Dr. Betty Jean Craige is University Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and Director Emerita of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at UGA. A teacher, scholar, translator, and writer, Dr. Craige has published seventeen scholarly books in the fields of literature, politics, art, and history of ideas.
She has curated two exhibitions of the art of Alvar Suñol, at the Georgia Museum of Art and the Albany Museum of Art. In 2006 she produced with Alan Stecker the documentary Alvar: His Vision and His Art, which won first place in short documentaries at the Indie Gathering Film Festival in 2006.
In 2010 Dr. Craige published Conversations with Cosmo: At Home with an African Grey Parrot. For two years she wrote a Sunday column about animals, "Cosmo Talks," in the Athens Banner-Herald.
Her first novel, a murder mystery titled Downstream, will be published by Black Opal Books on November 26, 2014.
Dr. Craige is currently President Elect of OLLI@UGA (the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Georgia), where she serves on the Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of Friends for the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.