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Jill Severn

University of Georgia
Head of Access and Outreach
Lexington, GA
I'm an archivist who likes people as much as their stuff. I'm also interested in the ways that the past and the present intersect and the stories we construct about these connections. I am passionate about civic engagement and deliberative dialogues and other forms of outreach that forge strong human connections through face-to face engagement. I enjoy working with grassroots organizations and activists to see the value their records. I teach a lot in my work and thoroughly enjoy working with college and high school students. I design exhibits for our gallery space so I'm also very interested in fonts, color schemes, and innovative design approaches. I'm a transplanted northerner living in the South for more than more than half my life. Finally, I don't like bugs, pompous jerks, and showoffs.