February 2020

Using Sight and Sound to Explore Georgia's Cumberland Island

Feb 21, 2020
Wind and Rhythm Grid, from a series of photographs of Cumberland Island by Emily J. Gomez

Located a mile off shore in the Atlantic Ocean, Cumberland Island is the largest of a string of barrier islands protecting Georgia’s 110-mile Coast line.

Renowned for its salt marshes, maritime forests and miles of pristine beaches, Cumberland is a pilgrimage site for people who want to experience a natural landscape virtually untouched by modern humanity.

In 2016, artists Emily and Ernesto Gomez and Christa Kreeger Bowden set out on a multi-year project to document the changing nature on Georgia’s Cumberland Island.

Georgia College's Veronica Womack Develops Institute Focused On Rural South

Feb 20, 2020
Political Scientist Veronica Womack talks with farmer James Howard about the multigenerational history of Jibb's Vineyards in Byromville, Ga. | Micheal Gillett

This edition of Georgia College Connections shines a light on political scientist Veronica Womack and her research on America’s Black Belt

For 20 years, Dr. Veronica Womack has researched rural America focusing on the under-developed South. She is the author of the book “Abandonment in Dixie: Underdevelopment in the Black Belt.” And she’s now standing up Georgia College’s Rural Studies Institute as its first Executive Director.


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

Feb 20, 2020
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.