Journeys through African womanhood: painting a counter-narrative Lecture

The 19th Annual Darl Snyder Lecture sponsored by the African Studies Institute is next Weds. March 2, at 10 am in Masters' Hall, the georgia Center.

The guest speaker is Nwando Achebe, history professor at Michigan State University. She has just published her latest book, The Female King of Colonial Nigeria: Ahebi Ugbabe; there will be a book signing following the lecture. Her research has centered on the Women kings of Nigeria but she is also known for her work for women's advocacy and women's rights in Africa. The topic of her talk is "Journeys through African womanhood: painting a counter-narrative".

Nwando is the daughter of Chinua Achebe renowned author of such works as "Things Fall Apart" and "Arrow of God".

The lecture is open to all


Vince Dooley, Herschel Walker on opposite sides of billboard fight

Say it ain't so, Herschel, you've become a shill for the billboard lobby? Vince Dooley wants to hug the trees?
Vince Dooley, Herschel Walker on opposite sides of billboard fight

Billboard owners could clear-cut state trees, under bill  | ajc.com

Billboard owners could clear-cut state trees, under bill | ajc.com

Economic Security: How Should We Take Charge of Our Future? A Friday Informal Community Forum

Economic Security: How Should We Take Charge of Our Future?
A Friday Informal Community Forum

Friday, February 25, 2011
3:30-5 p.m.
Russell Library Auditorium
West Entrance, UGA Main Library
Free, all welcome!

Russell Forum for Civic Life in Georgia (www.libs.uga.edu/russell/rfclg), a civic engagement program of the Russell Library hosts community deliberative forums on a monthly basis to explore challenging public issues in a deliberative, civil way.

The focus for this month’s forum is rebuilding economic security. The forum asks participants to mull a vital question,

How we can best take charge of the future so our families can feel reasonably secure, so parents can help their children prosper, and everyone can move toward a financially stable retirement?

Americans lost $8 trillion in home values and savings, the national unemployment rate hit 10 percent and, in some areas, went even higher. Many Americans are justifiably angry at the irresponsibility and greed exhibited by Wall Street speculators, yet at the same time, people are troubled by the willingness of their neighbors to buy houses they couldn’t afford and run up massive debts. It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of such large forces. Yet, we, as individuals, are largely responsible for decisions about our economic security and the future of our families—decisions about where we work and live, how we spend and save our money, and when we retire. And, just as important, we make collective judgments about the direction of our nation and the economy. As the nation slowly recovers from its worst recession in decades, we have the power to shape the future for ourselves and for generations to come. Come to the forum and share in this critical process.

What happens at a forum?
In this community forum we will explore this complex issue by working together to understand the issue better. With help from trained neutral moderators we will look at several possible approaches to meeting the challenges posed by the current fragmentation of public life in the United States and consider both the benefits and consequences of each approach, as well as possible trade-offs. Finally, we will explore possible actions that might make a positive difference in our community. Throughout the forum we may find some areas of agreement among us, just as we will likely clarify areas where our beliefs and perspectives differ greatly. This robust and civil threshing of the tough public issues that we face is the foundation for vibrant and resilient community.

About the Economic Security Issue Guide…
This forum will use the deliberative issue guide developed by the National Issues Forums Institute in association with the Kettering Foundation. If you are interested in reading more about the issue before the forum, you can download the issue guide in brief in advance for free at http://store.nifi.org/issue_book/economic_security_iib.pdf

More information:
For more information about this forum, please contact Jill Severn at 706-542-5766 or jsevern@uga.edu. For more information about Russell Forum for Civic Life in Georgia, visit www.libs.uga.edu/russell/rfclg


Blood drive today until 5

Urgent Blood Drive
Wednesday, February 23rd
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

@ the Georgia Center for Continuing Education
in the Mahler Auditorium
sponsored by Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC

Donors are strongly encouraged to eat well and to drink plenty of caffeine-free liquids before and after donating blood.

*Blood Supplies are at the lowest point they've been in over a decade. Hundreds of blood drives have been cancelled since early January due to snowstorms around the country, resulting in a loss of approximately 28,000 units of blood. Please assist in "Recovery 2011" by giving the gift of life at this life-saving event.


Georgia's chief justice: We can't afford to lock up so many people | Political Insider

Georgia's chief justice: We can't afford to lock up so many people | Political Insider

athens historic newspapers

Very cool resource of athens info:

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive


The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to five newspaper titles published in Athens from 1827 to 1922. Consisting of over 57,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site will provide users with a view into the history of Athens in its early years as the home to the first state-chartered university in the nation and its eventual growth into the largest city in northeast Georgia.

The archive includes the following Athens newspaper titles: Athenian (1827-1832), Southern Banner (1832-1882), Southern Watchman (1855-1882), Daily/Weekly Banner-Watchman (1882-1889), Daily/Weekly Athens Banner (1889-1922).

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The project is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Digitization is also made possible through a grant provided by the Francis Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), and the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006). These archives can be accessed at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/MediaTypes/Newspapers.html


Boybutante AIDS Foundation Fundraiser @ Terrapin

Saturday, February 12 · 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location Terrapin Brewing Company
265 Newton Bridge Road
Athens, GA

Boybutante AIDS Foundation, Inc.
$12 / per person gets you a beer glass and tastings of Terrapin's wonderful selections. Tours of the brewery are given throughout the event and live entertainment (a local band and some of your favorite drag entertainers) will also keep you dancing. A portion of every entry goes to the Boybutante AIDS Foundation. Please come out and support this local brewery and Boybutante. (must be 21 years of age)


Feral Cat spaying/neuter (free) Dekalb

I know this is Dekalb county, but we are close enough that some of you may know folks who could benefit from this program..

Dear Feral Friends,
LifeLine Animal Project’s feral cat program, Catlanta, has been awarded a grant to spay/neuter feral cats in *Dekalb* County. If you are seriously interested in this funding, please begin by updating your colony information in our online feral database at www.catlantatracker.org. Afterwards, please send me the following information to determine the colony’s eligibility:

1) The exact address of the feral colony, including zip code
2) The nearest landmark, business, or recognizable place
3) Whether the colony is in a residential or commercial area
4) The total number of cats/kittens in the colony
5) The total number of spayed and neutered cats/kittens (if any) to date

You will be contacted within a week to discuss details, and we look forward to working with you to help the cats!

Gin Taylor
Feral Cat Program Director
LifeLine Animal Project
P.O. Box 15466
Atlanta, GA 30333


Animal voices Film Festival

just posting for those who might be interested:
Animal Voices Film Festival

Every Tuesday in February at 7:30 pm

UGA Miller Learning Center room 171

You are invited as the 6th annual Animal Voices Film Festival presents four weeks of free films that explore the animal world and human relationships with other species! Each film will be followed by a discussion led by an expert on the topic.

Sponsored by:
Speak Out for Species, Students for Environmental Action, and the UGA Student Animal Legal Defense Fund in partnership with the EcoFocus Film Festival

The festival kicks off on February 1st with CALL OF LIFE, the first feature-length documentary to investigate the threat posed by the rapid and massive loss of biodiversity on the planet.

Life itself is vanishing. All over the world, animal and plant species are disappearing at an unprecedented and alarming rate. If current trends continue, half or more of all species on Earth will become extinct within the next few decades. Featuring leading scientists, environmentalists and other experts, CALL OF LIFE explores the scope, the causes, and the global impact of a mass extinction occurring on a scale not seen since the disappearance of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

Discussion will be led by John Gittleman, Ph.D., Dean of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology.

Please visit the festival website to learn about other upcoming films!