Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Review, in partnership with the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, will present two concurrent programs hosted by the Jekyll Island Club, Oct. 27-28. Registrants may choose among presentations offered by “The Pulitzer Legacy in Georgia,” a celebration of fine writing and writers, and “The Ecology of the Georgia Coastline,” an examination of the region’s environmental/cultural history and outlook.
“The Pulitzer Legacy in Georgia” comprises morning and evening events featuring four recent Pulitzer Prize winners, all of whom have an association with the state of Georgia, the University of Georgia, and/or The Georgia Review: poets Stephen Dunn and Natasha Trethewey; journalist and historian Hank Klibanoff; and historian Edward J. Larson. These nationally renowned authors will read from their work, participate in panel discussions, and conduct informal question-and-answer sessions with program attendees.
Trethewey, a University of Georgia graduate, will read from her work on Monday evening, Oct. 27, at the opening reception. Klibanoff reads Tuesday evening, Dunn Wednesday evening, and Larson on Thursday evening as part of the closing festivities.
“Ecology of the Georgia Coastline” events will take place during the afternoons and will include presentations on the past, present and future of the Jekyll Island region. The speakers will include three members of the Odum School faculty-David Dallmeyer, Dorinda Dallmeyer, and James Richardson-as well as Odum SchoolInnovation, Development, Education and Access Board charter member Rebecca Bell and Geechee storyteller Cornelia Bailey.
On Oct. 28, David Dallmeyer will present “An Ecological History: The Story of Jekyll Island,” and Dorinda Dallmeyer will speak on “A Great Compass Within: Gene Odum and the Fight to Save the Marshes at Glynn.” On Oct. 29, David Dallmeyer will lead a field trip to explore this question: “The Beaches and Salt Marshes of Jekyll Island: Resources Worth Saving?” On Oct. 30 the afternoon program will include “A Saltwater Geechee Talks about Life on Sapelo Island,” featuring Cornelia Bailey, and a talk on “Moonlight and Sea Turtles” by James Richardson and Rebecca Bell.
A presentation bridging the Georgia Review and Odum School offerings will be given by the Review’s Douglas Carlson, who is the author of a recent biography of the world-renowned bird expert and painter Roger Tory Peterson. Carlson will speak Oct. 30 on “Littoral/Literal Art: Coastal Wildlife Painting.”
The renowned Jekyll Island Club opened in 1888 as a private retreat for many of that era’s most prominent Americans, including Joseph Pulitzer and his family. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the club was described in the February 1904 issue of Munsey’s Magazine as “the richest, the most exclusive, the most inaccessible club in the world.” No longer inaccessible, Jekyll Island is known for its beaches and pristine coastal ecosystem, and the Jekyll Island Club is now a destination resort that offers fine modern amenities alongside a wealth of Georgia history.
Registration is ongoing. A ticket for the entire week includes admission to all events, most meals, and a Jekyll Island History tour. Individual day tickets are also available. To view a detailed schedule of all events or to register for the program, see www.TheGeorgiaReview.com, call 1-800-542-3481 or email email@example.com. Lodging reservations should be made through the Jekyll Island Club at 1-800-535-9547. More information is available at www.ecology.uga.edu/jekyll and www.jekyllclub.com.
“The Pulitzer Legacy in Georgia” and “Ecology of the Georgia Coastline” are productions of The Georgia Review and the University of Georgia. The presenting sponsor is the Jekyll Island Club, with additional support generously provided by the Jekyll Island Authority, the Jekyll Island Museum, the University of Georgia Alumni Association, UGA Office of the Provost, UGA President’s Venture Fund, Colonial Pipeline Company, ERTH Products Inc., Ameris Bank, the Brunswick-Glynn County Public Library, the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, The Brunswick News, Joseph Iannicelli, and John Vance Hughes. Special thanks go to the Pulitzer Prizes at Columbia University, New York.