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Yale University professor to open 2016 fall Signature Lecture series

This fall, the University of Georgia’s Signature Lecture series will feature talks from nationally and internationally recognized figures from a range of fields.

“The Signature Lectures illustrate the breadth of intellectual discussion at a research university,” said Meg Amstutz, associate provost for academic programs. “These speakers often inspire us as they describe their passions and pursuits. I hope faculty will help point out speakers of interest to our students and encourage their attendance at these lectures.”

Signature Lectures are open free to the public. For more information, see

Akhil Reed Amar, the Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, will give the Constitution Day Lecture, “The Constitution at a Crossroads,” Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel.

On Sept. 28, former diplomat Sir Ivor Roberts will give the lecture “Strengthening International Alliances in a World That Wants to Tear Them Apart” at 4 p.m. in the Chapel.

Civil rights pioneer James H. Meredith will give the Donald L. Hollowell Lecture Oct. 13. His speech, “What Today’s Activism is Missing,” will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Morton Theatre, 195 W. Washington St.

Later that day, U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood will discuss “Reflections on Sentencing” at the Edenfield Jurist in Residence Lecture at 3:30 p.m. in the law school’s Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom.

The Georgia Power College of Public Health Endowed Seminar in Environmental Topics will feature Joan B. Rose, professor and Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University. She will discuss “The Water Microbiome: Expanding our Knowledge of Safe Water,” Oct. 21 at 12:20 p.m. in Room 175 of the Coverdell Building.

In conjunction with the exhibition Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects, Russian jewel expert Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm will discuss “The Russian Imperial Awards and Their Recipients” Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Georgia Museum of Art.

UGA alumnus William P. “Billy” Payne, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, will give the Mason Public Leadership Lecture Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel.

Jacknife Lee, the Willson Center/Terry College Music Business Program Visiting Fellow, will take part in a conversation with Music Business Program director David Barbe Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel.

As part of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, “Bill Shipp’s Political Pen: Mightier Than the Sword, A Student Moderated Q&A” will be held Nov. 6 at 3:30 p.m. And at 5 p.m., author and humorist Roy Blount Jr. will give the talk “Where I’m Coming From.” Both events will be held in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

UGA alumna and geneticist Cynthia Kenyon will give the Charter Lecture, “Aging and the Immortal Germline,” Nov. 7 at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel.

The D.W. Brooks Lecture and Awards will be held Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. in Mahler Auditorium of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Global food expert Roger Thurow will give the keynote address, “1,000 Days to Change the World: Stories from the Fight Against Early Childhood Malnutrition.”