Disability Studies Initiative to Encourage Scholarship and Greater Awareness

from the Emory News Center…

For years, disability studies have played an important role at Emory University, finding a natural home within a wide array of disciplines, from medical and cultural scholarship to anthropological, literary, artistic, historical and religious works.

But without a formal program or department, the full scope and strength of that work hasn’t always been readily apparent.

However, disabilities scholarship is finding new visibility at Emory this fall with the launch of a Disability Studies Initiative (DSI), which supports the promotion and development of interdisciplinary teaching, research and activities in the field.

Created with support from Emory College, the Laney Graduate School, the Center for Ethics, and the Provost’s Office, the initiative seeks not only to identify and enhance existing disability studies at Emory, but also to further the University’s commitment to access and diversity through curriculum development, scholarly research and artistic programming around disability issues.

The initiative was proposed by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, professor of English and women’s, gender and sexuality studies, who counts disabilities studies as a part of her own research, and Benjamin Reiss, an English professor whose research includes connections among literature, medicine, disability and American culture.

See full article at Emory News Center

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Emory Named a Kiplinger “Best Value” Once Again

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has named Emory University a “Best Value” for 2013-14, ranking the university 14th overall in its annual Best Value survey of 100 top private universities that exemplify excellent academics while keeping costs to a minimum. Emory has consistently been ranked among the top  “Best Value” private universities by Kiplinger’s since 2007.

Each year, Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to measurable standards, including the percentage of students who are admitted out of those who applied, the test scores of incoming freshmen, the ratio of students to faculty members, and the four- and five-year graduation rates. On the cost side, Kiplinger’s measures the sticker price, the availability and average amount of need-based and merit-based financial aid, and the average student debt at graduation.

Financial Aid at Emory

Emory meets 100-percent of the demonstrated financial need for all admitted traditional, domestic undergraduate students as determined by a thorough review of each family’s financial circumstances. About 58 percent of undergraduate students at Emory receive financial aid, and Emory dedicates extensive financial resources to help families meet the cost of an Emory education.

In 2012-13, more than $179 million in financial aid was awarded to undergraduate students, including both need-based and merit-based aid. Nearly 70 percent of the aid was provided directly by Emory.

Emory Advantage provides additional need-based grant assistance to eligible families with total annual incomes of $100,000 or less. Competitive merit-based scholarships are offered to incoming first-year students as well, and such aid also is awarded to high achieving students currently enrolled.

About 22 percent of students receive Pell Grants, a main form of federal financial aid for lower income families.

Freshman applicants to Emory have the option to apply together or separately to Emory College of Arts and Sciences on Emory’s Atlanta campus, or to the Oxford College on Emory’s original campus, about 40 miles east of Atlanta.

Bridging Two Worlds: The Emory-Tibet Science Initiative

Emory University takes great pride in being able to help fulfill one of His Holiness Dalai Lama’s most cherished dreams of implementing comprehensive science education in the core Tibetan monastic curriculum.

Now in its sixth year, the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative has rapidly expanded the horizons of knowledge for both monastics and Western scholars. Emory’s commitment to creating an ongoing and sustainable program realizes His Holiness’s vision of a comprehensive science education within the monastic curriculum. By bringing together the tools of modern science with time-tested Buddhist contemplative knowledge, more can be done to help relieve suffering around the world.

When Robert Paul (Charles Howard Candler Professor of Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies) completed his term as dean of Emory College in spring 2010, the University honored him for his visionary leadership by renaming the initiative the “Robert A. Paul Emory-Tibet Science Initiative.”

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