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A Moveable Feast Lecture Series – 2019

A Moveable Feast Celebrating the Life of the Mind

“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.”
— Ernest Hemingway


Jan. 10, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.

The Telfair Academy Rotunda
121 Barnard St.

“Actions and Reactions: Sounds and Sights of a World Foregone”

Benjamin Warsaw, Department of Music

Martín Gendelman, Department of Music


On the occasion of the Telfair Museums-Jepson Center’s “Monet to Matisse” exhibition, this concert/lecture will illuminate a series of connections between musical and visual creators and creations that body forth during the times of social turmoil in which Monet and Matisse shaped their art. Dr. Gendelman will lead us through the historical, cultural and biographical backdrop of the selected compositions from late 19th and early 20th century composers, from Chopin to Gershwin, whose classical compositions Dr. Warsaw will introduce and perform. Together they will illustrate the mirroring of musical and artistic movements that have influenced our culture for more than a century after they were first introduced.


Feb. 21, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.

The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation and Beach Institute of African-American Culture
502 East Harris St.

“Everyday Anti-Racism: Images, Institutions and You”

Alicia Brunson, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Dina Walker-DeVose, School of Human Ecology

Christopher Cartright, Department of Writing and Linguistics

Educational disparities in Savannah, in Georgia, and in the South persist. Media images provide visual evidence of an unjust status quo. The era of segregation in the United States is not over. With this recognition, we must ask ourselves how we can better advocate for racial justice in our society and in our daily lives. Building on the premise that a critical understanding of racism will strengthen our ability to advocate for justice in our local and global communities, this panel of scholars will provide a survey of contemporary research on race and racism. Each will examine how racism continues to affect our institutions, our media and our daily interactions. Together they will explore how educational discrimination and representations of African-Americans in media help us visualize the complex social systems in which racism persists. By the time they conclude, the panelists hope to have challenged listeners to examine biases they may hold.


March 28, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.

The Temple Mickve Israel
20 E. Gordon St.

“Writing and Rewriting the Bible: The Dead Sea Scrolls 70 Years Later”

Jason Tatlock, Department of History

Dan Pioske, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies


The initial discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls just over 70 years ago is undoubtedly one of the most important finds of the 20th century. The scrolls are both the earliest manuscripts of texts found in the Hebrew Bible and some of the most informative examples of Jewish sectarian literature. The varied documents embody a long tradition of scribal activity stretching back hundreds of years into the days of the Israelite monarchy. In addition to exploring scribal techniques in ancient Israel, Drs. Pioske and Tatlock will address some of the unique material contained within the Dead Sea Scrolls, such as early references to Suffering Messianism and the Binding of Isaac or Akedah.


April 18, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.

Ships of the Sea Museum
41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

“On the Water and Beneath the Waves; Stories of Coastal Georgia”

Kurt Knoerl, Department of History

Jennifer Sweeney Tookes, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Salt marshes, rivers, lakes and the Atlantic Ocean are integral parts of Coastal Georgia’s culture and heritage. This presentation highlights the ways researchers preserve the stories of maritime communities through collecting oral narratives and through listening for echoes of the past in artifacts of material culture. Dr. Knoerl will explore how shipwreck sites along our coast often act as accidental time capsules, containing information about vessels and their demise, as well as their crews, passengers, shipbuilders and many others. Focusing on the contemporary era, Dr. Sweeney Tookes will trace representative stories coastal Georgians tell of life on the water, paying particular attention to those about commercial fishing and its importance to state’s living history and culture. Together they will demonstrate how — both on and below the water — many Georgia communities have depended on the coastal environment for their cultural base for generations.

Last updated: 2/1/2019