In Memorium: Ricardo Gutierrez-Mouat


Ricardo Gutierrez-Mouat, Professor of Spanish & Portuguese and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, passed away on September 18th from an aggressive cancer which had only recently been diagnosed.   A prominent scholar of Latin American Literature and Culture and a beloved teacher and mentor, Ricardo has been a member of our faculty since 1978.  A memorial celebration of Ricardo’s life and work will be held on our campus, and additional information will be sent along when it becomes available.

Bobbi Patterson Receives 2015 Thomas Jefferson Award

patterson-bobbiBobbi Patterson, a longtime Emory administrator and faculty member in the Department of Religion, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award, which honors a member of the faculty or staff for significant service to the university through personal activities, influence and leadership.

Patterson joined Emory professionally in 1981 as associate university chaplain and, in the intervening decades, has served as dean of students, director of the Emory Scholars Program, founder of the Theory-Practice Learning (TPL) Program, a faculty associate of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives, and now professor of pedagogy in the Department of Religion. She earned her PhD in interdisciplinary studies from Emory in 1994.

In addition, she served on the task force that led to the creation of the Emory Center for Women and on the Task Force on Dissent, Protest and Community that led to the university’s current Open Expression Policy; and chaired the first president’s task force on LGBT issues.

Through her scholarship on community-partnered learning and service, she founded the TPL Program, which offered workshops, trainings and placement coordination for faculty and community leaders. She has remained engaged in community-partnered teaching and research through Emory’s Center for Community Partnerships.

Among other programs she has initiated is Emory as Place, a program of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives designed to educate students, staff and faculty about Emory’s living systems, built environments, human histories and values.

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Trethewey and Young (English & Creative Writing) Selected for MoMA Honor

tretheweywebpage2Nathasha Trethewey (Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing) and Kevin Young (Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing) have been commissioned by the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to write poems inspired by the centennial of the Great Migration.

youngwebpageThese poems will be published online as part of MoMA’s current exhibit “One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North,” which includes materials on loan from Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL). Trethewey and Young are among 10 poets selected for this honor.

More information is available here.

Source: Emory’s Center for Faculty Development and Excellence

Linda Calloway Looks Back (Emory College Staff Profile)


In this new video series, Linda Calloway shares her memories with Candy Tate (Emory College Staff Consortium) about her work with the Women’s Studies Department, as an Emory alumna, and other activities during her 24 years at Emory College before retiring in 2013.

The Emory College Staff Consortium is conducting a series of staff profiles so retirees can share their contributions to the Emory community.

Creativity Conversation Features Visiting Playwrights Diane Glancy and Jack Dalton


As part of Emory’s Global Voices program, Michael Evenden, a professor of theater studies, held a Creativity Conversation with playwrights Diane Glancy and Jack Dalton (Feb. 7, 2015).

Creativity Conversations put distinguished visiting thinkers and creators in conversation with great Emory scholars. Past topics range from the interplay between words and music, and intersections of history and creativity to experiences in microfinancing and feminist jurisprudence.

Emory Disability Studies Initiative Highlights 25th ADA Anniversary with Local Jazz Musician and Disability Activist

Barham Flyer PurpleThe Emory Disability Studies Initiative (DSI) is pleased to present a renowned, local jazz band, Frank Barham – Brazilian Fusion, for its spring cultural event. Doors open at 7pm on Monday, March 23rd at the Emory Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. 

Frank Barham has been a disability activist for decades, and in addition to a dazzling performance, the event will highlight Wheel 2 Live, a 302 mile tour for disability awareness that Frank will roll in his wheelchair along Sherman’s Path from Atlanta to Savannah. Planned in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), Frank will be stopping for performances, spreading information about disability resources, and raising money to buy wheelchairs. Wheel 2 Live kicks off at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on May 11th, and you can support this amazing project here

Now in its second year, the DSI develops scholarly and artistic programming that stimulates and enriches conversations about disability, both within the Emory community and in the broader public. The DSI has helped establish Emory University as a preeminent institution for the study of disability across multiple fields. 

Please visit the DSI webpage for more information on upcoming events.

Congratulations to Faculty Promoted to Named Professorships

Congratulations to faculty who were promoted to named professorships in the fall 2014 semester!

Eric Weeks as the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Physics

Dan Reiter as the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Political Science

Scott Lilienfeld as the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psycholgoy

Tao Zha as the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics

Gary Laderman as the Goodrich C. White Professor of Religion

Kevin Young as the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing and English

Joseph Crespino as the Jimmy Carter Endowed Chair

Disability Studies Initiative Brings Philosopher Eva KIttay to Campus

Eva_Kittay_Poster_FINALThe Emory Disability Studies Initiative (DSI) is pleased to bring renowned philosopher Eva Kittay, a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Stony Brook, for a residency at Emory.

On Monday, February 23, Eva Kittay will give a talk entitled “Normalcy and A Good Life: Problems, Prospects, and Possibilities in the Life of People with Severe Cognitive Disabilities” in the Center for Ethics Room 102 from 4-6pm. Her talk will engage perceptions of ability and disability in relation to the value of human life with far-ranging implications that have effects from policy in the United States to mandates from the United Nations.

On Tuesday, February 24th (4-6pm in White Hall 207), Dr. Kittay will participate in a discussion on “Disability Rights as Human Rights” with writer and Emory University Distinguished Professor Salman Rushdie as well as Emory English Professors Rosemarie Garland-Thomson and Benjamin Reiss.

To conclude her visit, Kittay will join Martha Fineman, Woodruff Professor of Law, and Mark Risjord, Professor of Philosophy and Nursing, for a “Roundtable on Care Ethics” on Wednesday, February 25th (4-6pm, Center for Ethics, Room 102), which will discuss the future and impact of care ethics in relation to concerns of both global and local justice.

Find out more about these events here

Now in its second year, the DSI develops scholarly and artistic programming that stimulates and enriches conversations about disability, both within the Emory community and in the broader public. The DSI has helped establish Emory University as a preeminent institution for the study of disability across multiple fields. 

DSI homepage

Will Ransom (Music) and Tim McDonough (Theater) Bring Tennyson Poem to Life

Enoch3In this new YouTube video, see Will Ransom (Mary Emerson Professor of Piano, Director of Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, Director of Piano Studies) and Tim McDonough (Chair & Professor of Theater Studies, Resident Actor/Director of Theater Emory) bring Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem Enoch Arden to life in this production at Emory’s Schwartz Center (January 17, 2015).

In the poem, Enoch Arden is a happily married fisherman who suffers financial problems and becomes a merchant seaman. He is shipwrecked, and, after 10 years on a desert island, he returns home to discover that his beloved wife, believing him dead, has remarried and has a new child. Not wishing to spoil his wife’s happiness, he never lets her know that he is alive.

Music by Richard Strauss
Poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Tim McDonough, Narrator
William Ransom, Pianist

Presented by the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and Theater Emory.

Exploring Paris with the EDUCO Study Abroad Program


In this new EDUCO video, Emory students talk about the great learning/living experience they received in Paris thanks to the EDUCO program. A consortium of Emory, Duke, Cornell, and Tulane Universities, EDUCO offers complete academic and cultural immersion in French.  In addition to courses through EDUCO and direct enrollment in courses at the University of Paris, students  have options (semester or year) for cultural excursions such as French theater outings, art museum visits, and gastronomical tastings. For  more information, see and (Emory’s Center for International Programs Abroad).