This year Athens, Georgia, will celebrate the East-West Dog! It's the zodiac year of the dog in 2018, and we will have a series of events lined up to help us learn more about the literature, language, and culture from China and other Asian countries.
A Big Read project sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, "To Live in Athens, GA" is focused on the great novel "To Live" by Yu Hua as well as Asian-American children and young adult novels by Grace Lin (author of the "Year of the Dog" book and many others).
Join us as we celebrate our third Big Read event in Athens and welcome the lunar new year!
Artwork by Phineas Alexander
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
El proyecto NEA Big Read es una iniciativa del National Endowment for the Arts (el Fondo Nacional para las Artes de Estados Unidos) en cooperación con Arts Midwest.
21 February 2018
Join in this fast-paced introduction to Mandarin—the most-spoken language in the world. Led by Terry Waltz, expert in Mandarin and Total Physical Response Storytelling, the course introduces participants to a new language teaching methodology aimed at promoting fluency fast.
23 February 2018
Fashion students from UGA’s Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors will host their annual public fashion show. This year's fashions will include those influenced by Hua’s novel and inspired by Chinese couture.
Athens has hosted NEA Big Read events for several years. In 2015, the city celebrated poet Robinson Jeffers; in 2016 it was writer Edgar Allan Poe