Shining a Spotlight on Liberal Arts Initiatives in the College

The Commission on the Liberal Arts (CoLA) will present “Emory Engaged: Ongoing Initiatives in Liberal Education,” part of a campus dialogue intended to highlight thought-provoking scholarship and teaching around the liberal arts currently being done on campus.

The program, which is co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, will be Friday, Dec. 6 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. The event is free and open to the public; a reception will follow.

The program will feature five panelists who will address liberal arts initiatives they are currently engaged with, including such topics as how to invigorate the undergraduate curriculum, work to integrate residential and academic life, engage students within their communities, and enhance interdisciplinary perspectives on evidence-based learning.

Speakers will include:

  • Sheila Cavanagh, professor of English and co-director of the World Shakespeare Project (see related YouTube video)
  • Michael Elliott, Winship Distinguished Professor of English and senior associate dean of faculty, Emory College
  • Vialla Hartfield-Mendez, professor of pedagogy, Spanish and Portuguese and director of engaged learning, Center for Community Partnerships
  • Harvey Klehr, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics and History and director of the Voluntary Core Curriculum program
  • Pamela Scully, professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies and African studies, director of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, and chair of the Emory Quality Enhancement Plan Committee.

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Announcing “The Visit 2013”

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory University, will return to Atlanta on October 8-10, 2013, for a series of public and campus events.

Two events—a public talk titled The Pillars of Responsible Citizenship in the 21st Century Global Village, and an afternoon panel session on Secular Ethics in Education—are scheduled for Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia. Admission to both (or either) events is included with each ticket purchased.  Tickets go on sale beginning Friday, April 26 at 10:00 a.m. at, in-person at the box office at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, or by phone at 1-888-9-AXS-TIX. (Tickets will go fast!)

In addition to the public events, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will spend two days (October 9 and 10, 2013) on the campus of Emory University teaching students and engaging with the faculty. Emory community tickets to the on-campus events will be free and available through a lottery beginning September 1 through this website. A traditional Buddhist teaching will be arranged on campus through Drepung Loseling Monastery Inc. in affiliation with Emory University for their members and guests.

Public tickets are not available for the on-campus events/teachings except through sponsorship opportunities. See for details on how you can further the work of the Emory-Tibet Partnership as they work to bridge two worlds for one common humanity.

As in previous visits, His Holiness offers his appearance for the promotion of peace and does not receive any speaker fee. Funds generated through ticket sales are used solely to cover expenses, with any surplus being disbursed to charitable organizations under the advisement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Visit 2013 Homepage

AWIS Week at Emory Features Plenty of Events

Emory’s first Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Week is being held from March 18-22nd, featuring networking, outreach, and mentorship opportunities.

Please note: RSVP ( for the “Mocktail Networking Night” event — see below — by March 20th.

Monday 6pm: Get your questions about pre-health, research, pre-Ph.D, or any science-related career answered. Pizza provided.

The panel will provide an open environment in which Emory students could come have questions concerning medicine, research, professorship and other science related careers answered and the opportunity to hear about the professional challenges the panelists have encountered and overcome. The panelists will range from professors and P.I.s to accomplished deans and doctors.

Tuesday 12pm: Lunch with a Scientist- Talk with and ask questions with a science professor in a comfortable and informal setting with 4-5 of your peers. Email to reserve a seat.

Wednesday 11:30 — 1:30pm: Wonderful Wednesday and Cake Cutting. There will be cake in honor of AWIS, a “make your own molecule” activity, and other interactive activities.

Thursday 3pm: Druid Hills High School Tutoring (you can specify subjects that you feel comfortable with or prefer to tutor). Email to sign-up.

Friday 6pm: Mocktail Networking Night. The closing event of a week-long series of educational, service oriented and awareness activities for AWIS Week. This mocktail night will allow students, faculty and professionals alike to gather together for an evening of fun and mingling to celebrate the 42 years of AWIS service. The night will be divided into 3 parts:

  1. Brief AWIS presentation — AWIS Emory Chapter will take a few moments to reflect on the past year by showing a short multimedia presentation highlighting our mission, past service trips/events, and goals for the future.
  2. “Speed dating” — Students meet and speak with faculty members/professionals in short 4 minute intervals before rotating to the next guest. This segment will aim to reduce the tension often experienced by students when required to “mingle and network,” in a fun manner.
  3. “Mocktails and mingling” — Guests will freely sample various “mocktail” drinks and light snacks while music is played. Undergraduate and Graduate students will get an opportunity to network with faculty and professionals in a more casual setting and enjoy a festive ambiance.

Talking about Paul Simon

In advance of musician Paul Simon arriving on campus in February 2013, people are talking about the tremendous impact of Simon’s music on their lives — and on our culture — in a series of videos (see links below).

Simon will deliver the 2013 Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature at Emory University, February 10-12, 2013. The Ellmann Lectures consist of a series of public lectures that are ticketed but free and open to the public. Tickets will be distributed on December 3rd (see link below for more info). Simon’s lectures will concern, in part, an overview of the historical antecedents of the music made between 1966 and 1970.

Prof. Marshall Duke (Psychology) on “Old Friends”

Prof. Walt Reed (English) on “Graceland”

See news release on 2013 Ellmann Lectures

See “Essential Links” related to Paul Simon

Creativity Conversation with Natasha Trethewey and Rosemary Magee

Natasha Trethewey, U.S. Poet Laureate, and Rosemary Magee, newly appointed director of Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL), will talk about the creative process and poetry’s special role in public and private spaces in this Emory Creativity Conversation. Trethewey is also Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing, and Magee serves as vice president and secretary of Emory University.

The conversation will be held Monday, October 8, from 7-8pm in Cannon Chapel on the Emory campus.

A booksigning and reception, also free and open to the public, will follow the event.

Since 2008, Creativity Conversations have embodied the liberal arts at Emory by exploring ideas with great writers, musicians, artists, scientists, and individuals from all walks of life.

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Tibetan Chalk Drawing on Campus

Tsering Phuntsok of Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta created Tibetan chalk drawings to highlight the Tibetan Studies program at Emory (Sept. 5, 2012). In this YouTube video, Juana Clem McGhee, Academic Department Administrator in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies (MESAS), talks about the significance of the drawings and some of the offerings of the Tibetan Studies program. For more information, see

Also check out resources offered by the Emory-Tibet Partnership.

Breakdance and Step at Emory’s Visual Arts Gallery

Brotherhood of Afrocentric Men (BAM) and Skeleton Crew met interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers (an assistant professor at Columbia University’s Visual Arts program) and showed off some moves (and added their imprint to those of many others around the world) on his floor piece “Mandala of the B-Bodhisattva II” (March 21, 2012 at Emory’s Visual Arts Gallery). The event was sponsored by the Visual Arts Gallery and Art Papers Live!

Also check out the original breakdance video (2000) using the floor piece.

Irishman of the Year: James Flannery

Named “2012 Irishman of the Year” by the Hibernian Benevolent Society of Atlanta for service to the Irish community, James Flannery is Winship Professor of the Arts and Humanities, director of the W.B. Yeats Foundation at Emory University, and an International Associate Artist at the Abbey Theatre, the National Theatre of Ireland. In Atlanta he is well known for producing the Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert for the past 18 years. He has recently been named to a newly established Global Irish Network by the Office of the Taioseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, where he will act as an adviser to the Irish government.

As director of the W.B. Yeats Foundation, Flannery is currently organizing a three-day conference “Making Connections: The Celtic Roots of Southern Music,” to be held April 27-29, 2012, at Emory’s Cannon Chapel. Internationally renowned performers and scholars will explore the connections between the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and the American South.

Through lectures, demonstrations, workshops, panel discussions and concerts, the conference will examine the role of folk music as an ongoing, living tradition and its impact on “community,” past and present.

In the News: Emory’s Student Hardship Program


From today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution (College students aid peers in need, Dec. 9, 2011)…

The Emory Student Hardship Fund opened less than a month ago to provide emergency aid to students who find themselves in a crisis not covered by traditional financial aid. The program’s organizers, two Emory seniors, said the grants provide students with a lifeline that allows them to stay in school.

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See program website

See video introducing the program (March 2011)