Dangling Conversations on Paul Simon

In anticipation of songwriter extraordinaire Paul Simon’s visit to the Emory campus to deliver the Ellmann Lectures (Feb. 10-12), faculty and students and staff are sharing their insights and favorite memories of his work in a series of YouTube videos.

So far, faculty include Kristin Wendland (Music), Matthew Bernstein (Film Studies), Marshall Duke (Psychology), Timothy Dowd (Sociology), Anna Leo (Dance), Tonio Andrade (History), and Walt Reed, Laura Otis, Kevin Young and Jericho Brown (English).

More videos are being added in the weeks ahead, so be sure to check back.

Ellmann Lectures YouTube Playlist

Ellmann Lectures Homepage



Alumna/writer Anton DiSclafani Returns for Reading

Emory alumna, writer Anton DiSclafani, returns to campus to deliver a reading on Wednesday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. DiSclafani will also hold a public colloquium Thursday, January 31 at 2:30 p.m. in the Calloway Center on Emory’s campus. Both events are free and open to the public with a book signing to follow the reading.

DiSclafani graduated from Emory in 2003, where she majored in English and Creative Writing. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Washington University in 2006, where she currently teaches fiction and nonfiction. Her first novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, will be published in summer 2013 by Riverhead, a division of Penguin Group, who purchased the manuscript for a reported seven-figure deal, a remarkable accomplishment for a first novel.

In addition to her reading on January 30, DiSclafani will hold a free colloquium for Emory students and the community on Thursday, January 31, during which she will discuss her creative process and answer questions from the audience.

DiSclafani’s visit to campus is a part of the Emory University Creative Writing Program Reading Series, bringing international writers to the Emory and Atlanta community. All events are free and open to the public.

Emory Is Only Venue in Southeast to Screen Universal Pictures Series


For spring 2013, the Emory Cinematheque hosts the series “Universal Pictures: Celebrating 100 Years” presented by American Express in association with UCLA Film and Television Archive. Emory is the only venue in the Southeast to show the touring series.

These free 35 mm film screenings are presented on Wednesday evenings from Jan. 30 – April 24, 7:30 p.m. in White Hall 205 on the Emory campus.

Carl Laemmle founded Universal Pictures in 1912; in the late 1950’s, super-agent Lew Wasserman created an entertainment conglomerate that still thrives today as the oldest continuously operating film producer and distributor in the US. The program represents a vast range of genres and iconic titles such as “Dracula” (1931), Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” (1963) and “Back to the Future” (1985).


Jan. 30: “Pillow Talk” (1959, Michael Gordon, with Doris Day and Rock Hudson)

Feb. 13: “Dracula” (1931, Tod Browning, with Bela Lugosi) and “Frankenstein” (1931, James Whale, with Boris Karloff).

Mar. 6: “Imitation of Life” (1934, John M. Stahl)

Mar. 20: “Never Give a Sucker an Even Break” (1941, Edward Kline, with W.C. Fields) and “Cobra Woman” (1944, Robert Siodmak)

Mar. 27: “Winchester 73” (1950, Anthony Mann, with James Stewart and Shelley Winters)

Apr. 3: “The Birds” (1963, Alfred Hitchcock, with Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren)

Apr. 10: “Back to the Future” (1985, Robert Zemeckis)

Apr. 17: “Apollo 13” (1995, Ron Howard)

Apr. 24: “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005, Judd Apatow)

See the online release for film descriptions

Other screenings this spring include the experimental documentary “General Orders No. 9” (2011, Robert Persons) on Jan. 23; a Paul Simon documentary “Under African Skies” (2012, Joe Berlinger) on Feb. 6; and special events with Salman Rushdie, to be announced soon.

Emory Cinematheque is sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Studies.

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Honoring Prof. Richard Long

On January 3, 2013, Atticus Haygood Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies Emeritus, Richard A. Long passed away. The celebrated author, lecturer, and cultural historian was a Philadelphia native who penned numerous books, taught around the world, and was named a life member of the of the High Museum’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Long received his bachelor’s and his master’s degrees from Temple University. He received his doctorate from the Université de Poitiers in France.The Fulbright Scholar began his literary career in 1985 with Black Americana, and later published books such as The Black Tradition in American Dance (1989), African Americans: A Portrait (1993), Grown Deep: Essays on the Harlem Renaissance (1998), One More Time: Harlem Renaissance History and Historicism (2007). He also edited the works: “Negritude: Essays and Studies” and “Afro-American Writing: Prose and Poetry and Black Writers and the American Civil War.”

Dr. Long was the founder of the Triennial Symposium on African Art and of the New World Festival of the African Diaspora. He served on the Board of Directors of the Smithsonian Museum of African Art, and at the Society of Dance History Scholars. At the time of his death, Dr. Long was an Honorary Fellow of the History Scholars organization. He also served on the National Planner Committee of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival.

During his tenure, Dr. Long taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the Université de Poitiers, Clark-Atlanta University (formerly Atlanta University), Morgan State College, and West Virginia State College. He joined Emory University in 1973 as an adjunct professor. In 2001, Dr. Long retired from Emory. He was an active member and supporter of the Emeritus College whose colleagues referred to him as a “cherished mentor and friend.”

Among Emory students, Dr. Long is remembered as a “wonderful educator and raconteur,” who inspired others to have a great appreciation for Emory’s ILA. He is also remembered as a “brilliant scholar” whose demand for excellence was noted and adhered to. A 1965 portrait of  Dr. Long, by Beauford Delaney, is on display at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. His papers may be found at the Auburn Avenue Research Library also in Atlanta.

Details on memorial/celebration of life services, tentatively scheduled to be held in Atlanta next month, are forthcoming.

For more about Dr. Long, visit: www.richardalong.net/richard_a_long.php. You may also watch Dr. Long speak on the Harlem Renaissance Parsonages and Haiti.


Tony Martin talks about his new book, “Life Traces of the Georgia Coast”

Environmental Studies Professor Anthony (Tony) Martin talks about his new book, Life Traces of the Georgia Coast (Indiana University Press), an up-close look at the animals and plants of Georgia’s fascinating barrier islands, in this new YouTube video.

Ever wondered who left those tracks on the beach? Using lots of photos and illustrations, Martin presents an overview of the traces left by modern animals and plants in this biologically rich region. He shows how life traces relate to the environments, natural history, and behaviors of their tracemakers, and applies that knowledge toward a better understanding of the fossilized traces that ancient life left in the geologic record.

Dr. Martin is a paleontologist and geologist who specializes in ichnology, the study of modern and ancient traces caused by animal behavior, such as tracks, trails, burrows, and nests. At Emory, he teaches a wide variety of courses in paleontology, geology, and the environmental sciences on campus and in field courses, including study-abroad programs.

Along with his interest in the ichnology of the Georgia barrier islands, he has studied modern traces and trace fossils from elsewhere in the U.S. and other countries, with his most significant discoveries in Australia. He has published many peer-reviewed articles on traces and trace fossils made by plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates representing the last 550 million years of the geologic record.


See more books by Emory faculty at the category link below (also check out Staring and Its Implications in Society by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, and Custerology: Legacy of the Indian Wars & Custer by Michael Elliott).

In the News: Tyrone Forman (Sociology)

Tyrone Forman, associate professor of sociology and director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute, made the list of Creative Loafing‘s “20 People to Watch in 2013” (Jan 3, 2013) for his work in opening up the conversations about race and difference. According to the article:

Emory University’s Tyrone Forman has a rare perspective and keen understanding about race in ‘the city too busy to hate.’

As an associate professor of sociology for more than a decade, he has studied the attitudes between different racial and ethnic groups. Last year, he was tapped as the new director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute (JWJI), an Emory organization that tries to build awareness about the modern civil rights movement on both the academic and public levels.

As he takes the institute’s reins, Forman wants to change the dialogue about race and other forms of “difference” such as class, gender, religion, and sexuality throughout metro Atlanta. In particular, he wants to find a way for people to have a more nuanced conversation about these issues.”

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