The Adventures of Making a Documentary of a Famous Dead Person

Dr John Campbell


Athens-Clarke County Library

Appleton Auditorium

2025 Baxter Street

Athens, Georgia

706 613 3650 x343


Sunday, July 2, 2:00 pm


Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand’s acclaimed father of nuclear physics, established the nuclear structure of the atom and the essential nature of radioactive decay as a nuclear process. He is to the atom what Darwin is to evolution and Einstein is to relativity. He radically altered our understanding of nature by explaining radioactivity as the spontaneous disintegration of atoms, dated the age of the Earth, determining the nuclear structure of the atom, and became the world's first successful alchemist by converting nitrogen into oxygen. Or put another way, he was first to split the atom. Dr Campbell will show selected clips from the documentary and tell the tales behind each clip including the adventures he had whilst making a documentary probing into a famous person’s life.

Dr Campbell, a frequent visitor to UGA, is the world authority on Ernest Rutherford. A retired physicist from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, he is the author of Rutherford Scientist Supreme,, and the producer of the three-episode documentary Rutherford. Dr Campbell initiated and runs the Ask-A-Scientist program in New Zealand, and holds several awards for communicating science to the general public. This is his third offering for the library - videos of his previous programs on firewalking and marine archaeology can be found at



Travel on The Cheap With Gwen O’Looney


Athens-Clarke County Library • Appleton Auditorium • 2025 Baxter Street • Athens, Georgia • 706 613 3650 x343


Wednesday, May 24 • 7 pm

Vacation on your mind? Wherever you roam, make sure you have the visit you want at a price you can afford. Gwen O’Looney wants to share her travel secrets. Budget YES!! But most importantly, how to individualize your trip for the culture and assets of the countries you choose. What to take, how to travel, where to stay and how to make sure you have some adventures along the way. Megabus, budget airlines, Eurail pass, ridesharing, home stays, hostels, and much more. Come with questions.

Gwen O’Looney served two terms as Mayor/CEO of Athens. Among her many accomplishments are unifying the city and county governments, opening The Classic Center and Lyndon House, and hosting the 1996 Olympics and “Panic in The Streets” album release by Widespread Panic. Today, she hosts “Lunch With Gwen” every Thursday at noon on WXAG 92.7 FM and is a panelist on WUGA’s “News Matters.” Radio. Her many volunteer roles include RSL Advisory Board and Friends of the Library!


Did you miss any of the sessions of If These Walls Could Talk: Researching The History of Your Athens-Clarke County Home?  The 5-part series was held in the fall of 2016 and presented by Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room and the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation. These videos were recorded in February of 2017 during a single-day repeat of the popular programs.