Emory Professors on the Good Life


What exactly is the good life?

Emory professors are addressing this issue in the Good Life Speaker Series, which seeks to facilitate a meaningful exchange of ideas on how to lead the “good life,” based on Socrates’ concept of Eudaemonia. The aim of the series is to attract speakers whose experiences and knowledge provide distinctive and challenging understandings on how to lead such a life.

In the first talk, Corey Keyes, Professor of Sociology, addresses “Positive Psychology and Flourishing” (Feb. 25, 2014). Prof. Keyes is a senior fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion and its multidisciplinary five-year project—Pursuit of Happiness—funded in part by the Templeton Foundation.

In the second talkShomu Banerjee, senior lecturer and applied microeconomic theorist in the Department of Economics, talks about “Money and Happiness,” and the pursuit of life well lived (April 15, 2014).

 In the third and final talk of “The Good Life” speaker series for spring 2014, Bobbi Patterson, Professor of Pedagogy in the Department of Religion, talks about cultivating compassion in oneself and the community (April 24, 2014).


Community Building Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary

For the last 10 years, Emory College students interested in community involvement have found their way to the Center For Community Partnerships (CFCP), formerly known as the Office of University-Community Partnerships, and many have served in the Community Building and Social Change (CBSC) Fellowship program.

An article in this week’s Emory Report highlights the work of students in CFCP who work “elbow-to-elbow with our community partners.”

“To date, CBSC fellows have participated in over 30 community-based projects that have changed policies, spawned new programs, and expanded initiatives to address such issues as HIV/AIDS, affordable housing, the quality of public education and urban sprawl.”

Read the Emory Report article

In the news: Emory students in Guatemala

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (“Nonprofit run by Emory grads provides service here and abroad,” Devika Rao, July 5, 2011) reported on the efforts by an Emory alum to help a community in Guatemala — work that has expanded to other campuses and involves efforts related to health care, education and micro-financing.

In 2006, Zain Ahmed, a senior at Emory, spent two weeks in Guatemala to help build a women’s center in the village of Calhuitz. Rain stalled the work and the center never got built. Before leaving, Ahmed took part in a town hall meeting that allowed the residents to list what issues needed the most attention in the small village near the Mexican border.

“The top three things were health, education and economic development,” said Ahmed, who is in medical school at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. After returning to Atlanta, Ahmed created a student organization called Global H.E.E.D., where the acronym stood for the three pertinent issues to this area.

Along with working in Guatemala, Global H.E.E.D works within the community to apply the effort at home. “Through the Atlanta chapter, we hosted an International Water Day to raise awareness about water-related issues in our community,” said Brenda Chew, a senior at Emory University and president of the Global H.E.E.D. Emory chapter. “Additionally, we work with the Latin American Association to help members practice their English and will work with the consulate by providing blood pressure screenings.”

Sonny Bandyopadhay, Chief Operation Officer of Global H.E.E.D added, “We definitely want to get more schools and people involved at the local level whether it is through fundraising or directly getting involved with community issues.” Currently, the organization will send 23 interns to Guatemala in July to observe and assist with deliveries, vaccinations and more.

In 2008, the student organization turned into a nonprofit which expanded to campuses such as University of California at Berkeley, Brown University, University of Connecticut, Stanford University and more. Through these campuses, the organization has sent over 70 interns to Guatemala to take part in building health care clinics, schools and engage the community in matters such as health education and micro-financing.

To volunteer with Global H.E.E.D., visit www.globalheed.org

Emory makes national “honor roll” for community service

Nearly 90 percent of all Emory undergraduates take part in service projects. For that and other reasons, Emory University was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. In addition, one of the university’s signature education and outreach programs has earned national notice as Georgia’s most innovative, urban-based project.

The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Emory as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

One of the partnerships noted in the Honor Roll, Emory’s Community Building and Social Change (CBSC) Fellowship along with its founding director, was lauded in the May 2011 issue of the business magazine Fast Company in its feature “United States of Innovation.”

The CBSC program is highlighted among 51 “bold ideas and brilliant urbanites who are helping to build the cities of America’s future.”

See full news release



Making art for the community garden

A new blog is updating the work going on between Emory students in a Visual Arts ceramics class (taught by Prof. Diane Kempler) and art students at Coan Middle School (with their teacher Lisa Whittington).

The collaboration is producing art that will find a home later this spring in the Coan Middle School Edible Schoolyard Garden, located off Hosea Williams Blvd. in the Edgewood Neighborhood.

Be sure to check out the blog throughout spring semester 2011 to see the progress. (And see the comments students are leaving behind.)


The project is made possible by a Georgia Learn & Serve grant and the assistance of Emory’s Office of University-Community Partnerships.

Tango connects students with community

Kristin Wendland, a senior lecturer in the music department, studies the relationship between Argentine tango music and dance. She’s also using tango to reach the community–a grant from Emory’s Office of University-Community Partnerships has allowed her to organize a tango dance party, called a milonga, at the Latin American Association on Buford Highway, and help her add a service-learning component to her spring semester freshman seminar, “Tango: Argentina’s Art Form in Body, Mind and Spirit.” Students in her class will teach Latino children from Woodward Elementary School the roots of tango music.

For more details see the 10-29-10 Emory Report article.

For more Emory tango videos, enter “tango” at http://www.youtube.com/emoryuniversity