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


Seeking Faculty Books Published in 2016

On the afternoon of Monday, February 6, 2017, the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, together with the Emory University Bookstore and Emory Libraries and Information Technology, will host the annual Feast of Words, a celebration of Emory faculty authors (or editors) of books published in 2016. At that time, the CFDE also will publish a list of these titles. The Feast of Words celebration is sponsored by the AJC-Decatur Book Festival and will take place this year in the Joseph W. Jones Room of the Woodruff Library.

If you published a book this year, please let us know by completing the online form at this link to be included on this list of honorees. Likewise, if you know of a colleague who published a book this year, again, please let us know. 

Please submit information about book-length projects only.

Please send us this information no later than December 15, 2016, so that we can make every effort to have your book represented at the event on February 6.

Look for more information to come about this event celebrating this year’s faculty  books. 

From Excellence to Eminence

Cancer Researcher Elected Fellow of AAAS

Dong Moon Shin (Frances Kelly Blomeer Distinguished Endowed Chair in Cancer Research, Winship Cancer Institute) has been honored by being elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society, and fellowship in the society is an honor given to those scientists who put forth scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Shin was elected for his distinguished contributions in the field of carcinogenesis, molecular-driven preclinical and clinical chemoprevention and therapeutics for cancers, and anti-cancer drug development by nanotechnology. Along with 390 other new members of AAAS, hewill be honored in February during the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.

For more information, please visit this link.

Heard on Campus

Shakespeare as Political Appropriation

There is a long and rich history of Shakespeare performed by actors of color, for both political and artistic reasons. In the nineteenth century, Shakespearean monologues and soliloquies provided the context for the black actor Ira Aldridge’s rise to international fame. Aldridge was an American-born actor who got his start at the African Grove Theater in New York but achieved stardom in Eastern Europe. Although he frequently performed scenes and speeches from Othello, Aldridge was not limited to Shakespeare’s black roles and experimented with whiteface performances, in particular Shylock and Macbeth, thus beginning the history of nontraditional Shakespeare. In fact, nineteenth-century black actors appeared to have selected to perform Shakespeare to harness the cultural capital and transform it into political capital. In his fascinating history of nineteenth-century black actor James Hewlett, the historian Shane White writes, "The very ubiquity of Shakespeare in American culture had a different meaning to blacks than it did to whites. Indeed, the body of his work became an important part of the linguistic barrier that whites used to hem in the recently-freed blacks in northern cities, and thus to continue their subjugation. The great dramatist had rapidly become, for blacks, a suffocating presence, whose words were frequently invoked to explain the negative aspects of African American behavior." Because Shakespeare became a suffocating presence for many blacks, an entrepreneurial group of African Americans formed a theater company in which blacks would perform for other blacks, and Shakespeare was included in the repertoire — it was an act of appropriation.

--Ayanna Thompson, Professor of English at George Washington University, during the panel discussion, “Will of the People: Shakespeare’s Folios and Their Meaning in Our World,” Thursday, November 10, 2016, sponsored by Shakespeare at Emory

Resources for Faculty

eBooks Available from the Health SciencesLibrary

The Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) Library announces that new ebooks are now available through the discoverE system. These ebooks range from clinical resources to introductions to complex topics to practical how-to guides. WHSC Library eBooks are available electronically to Emory users.

The most recent acquisitions include titles such as Developing a Program of Research in Nursing, Thyroid Cancer: A Case-Based Approach, and Global Bioethics: An Introduction. For a full listing of available ebooks and other resources, please visit this link.

New to the Faculty

Mark J. Czaja, Professor of Medicine

Mark J. Czaja completed his MD at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University (1980). Czaja completed his residency in internal medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University (1983) and a fellowship in gastroenterology-hepatology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1987). Before joining the faculty at Emory, Czaja held positions at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Czaja's primary clinical and scholarly focus is hepatology. His articles have been published in a number of leading journals including Hepatology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Nature, and Cell Death & Differentiation.

Events This Week

Monday, December 5

The Emory Emeritus College Lunch Colloquium Series will conclude for the semester with Ron Schuchard (Goodrich C. White Professor of English, Emeritus) giving a talk on "Putting All of Tom Together: Adventures and Revelations in Editing T.S. Eliot's Prose, 1974-2016." This event will be held in room 130 of 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.

Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, will deliver a lecture titled "The Wonder of Will" at 4:00 p.m. in the Carlos Museum's Ackerman Hall. Please see shakespeare.folio.emory.edu to learn more.

The Department of German Studies presents a panel discussion at 4:00 p.m. in room 201 of the Modern Languages Building to discuss different European views, responses, and perspectives on the recent U.S. presidential election. For more information, please contact Hiram H. Maxim, hmaxim@emory.edu.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and award-winning poets Kevin Young and Jericho Brown, all of English and creative writing, will be featured in a program titled "The Bard and Poetry" at 7:00 p.m. in the Carlos Museum's Ackerman Hall. Please see shakespeare.folio.emory.edu to learn more.

Dance Oxford will perform at 8:00 p.m. in Williams Hall (Oxford College). Please visit this link for more information.

Tuesday, December 6

At noon, Rory Fisher (pharmacology, University of Iowa) will speak on "For Better or Worse: RGS6 Regulation of Neuronal G Protein Signaling" in 5052 Rollins Research Center. This event is part of the pharmacology seminar series.

The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies will host Louis de Corail, Consul General of France, for a discussion on "Current Affairs in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe" at 4:00 p.m. in White Hall 208.

Wednesday, December 7

Library & Information Technology Services will host "Canvas 101" at 10:00 a.m. in Woodruff Library 314.

Thursday, December 8

As part of the surgery department's Grand Rounds series, Jason Michael Hockenberry, associate professor of health policy and management, Rollins School of Public Health, will speak on "Human Capital Effects in Surgical Outcomes" at 7:00 a.m. in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium.

Library & Information Technology Services will host "Canvas Light - Syllabus, Files, and Announcements Only" at 10:00 a.m. in Woodruff Library 314.

Friday, December 9

The Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative will present A Workshop on Legal Migrations, Vulnerability, and Resilience today and tomorrow, Saturday, December 10. The workshop will begin at 4:30 p.m. today in Gambrell hall, room 575. For more information, a full schedule, or to register, please visit this link.

Saturday, December 10

The Atlanta Master Chorale will perform a Christmas concert at 8:00 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. There will be a repeat performance on Sunday, December 11, at 4:00 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit this link.

Sunday, December 11

Santa's Favorite Chamber Music will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the Michael C. Carlos Museum's Ackerman Hall, Level Three. For more information, please see Music at Emory.

Monday, December 12

The final Carlos Reads Book Club event of the fall 2016 semester will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Carlos Museum's Board Room, Level Two. The Carlos Reads series this semester will discuss all of Shakespeare's plays set in antiquity, in conjunction with the exhibition of Shakespeare's First Folio this fall. Sheila Cavanagh, professor of English, will continue the series by leading discussion on Pericles, Prince of Tyre. For more information on the book club, to reserve a space, or to see the full semester's offerings, please click here.

For more events at Emory, visit http://www.emory.edu/home/events.

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

Monday, December 5, 2016, Volume 17, Issue 16

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