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Events

DUE to COVID-19, all on-campus SOAL Events have been
cancelled for SPRING & SUMMER 2020.
Please see MGA COVID-19 Updates.

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Spring 2020

January 

Tuesday,
January 14

ESO Book Club:  Stephen King's Apt Pupil
2:00 - 3:00pm
Writing Center, Macon Campus
Description: Sponsored by the English Studies Organization
Contact:  Dr. Shane Trayers

Thursday,
January 23

ESO Trip to the Shakespeare Tavern: Twelfth Night
Departure Time: TBA
Description: Sponsored by the English Studies Organization; trip to the Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta
Contact:  Dr. Shane Trayers

Thursday,
January 23

College Town Film Series: The Wizard of Oz
7:00-10:00pm
Douglass Theatre
Description: in collaboration with Mercer University and Wesleyan College; film introduced by Dr. Patrick Brennan, Middle Georgia State University; discussion to follow.
Contact:  Dr. Patrick Brennan

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Monday,
January 27

Diversity & Inclusion Art Exhibition
6:00 - 7:00pm
Peacock Gallery, Russell Hall, Cochran Campus
Description: Includes Gallery Talk/ Opening Reception. Exhibit will run January 27-February 28.
Contact:   Prof. Charlie Agnew

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Wednesday,
January 29

Burns Night 
2:00 - 3:00pm
Writing Center, Macon Campus
Description: Sponsored by the English Studies Organization in collaboration with International Studies: a celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns
Contact:  Dr. Shane Trayers

Wednesday,
January 29

History and Political Science Current Events Discussion 
5:30 - 6:30pm
Jones Building, Room 212, Macon Campus
Description: Dr. Niels Eichhorn and Dr. John Hall will lead discussion over current events
Contact:  Dr. Niels Eichhorn

Thursday,
January 30

College Town Film Series: Persepolis
7:00 - 10:00pm
Douglass Theatre
Description: in collaboration with Mercer University and Wesleyan College; film introduced by Dr. Michele Prettyman, Mercer University; discussion to follow.
Contact:  Dr. Patrick Brennan

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February

Tuesday,
February 4

Master Lectures and Conversations Series: Sarah Topol, Award-winning Investigative Journalist
6:00 - 7:30pm
Arts Complex Theatre, Macon Campus
Description: Ms. Topol has reported from the Middle East, Africa, and the former Soviet Union, and she has published in the  Atlantic BusinessweekEsquireNewsweek, and New York Magazine, to name a few, and has appeared on BBC, CNN, and NPR.  Sponsored by MGA's Department of Continuing Education, the University Honors Program, and the Department of Media, Culture, and the Arts.
Contact:  Dr. Kevin Cantwell, MGA Associate Provost

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Tuesday,
February 4

ESO Basketball Fundraiser
5:00 - 6:00pm
Location: Macon Campus, Basketball Court in the Recreation & Wellness Center
Description: Sponsored by the English Studies Organization
Contact:  Dr. Shane Trayers

Wednesday
February 5

Lecture on the Works of U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, by Dr. Jon Fegley, Professor of English
2:00pm
Writing Center (TEB 226), Macon Campus
Contact: Dr. Sharon Colley

Wednesday,
February 5

Dr. Martin Luther King Day Presentation/ Performance: "Are We Still Living the Dream?"
12:30 pm
Macon Campus, Arts Complex Theatre
A skit by the Black Student Unification (BSU)
STEP SHOW performance by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Sponsored by the School of Arts & Letters Black History Committee, BSU, Model African Union and The Brothers of Leadership and Distinction.

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Thursday,
February 6

College Town Film Series: Enlightenment Guaranteed
7:00 - 10:00pm
Douglass Theatre
Description: in collaboration with Mercer University and Wesleyan College; film introduced by Dr. Nicholas Steneck, Wesleyan College; discussion to follow.
Contact:  Dr. Patrick Brennan

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Tuesday,
February 11

ESO Book Club: Margaret Atwood's The Heart Goes Last
1:00 - 2:00pm
Writing Center, Macon Campus
Description: Sponsored by the English Studies Organization and Public Service Majors.
Contact:  Dr. Shane Trayers

Wednesday,
February 12

Awareness Panel on Homelessness
1:00 - 2:00pm
Writing Center, Macon Campus
Description:  Sponsored by the English Studies Organization and Public Service Majors
Contact:  Dr. Shane Trayers

Friday,
February 14

A Walking Tour of Macon's Early Black Heritage, led by Dr. Matt Jennings
10:00am
Location: Interested MGA students will meet on the Macon Campus and will be driven to downtown Macon (Contact Dr. Jennings for information). 
Contact:  Dr. Matt Jennings

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Tuesday,
February 18

"African American Women Activists in Latin America," a Lecture by Trino Prados, Associate Professor of Spanish
3:30 - 4:30pm
Russell Hall Auditorium - Cochran Campus
Description: this event is part of scheduled events during Black History Month
Contact:  Prof. Trino Prados

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Tuesday,
February 18

History and Political Science Current Events Discussion
5:30 - 6:30pm
Jones Building, Room 212, Macon Campus
Description:  Dr. Niels Eichhorn and Dr. John Hall will lead a discussion over current events
Contact:  Dr. Niels Eichhorn

Wednesday,
February 19

Joy Harjo, 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States
11:00am - 12:00pm; book signing to follow
Volleyball Gym - Macon Campus
Description: MGA's School of Arts & Letters, along with the Ocmulgee Mounds Association, welcomes the distinguished Poet Laureate of the United States, Joy Harjo, for a presentation and reading. Book signing will follow. Ms. Harjo will also be hosted by Ocmulgee Mounds Association (Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park, Macon) for another reading at 5:30pm.
Contact:  Dr. Amy Berke
Contact for Reading at Ocmulgee Mounds:  Dr. Matt Jennings 

Sponsored by the School of Arts & Letters with generous support from:
Middle Georgia State University Foundation
The Office of Experiential Learning
Department of Continuing Education
The Honors Program

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Monday,
February 24

"Art Entreprenuership and Community Building," a Lecture by James Reese of Reese Brothers Productions
11:00 - 12:30pm
Arts Complex Theatre, Macon Campus
For more information, please see  Reese Brothers Productions

Tuesday,
February 25

"The Leesburg Stockade: the Civil Rights Movement in Leesburg, Georgia":  a Lecture by Robertiena Fletcher
11:00 - 12:30pm
Location:  Macon Campus, Arts Complex Theater
Description: this event is part of scheduled events during Black History Month
Contact:  Dr. Mary Mears

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Tuesday,
February 25

Recital: Natalie Quesenberry, Flute
7:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Music Rehearsal Hall (Arts 136), Macon Campus
Contact:  Dr. Robert McTyre

Wednesday & Thursday,
February 26 - 27

One Act Plays:
Sure Thing
Words, Words, Words
The Philadelphia
Variations on the Death of Trotsky
7:30 - 9:00pm
Russell Hall Theatre, Cochran Campus
Description:  Four one-act plays, each about fifteen minutes
Contact:  Dr. Stephen Wisker or Dr. Robert McTyre

Thursday,
February 27

Daybreak Sleepout
6:00pm - overnight
Location: Daybreak, 174 Walnut Street, Macon, Georgia
Description: ESO is participating in this fundraiser for Daybreak, a center that provides resources for Macon's homeless residents.
Contact:  Dr. Shane Trayers

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Friday,
February 28

Recital: Brandi Urban, Trombone
6:30 - 7:30pm
Arts Complex Rehearsal Hall (Arts 136), Macon Campus
Contact:  Dr. Robert McTyre

 
March 

Monday,
March 2

Faculty Art Exhibition
6:00 - 7:00pm
Peacock Gallery, Russell Hall, Cochran Campus
Description: Includes Gallery Talk/ Opening Reception
Contact:  Prof. Charlie Agnew

Wednesday,
March 4

"What Can You Do with an English Major  besides Teach?" Panel and Discussion
2:00pm
Writing Center, Macon Campus
Description: Panelists will discuss how an English degree prepares graduates for a variety of careers.
Contact: Dr. Sharon Colley

March 4 - 6

DNA (Play), directed by Dr. Stephen Wisker
7:30 - 9:30pm
Arts Complex Theatre, Macon Campus
Contact: Dr. Stephen Wisker

March 5

Concert Reading on Women's Suffrage
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Russell Auditorium, Cochran Campus
Plays are A Chat with Mrs. Chicky by Evelyn Glover, and The Maid and the Magistrate by Graham Moffat; presented by the English Studies Organization
Sponsored by the MGA 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration Committee
Contact: Dr. Mary Christian

 March 11

Grammarpalooza
12:30-2:30 pm
The Writing Center (TEB 226), Macon Campus
Contact: Dr. Sharon Colley

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Tuesday,
March 24

English Studies Organization Book Club: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
11:00am - 12:00pm
Writing Center, Macon Campus
Contact:  Dr. Shane Trayers

Thursday,
March 26

Panel on Suffragists and Race
11:00am - 12:00pm
TEB 2nd Floor by Elevators, Macon Campus
Panel Facilitator:  Prof. Grace Adams-Square
Dr. Daneell More, "Black Suffragists"
Dr. Sheree' Keith, "The Role of Race/ Racism in the Suffrage Movement"
Sponsored by the MGA 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration Committee
Contact: Prof. Grace Adams-Square

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Friday,
March 27

Knight Writers 2020
Cochran Campus, times and locations TBA
Contact:   Dr. Lorraine Dubuisson

Tuesday,
March 31

History and Political Science Current Events Discussion
5:30pm
Jones 212, Macon Campus
Contact: Dr. Niels Eichhorn

 
April 

March 29 - April 3

2020 ARTS FESTIVAL CANCELLATION

In light of all MGA instruction being temporarily suspended through March 29 and students being encouraged to remain home, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Arts Festival. We truly appreciate all who were scheduled to contribute this year, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2021!

Arts Festival
Description: The theme for this year's festival is "Storytelling."  

SCHEDULE:
Sunday, March 29, 2 pm:
Macon Harp Association Performance
Macon Campus, School of Arts and Letters (SOAL) Rehearsal Hall

Monday, March 30, 2 pm:
"Stranger Than Fiction" Film Screening and Talk by Dr. Kelly Whiddon, Associate Professor of English | This event is in coordination with the English Studies Organization (ESO)
Macon Campus. School of Arts and Letters (SOAL) Theater

Monday, March 30, 5 pm:
Book Reading and Signing with Novelist and MGA English Lecturer Andy Davidson for his newly released horror novel, The Boatman's Daughter
Macon Campus, School of Arts and Letters (SOAL) Resource Center, Room 110 

Tuesday, March 31, 11 am:
"The Art of Story" Writing Workshop by Margaret South
Macon Campus, Teacher Education Building (TEB), Room 231

Tuesday, March 31, 1 pm:
“Feast of Words” (poetry workshop/competition in French and Spanish)
Macon Campus, School of Arts and Letters (SOAL) Resource Center, Room 110

Tuesday, March 31, 4 pm:
Collaborative Painting with Art Professor Charlie Agnew
Cochran Campus, Russell Hall Art Studio

Wednesday, April 1, 11 am:
Affrilachian Poet and Sci-Fi Writer Gerald Coleman Reading
Macon Campus, School of Arts and Letters (SOAL) Theater

 Wednesday, April 1, 2 pm:
The Fall Line Review Release Party (including Lady of Lake Knee Deep Writing Contest Reader)
Macon Campus, Professional Services Center (PSC) Patio 

Wednesday, April 1, 5 pm:
"Storytelling in K-Pop Music Videos" by Dr. Yunsuk Chae, Professor of Spanish
Cochran Campus, Walker Auditorium

Thursday, April 2, 11 am:
Poet Bill Walsh reading from his new collection, Fly-Fishing in Time Square
Macon Campus, School of Arts and Letters (SOAL) Theater

Thursday, April 2, 5:30 pm:
Collaborative Painting with Art Professor Shannon Riddle
Macon Campus, School of Arts and Letters (SOAL) Rehearsal Hall 

Contact: Dr. Kelly Whiddon

Saturday,
April 4

MGA Chamber Singers Perform with the Albany Symphony Orchestra
7:30pm
Municipal Auditorium, 200 N. Jackson St., Albany, Georgia 
Contact: Dr. Rebecca Lanning

Tuesday,
April 7

English Studies Organization Book Club:  Disobedience by Naomi Alderman
2:00 - 3:00pm
Writing Center, Macon Campus
Contact:  Dr. Shane Trayers

Thursday,
April 9

MGA Bands Spring Concert
7:30pm
Arts Complex Rehearsal Hall (ARTS 136), Macon Campus
Contact:  Dr. Alan Clark

Tuesday,
April 14

MGA Chamber Singers Spring Concert
7:30pm
Arts Complex Rehearsal Hall (ARTS 136), Macon Campus
Contact:   Dr. Rebecca Lanning

Thursday
April 16 – 18, 2020

Undergraduate Conference
April 16: Cochran Campus (Time, Events, and Locations TBA)
April 17 - 18: Macon Campus (Time, Events, and Locations TBA)
Contact: Dr. Sheree' Keith
or Dr. Shane Trayers

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Thursday,
April 16

Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert 
7:30pm
Location TBA
Contact:  Dr. Alan Clark

Monday,
April 20

Guitar Ensemble Spring Concert
7:30pm
Arts Complex Rehearsal Hall (ARTS 136), Macon Campus
Contact: Dr. Rebecca Lanning

Monday, April 27-Sunday,
May 31

8th Annual MGA Juried Student Art Exhibition (VIRTUAL)
Peacock Gallery via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Peacock.Gallery.MGA.Cochran/ 
Gallery Hours: Open virtually online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Contact:  Prof. Charlie Agnew

Sponsored by the Media, Culture and Arts Department 
Funded by: MGA Student Activities Fees

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Thursday,
April 30

Arts Entrepreneurship Competition
3:30 - 5:30pm
Location TBA
Description: Students in the course Arts Entrepreneurship will present an entrepreneurial endeavor, which will be subject to a competition and judged by a panel of "sharks." At 3:30pm, the competition will begin with a project exhibition, open to the public. At 4:00pm, the projects will be judged, and each team will present their project to a panel of "sharks." The winner will be announced at 5:00pm.
Contact:  Dr. Rebecca Lanning

Friday,
May 15

15th Annual Conference of the Georgia Philological Association
Macon Campus;  times and location TBA
Contact:  Dr. Lorraine Dubuisson

Click to view Inside MGA article regarding the Georgia Philological Association

Wednesday,
May 27

 

Virtual Informational Session: 
Masters of Arts in Technical and Professional Writing &

Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Digital Communication
5:30 pm
Location: Virtual (registrants will receive a link to join the session) 
Description: Email Dr. Benita Muth () to register for this online session. If you cannot attend but want to learn more, Dr. Muth will provide the information you need about the program.
Contact: Dr. Benita Muth

For more info

An archive of past events of the School of Arts & Letters is available online.