02. 27. 13 RECAP OF BERTIS' UGA TALK AT FLAGPOLE.COM
From flagpole.com...Bertis Downs had a front-row seat to local legends R.E.M.'s 30-year career as one of the most influential and popular rock bands in the world. So, when people had the opportunity to ask him anything, what did they want to know about? Education.
Downs sat down with Willson Center for Humanities and Arts Director Nicholas Allen at the Chapel for a public conversation Feb. 18. They touched on Downs' upbringing and R.E.M.'s rise to fame, but mostly focused on his current passion: public schools.
Downs, the son of a Presbyterian minister, was raised in West Virginia, Taiwan and Clarkston, GA, before going off to Davidson College in North Carolina, then the University of Georgia School of Law. (He nearly picked Vanderbilt, but UGA's tuition was lower.)