Vol. 7 No. 2
October/November 2004

Upon Reflection
University leadership urges a new "discipline" of planning

My job is to make sure that the academic focus of the institution is always front and center.
Earl Lewis, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

If we’re going to be rigid, operating in the nineteenth century and resisting change, then we’ll go the way of the Light Brigade.
Kenneth Thorpe, Woodruff Professor of Health Policy and Management

Phase to phase

Strategic Planning Steering Committee

To learn more

Scholarship in Time
Or, Sipping champagne from a fire hydrant
Bruce Knauft, Samuel C. Dobbs Professor of Anthropology
and Executive Director,
The Institute for Comparative and International Studies

Is the Bible Green?
Ancient Israelite and early Christian perspectives
on the natural world
Carol A. Newsom, Professor of Old Testament

Further reading

The Mind and the Machine
A Review of Digital People by Sidney Perkowitz
Darryl Neill, Professor of Psychology


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Obesity: body or psyche?
[German-born psychoanalyst Hilde Bruch] was the most important psychoanalytic and medical commentator on body identity in the first half of the twentieth century. [Historian] Joan Jacobs Brumberg argues, and I agree with her completely, that Hilde Bruch’s writing in women’s magazines created the explosion of cases of anorexia nervosa in the 1970s. Yet Bruch begins with an interest not in the thin body, but in the fat body. Let me lay out the problem in the end of the nineteenth century. Was obesity clearly understood to be of the body—inherited, transmitted? Or was it to be understood as of the psyche? The endocrinologists argued clearly that it is of the body. There is a whole literature that basically says if you give two people an identical diet and one has a metabolic problem, one will get fat and the other one will not. Along comes psychoanalysis, which as a group wrestles with medicine for its patrons. And psychoanalysis with Hilde Bruch will begin to look at obesity as a major issue. In her first book she says that when she arrived in the United States, she was immediately aware of the huge number of fat, truly corpulent children, not only in the clinics, but on the streets, in the subway, and in the schools. When Bruch turns to obesity, she discovers that all these fat children have mothers who do not love them.
—Sander Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, speaking on “Obesity, the Jews, and Psychoanalysis: On the Creation and Perpetuation of Stereotypes of Physical Difference,” on September 13, 2004, sponsored by the Center for Health, Culture and Society

A greater search for freedom
“They hate our freedom.” That is what we’ve been told is the motivation for the animosity and resistance to our presence in Iraq. Don’t believe the hype. This is a ridiculous explanation for a very complex reality. The people who are resisting our presence are in a greater search for freedom, and they see the U.S. presence and occupation as an impediment. That is the root of much of the animosity that we are experiencing. It’s important that we realize that the U.S. and other Western powers have a long and particularly shameful history throughout the Middle East, the Islamic world, and much of the globe. It’s important that we as Americans know that history and that in our relations with other countries it’s always an underlying issue. Establishing democracy can never be done with the barrel of a gun.
—Deanna West, Program Manager for the National Center for Human Rights Education’s Peace, Security, and U.S. Foreign Policy program, at an Emory Town Hall Meeting on U.S.-Islamic World Relations, September 13, 2004