2014-2015 Moveable Feast Schedule Announced

(August 5, 2014) — Armstrong State University is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2014-2015 Moveable Feast lecture and performance series, presented by the university's College of Liberal Arts in historic venues throughout Savannah. All events are free and open to the public.

The second annual series, which officially kicks off on September 4, will feature monthly lectures and performances by distinguished Armstrong faculty. The goal of the Moveable Feast series is to celebrate the vital role the liberal arts plays in keeping the ideal of democratic education alive.

“Armstrong's Moveable Feast series offers the Savannah community the opportunity to celebrate the joy of lifelong learning,” said Dr. Teresa Winterhalter, professor of English and assistant dean of Armstrong's College of Liberal Arts. “We invite the public to share an evening with our accomplished faculty, exploring thought-provoking ideas in wide range of fields, from history and literature to economics and the arts.”

Members of the media may contact Allison Hersh at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 912.344.2971 for interview or image requests. The complete schedule of events follows.

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
“Gardens, Manners and William Jay: Savannah's Romantic Spirit”
Dr. Christopher E. Hendricks, Department of History
Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St.

In conjunction with the Telfair Academy's exhibit, “Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth-Century Paintings from the Johnson Collection,” early American historian Christopher E. Hendricks will examine how this exciting age reshaped Savannah's landscape, society and architecture. With the dawn of the nineteenth century, Savannah found itself on the cusp of great change as it developed from a provincial colonial capital to a thriving port city. Accompanying this shift was an equally exciting revolution in culture as Americans joined their European cousins in revolting against the rationality of the eighteenth century in favor of emotional responses to experience, expressing themselves through literature, music and visual arts.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
“X Marks the Spot: Treasure Maps and National Identity in the Far, Far Away”
Dr. Jane Rago, Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy
The Ships of the Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The popularity of adventure novels exploded at end of the nineteenth century, as a seemingly insatiable Western audience clamored for fantastic tales of the “far, far away.” These tales both quelled and reflected late imperial anxieties about national identity. Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island (1883) supplied images of the modern pirate, but perhaps more importantly, the novel also bequeathed the romance of the treasure map. As the Age of Exploration gave way to the Age of Adventure, treasure maps replaced blank maps of colonial conquest—cartographies to be deciphered and decoded rather than charted and written. Cultural theorist Jane V. Rago will analyze late-imperial adventure tales, arguing that these narratives served as sites of cultural domination that inscribed national identity in ways that parallel current discourses of globalization.

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
“Re-enfranchising the Disenfranchised: Voting Rights in America”
Dr. Becky da Cruz, Dr. Ned Rinalducci, Dr. Maxine Bryant and Dr. George Brown
Department of Criminal Justice, Social and Political Sciences
The Beach Institute/King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, 502 East Harris St.

This panel of scholars will examine the multi-faceted history of voting rights of African Americans, focusing on the political, sociological and legal implications of efforts to restrict and deny access to the vote—the fundamental instrument of democracy. Of particular interest will be an exploration of the effects of incarceration on the black community and the relationship between criminal records and voting rights. By devoting equal time to the achievements of African Americans, this discussion will emphasize and celebrate Civil Rights initiatives that led to the expansion of voting rights, which in turn contributed to the election of the first African-American President of the United States. The panelists will conclude by offering perspectives on the possibilities for the continuation of re-enfranchisement movements.

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
“Do Numbers Speak for Themselves? The Liberal Arts Requirement and Savannah's Metro Economy”
Dr. Michael Toma, Department of Economics
The Armstrong House, 447 Bull St.

Data can provide resources for analytical investigations of business phenomena, but privileging numbers alone can also hinder our quest for insight into human interactions in everyday economic transactions. This talk will explore how data both augments and clouds our vision of the workings on Savannah's metro area economy. Calloway Professor of Economics Dr. Michael Toma will argue that a liberal arts education serves as a crucial foundation from which to examine data-based analytical superstructures. Engaging both data collection and critical thinking, he will offer a fuller picture of our economy's performance today and where it is likely headed tomorrow.

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 6:30 pm
“The Emergence of Modernism: Art Between the Wars”
Dr. Deborah Jamieson (art history), Dr. Steve Primatic (percussion), Dr. Benjamin Warsaw (piano), Dr. Emily Grundstad-Hall (voice)
Department of Art, Music and Theater
Fine Arts Auditorium on Armstrong's campus, Science Drive

This collaborative performance will integrate the visual and performing arts of the early twentieth century to explore the emergence of modernism as it is bracketed within the cultural context of World War I and World War II. Examining key paintings of the era and paralleling their motifs with those in musical composition, this final course of our Moveable Feast will bring together professors of art and music to trace an historical arc from Debussy to Stravinsky, to Weil and Gershwin, finishing with a tribute to Cole Porter and American jazz.