Armstrong’s “Moveable Feast” to kick off on Sept. 12 at Savannah Cotton Exchange

With every passing year, I’m more and more impressed with the work being done by the faculty at Armstrong Atlantic State University. (For those who don’t know, I started teaching at Armstrong on a part-time basis way back in 2000 and am now in my 7th year full-time.)

Now a series of lectures called “A Moveable Feast” will present the broader community with unique opportunities to see and hear Armstrong’s faculty experts from the College of Liberal Arts.

And each lecture will be held in a fitting historic venue. Those sites might be worth attendees’ time just on their own.

Consider the lecture that kicks off the series on Thursday, Sept. 12: Assistant Professor of Economics Nicholas Mangee speaking at the Savannah Cotton Exchange on Factors Walk. The title of Nick’s lecture: “On the Relevance of a Liberal Arts-based Economics Education for Society”.

Aside from the inherent interest of the topic, especially in the aftermath of the financial crisis, consider how rarely the Cotton Exchange is used for public events. I’m definitely planning to attend that lecture.

From Armstrong’s recent release about the series and its name:

As Ernest Hemingway’s friend and biographer A.E. Hotchner remembered him saying, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” For many, the lingering impact of college continues throughout one’s life and becomes a moveable feast itself. Armstrong’s Moveable Feast lecture series offers to the Savannah community the opportunity to experience the generosity of mind and spirit that a higher education rooted in the liberal arts extends to its students.

I’ll list the various dates and speakers below, but click here for more on the lectures. Please note the special appearance by author Andrew Delbanco in February.

All events begin at 6 p.m. except the final presentation/performance in April, which begins at 7 p.m.

On the relevance of a Liberal Arts-based Economics Education for Society
September 12, 2013
The Old Cotton Exchange, East Bay Street
Nicholas Mangee, Assistant Professor of Economics

Presidential Authority and national threats: thinking critically about Power
October 24, 2013
The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, 460 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Lara Wessell, Assistant Professor of Political Science

To Be Beautiful in Light: The Role of Photography in Shaping the Modern Black Identity
November 14, 2013
The Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris Street
Lauren Mason, Assistant Professor of Literature and African-American Studies

“A ghost in His Supposedly Safe Old House”: Uncanny Homes in American Fiction
January 30, 2014
The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 East Charlton Street
Laura Barrett, Professor of English and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

What is College For? The Future of American Education
February 25, 2014
Temple Mickve Israel, 20 East Gordon Street
Keynote Address
Andrew Delbanco, Mendelson family Chair of American Studies
and Julian Clarence Levi, Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University

Homeless: Poverty and Place in Urban America
March 27, 2014
Georgia Historical Society, 501 Whitaker Street
Ella Howard, Assistant Professor of History

Letters from Composers: Musicians Speak
April 24, 2014
Fine Arts Auditorium, Science Drive on the Armstrong campus
Emily Grundstad-Hall, Assistant Professor of Music