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Carter Arts & Lecture Series

The Carter Arts & Lecture Series, now in its eighth season, is committed to enhancing the educational experience by bringing compelling speakers, distinguished authors, and performing arts to the ABAC Bainbridge campus. These events are designed to bring the campus and wider public together to educate, inspire and spark imagination. All events will be held at the Charles H. Kirbo Center on the Bainbridge campus, or on the Bainbridge Town Square, and are free and open to the public with no ticket required.

Upcoming Events 

The Jim Gasior Trio with the ABAC Jazz Ensemble

Friday, April 19, 2024 | 6:00 P.M.
Bainbridge Town Square

Jim Gasior is the Associate Professor of Jazz and Instrumental Studies at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. As the director of NWSA High School Jazz Ensemble, he has led the group to numerous national successes including performing/competing in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington competition twelve times. NWSA's Jazz Ensemble and Combos have recorded eleven CDs under his direction. Jim has served as a faculty member for Jazz at Lincoln Center's Band Director Academy. As a pianist and keyboardist he has performed and/ or recorded with international pop artists and groups – Ricky Martin, Kelly Clarkson, Alih Jey, Chayanne, and more, as well as jazz artists - Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, and many others.


Past Events 

Broadway's Next Hit Musical 

Monday, September 25, 2023 | 7:00 P.M.
Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center, Bainbridge Campus

Broadway’s Next Hit Musical presents “The Phony Awards,” the original improvised awards show! Master improvisers gather made-up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, comedy and a ton of laughs! The audience then votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns this Phony Award winning song into a full-blown, improvised musical — complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, plot twists galore and songs that you will be humming for days!


Dr. Frederick R. Davis, After Silent Spring: The Expansion of Pesticides in Agriculture in America and the World

Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 7:00 P.M.
Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center, Bainbridge Campus

“After Silent Spring” examines the proliferation of pesticides in American agriculture after the introduction of DDT. Moreover, the lecture reveals how pesticide development and usage continued to expand in the years following the ban on DDT late in 1972. In fact, pesticides are still central to American agriculture even today. Frederick R. Davis is Professor and Head of the Department of History at Purdue University. He recently published "Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology."


Dr. Boyd Murphee, "And who in the Devil is Joe Brown?" The Extraordinary Career of Joseph Emerson Brown

Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 7:00 P.M.
Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center, Bainbridge Campus

Attacked by Republican and Democratic opponents as a political chameleon whose only goal was to stay in power, Brown defied them all. He remains one of Georgia’s most successful and controversial politicians. Boyd Murphree is an archivist and historian with the Department of Special and Area Studies at the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries. He received his Ph.D. in history from Florida State University, where he focused on the politics of the Civil War Era.


Dr. Tracy Revels, Men of Mystery: Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Thursday, March 14, 2024 | 7:00 P.M.
Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center, Bainbridge Campus

'Men of Mystery: Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle' will explore the intertwined biographies of the world’s greatest fictional detective and his creator. How did Doyle’s experiences shape his most famous character, and why does Sherlock Holmes retain such a hold on our imaginations more than a century after he solved his first case? Dr. Tracy J. Revels is the Laura and Winston Hoy Professor of Humanities at Wofford College. She is also a writer, historian, and a Baker Street Irregular.


Atlanta Chinese Dance Company

Thursday, March 28, 2024 | 7:00 P.M.
Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center, Bainbridge Campus

Founded in 1991, the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company educates and entertains audiences about Chinese history and culture through the art of dance. This interactive program is a visual feast of colorful Chinese ribbons, kung fu fans, and more, featuring dazzling Chinese dance performances interspersed with audience participation and background information about the dances.

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