Former President Jimmy Carter and former UN Ambassador Andrew Young will talk about the achievements of Jack Nelson, the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, on Wednesday, January 16, at the Carter Center. The panel discussion coincides with the publication of Nelson’s memoir, Scoop: The Evolution of a Southern Reporter, and an exhibition of his papers, which are in the collection of Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL). Barbara Matusow Nelson, his widow and the editor of his memoir, and Terry Adamson will also participate. Moderator Hank Klibanoff, former AJC managing editor and James M. Cox Jr. Professor of Journalism at Emory University, played a key role in bringing Nelson’s papers to MARBL. Readings and a reception will follow. 7 p.m. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. (C.F.)
ART + DESIGN: Shadow Puppets: Traces of New Documentary Practices. Stephanie Dowda and Jill Frank organized this group show, which examines ways “the lens … transform[s] notions of authenticity, perception, and reality.” Through February 8. Welch School Galleries.
ART + DESIGN: 1.2 cm =. Self-portraits by photographer Constance Thalken that address the artist’s experience of illness. Through February 16. Whitespace.
DANCE: Small Plates. Tara Lee serves as featured artist-instructor at this short course in contemporary dance; presented by Zoetic Dance Ensemble and Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education. 7:30–9 p.m. January 17 and 24. Atlanta Ballet.
THE ARTS: The Poet’s Love and Life. U.S. Poet Laureate and Emory professor Natasha Trethewey reads from her work in alternation with performances of songs by Schumann, sung by Bradley Howard. Noon January 18. Carlos Museum.
BOOKS: Georgia Poetry Society reading. The organization plays host to poets Beth Gylys (Spot in the Dark); Jill Jennings (Dead Man’s Flower); and Christopher Martin, a KSU graduate student nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Open mic closes the day. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. January 19. Student Center, Room A, Kennesaw State University.
THE ARTS: Assemblage: A Culture Shock Event. Faye Webster, Lonnie Holley and Cicada Rhythm are some of the musicians to play amid the “Fast Forward” and the Thornton Dial exhibition, “Hard Truths.” 8–11:59 p.m. January 19. High Museum.
MUSIC: Winter Concert Program. The Peachtree String Quartet performs works by composers including Haydn and Beethoven. 3 p.m. January 20. Garden Hills Recreation Center.
THEATER: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Actor Tess Malis Kincaid is among the actors who take part in a reading of this new, full-length play by Nataniel Lachenmeyer, who also wrote The Outsider. 6:30 p.m. January 20. 7 Stages.
MUSIC: Willie Nelson. The distilled essence of outlaw country music appears in concert; with Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. 8 p.m. January 20. The Tabernacle.
DANCE: Feed (Series 3). This talk among contributors to Tanz Farm brings together Gyun Hur, Lauri Stallings and others with ArtsATL’s Andrew Alexander to discuss the upcoming “Hippodrome.” 7–8 p.m. January 22. Goat Farm Arts Center.
BOOKS: Taylor Branch. The Pulitzer-winning historian delivers the annual Livingston Lecture in conjunction with the release of his new book, The King Years. 8 p.m. January 22. Atlanta History Center.