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Former Willson Center director to speak at Sandy Creek Nature Center

Betty Jean Craige, professor emerita of comparative literature and director emerita of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, will give a presentation at Sandy Creek Nature Center on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

In her talk, “Bird Brains: How Cosmo, a Parrot, Has Awakened Us to the Intelligence of Animals,” Craige will argue that humans are not the only species capable of thought and feeling.

A prolific author, Craige has written books in the fields of literature, politics, art and the history of ideas. Her most recent book is Conversations with Cosmo: At Home with an African Grey Parrot. She also writes a Sunday column, “Cosmo Talks,” for the Athens Banner-Herald.

Open free to the public, the presentation is part of the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society’s monthly meeting.