Ideas, Dialogue, and Connections

Our program partners adapted in creative ways to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, ensuring that their communities were able to explore ideas and connect virtually. Below are some of the 46 projects that received grant funding from Georgia Humanities in fiscal year 2020.

“Votes for Women”: Centennial of the Woman Suffrage Amendment

University of North Georgia | Dahlonega & Gainesville
Two programs on the Gainesville and Dahlonega campuses of the University of North Georgia featured historian Marjorie Spruill, who discussed the long timeline of women gaining the right to vote in America and placed current debates about women’s rights and equality in historical perspective.

4th Annual Ogeechee International History Film Festival

Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau | Statesboro
This three-day film festival is the longest running, juried, open submission international history film festival in the world. A collaboration between Georgia Southern University’s history department and the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, the festival featured screenings of professional and amateur films, panel discussions, and a competition for high school student films.

Democracy, Elections, and Political Progress

Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, Georgia State University | Atlanta
This public lecture series promoted constructive conversation about the ethics and policy dimensions of free and fair elections. Topics explored included the role of political protest, access to healthcare, and the impact of voters from historically marginalized communities.

Savannah History Remix Walking Tours

Georgia Southern University | Savannah
History graduate students developed walking tours and an accompanying website that focuses on underrepresented narratives of Savannah’s history, including stories of immigrants, laborers, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, to bring new voices to Savannah’s historical narrative.

Economics in Children’s Literature

Georgia Council on Economic Education | multiple locations around the state
This teacher workshop provided training, lesson plans, and additional resources for elementary and middle school teachers. GCEE conducted these workshops, which integrate economics into the curriculum across the state, modeling research-based instructional theory by master teachers.

Planet Deep South ATL2020

Clark Atlanta University | Atlanta
Award-winning author, filmmaker, and dance therapist Ytasha Womack gave the keynote lecture during Planet Deep South ATL2020, an interdisciplinary conference on digital humanities, speculative cultural production, and Africanisms in the American and global South. Discussions highlighted the significance of humanities disciplines to technology and futurism.

“Emerging Voices of Coffee County” Coffee County Memory Project

Ash Foundation for the Coffee County Historical Society | Douglas
A web exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Coffee County schools features more than 100 oral history interviews about the personal experiences of community members who were students at the time of desegregation. Web visitors can leave their own reactions to the material.