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ABAC Lecture Series
The ABAC Lecture Series, now in its second year, has expanded to encompass not only history and political science but also topics drawn from many disciplines at the College. This year’s series includes celebrated guest lecturers as well as distinguished lecturers from ABAC’s faculty.
Thursday, February 16, 2021, 7 p.m.
Halloween celebrations today are as American as apple pie and the Fourth of July and second only to Christmas in popularity. Everyone thinks they know the true origins - druids, witches, Celtics - but no one seems to know the entire story. One thing that makes it so American is its multi-cultural origins, stretching back to Ireland, Britain, Catholic Europe, and Mexico. Halloween has risen and fallen over the generations in both popularity and societal acceptance. This lecture will examine the origins of the holiday within the Christian church, the changes it went through in the late 20th Century as Americans saw it as both a secular and fun kid’s day, as well as a dangerous holiday full of poisoned candy, razors in apples, and rampant crime. We will try to answer the age-old question -- is Halloween a treat or a trick?
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 7 p.m.
Need a cop? You can find fictional police officers patrolling our streets 24/7 thanks to shows like Blue Bloods, Law and Order, Hawaii Five-0, NCIS, Chicago P.D., SWAT, and more. Such shows, known to media scholars as “police procedural” or collectively as “procedurals,” are a sub-genre of crime drama. Before 1948, no shows placed special focus on how cops do their job. Instead, crimes were solved by private citizens, often unwittingly swept up in criminality themselves. During this lecture, Jay Baldwin will treat procedurals as potentially important cultural artifacts capable of revealing shifting notions of crime and criminality, law and order, and justice. He will discuss the salient cultural shifts and the historical events that influenced those shifts, ultimately tracing the origins of the procedural to the training practices of the Los Angeles Police Department, post-WWII.
Thursday, April 22, 2021, 7 p.m.
In 1935, then professor of English George “Pete” Donaldson took educational leave from ABAC. Matriculating to Ohio State University to earn a Master’s in Rural Sociology, he returned to Georgia to better the recreational and educational opportunities for “rural girls and boys.” For him, recreation included a heavy emphasis on the arts. Soon to become known throughout the state as a most entertaining inspirational speaker and performer, Donaldson built a platform that allowed him to address some of the most pressing higher education issues in rural South Georgia. These issues included segregation and the plight of agriculture. Donaldson was named president of ABAC in 1947 and continued in that position until 1961.