New Institute To Expand O’Connor’s Legacy in Classrooms Across the Region

The farmhouse at Andalusia where Flannery O'Connor lived and wrote between 1951 and her death in 1964.
The farmhouse at Andalusia where Flannery O'Connor lived and wrote between 1951 and her death in 1964.

As the inaugural executive director of Georgia College’s Andalusia Institute, Dr. Irene Burgess will work to extend Flannery O’Connor’s legacy in classrooms across the region.

O’Connor often wrote Milledgeville into genre-defining Southern Gothic stories, but Burgess says O’Connor’s life story offers lessons for any young person looking to grow their talents in a rural community.  

In conversation with WRGC host Daniel McDonald, Burgess talks about Georgia College’s new Andalusia Institute and the ways it will enhance our understanding of O’Connor’s life and literary legacy.