A Campus Read

A Campus Read in Honor of the 60th Anniversary of UGA's Desegregation

The University of Georgia Press, the New Georgia Encyclopedia, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Mary Frances Early College of Education hosted a Campus Read of An Education in Georgia: Charlayne Hunter, Hamilton Holmes, and the Integration of the University of Georgia by Calvin Trillin to celebrate the 60th anniversary of UGA’s desegregation

First serialized in the New Yorker in 1963, Trillins’s book details the experiences of the first African-American students on the Athens campus and the legal struggle surrounding their admission. The book also looks at the protests and riots against their admission, the students’ suspension, as well as the court case that had them reinstated. Trillin’s book includes interviews from the time with students, their families, friends, and professors that reveal the struggles of integration and drastic social change on a southern campus. 

Two virtual events were held to discuss the legacy and impact of desegregation and the modern-day UGA campus. The first talk on February 4th featured An Education in Georgia author Calvin Trillin and Charlayne Hunter-Gault in a discussion moderated by Valerie Boyd, the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence, Associate Professor, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, UGA.
On February 25th, the second event  featured a dialogue between Mary Frances Early and UGA Rhodes Scholar Phaidra Buchanan, moderated by Cynthia Dillard (Mary Frances Early Professor of Teacher Education, Mary Frances Early College of Education).
Discussion questions, historical notes, and other prompts were shared via social media throughout the month of February.

Read the Book!

Buy the Printed Edition:

We’re offering a 40%  discount to all UGA affiliates on the print edition of the book.  To receive your discount, use the code 08FAST during online checkout, or be sure to mention 08FAST if ordering by phone.

Read the Open Access Ebook:

The University of Georgia Press is providing a free version of the book until the end of March. It is available here.