Breakdance and Step at Emory’s Visual Arts Gallery

Brotherhood of Afrocentric Men (BAM) and Skeleton Crew met interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers (an assistant professor at Columbia University’s Visual Arts program) and showed off some moves (and added their imprint to those of many others around the world) on his floor piece “Mandala of the B-Bodhisattva II” (March 21, 2012 at Emory’s Visual Arts Gallery). The event was sponsored by the Visual Arts Gallery and Art Papers Live!

Also check out the original breakdance video (2000) using the floor piece.

Ben Johnson 10OX12C Named Peer Tutor of the Year


Benjamin Johnson 10OX12C has been named the 2012 Peer Tutor of the Year by the Association for the Tutoring Profession (ATP) — the first time in Emory College’s history that an EPASS tutor has been recognized nationally.

A psychology major and EPASS peer tutor in the College, Johnson had only been a peer tutor for one year but made an immediate and meaningful impact on the entire program. He was nominated by the students that he tutored, his fellow tutors, faculty members in the Psychology department and the EPASS Peer Tutoring Program professional staff.

In April, Johnson will be recognized and receive the award at the annual ATP conference in Seattle.

Lawrence Jackson Writes Movingly of History and Family in New Book

Lawrence P. Jackson, Professor of English and African American Studies at Emory, talks about his new book, My Father’s Name: A Black Virginia Family after the Civil War (University of Chicago Press, available May 2012). The book, part detective story and part historical memoir, tells the story of his quest to learn more about his ancestral past, one tied to the history of slavery.

His previous book, The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934-1960 received the American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence in literature; a literary award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association in the nonfiction category; and an award from the Modern Language Association of America.

Irishman of the Year: James Flannery

Named “2012 Irishman of the Year” by the Hibernian Benevolent Society of Atlanta for service to the Irish community, James Flannery is Winship Professor of the Arts and Humanities, director of the W.B. Yeats Foundation at Emory University, and an International Associate Artist at the Abbey Theatre, the National Theatre of Ireland. In Atlanta he is well known for producing the Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert for the past 18 years. He has recently been named to a newly established Global Irish Network by the Office of the Taioseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, where he will act as an adviser to the Irish government.

As director of the W.B. Yeats Foundation, Flannery is currently organizing a three-day conference “Making Connections: The Celtic Roots of Southern Music,” to be held April 27-29, 2012, at Emory’s Cannon Chapel. Internationally renowned performers and scholars will explore the connections between the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and the American South.

Through lectures, demonstrations, workshops, panel discussions and concerts, the conference will examine the role of folk music as an ongoing, living tradition and its impact on “community,” past and present.

Celebrating 12 Years of the Tibetan Studies Semester Abroad Program

Emory undergraduates, joined by students from other top American and Canadian colleges, participate in a highly competitive one-semester study-abroad program in Dharamsala that fully immerses them in the life of the Tibetan exile community’s intellectual, cultural, and political capital. Established in 2001, and co-directed by Dr. Tara Doyle of Emory’s Religion Department, the program’s unique combination of academic rigor, cultural immersion, contemplative studies, and field research has quickly made it a life-transforming experience for students and one of the finest Tibetan study-abroad programs in the nation. Highlights of the program were featured in this video, first shown at a meeting between staff and faculty from Emory and the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala, India (March 2012).

See the “Emory Report” article about the 10th anniversary reunion of students in the program