Announcing the Keynote Speakers and Program for our 2019 Symposium

Please join us on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 for the seventh annual Atlanta Studies Symposium, which will be hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology and held at the Academy of Medicine (875 West Peachtree St., NW).

In keeping with this year’s theme, “Atlanta in the Anthropocene: The Making of a Resilient, Resourceful City,” the symposium will bring together scholars from across the region to discuss Atlanta’s role in climate mitigation, and how Atlanta might respond to coming challenges. The full schedule of presentations can now be found here. The symposium will also feature a keynote address from Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd (University of Georgia) and will conclude with the Cliff Kuhn Memorial Lecture, which will be delivered this year by Dr. Bartow Elmore (Ohio State University). Though the symposium is free and open to the public, we do request that you register in advance. so that we can accurately gauge seating and food needs. If you have any further questions about the event (including any accessibility needs), please contact

Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd will deliver his keynote address at 11:00am. His address is entitled “Can Cities Like Atlanta Really Make It Rain?”

Dr. Shepherd is a leading international expert in weather and climate and is currently the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia. He also chairs the NASA Earth Sciences Advisory Committee and has served on a number of advisory boards, including the Georgia chapter of the Nature Conservancy and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s Hazard Preparedness Advisory Group. With regular appearances on The Weather Channel, CBS Face The Nation, NOVA, The Today Show, CNN, and Fox News, Dr. Shepherd is a dynamic and uniquely qualified expert to discuss the climate changes facing Atlanta today.

Dr. Bartow J. Elmore will deliver the Cliff Kuhn Memorial Lecture at 4:30 pm. His lecture is entitled: “The Real Ingredients in the Real Thing: An Environmental History of Atlanta’s Coca-Kola.”

A native of Atlanta, Bart Elmore is assistant professor of environmental history and a member of the Sustainability Institute at Ohio State University. He is the author of Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism (W. W. Norton, 2015), which details the global environmental history of Atlanta’s famous soft drink firm. From 2016 to 2018, Bart was a fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, where he worked on his new book manuscript on the Monsanto Company. He currently edits the Histories of Capitalism and the Environment series at West Virginia University Press and resides in Columbus, Ohio.