East Georgia State College’s Annual Convocation will be held next week. Join students, faculty and staff at the Luck F. Gambrell Center’s Auditorium on EGSC’s Swainsboro campus Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 11 a.m. This year’s Convocation text is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The book explores themes of censorship and the freedom of thought and was chosen by the faculty and staff of East Georgia State College at the conclusion of the Spring 2019 semester.
Speaking at Convocation will be Dr. Robert M. Woods, a recognized scholar on the writings of Ray Bradbury, specifically Fahrenheit 451. He was honored to serve as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Center of Ray Bradbury Studies for five years. He began teaching at Faulkner University nearly twenty years ago. Having earned a Ph.D. in Humanities from Florida State University, he created and chaired the Great Books Honors College for over fifteen years. He currently serves as Lecturer and Fellow for the MA/PhD in Humanities at Faulkner.
At convocation, Dr. Woods will be speaking on Book Burning Without Kerosene: The Real Dangers of Anti-Intellectualism. In this lively and engaging lecture, Dr. Woods will explore the rich texture of Ray Bradbury's dystopian masterpiece Fahrenheit 451, asking the question “Is it possible that the greatest danger facing books and learning is not a strong-arm government of the left or right but a mass culture that subversively undermines the reflective life of the mind?” Carefully considering earlier versions of Fahrenheit 451 and some related short stories, Dr. Woods proposes that this modern classic is about a great deal more than censorship.
EGSC is excited to have Dr. Woods in Swainsboro for this annual event, which is free and open to all members of the public. Don’t miss out on the start to EGSC’s Academic Year at the Annual Convocation!