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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7:00-9:00PM
Athens Science Cafe Event
Location: Cafeteria, Chase Street Elementary School (757 N. Chase Street)

The Athens Science Café (ASC) is a cross-disciplinary initiative at UGA created to bridge the growing gap between scientists/academics and the general public. Each science café consists of a short presentation that introduces the audience to core concepts on a given subject followed by a dialogue directed by the audience’s questions.

This fall the Richard B. Russell Library will open “Food, Power, and Politics: The Story of School Lunch” an exhibition examining the complicated past of the National School Lunch Program and the most recent debates over childhood obesity and nutrition in America. The Russell Library and the Clarke County School District will co-sponsor this ASC event on Wednesday, Oct. 22 featuring Dr. Caree Cotwright, assistant professor in the Department of Foods and Nutrition at UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, Oct. 27-Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
Russell Library Fall Symposium
Location: Auditorium (room 271) and Large Event Space (room 285)
Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies will host a scholars and policymakers symposium to celebrate the Library’s 40th anniversary year on Oct. 27-28, 2014 in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

Richard Baker, US Senate Historian Emeritus, will kick off the symposium with a keynote address at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27. On Tuesday, Oct. 28 scholars from across the country will participate in panel discussions, highlighting their use of Russell Library collections in recent publications. Presenting scholars will include Chris Manganiello, Jason Sokol, Gregory Mixon, Tammy Ingram, Monica Gisolfi, Michelle Brattain, Thomas Okie, and Ashton Ellett. Panels will be organized around the Russell Library’s six key collecting areas: Politics, Social Relations, Public Good, Environment, Economy, Peace and War.

Policymakers, including Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, Abit Massey of the Georgia Poultry Federation, congressional staffers, and others will join the discussions, building on the historical context of the themes presented and adding commentary on the creation of related public policy and its oversight in light of current events.

Symposium sessions are free and open to the public and will be held in the auditorium on the second floor of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. For more information contact Jan Levinson at (706) 542-5788 or


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Past Events

Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow Program Series
January-March, 2014

On August 6, 1945, a specially-equipped American B-29 Superfortress dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. On August 9, another atomic bomb fell on Nagasaki. For most Americans, the immediate reaction to the atomic bomb was relief: it had ended the war. But as the United States celebrated, it also braced itself for the uncertain future of the Atomic Age. For the next two decades, the looming threat of Atomic war dominated American society.

Inspired by the ongoing exhibition Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965 on display in the Harrison Feature Gallery, the Richard B. Russell Library will host a series of eleven public programs to spotlight some of the most significant events of the time period and invite attendees to reflect on life in America during the Atomic Age.

Ready, Steady, Vote!
September-November, 2012

Could your election season use a little non-partisan entertainment? Ready, Steady, Vote! a program series focused on getting citizens in the mood for the 2012 election season, was hosted in the fall of 2012. A combination of film screenings, community forums, debate watch events, and stump speeches, Ready, Steady, Vote! events took place on the 2nd floor exhibit level in the new Richard B. Russell Building for Special Collections Libraries, Georgia’s newest cultural destination.


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