Gary Motley (Jazz) and Richard Prior (Orchestra) Collaborate on World Premiere at Emory

In honor of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts’ 10th anniversary, Gary Motley, director of jazz studies, and Richard Prior, director of orchestral studies, brought together the Emory Big Band and the Emory University Symphony Orchestra — 90 musicians, including saxophonist and clarinetist Victor Goines, master bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Terreon Gully. This world premiere of Motley’s composition, “Enlightenment: A Journey in Discovery” (inspired by Bill Evans), was held on February 9, 2013.

Emory’s Department of Music Homepage

Memorable Workshop on Shakespeare

During his visit to Emory in fall 2012, Stephen Unwin, artistic director at the Rose Theatre Kingston, led a memorable Shakespearean acting workshop at The New American Shakespeare Tavern in Midtown (Nov. 14, 2012). In this series of videos, he discusses his approach to connecting with the inner reality of Shakespeare’s works, considers Shakespeare’s brilliant minor roles, and directs a scene from Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene III.

During his 30 years of directing, Unwin has worked with a range of distinguished actors, including Alan Cumming, Tilda Swinton and Timothy West. He also has taught workshops at the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court, the Traverse Theatre and several schools in the U.K. and the United States. A prolific author, his books include The Faber Pocket Guide to Shakespeare’s Plays, A Guide to the Plays of Bertolt Brecht, The Well Read Play and So You Want to Be a Theatre Director? He has been artistic director of the Rose Theatre since 2008

See video of entire workshop (1:37:50)

The workshop was sponsored by Emory’s World Shakespeare Project (WSP) and the Halle Institute for Global Learning. The WSP represents a new, interactive teaching and research model that links international faculty and students, creating educational dialogues on Shakespeare, performance, and cultural studies.

Why Shakespeare?

Why is Shakespeare still so relevant in the world today? What is it about his writing that transcends time and cultures? Emory students who have participated in Shakespeare classes, taught under the aegis of Emory’s World Shakespeare Project, share their thoughts on combining technology and cross-cultural dialogue to see the Bard of Avon in a whole new light. Students include Madeline Teissler 13C, Patrick Agrippina 13C, Riakeem Kelley 12C, Emma Calabrese 13C, Dongze Li 16C, and Emily Kleypas 13C.

The World Shakespeare Project (WSP) represents a new, interactive teaching and research model for twenty-first century higher education. The WSP is international, interdisciplinary, and socio-culturally varied in its approach. Combining the practical and pedagogical resources of its co-directors, Profs. Sheila Cavanagh and Kevin Quarmby, the WSP addresses the shifting nature of higher education through innovative technological experimentation. The WSP links electronically with Shakespearean faculty and students across the globe to create and sustain dialogues and educational opportunities in concert with student populations often excluded from such endeavors because of economic, cultural, or geographic limitation.

World Shakespeare Project Homepage

See Quadrangle article (Fall 2012)

Students Promote Healthier Foods in DUC Cafeteria

A group of Peer Health Partners (Brooke Woodward 14C, Kylie McKenzie 14C, Keitra Thompson 13C, and Karoline Porcello 15C) from the Human Health Program talk about how they worked to bring healthier food options to Emory’s main dining facility with the help of David Furhman (Senior Director, Food Services Administration). McKenzie says this “holistic approach to health and nutrition” also contributes to academic success as well.

Peer Health Partners (PHPs) are Emory University students working with the Center for the Study of Human Health to expand and develop the use of health knowledge in all aspects of life. The Center brings together the resources of a major research university to advance knowledge and undergraduate education in the area of human health.

See Destination HealthEU Blog

Prof. Cassandra Quave Introduces Students to Medicinal Plants


Cassandra Quave, a medical ethnobotantist with Emory’s Center for the Study of Human Health, hosted a group of Emory students at her field research site in southern Italy this summer to talk about the healing power of plants. Quave is documenting the traditional ways that people use plants in the Vulture-Alto Bradano region of Basilicata province and is collecting specimens of medicinal plants for her drug discovery research projects.

The students were in Italy this June as part of the “Italian and Medical Humanities” course, a collaboration of Emory’s Italian Studies Program, the School of Medicine, the Center for Ethics and the Center for the Study of Human Health.

Read the full story on the eScienceCommons blog.