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UGA’s John Drake and Claudio Saunt to deliver 2022 Charter Lecture

Richard B. Russell Professor of American History, Regents' Professor, Co-Director, Center for Virtual History
John Drake and Claudio Saunt headshots, UGA
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Posted from UGA Columns April 2022

2022 Charter Lecture Series

John Drake and Claudio Saunt

2021-2022 Regents' Professors

Two leading scholars at the University of Georgia will discuss their individual research programs and their collaboration at the intersection of history and infectious disease during the 2022 Charter Lecture.

John Drake, Distinguished Research Professor in the Odum School of Ecology and founding director of the Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases, and Claudio Saunt, Distinguished Research Professor and Russell Professor of American History in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, will deliver the 2022 Charter Lecture at 1 p.m. on April 11.

The event, part of UGA’s Spring 2022 Signature Lectures Series, is free and open to the public. To register for the Zoom webinar, click here.

Drake’s research combines evolutionary biology, ecology and epidemiology to develop new quantitative methods that reconcile theory and data, with applications for forecasting the trajectories of epidemics and mapping the distributions of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, Ebola and West Nile virus.

Saunt is widely recognized as one of nation’s foremost scholars of Native American history and a pioneer in the field of digital history. He is the author of four books that have been received with widespread acclaim, both within and beyond the scholarly community. His most recent book is Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory.

Both Drake and Saunt were named Regents’ Professors this year, an honor bestowed by the board of regents on distinguished faculty whose scholarship or creative activity is recognized both nationally and internationally as innovative and pace-setting.

The two faculty members are currently collaborating on an interdisciplinary scholarly work on smallpox in early America. The project brings together their expertise in the dynamics of infectious diseases and American history.

Sponsored by the Provost’s Office, the Charter Lecture series was established in 1988 to honor the high ideals expressed in the 1785 charter that made UGA the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Requests for accommodations for those with disabilities should be made as soon as possible but at least 7 days prior to the scheduled lecture. To request an accommodation please notify Sherri Bennett in the Office of Academic Programs at 706-542-0383 or

The Charter Lecture series was established in 1988 to honor the high ideals expressed in the 1785 charter that made UGA the birthplace of public higher education in America.


Sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Monday, April 11 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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