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College of Environment and Design

POSTPONED: Author and Critic Adam Gopnik to Speak April 3, 2020, UGA Chapel

This event is POSTPONED in response to the Coronavirus (COVID‑19) threat. More information will be posted when available.


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The UGA College of Environment and Design prides itself on teaching at the intersection of art and science, so an art critic at the forefront of current discourse is the perfect culmination of the college’s 50th Anniversary year. Internationally renowned critic and essayist Adam Gopnik will address the compelling need to reaffirm the fundamental relationship between the arts and sciences in his lecture at the UGA Chapel on Friday, April 3rd at 3:30 p.m. A reception at the Jackson Street Building will follow and both are free and open to the public.

Readers will recognize Gopnik as a thirty-year veteran writer of essays, book reviews, reported pieces, humor, and memoirs for The New Yorker magazine. His most recent book, A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventures of Liberalism, is written as a long letter to his 18-year-old daughter in response to the 2016 presidential election. In addition to being a critic, he is an artist in his own right: a playwright and librettist. Like A.J. Liebling before him, Gopnik sees life’s rich pageant unfolding in numerous ways: from unexpected beauty in a meal with family, or a brilliant cartoon, or a forgotten painting by a little known artist. His writing is widely anthologized and he has won three National Magazine Awards, for essays and for criticism, as well as the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In 2013 Gopnik received France’s medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Montreal, Gopnik is a graduate of McGill University, where he studied art history. He completed graduate studies at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Gopnik spent many years in Paris, reporting on details of daily life, art, and food, and now lives with his family in New York City. A brilliantly funny storyteller, he appears often on The Moth Radio Hour and lectures widely.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Office of the Associate Provost, the HGOR design firm, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Willson Center for Humanities & Art, and the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The lecture is a part of the UGA Spring 2020 Signature Lecture series, and is free and open to the public; a reception will follow immediately in the Jackson Street Building at 285. S. Jackson Street. For more information, see the College of Environment and Design’s website ( or call the office of Dean Sonia Hirt at 706-542-8113.