Profs. Blumenthal, Hofmann, Lesser and Goldstein Receive Recognition

David Blumenthal, Jay & Leslie Cohen Professor of Judaic Studies in the Department of Religion, is the subject of a recently published book, David R. Blumenthal: Living with God and Humanity. Edited by Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes, the book is the seventh in the series Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers.

Richie Hofmann, a Creative Writing Fellow in Emory College, has won the Beatrice Hawley Award for Poetry, given annually by Alice James Books. The award includes publication of a book-length poetry manuscript and a cash prize of $2,000. Hofmann’s first book of poetry, Second Empire, will be published in November 2015 by Alice James Books.

Jeffrey Lesser, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of History and chair of the Department of History, and Eric Goldstein, associate professor of history, are among contributing authors to the winner of the National Jewish Book Award. Both have chapters in the anthology 1929: Mapping the Jewish World, edited by Hasia R. Diner and Gennady Estraikh and published by New York University Press.

Source: Emory Report’s “Acclaim” Feature


Out-of-the-classroom Experiences This Spring

In an Emory News Center feature on innovative classes this semester, the work of several College faculty is highlighted, including those below.


Black Odyssey, Black Migration

Instructors: Dwight Andrews, associate professor of music theory and Mark Sanders, professor of African American studies and English and chair of African American Studies

Cool factor: Ties in with Michael C. Carlos Museum exhibit of Romare Bearden’s collages and watercolors based on Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey.” Also ties in with the related exhibit, “Southern Connections: Bearden in Atlanta” that features materials from Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL).

Course description: Examines artistic interpretations of African American identity through music, literature, film and the visual arts, notably including the campus exhibit of Romare Bearden’s Odysseus series and the related exhibit about the artist’s regional connections that draw on resources from Emory’s special collections. A meditation on the Western epic tradition and African American mobility, the series invites a broader examination of African American culture and issues of migration, escape, home and belonging.

Department: African American Studies; cross-listed in Music

Coastal Biology with Lab

Instructor: Leslie A. Real, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Biology

Cool factor: Field trip to study preserved areas of the Georgia coast.

Course description: Introduces students to coastal Georgia’s major ecosystems and to plant and animal communities through an intensive field experience on St. Simon’s, Cumberland, Blackbeard, Sapelo and Jekyll islands. Includes excursions in small boats to Blackbeard Island and on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ research trawler, “Anna,” to study organisms in the sound surrounding the islands.

Department: Biology

Freshman Seminar: Vaccines and Society

Instructor: Elena Conis, assistant professor of history

Cool factor: First-year students study vaccines on the campus of a leading research university and in proximity to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Course description: Explores the history of vaccination against infectious diseases such as smallpox, polio and measles as well as the opposition among some groups to vaccines. Uses these case examples to think critically about the state’s interest in protecting public health and about the nature of medical controversies.

Department: History; cross-listed with Human Health Program

Risk & Resilience in Shaping Identity

Instructors: David Lynn, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Chemistry and Biology, and chair of chemistry department and Leslie Taylor, professor of theater studies and director of the Center for Creativity and Arts.

Also, graduate students Julia Haas, philosophy; Brian Dias, behavioral neuroscience and psychiatric disorders; Carolina Campanella, psychology; Constance Harrell, neuroscience; Ashley Coleman, religion; Daniel Pierce and Jillian E. Smith, chemistry.

Cool factor: Interdisciplinary capstone course, combining aspects of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, that helps seniors capture their liberal arts experience in a research university and allows them to present their lessons through novel artistic expressions.

Course description: Helps students ask, “What has made me a stronger, smarter and more resilient student at Emory University and what strengths have allowed me to successfully navigate college?” Provides them with an opportunity to develop a research idea for possible funding while being mentored on grant proposal writing and research design.

Department: Senior Seminar

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Faculty Honors and Accolades

Astrid M. Eckert (History) has received the 2013 Waldo Gifford Leland Award for her book The Struggle for the Files: The Western Allies and the Return of German Archives After the Second World War (Cambridge University Press). The award is administered by the Society of American Archivists and is given for writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the fields of archival history, theory, and practice.



New to the Faculty

Tanine Allison, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies

Tanine Allison completed her PhD in Film and Media Studies at the University of Pittsburgh (2010). Prior to joining the regular faculty at Emory in 2013, Allison held an ACLS New Faculty Fellowship at Emory. Allison’s research interests include the intersections of cinema and digital media studies. Her articles have been published in journals including Quarterly Review of Film and Video and Literature/Film Quarterly.

Leslie Harris Recognized by Faculty Peers

In recognition for her many contributions to the Emory community, Leslie Harris, an associate professor of history and African American studies,  has been chosen by her Emory faculty peers to receive the 2013 University Scholar/Teacher award on behalf of the United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

In addition to her groundbreaking research into the history of African American slavery and her teaching and mentorship, she led Emory’s Transforming Community Project (TCP), a five-year program designed to engage all sectors of the University in a process of discovery and dialogue about Emory’s racial history.

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Related Video

Meaning and Legacy of the Bey Portrait Series at Emory. With Mary Catherine Johnson, assistant director of Emory’s Visual Arts Department and Gallery, Leslie Harris talks about the meaning and legacy of the portrait series by Dawoud Bey. In partnership with the Transforming Community Project (TCP), the Visual Arts Department commissioned renowned photographer Bey to develop a series of portraits of the Emory community that communicates the University’s diversity.

Evan Dunn Receives Emory’s Highest Student Honor

Emory senior Evan Dunn, a political science and history major, is the 2012 recipient of the university’s highest student honor, the Marion Luther Brittain Award, which is presented each year to a graduate who has demonstrated exemplary service to both the university and the greater community without expectation of recognition.

Candidates are required to demonstrate a strong character, meritorious service and sense of integrity. Dunn received the award, which also comes with $5,000, during the central commencement ceremony on May 14th.

After transitioning from Oxford College to Emory College, he interned with the International Rescue Committee, working as a tutor and helping refugees navigate the healthcare system. He is co-founder and program manager for a refugee GED program in Clarkston, Ga., and leads a weekly Volunteer Emory service trip to the program for other students.

On campus, Dunn served on the Honor Council and led the Emory College Council’s Committee for Academic Integrity. He has also served as an orientation leader and captain and currently works with the Oxford Continuee Association. In addition, he worked as a student manager in the Student Activity and Academic Center.

After graduation, Dunn will teach high-school math in Atlanta as part of Teach for America for two years. He plans to return to school to earn a law degree and masters in public health to pursue a career in policy making and healthcare.

See full news release with accompanying YouTube video.

Kevin Kruse (Princeton) on “One Nation Under God”

Kevin Kruse, associate professor of history at Princeton University, delivers the back story (“One Nation Under God: Corporate Interests, Christianity, and the Rise of Religious Nationalism in America”) on the rise of the religious right and the social movement’s intersections with corporate America and matters of human rights, as part of Emory’s J. Harvey Young Lecture in American History (Feb. 17, 2012). The talk also served as the keynote address for the first-ever Atlanta Graduate Student Conference in U.S. History.

Klehr (Political Science) on McCarthy and American Communism

Harvey Klehr, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics and History, spoke on the topic of “Me and Joe McCarthy: Studying American Communism” at Emory’s 17th annual Distinguished Faculty Lecture (Feb. 6., 2012).

In the last two decades, as new material has become available from newly-opened Russian archives, the issue of whether Senator Joseph McCarthy was right about communist subversion has generated a lot of controversy. He talks about that issue, as well as what it is like to be labeled a ‘McCarthyite’ for exposing Americans who spied for the Soviet Union.

Klehr’s research interests center around American communism and Soviet espionage in America. His most recent publication, with John Earl Haynes and Alexander Vassiliev, is “Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America” (Yale University Press, 2009).

The Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series is part of Founders Week, an annual academic festival. Each year’s speaker for the series is selected by a committee, headed by the chair-elect of the Faculty Council and comprised of Distinguished Faculty Lecturers from previous years. The committee is responsible for administering the annual lecture initiated and supported by the Office of the President.

See full video of the talk on YouTube

Andrade Book Tells the Story of Koxinga’s conquest of Taiwan

Just in time for the 350th  anniversary of the Chinese warlord Koxinga’s victory over the Dutch in Taiwan (during China’s first war with Europe), is history professor Tonio Andrade‘s new book, Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China’s First Great Victory over the West (Princeton University Press, 2011).

During the seventeenth century, Holland created the world’s most dynamic colonial empire, outcompeting the British and capturing Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Yet, in the Sino-Dutch War–Europe’s first war with China–the Dutch met their match in a colorful Chinese warlord named Koxinga. Part samurai, part pirate, he led his generals to victory over the Dutch and captured one of their largest and richest colonies–Taiwan. How did he do it? Examining the strengths and weaknesses of European and Chinese military techniques during the period, Lost Colony provides a balanced new perspective on long-held assumptions about Western power, Chinese might, and the nature of war.

“You can read this book as an exciting novel full of pirates, swashbuckling characters, beheadings, treachery, and battles on land and sea–a novel that just happens to be true–or as a revelatory look at the little-known first war between China and the West, and window into one of the biggest unsolved questions of world history: why Europe rather than China colonized the world from the time of Columbus onward. Either way, you will be sorry when you reach the last page.”–Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse

See interview with Andrade (cover interview, Dec. 9, 2011)

Native American studies and literature examined

Emory’s Southern Spaces has just posted a roundtable discussion held on April 22nd that brought together several prominent scholars of Native American Studies and Native American literature to discuss issues of cosmopolitanism, nationalism, translation, and hybridity. Arnold Krupat, Lisa Brooks, Elvira Pulitano, Craig Womack joined in the discussion that was moderated by Michael Elliott.

See the Roundtable Session on Southern Spaces


Recognizing the Work of Ivan Karp and Dana White

How do you honor the life work of Profs. Ivan Karp and Dana White, who are retiring this year from Emory’s The Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts?

One way is by hosting an afternoon of presentations by their colleagues and students, and seeing firsthand the impact their work has made in the world.


  • Jay Straker (Assistant Professor, Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies, Colorado School of Mines): “Traveling Theory Revisited, Recurrently.”
  • Timothy Crimmins (Professor of History and Director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University): “Atlanta Memory: A Divided Past and a Divided Present.”
  • Calinda Lee (Associate Director for Programs and Development, James Weldon Johnson Institute, Emory University): Creating the Pleasant View: Reimagining Suburban History as “Black Flight”
  • Dismas Masolo (Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Philosophy, University of Louisville, Kentucky): “Beyond Justice: Rethinking Ends from an African Perspective.”
  • Gordon Jones (Senior Military Historian and Curator, Atlanta History Center): “Cyclorama-Drama: How Atlanta Wishes It Was Gettysburg”
  • George Johnston (Professor and Chair of the School of Architecture, Georgia Tech): “Architect’s Handbook: Of Moby Dick, Rockwell Kent, and The Adventures of Tom Thumtack.”


From Africa to Atlanta: A Conference in Recognition of the Work of Ivan Karp and Dana White” was held on May 4, in the Reception Hall of the Carlos Museum and sponsored by The Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts; Office of the Provost, Emory College of Arts and Sciences; Laney Graduate School; Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry; Departments of Anthropology, English and History; The Institute of African Studies; The James Weldon Johnson Institute, Academic Affairs; Film and Media Studies; and The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence.