful conversations about ourselves and our society. (Notably, Herren's, the program venue, was the first voluntarily integrated restaurant in Atlanta.) Following each reading,  Pearl McHaney, Kenneth M. England Professor of Southern Literature at Georgia State University, will lead a discussion about the story. 

Southern Writers Onstage: Women Black and White presents Eudora Welty's "Powerhouse" with Brenda Bynum and Eric Moore
Balzer Theater at Herren's, Atlanta
February 14, 12:00 p.m.

Southern Writers Onstage: Women Black and White presents Alice Walker's "Nineteen Fifty-five" with Valerie Boyd
Balzer Theater at Herren's, Atlanta
February 21, 12:00 p.m.

Southern Writers Onstage: Women Black and White presents Flannery O'Connor's "Everything That Rises Must Converge" with Carolyn Cook
Balzer Theater at Herren's, Atlanta
March 28, 12:00 p.m.

Southern Writers Onstage: Women Black and White presents Toni Morrison's "Recitatif" with Bernardine Mitchell
Balzer Theater at Herren's, Atlanta
April 4, 12:00 p.m.

*This project is supported by a Georgia Humanities grant.

Research study: moral injury in the military

Researchers from Georgia State University and the University of Georgia are studying how people in the military deal with challenges to their morals, values, and principles. 

Two vets will lead confidential 60-90 minute focus group conversations in Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia; Columbia, South Carolina; and Fayetteville, North Carolina, on select weekend afternoons in 2017. If you participate, you will receive $25 compensation. 

Contact or 404-710-2524 to see if you're eligible. 

Check Facebook: Operation Moral Injury: for more details.
Alone in Berlin, a film about anti-Nazi resistance, was
 the topic of a discussion and Q & A led by historian Catherine Lewis, executive director of the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University, and director Vincent PeĢrez at the  Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, a Georgia Humanities grant recipient.
Georgia Humanities grant application available

World War II, sports teams in textile mill villages, post-Civil War Atlanta, and Carson McCullers: these are just a few recent topics covered by Georgia Humanities grant programs. 

What is your community interested in? 

If you are a nonprofit organization with 501 (c)-3 status, and you're interested in hosting a public humanities program that will bring people together in learning and conversation, we  encourage you to apply for a Georgia Humanities grant of up to $2,000.

We are available to discuss potential project ideas, answer questions, and review rough drafts of applications. First-time applicants are especially encouraged to submit a rough draft for review.

The deadline for our spring grant cycle is March 30, 2017.

Click here for the application and guidelines. 

Contact Allison Hutton ( with questions.
Upcoming Events

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 
Various locations, Atlanta
Now through February 15

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America exhibition
Jefferson High School Arena, Jefferson
Now through February 25

The We of Me: The Chosen Families of Carson McCullers exhibition
Columbus Museum, Columbus
Now through May 21

"Carson McCullers and the Southern Gothic" lecture
Columbus Public Library, Columbus
February 16, 7:00 p.m.

Carson McCullers's 100th Birthday Celebration and debut of Karen Allen's  A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. 
RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus
February 19, 4:00 p.m.
More info
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