ICE Conversation: Will Alexander

ICE Conversation: Will Alexander
Thursday, January 18 at 3 PM

Rescheduled from January 17 due to inclement weather
Lamar Dodd Building Room S160

Will Alexander works in multiple genres. In addition to being a poet, he is also a novelist, essayist, aphorist, playwright, philosopher, visual artist, and pianist. His books include Asia and Haiti, The Sri Lankan Loxodrome, and Compression and Purity. Alexander has taught at many colleges and universities, including the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, the University of California, and Hofstra University, among others. His honors and awards include a Whiting Fellowship for Poetry, a California Arts Council Fellowship and the 2016 Jackson Poetry Prize.

Will Alexander’s visit is supported in part by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the Creative Writing Program in the department of English. A free public reading will take place on Thursday, January 18 at 7 PM at Cine.

a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit

a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit
Spectacle and the Collective Experience
February 15-18, 2018
Louisiana State University
Application deadline: January 15, 2018

Five spots available to UGA students (applications reviewed first-come, first-served). A limited number of travel grants are available here:

Summit participants are eligible to apply for the a2ru Student Challenge project grant.

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) Emerging Creatives Student Summit brings together students who have an interest in the arts, crossing disciplinary boundaries, and developing collaborative projects. This year’s theme, “Spectacle and the Collective Experience,” will challenge students to broaden and interrogate their understanding of spectacle within the immediate context of Mardi Gras, as well as their own communities and the broader, disciplinary contexts of the arts and sciences.

Participating students will have the opportunity to explore the concept of spectacle through interdisciplinary project-based teams, as well as learn from distinguished Louisiana State professors. In addition to networking and a collaborative techniques workshop, this summit also includes a site visit to Louisiana’s Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) with internationally renowned experimental physicist Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez. Students will also attend a panel on Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia and will have an opportunity to see the production.

There is no registration fee, and students are encouraged to apply for travel grants to offset the cost of attending the conference. A group rate of $129/night for accommodations is available through January 18. Any student who receives a travel grant from a2ru is eligible for additional funds from the Willson Center a2ru research cluster and should contact Dr. Isabelle Loring Wallace for details,

2017-2018 Idea Lab Mini Grant Awards

ICE is pleased to announce two new Idea Lab Mini Grant recipients. The projects were selected based on creative merit, extent of collaborative and interdisciplinary activity, and feasibility. Mini Grant awards provide production support from ICE Graduate Research Assistants and project funding.

Georgia Prison Beekeepers
Lead applicant: Cristina Echezarreta (graduate student, Art)

A collaboration of a students, faculty, and staff in Art and Entomology with the Georgia Prison Beekeeping program to explore prisoners’ relationship to nature through the arts.

Perfect Pantry
Lead applicant: Hillary Jourdan (graduate student, Agriculture)

A collaboration of students and faculty in Agriculture and Art with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to develop arts-based approaches to food assistance.

Clark Lunberry: Writing on Water

Clark Lunberry: Writing on Water
November installation at Lake Herrick

Near Boardwalk Trail Bridge
Viewing event: Thursday, November 16 at Noon
Lecture: Friday, November 10 at 2 PM
Lamar Dodd Building Room S160

Interdisciplinary artist Clark Lunberry will talk about creating site-specific poetry installations and introduce a new work for the UGA campus. Lunberry is a Professor of English at the University of North Florida and the author of Sites of Performance: Of Time and Memory (Anthem Press 2014) and Writing on Water | Writing on Air (University of North Florida 2016). His large-scale poems placed on water and windows include recent installations in Oxford, England; Paris, France; Toronto, Canada; Tokyo and Hiroshima, Japan; and Stanford University.

Lunberry will create a temporary installation at Lake Herrick, a prominent feature within Oconee Forest Park, which serves as a living laboratory for research in the natural and social sciences. The new work, viewable near the Boardwalk Trail bridge, coincides with a major restoration project at UGA aimed at promoting water quality and enhancing Lake Herrick as an amenity for experiential learning, research, and recreation. For more about the Lake Herrick Watershed Restoration visit

Supported in part by the Helen S. Lanier Chair of the Department of English and ICE. For more information visit

Lake Herrick, Athens, Georgia [Image: Kiley Aguar]

Call for Participation: North Oconee River Project

Opportunity: North Oconee River Project (deadline 3/31)

The North Oconee River Project is a community-wide call for submissions of original projects that share knowledge, appreciation, experience, or attitudes towards the North Oconee River.

The North Oconee River Project invites the Athens community to submit proposals of artworks that celebrate the inherent rights of nature for inclusion in a site-specific event along the river and associated publication. Artworks should be inspired by nature and humanity’s role within it, with special consideration given to works that demonstrate a knowledge, appreciation, experience, or attitude toward the North Oconee River. We invite submissions from any medium and practice inclusive of music, performance, poetry, visual art, prose and others.

Entries can fall under any discipline, can be presented in any format, and can use any medium. This includes but is not limited to all forms of material and digital art, performances of any kind, musical compositions, dance choreography, theatrical scripts, and fiction or non-fiction literature or films.

In addition, entries may be interdisciplinary in nature and may include information or materials from multiple disciplines and mediums. Entries both from individuals and collaborative teams of two or more people are welcome.
What is the selection process?

This event will take place along the North Oconee River, from Dudley Park to North Avenue at the North Oconee River Park. Performances will take place along the riverbed, and more stationary artworks will be exhibited in the park.

All proposals must be submitted online by March 31. There is no fee for submission. Proposals for funding will be considered on a rolling basis, so the earlier the submission the better.

This project is made possible by the support of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), Watershed UGA, and Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia.

Introductory Community Rights Workshop

Introductory Community Rights Workshop
Wednesday, October 25 from 6 – 9 PM
State Botanical Garden of Georgia, The Gardenside Room
Free registration:

A workshop led by activist Paul Cienfuegos that introduces to Athens the powerful strategies and history of the Community Rights Movement. Since 1999, the Community Rights Movement has helped hundreds of communities pass locally-enforceable laws that promote rights of nature, such as the right of ecosystems to flourish and evolve, democratic rights, such as the right of local community to self-government, and workers’ rights, such as the right to living wages. First introduced to the U.S. by the Community Rights Movement, the “rights of nature” are radical, new laws that grant natural entities, such as rivers, legal personhood, allowing nature for the first time to be represented in court and to effectively fight corporate and governmental threats. Limited spaces are available.

Affiliated with the “Alliance for Arts + Rights of Nature” project funded by an a2ru Student Challenge Grant with additional support from Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), Watershed UGA, and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts a2ru Research Cluster.