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FCHI Great Works Series

Each year, the FCHI offers two seminar series designed for the greater community.  These seminars focus on a notable work, text, movement, or historical moment and are framed within academic and popular sources.  Led by faculty and experts in their field, these seminars are held either during the fall or spring semester and are free and open to the public. Reservations for any of the current seminars can be made at 404-727-6424 or

Great Works Seminars (GWS), funded by an NEH Challenge Grant, focus on classic and defining works of philosophy, literature, history, music, and the visual and dramatic arts. From our inaugural seminar “Jane Austen’s World” in 2008, topics have ranged from Homer’s Odyssey to Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, and from “The Epic of Gilgamesh” to “Samuel Pepys’ London.”

Launched in 2015, the Georgia Seminars, funded by Georgia Humanities, explore the spectrum of human experience across the state, including history, literature, politics, art, and commerce.  Beginning with the seminar "John Muir and Wilderness in Modern Georgia," these seminars delve into the places, personalities and events that help define what it means to be Georgian.

Great Works Seminars

Early Spring 2023
Phillis Wheatley in the #BlackLivesMatter Era
February 1, 8, 15, & 22 

Late Fall 2022
Shakespeare & 21st-Century African American Culture
November 21, November 28, & December 5

Early Fall 2022
Mahmood Mamdani's Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: Historical Lessons, Current Anxieties
October 6, 13, 20 & 27

Late Summer 2022
Seamus Heaney: Making the Archives Visible
September 7, 14, 21, & 28

Summer 2022
The Arabian Nights
August 4, 11, 18, & 25

Georgia Seminars

Early Fall 2022
Jasper Johns
October 5, 12, 19, & 26