Dear Donors and Partners,

Georgia Humanities connects people and communities to encourage understanding and inspire hope. Thanks to your support, our work grew and flourished during 2020, even as the pandemic required us to stay at home and to maintain social distance.

Innovation, resilience, and persistence were necessary convictions during 2020. When programs moved online, we missed being together in person, but we soon recognized that virtual programs could connect more people across geographic distances. We also saw that people were hungry to learn from each other and to engage in conversations about community opportunities and challenges. We are thankful for the scholars and facilitators who developed and shared content, as well as for the technology experts who built platforms and the social media followers who shared content to spread the word.

2020 was also a time when the humanities helped us to understand and find ways to heal the divisions that challenged Georgia, the United States, and the world. Humanities programs gave us new heroes and role models, even as they asked big questions about how we understand our democratic republic’s complex weave of history, culture, and ideals.

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Georgia Humanities’ service to our state. The contributions of time, talent, and treasure from countless fellow Georgians have made our programs possible since 1971, and we are grateful. The anniversary also inspires us to grow and sustain our work in new ways, to reach new audiences, and to keep the perspectives of the humanities at the center of community and civic discourse.

As we look back and reflect on where we have been, we invite you to share your ideas, as well as your financial contributions, to keep us moving forward, together.

Thank you!

2020 Board of Directors

Dr. Gary S. Hauk, Chair | Atlanta
Thomas E. Daniel, Vice Chair | Atlanta
Delores Lazare White, Treasurer | Conyers
Dr. Annie Hunt Burriss, Secretary | Madison
Jeanne Cyriaque, Immediate Past Chair | Chicago
Joseph B. Alonso* | Alpharetta
Dr. Karen Aubrey | LaGrange
Cameron Bean | Columbus
Dr. Keith S. Bohannon* | Carrollton
Kathy A. Bradley | Statesboro
William S. Burdell III | St. Simons Island
Patricia Bush | Sparks
Peggy Heard Galis | Athens
Dr. P. Toby Graham | Athens
Dr. Jodie L. Guest | Atlanta
Annalee Harlan | Dalton
Jessyca Holland | Atlanta
Ira Jackson Jr. | Marietta
T. Marshall Jones | Albany
Ruth A. Knox* | Thomson
Susan Pease Langford | Atlanta
F. Abit Massey* | Gainesville
Merryll Penson | Athens
Clinton Rucker | Fairburn
Phil Smith* | Atlanta
Ann Stallard | Atlanta
Daniel J. Thompson Jr.* | Atlanta
Andres Villegas | Macon
Lisa L. White | Savannah
Dr. Pamela Whitten | Kennesaw
Donald Wildsmith | Bethlehem
Pat Wilson | Atlanta
* Governor’s Appointee


Jessica Burke Alden, Program Coordinator
Sarah Buckley, Assistant Director of Development
Kelly Caudle, Vice President of Strategy and Programs
Nicole Fote, Program Coordinator
Laura McCarty, President
Latonda Milner, Vice President of Finance and Operations
Deirdre Russell, Senior Administrative Assistant
Lauren Milner, Intern
Leigh Tarr Webb, Intern

New Georgia Encyclopedia Staff

Stephanie Devine, Assistant Editor
Edward Hatfield, Managing Editor
John Inscoe, Founding Editor
Makenzie Fitzgerald, Intern
Nina Guzman, Intern
Brendan Harris, Intern
Jessica Higgins, Intern
Sidonia Serafini, Intern
Davis Winkie, Intern


Shelley Parnes, CPA, Accounting