Savannah writer Beverly Willett talks about the inspirations behind her work, including her nationally-published articles about parenting and marriage. Her daughters and Buddhist meditation retreats inform her work. She also co-chairs the Coalition for Divorce Reform and talks about the constitutionality of no fault divorce.
Archaeologist David Hurst Thomas of the American Museum of Natural History talks about Fallen Tree, a burial ground site of the extinct Guale people on St. Catherine’s Island. He also talks about his archaeological principles and career accomplishments.
Xulu Jones of the band Xuluprophet talks about his eclectic style, his distinctive voice and his rise from homelessness and addiction. He describes his musical influences and performs four songs. He shares some of his views on food security and religion.
Scott West of Savannah Master Calendar talks about his distinctive hats, his cute dogs, his powerful marketing business and his outspoken activism. One of Savannah’s most visible gay businessmen, he recently took to social media to decry the city’s crime wave. He talks about his family, living with HIV and Savannah’s LGBT community.
Ramsey Khalidi of Southern Pine Co. talks about his “urban recycling” business. He’s the “everything is recyclable” and “build a community” historic preservationist in Savannah. He talks about the evolution of his business, his professional background, his many collaborations and the small business incubator that Southern Pine Co. has become.
Savannah education researcher and practitioner Alethea Raynor talks about school reform. An advocate with the Anneburg Institute for School Reform, she talks about discipline disparities, community partnerships and two initiatives she co-founded in Savannah, the Risers Academy and the African-American Male Achievement group.
Harpist Kristin King talks about her instrument, the challenges of playing the concert harp, her original compositions and her collaborations. She demonstrates the harp’s flexibility with four songs, classical, jazz, New Age and rock. She also talks about the music booking agency that she co-owns with Ricardo Ochoa, New Arts Ensembles.
Author and playwright Miriam Center presents a tour of the addresses that she’s called home in Savannah. Daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, women’s spiritual guide, former real estate agent, former politician and divorcee of a longtime Savannah alderman, her homes reveal a lot more than how the neighborhoods have changed.
Courtney McNeil, Curator of Fine Arts and Exhibitions at Telfair Musems, talks about the exhibit “Monet and American Impressionism.” The exhibit presents four works by Claude Monet, six Impressionist works from the museums’ permanent collection and scores of traveling pieces that all highlight the art of Impressionists in the United States.
Erik Brooks, author of “Tigers in the Tempest: Savannah State University and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” talks about the school’s 225 year history. He connects campus activities with larger events in the equality movement. And he isn’t afraid to delve into internal struggles on campus.