You won’t want to miss Holly Frey and Tracy Wilson from the popular Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast host an electrifying evening of talks at the Woodruff Arts Center. (En)Lighting Talks Atlanta features five local experts in the arts and sciences – ranging from poet Natasha Trethewey to mathematician Ken Ono – who get just five minutes each to spark your imagination. Thursday, April 6, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Event is free, registration required: www.pbk.org/atlanta.
Natasha Trethewey is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University. A former U.S. Poet Laureate, Trethewey is the author of four collections of poety, including Native Guard, for which she was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.
Ken Ono is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University. An expert in number theory, Ono has contributed to numerous publications and is an Associate Producer of the Hollywood film “The Man Who Knew Infinity” about the life of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
Eleanor Morris is the Associate Professor of Political Science and Program Director of International Relations at Agnes Scott College. Her interests include theoretical approaches to international relations, the politics of the European Union, and world politics.
Will Ratcliff is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science & Technology at Georgia Tech. One of Popular Science magazine’s 2016 “Brilliant 10”, he explores how single cells came together to form multi-cellular organisms and connects audiences to the evolution of biological complexity through his Snowflake Yeast Lab.
Cosmo White is a trans-disciplinary contemporary artist and lecturer of visual arts at Morehouse College. Featured in the 2016 Atlanta Biennial, his award-winning work employs drawing, performance, and sculpture to explore how notions of identity are disrupted by migration.
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Phi Beta Kappa will also host an awards reception recognizing the innovative efforts of the City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, led by Camille Russell Love, and four exemplary local organizations that build creative exchanges with new and diverse audiences in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences or mathematics. These organizations include:
ELEVATE aims to promote city-wide cultural and economic growth among residents by exhibiting large-scale public art installations, visual performances, and educational opportunities. Their goal is to ensure Atlanta residents feel a strong sense of pride in their city and the cultural resources and experiences it offers to the world.
The Atlanta Science Festival is an annual public celebration of local science and technology. Founded in 2014, the festival explores the science and technology of the region, expands the local community of science enthusiasts, and inspires a new generation of curious thinkers. Collaborations with 100-plus community partners, including school districts, post-secondary institutions, museums, businesses, civic and community groups facilitate the festival’s success.
The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection oversees the conservation and preservation of approximately 10,000 archival materials written and collected by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, promotes teaching, research and scholarship based on the collection, and develops campus-based programming and community outreach initiatives that highlight King’s teachings and philosophy.
The Center for Collaborative & International Arts (CENCIA) provides meaningful opportunities for artists of diverse disciplines to collaborate and connect with local, national, and international communities through accessible arts programming. Through its energetic promotion of the Arts, CENCIA connects Atlanta to global communities and helps to position the city as an international center for artistic expression.
Learn more about the Cities of Distinction Award Series at pbk.org/cities.