GGC to host 5th annual Button Gwinnett Day 2015

Signature event honoring Georgia’s signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Georgia Gwinnett College presents “Button Gwinnett Day 2015: Creative Connections.” A multi-day celebration, events and activities will take place on April 7, 8 and 11. This is the college’s fifth year hosting the event.
 
“This signature event does much more than honor Georgia’s signer of the Declaration of Independence,” said Dr. Beth Mauldin, assistant professor of French at GGC. “The broader aim for the annual event is for each individual to gain a deeper understanding of the complexity and ambiguity of current and future events. This aim aligns with the core mission of GGC as we aspire to teach students to anticipate societal and cultural changes and to someday help shape them as future leaders.” 
 
“Button Gwinnett Day 2015: Creative Connections” will feature a cross-section of activities and programs designed to engage participants in a variety of formats including a contest showcasing student coursework submitted as videos, performances by Aurora Theatre Players, and three guest lecturers who will make their presentations on April 8. 
 
The project is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.
 
Former Georgia Senator George Hooks is scheduled to present a talk on, “Early History of Georgia Politics.” Hooks, who represented the 14th District, received the John McPherson Berrien Award from the Georgia Historical Society for a lifetime of achievement in and service to Georgia history.
 
Professor Hank Klibanoff, the James M. Cox, Jr. professor of journalism at Emory University and the former managing editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is scheduled to make a presentation entitled “The Past is Never Dead:  Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases and Why the Matter.” His book, “The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation,” won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2007. 
 
In addition to delivering one of the main presentations, Klibanoff will meet with members of the GGC History Club and the Criminal Justice Club to discuss his work with the Civil Rights Cold Case Project, an organization that uses multimedia to investigate unsolved racially-motivated murders committed during the Civil Rights era. 
 
Dr. Joseph Crespino, will discuss the role of Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” in the shaping of arguments about race and morality in the American South. Crespino is a professor of history at Emory University and a member of the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer program.
 
In preparation for Crespino’s talk, the film “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will be shown on the GGC campus, April 7, at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Private Dining Room. 
 
Intermittently throughout the day on April 8, actors from Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre will present an original, educational and interactive scene re-enacting the Savannah duel that killed Button Gwinnett. The event also includes an awards ceremony honoring winners of the student contest. 
 
Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit www.ggc.edu and click on “Events.”
  
On Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 pm., Dr. Linda Hughes, GGC associate professor of educational foundations, and Dr. Kathryn Gray-White, GGC assistant professor of history, are scheduled to present “Mudsill Memoirs Writing Workshop.” The workshop is open to the public and the admission cost is the purchase of any two books at Books for Less.  The workshop will be held at Books for Less, 2815 Buford Drive, Buford, GA 30519.  For workshop admission information, please call 678-939-9394.  
 
Button Gwinnett Day 2015 is also sponsored by the GGC Speaker Series Committee in partnership with the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, the Gwinnett County Public Library, the GGC Office of Student Involvement and the GGC History Club.
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