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“Southeast Georgia on Our Minds” explores regional culture

From Aug. 28 through Nov. 27, humanities faculty members from Georgia Southern University will present an eight-part series of community programs on the people, history, culture, and literature of southeast Georgia. The series, titled ‘Southeast Georgia on Our Minds,” will take place every other Tuesday evening at either Screven County Library in Sylvania or Jenkins County Memorial Library in Millen. All sessions are from 7-9 p.m.

The first program in the series is on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Screven County Library, 106 S. Community Drive in Sylvania. It features David Dudley, a former Lutheran minister and specialist in African American literature, who heads the Georgia Southern Department of Literature and Philosophy.

Dr. Dudley, author of the prize-winning book, The Bicycle Man, will open discussion by talking about how the heritage of Southeast Georgia has challenged and inspired him to tell the stories of some people who otherwise might never find a voice.

The second part of the series, ‘This Georgia Rising: Education, Civil Rights, and the Politics of Change in 1940s,” is set for Tuesday, Sept. 11 in Sylvania.

The ‘Southeast Georgia on Our Minds” series is sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council and facilitated by Georgia Southern University in partnership with Screven-Jenkins Regional Library System. It is free of charge and open to the general public, with refreshments provided by the Friends of the libraries involved. For more information about the series, contact the project director, Martha Pennington, at Georgia Southern University, (912) 871-1326.

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