Undergraduates Discover Emory’s Humanities Hub

Several undergraduate fellows at Emory’s Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry talk about their experiences and favorite moments. The Center promotes individual research, while also increasing the impact of the humanities across the University and, ultimately, the world.

Zach Domach 13C 13G (Classics/History & Music, with a BA/MA in History) shares his experience of being an undergraduate fellow — and associating with graduate, postdoc and faculty fellows — at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory. Domach received a 2013-14 Bobby Jones Fellowship to study at St. Andrews University for a year before returning to the U.S. to begin doctoral studies in either classics or ancient history.

Mia Schatz 13C (History) says being part of the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory gave her a strong feeling of community, which was important to her as a transfer student. She plans to pursue a PhD in history so she can help future generations of undergrads.

Deborah Schlein 13C (Middle Eastern Studies) talks about her undergraduate fellowship experience at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. She not only found a quiet space to do her research (on “qiyan,” or singing slave girls of early Islamic empires), she learned much from talks with graduate and faculty fellows at the Center. In the fall she’ll begin her PhD studies at Princeton’s Department of Near Eastern Studies.

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Leslie Harris Recognized by Faculty Peers

In recognition for her many contributions to the Emory community, Leslie Harris, an associate professor of history and African American studies,  has been chosen by her Emory faculty peers to receive the 2013 University Scholar/Teacher award on behalf of the United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

In addition to her groundbreaking research into the history of African American slavery and her teaching and mentorship, she led Emory’s Transforming Community Project (TCP), a five-year program designed to engage all sectors of the University in a process of discovery and dialogue about Emory’s racial history.

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Meaning and Legacy of the Bey Portrait Series at Emory. With Mary Catherine Johnson, assistant director of Emory’s Visual Arts Department and Gallery, Leslie Harris talks about the meaning and legacy of the portrait series by Dawoud Bey. In partnership with the Transforming Community Project (TCP), the Visual Arts Department commissioned renowned photographer Bey to develop a series of portraits of the Emory community that communicates the University’s diversity.

In Memorium: Philippe Bonnefis (French)

from the Department of French and Italian

We announce the very sad news that Philippe Bonnefis, Asa G. Candler Professor of French, passed away on Sunday, May 5th, 2013 in Lillle, France. The Deparment has been especially blessed that Philippe made Emory his home for the last two decades. A beloved and gifted teacher, he trained over thirty graduate students in French, many of whom have gone on to have illustrious academic careers.  Author of more than fifteen books on modern French writers and artists (Céline, Maupassant, Flaubert, Quignard, Michaux, Adami, and Baudelaire), Philippe was known for his vast erudition and his incomparable intellectual elegance.  His inimitable and unforgettable voice has touched us all.  We will miss him terribly.  A memorial celebration will be held early in the fall, and details will be posted here as soon as they are available.

Philippe Bonnefis was the author of Comme Maupassant (1981); Jules Vallès. Du bon usage de la lame et de l’aiguille (1983); L’Innommable. Essai sur l’oeuvre d’Emile Zola (1984); Mesures de l’ombre. Baudelaire, Flaubert, Verne, Laforgue(1987); Dan Yack: Blaise Cendrars phonographe (1991); Céline. Le Rappel des oiseaux (1992); Parfums: Son nom de Bel-Ami (1995); Giono: Le petit pan de mur bleu (1999); Pascal Quignard. Son nom seul (2001); Métro Flaubert (2003); Le cabinet du docteur Michaux (2004); Sept portraits perfectionnés de Guy de Maupassant (2005); Maupassant. Sur des galets d’Etretat (2007); Sur quelques propriétés des triangles rectangles (2008). Editor of numerous books on Laforgue, Maupassant, Zola, and Vallès; Co-director of La Revue des Sciences Humaines and director of the book series Objet, published by the University Press of Lille.

Top Student Honors Announced

Katie Dickerson 13C is this year’s recipient of Emory’s highest student honor, the Marion Luther Brittain Award, which recognizes service to Emory and the greater community. The award comes with $5,000, which she is donating to Appalachian Service Project. During four very full years at Emory, Dickerson played on the basketball and lacrosse teams and was involved in an astounding number of campus organizations. She recently was awarded the Bobby Jones Scholarship and will spend a year studying at University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Eduardo “Eddie” Garcia 13C is the 2013 Lucius Lamar McMullan Award winner, which is given to a graduating senior who exhibits “outstanding citizenship, exceptional leadership and rare potential for service to his or her community, the nation and the world.” One of Emory’s highest student honors, it comes with an unrestricted gift of $25,000. Among many other contributions at Emory, Garcia and several other students formed the Emory University Volunteer Medical Interpretation Services to provide immigrants and refugees who can’t speak English with interpreters to help them during their medical encounters. He starts medical school in Texas next fall.

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