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ThoughtWork: Emerging Knowledge and News in Emory's Intellectual Community

Forefront

Please note: This issue concludes the 2015-16 volume of ThoughtWork. Publication will resume August 22, 2016. Best wishes for the summer.

Emory Autism Center SPARKing Research

The Emory Autism Center has been selected, among 20 other leading national research institutions, to launch the Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge, or SPARK, a research initiative intended to become the largest autism study ever undertaken in the United States. SPARK will be sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative and will collect information and DNA from 50,000 individuals with autism, as well as their families, for genetic analysis. It is hoped that this analysis will increase researchers' understanding of the causes of autism, as well as work for new supports and treatments. Catherine Rice, director of the Emory Autism Center, will lead the Atlanta division of SPARK.

For more information, including how to participate in SPARK, please visit this link.

From Excellence to Eminence

Honors for Public Health, Law Faculty

Carlos del Rio, Hubert Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the School of Medicine, has been awarded the Ohtli Award, one of the highest awards given by the government of Mexico. The Ohtli recognizes Mexican, Mexican-American, or Latino leaders whose efforts have contributed significantly to the well being, prosperity, and empowerment of Mexican communities abroad. Del Rio has won the award for his work with the Ventanilla de Salud program, which aims to actively promote the health and well being of Mexican nationals in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennesse. For more information, please click here.

Janet Metzger, adjunct professor of law, has won an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine for her narration of the audiobook of As Close to Us as Breathing, by Elizabeth Poliner. Metzger "masterfully narrates Poliner's captivating, nuanced story of a tragedy that strikes at the heart of a close-knit Jewish family," according to the award citation. For more information, please click here.

Heard on Campus

Fanon and Radical Psychiatry

While [Frantz] Fanon regarded the basis of mental illness as often the product of hereditary or at least neurological factors, that doesn’t mean that illnesses as they emerge take the same form. It’s fundamentally different from a medical practice, where you have something organic wrong with you, and it manifests itself in a certain bodily symptom, and doctors anywhere can basically treat it and know what’s happening. In the case of psychiatry, illnesses as they emerge, according to Fanon, are conditioned by the cultural and social structures in which the patient is immersed. The forms that mental illness take are determined by the structural relations in which the individual is able or unable to participate, and therefore by external institutional or social forces. . . . In other words, what you’re trying to do in psychiatry is to change the way you’ve dealt with the illness that you’re suffering from not by curing the neurological disorder, whatever it might be, but actually to enable you to readjust, so that you can live a more fulfilled life. One of the ways that’s achieved is by eliminating mass incarceration and mental hospitals, because Fanon’s view, which is comparable to Foucault’s, is that putting mentally disturbed people in hospital makes them more mentally disturbed. . . . [This theory] became the basis for radical psychiatry in France and the UK in the 1960s.

--Robert J.C. Young, Silver Professor, New York University; Dean of Arts and Humanities, NYU-Abu Dhabi; professor of English and comparative literature, during his talk “Fanon Transformed? The New Writings,” Monday, April 11, 2016, sponsored by the department of French and Italian

Resources for Faculty

Writing This Summer? Join CFDE for Shut Up and Write Tuesdays

Do you need to make headway on a writing project this summer? Join the CFDE—virtually or in-person--for Shut Up and Write Tuesdays. A growing international community of practice, Shut Up and Write Tuesdays is a great way for writers to structure their time, boost their productivity, and connect with others.

The formula is simple:

  • On the first and third Tuesdays at 11 am, we gather at Kaldi Coffee on the Emory campus in the DUC

  • OR connect via Twitter or a Facebook group

  • We write in silence for an hour, and catch-up either online or over coffee afterwards

  • We begin by writing for 25 minutes, then we take a 5-minute break to check in, write for 25 more minutes, then take a few minutes at the end to catch up.

For academic types who have embraced the idea, it’s a great way to carve out dedicated writing time and make progress on thesis chapters, journal articles, and grant applications. While an hour doesn’t sound like much, it’s amazing what you can get done if you really focus. The discipline and shared sense of purpose that comes from writing with others also keeps you accountable and reminds you that you aren’t alone. By engaging with your hosts and the other participants, you have an opportunity to connect with an international network of academics and be part of a thriving community of practice.

To participate in person, just come join us at Kaldi Coffee in the DUC!

To participate virtually on Facebook, join the CFDE-organized Facebook group, here.

To participate virtually on Twitter, respond to the @SUWTues / @SUWTUK / @SUWTNA tweets with information about what you’re working on and the progress you made during the session. Be sure to use the hashtag #suwtues / #suwtuk / #suwtna so others can see you, cheer you on, commiserate, and offer advice.

Assistant Professor and Andrew W Mellon Faculty Fellow for Nursing and the Humanities Kylie Smith is the North American host for the international Shut Up and Write Tuesdays network. CFDE associate director Allison Adams will host the in-person sessions and the Facebook group. Your hosts tell you when to start, when to rest, when to start again, and when to stop. For more about the international Shut Up and Write Tuesdays movement, visit this blog.

New to the Faculty

Kate Winskell, Associate Professor of Global Health

A cultural historian by training, Kate Winskell specializes in communication for social and behavioral change as it relates to gender, sexuality and stigma, with a particular interest in children and youth in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining the faculty at Rollins School of Public Health, she was one of the founding managers of the Scenarios from Africa/Global Dialogues HIV communication process (www.globaldialogues.orgwww.youtube.com/globaldialogues). She also served as assistant director of Emory's Center for Health, Culture and Society. Her articles have been published in journals including Social Science and Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, and Culture, Health and Sexuality.

To view a list of all new Emory faculty in 2015-16, please visit provost.emory.edu.

Events This Week

Monday, May 9

The 171st Commencement Exercises of Emory University will be held from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. on the Quadrangle. Please see the Emory commencement schedule for more information.

The Emory College of Arts and Sciences Diploma Ceremony will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Quadrangle. Please see the Emory commencement schedule for more information.

The Medical Imaging Program Diploma Pre-Reception and Diploma Ceremony will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Winship Ballroom and Harland Cinema of the Dobbs University Center. Please see the Emory commencement schedule for more information.

The School of Law Diploma Ceremony and Reception will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the Gambrell Hall South Lawn. Please see the Emory commencement schedule for more information.

The Goizueta Business School BBA Diploma Ceremony will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the George W. Woodruff Physical Education Center (WoodPEC). Please see the Emory commencement schedule for more information.

The Physical Therapy Program Diploma Ceremony will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building (WHSCAB) Auditorium. Please see the Emory commencement schedule for more information.

The School of Medicine Reception will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the James B. Williams Medical Education Building. Please see the Emory commencement schedule for more information.

The Candler School of Theology Diploma Ceremony will be held from 11:00 a.m. to noon in the Glenn Memorial Auditorium. Please see the Emory commencement schedule for more information.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Diploma Ceremony will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on McDonough Field. Please see the Emory commencement schedule for more information.

The Goizueta Business School MBA Reception and Diploma Ceremony will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Patterson Green. Please see the Emory commencement schedule for more information.

The Genetic Counseling Training Program Diploma Ceremony will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Whitehead Auditorium, Whitehead Biomedical Research Building. Please see the Emory commencement schedule for more information.

The Laney Graduate School PhD Ceremony will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall. Please see the Emory commencement schedule for more information.

The Candler School of Theology Commencement Lunch will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Candler School of Theology Atrium and Plaza. Please see the Emory commencement schedule for more information.

The Rollins School of Public Health Diploma Ceremony will be held from 1:30 to 3:0 pm. on McDonough Field. Please see the Emory commencement schedule for more information.

The School of Medicine Diploma Cermony will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Glenn Memorial Auditorium. Please see the Emory commencement schedule for more information.

Tuesday, May 10

The Institute for Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts will begin today and run through Friday, May 13, at Oxford College. The keynote speaker this year is Andrew Delbanco, director of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. For more information on the institute, please visit oxfordipla2016.org.

Andrew Bateman (experimental medicine, McGill University) will give a talk on "Progranulin: From Cancer to Dementia" at noon in 5052 Rollins Research Center. For more information, please see pharm.emory.edu.

Wednesday, May 11

The next In Dialogue: Conversations with the Provost event with Provost Claire Sterk will be held from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. in the Rose Library. Each session is limited to 12 participants, selected on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to register, please click here.

Thursday, May 12

Emory University School of Medicine's Grand Rounds talk will be held today from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium. Jordan Hoffman (chief resident, department of surgery, Emory University School of Medicine) will speak on "In Search of a New Thoracotomy: Novel Treatment Strategies for Cardiovascular Trauma." Please see surgery.emory.edu to learn more.

Friday, May 13

No events scheduled.

Saturday, May 14

The Vega String Quartet will perform at 8:00 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. To view or download a PDF of the program, please click here.

Sunday, May 15

No events scheduled.

Monday, May 16

The Emory Emeritus College Lunch Colloquium Series will continue as Jonathan K. Crane, Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought, gives a talk on "Brutal Justice? Animals Accusing Humans of Abuse." This event will be held in the Luce Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend. However, attendees who opt for lunch must register on or before the Thursday prior to each colloquium. The fee for lunch is $10.00 and it will be accepted at the door. For more information about The Lunch Colloquium and to register, please visit emory.edu/emeritus. Talks will also be held as part of this series on June 6, June 20, July 11, and July 25.

This Summer

The 2016 Southeast Educational Data Symposium will be held June 27-28 at Georgia State University. Please click here for more information.

The Emory WorkLife Resource Center will be holding various workshops, webinars, and seminars throughout the summer months, beginning with "The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease" on Tuesday, May 17. For more information on these, please see worklife.emory.edu.

Arts events will continue to be held at Emory throughout the summer months. For more information on these events, please see the Arts Calendar.

For more events at Emory or to stay abreast of events throughout the summer months, visit http://www.emory.edu/home/events.

ThoughtWork: Emerging Knowledge and News in Emory's Intellectual Community

Monday, May 9, 2016, Volume 16, Issue 35

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