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.