Undergraduates Discover Emory’s Humanities Hub

Several undergraduate fellows at Emory’s Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry talk about their experiences and favorite moments. The Center promotes individual research, while also increasing the impact of the humanities across the University and, ultimately, the world.

Zach Domach 13C 13G (Classics/History & Music, with a BA/MA in History) shares his experience of being an undergraduate fellow — and associating with graduate, postdoc and faculty fellows — at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory. Domach received a 2013-14 Bobby Jones Fellowship to study at St. Andrews University for a year before returning to the U.S. to begin doctoral studies in either classics or ancient history.

Mia Schatz 13C (History) says being part of the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory gave her a strong feeling of community, which was important to her as a transfer student. She plans to pursue a PhD in history so she can help future generations of undergrads.

Deborah Schlein 13C (Middle Eastern Studies) talks about her undergraduate fellowship experience at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. She not only found a quiet space to do her research (on “qiyan,” or singing slave girls of early Islamic empires), she learned much from talks with graduate and faculty fellows at the Center. In the fall she’ll begin her PhD studies at Princeton’s Department of Near Eastern Studies.

Get information on Honors Undergraduate Fellowship

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Why Study Humanities in 60 SecondsMartine Watson Brownley (English professor and director of the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry) has one minute to explain the importance of the humanities. In 2009, Dr. Brownley received the Governor’s Award in the Humanities for her work in the liberal arts. Also, watch her YouTube video about making time for the contemplative life at Emory.

Why Study Humanities in 60 Seconds: Joseph Skibell (Associate Professor of English, award-winning author).

Why Study Humanities in 60 Seconds: Michael Elliott (Professor of English and American Studies, and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty, Emory College).

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Seeing Is Believing with Emory’s Parthenon Project

Emory students under the direction of Bonna Wescoat, Professor of Greek Art and Architecture, address the longstanding question of why an ornate frieze was located in a seemingly obscure position high on the outside wall of the Parthenon.

On November 10, 2012, students erected a replica of panels of the frieze at the Nashville, Tenn., Parthenon. Then they asked bystanders what they could see.

Visit Parthenon Project Blog

See eScienceCommons Blog post about the Project

Collaborating on the Old Kingdom Mummy

Much has been written about the tremendous conservation efforts involved in restoring the Old Kingdom mummy at the Carlos Museum (see the Emory Report article for starters and links).

One amazing detail that stands out is the amount of collaboration that took place behind the scenes — especially involving College faculty and students (see list below).

We should also point out that the College was involved in producing a video about the mummy conservation that plays in the exhibition (and on YouTube). And that fine soundtrack was the handiwork of Jazz Studies Director Gary Motley.

For more details on collaboration between the Carlos Museum and College faculty/students, see “A Speaking Past” (Fall 2008, Quadrangle).

Curator & Conservators

Dr. Peter Lacovara, Senor Curator of Egyptian, Nubian, & Near Eastern Art – Carlos Museum

Mimi Leveque, Conservator – Peabody Essex Museum and ArchaeaTechnica Art Conservation Services

Renee Stein, Conservator – Carlos Museum

Volunteers

Dr. George Armelagos, White Professor of Anthropology

Ron Barnhart, Senior Preparator – Carlos Museum

Dr. Bob Brier, Senior Research Fellow – Long Island Univ.

Arden Davis, Conservation Intern – Georgia State Univ. 2012

Kathryn Etre, Andrew W. Mellon Advanced Fellow in Objects Conservation – Carlos Museum

Dr. Salima Ikram, Professor of Egyptology – American Univ. in Cairo

Pat Kelley, Insects Limited, Inc.

Rebecca Levitan, Conservation Intern – Emory College 2013

Kathryn Marklein, Emory College 2010

Arthur McCanna, Emission Spectroscopist – Emory Univ.

Richard Newman, Head, Scientific Research Dept. – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

NSF- Arizona Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, University of Arizona

Monique Osigbeme, Emory College 2012

Bruce Raper, Lead Preparator – Carlos Museum

Dr. Janet Richards, Assistant Professor of Egyptology, Univ. of Michigan

Eleanor Ridley, Conservation Volunteer – Carlos Museum

Nancy Roberts, Head of Collections and Design – MCCM

Joan Sammons, Conservation Volunteer – Carlos Museum

Dr. Fred Strobel, Director, Mass Spectrometry Center – Emory University

Dr. William Torres, FACR Vice Chairman, Clinical Affairs, Dept of Radiology Emory Univ. Hospital

Gail Walter, Conservation Volunteer – Carlos Museum

 

Mummy Collaborations

Much has been written about the tremendous conservation efforts involved in restoring the Old Kingdom mummy at the Carlos Museum (see the Emory Report article for starters and links).

One amazing detail that stands out is the amount of collaboration that took place behind the scenes — especially involving College faculty and students (see list below).

We should also point out that the College was involved in producing a video about the mummy conservation that plays in the exhibition (and on YouTube). And that fine soundtrack was the handiwork of Jazz Studies Director Gary Motley.

For more details on collaboration between the Carlos Museum and College faculty/students, see “A Speaking Past” (Fall 2008, Quadrangle).

Curator & Conservators

Dr. Peter Lacovara, Senor Curator of Egyptian, Nubian, & Near Eastern Art – Carlos Museum

Mimi Leveque, Conservator – Peabody Essex Museum and ArchaeaTechnica Art Conservation Services

Renee Stein, Conservator – Carlos Museum

Volunteers

Dr. George Armelagos, White Professor of Anthropology

Ron Barnhart, Senior Preparator – Carlos Museum

Dr. Bob Brier, Senior Research Fellow – Long Island Univ.

Arden Davis, Conservation Intern – Georgia State Univ. 2012

Kathryn Etre, Andrew W. Mellon Advanced Fellow in Objects Conservation – Carlos Museum

Dr. Salima Ikram, Professor of Egyptology – American Univ. in Cairo

Pat Kelley, Insects Limited, Inc.

Rebecca Levitan, Conservation Intern – Emory College 2013

Kathryn Marklein, Emory College 2010

Arthur McCanna, Emission Spectroscopist – Emory Univ.

Richard Newman, Head, Scientific Research Dept. – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

NSF- Arizona Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, University of Arizona

Monique Osigbeme, Emory College 2012

Bruce Raper, Lead Preparator – Carlos Museum

Dr. Janet Richards, Assistant Professor of Egyptology, Univ. of Michigan

Eleanor Ridley, Conservation Volunteer – Carlos Museum

Nancy Roberts, Head of Collections and Design – MCCM

Joan Sammons, Conservation Volunteer – Carlos Museum

Dr. Fred Strobel, Director, Mass Spectrometry Center – Emory University

Dr. William Torres, FACR Vice Chairman, Clinical Affairs, Dept of Radiology Emory Univ. Hospital

Gail Walter, Conservation Volunteer – Carlos Museum

 

SIRE Supports Undergraduate Research

Kristen Clayton 11C (Sociology major) talks about her undergraduate research in biracial identity and the support she’s received from Emory’s SIRE (Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory) program, which promotes undergraduate research projects through grants, faculty-student research partnerships, and summer research stipends.

Several programs, each suited to different student levels or needs, are offered each year, and students may be accepted in more than one program per academic year.

For more information, see the SIRE webpage.

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