Talking about Paul Simon

In advance of musician Paul Simon arriving on campus in February 2013, people are talking about the tremendous impact of Simon’s music on their lives — and on our culture — in a series of videos (see links below).

Simon will deliver the 2013 Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature at Emory University, February 10-12, 2013. The Ellmann Lectures consist of a series of public lectures that are ticketed but free and open to the public. Tickets will be distributed on December 3rd (see link below for more info). Simon’s lectures will concern, in part, an overview of the historical antecedents of the music made between 1966 and 1970.

Prof. Marshall Duke (Psychology) on “Old Friends”

Prof. Walt Reed (English) on “Graceland”

See news release on 2013 Ellmann Lectures

See “Essential Links” related to Paul Simon


Korean Studies on the Rise

Korean Studies is on the upswing in the College thanks to the addition of a second full-time position in the area — sociologist Sun-Chul Kim, assistant professor of modern Korean society and culture in Emory’s Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures — and funding from the Korea Foundation. An independent organization affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the foundation strives to promote better understanding of Korea in a global context through scholarship and teaching, as well as academic and cultural exchanges.

Through a special grant, the foundation has partnered with Emory to financially “seed” a tenure-stream position on modern Korea, while Emory faculty conducted a search for the position, made the selection, and articulated course content.

Other developments at Emory this academic year include:

  • The Halle Institute for Global Learning is finalizing plans to host “Korea 2020: Technology, Commerce and Policy,” an interdisciplinary conference to broaden and deepen engagement with Korea among students, faculty and the community this spring.
  • The launch of a teaching-assistant fellowship between Emory and Yonsei University, a private, Christian research university in Seoul, South Korea. This fall, Kyeongwon Yoon arrives at Emory as the first TA from Yonsei. The project was funded by a grant from the American Association of Teachers of Korean in partnership with the Korea Foundation.
  • Ongoing support for study abroad at Yonsei University, Seoul.
  • Plans to develop a degree minor in Korean Studies; a proposal will be submitted this year to the curriculum committee.
  • Faculty partnerships with other units at Emory to support new Korean Studies initiatives, including talks with Candler School of Theology as it explores a project at Methodist Theological University in Seoul.
  • Ongoing support from The Halle Institute for faculty study trips to Korea.

See full article in Emory Report

Community Building Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary

For the last 10 years, Emory College students interested in community involvement have found their way to the Center For Community Partnerships (CFCP), formerly known as the Office of University-Community Partnerships, and many have served in the Community Building and Social Change (CBSC) Fellowship program.

An article in this week’s Emory Report highlights the work of students in CFCP who work “elbow-to-elbow with our community partners.”

“To date, CBSC fellows have participated in over 30 community-based projects that have changed policies, spawned new programs, and expanded initiatives to address such issues as HIV/AIDS, affordable housing, the quality of public education and urban sprawl.”

Read the Emory Report article