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The Other Night School: Unraveling Traveling

  • Grange Hall, Serenbe 10640 Serenbe Lane Palmetto, GA, 30268 United States (map)

Unraveling Traveling

Dr. Muriel Cormican, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of West Georgia

Paris, Rome, Berlin, Dublin. Who doesn’t want to go to Europe, see the Eiffel Tower, the Coliseum, the Brandenburger Tor, and the Book of Kells? But why do we want to travel? Freud theorized that we do it to escape the death drive and the authority of the “father.” Contemporary American cinema (Eat Pray Love, Under the Tuscan Sun, Lost in Translation among others) often shows it to be a process of learning, a journey toward enlightenment, self-knowledge, and growth. University Study Abroad Programs suggest the same idea, and yet the German philosopher Immanuel Kant never traveled more than 70 miles from his home town of Königsberg and was clearly an educated and enlightened man. Totalitarian states often limit their citizens’ travel, suggesting that travel might be a threat to nationhood and patriotism. Join us as we discuss these and other ideas and try to unravel what travel has meant and means to our human condition.


6pm - Wine and cheese reception and book browsing at Hills & Hamlets Bookshop
6:30pm - Lecture

Hills & Hamlets will be staying open late following the lecture. 


The Other Night School is a lecture series in partnership with Hills & Hamlets Bookshop, the University of West Georgia College of the Arts and Humanities, UWG School of the Arts, and AIR Serenbe. University professors give talks on topics of interest—historical, intriguing, and curious—in a setting relaxed and dynamic. Following the lecture is a conversation with the speaker, a question-and-answer discussion paired with wine and cheese. 


AIR Serenbe

AIR Serenbe, the non-profit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines.  We provide the time and space necessary for the creation of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings audiences in close contact with creative processes and practices.