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

Forefront

Please note: This issue concludes the 2016-17 volume of ThoughtWork. Publication will resume in August with the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester. Best wishes for the summer.

2017 Ellmann Lectures: Colm Toibin, November 12-14

Irish writer Colm Toibin has been selected to deliver the 2017 installment of the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature, to be held November 12-14. Toibin, the Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University, has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and the film adaptation of his novel Brooklyn earned three Academy Award nominations. The Ellmann Lectures, named for Emory's first Woodruff Professor, were inaugurated by Seamus Heaney in 1988; Toibin will carry on the tradition with his lecture on "Wilde, Yeats, and Joyce: Three Writers and Their Fathers."

The Ellmann Lectures are ticketed, but free and open to the public. Tickets will become available near the beginning of the fall semester.

From Excellence to Eminence

Law Professor Named Carnegie Fellow for Social Sciences and Humanities Research

Polly J. Price (professor of law and professor of global health) has received one of 35 2017 Andrew Carnegie fellowships. These fellowships are awarded in amounts of up to $200,000 to fund research and writing in the social sciences and humanities, and are the most generous awards of their kind. Price plans to use her stipend to write a book, Governing Disease: Epidemics, Law, and the Challenge of Disease Control in a Democratic Society, which will look at how democratic governments counter the challenges wrought by contagious disease.

For more information, please visit this link.

Heard on Campus

Slavery in Contemporary American Novels

American literature has engaged slavery in the United States since the institution’s beginning, both to justify and to condemn. But generally, it fell to African American writers to give voice to slavery’s victims -- first in nineteenth-century slave narratives, then in turn-of-the-century fiction, and later in contemporary neo-slave narratives. Black writers of twenty-first century continue this tradition of filling the silences of slavery, but they do so in an increasingly noisy environment, as slavery is at once removed but also very familiar. With the plethora of images of enslavement in so much American media, how do twenty-first century novels tell this important story without resorting to cliche or the already-told? 

-- Valerie Babb, Franklin Professor of English at the University of Georgia, during her talk, “Make it New: Stories of Slavery in 21st Century African American Novels,” Tuesday, April 11, 2017, part of the Department of African American Studies Spring Lecture Series “Futures in African American Literature and Culture”

Resources for Faculty

Canvas Training Opportunities for Summer 2017

Blackboard will become unavailable to Emory users on August 31, 2017, and will be officially replaced by the Canvas operating system. Emory Libraries & Information Technology will be hosting Canvas training opportunities throughout the summer, starting on Wednesday, May 10, until Wednesday, August 9. The Canvas 101 workshop will be most frequently offered, but there are opportunities to take the Beginning of Canvas Online Boot Camp workshop as well. For more information and a complete schedule of dates, please visit this link.

New to the Faculty

Joyce Ho, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Joyce Ho completed her PhD in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (2015). Ho's primary scholarly focus is developing novel data mining and machine learning algorithms for healthcare applications. Her articles have been published in a number of leading journals including Journal of Biomedical Informatics and ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems.

Events This Week

Monday, May 8

The 172nd Commencement Exercises of Emory University will begin at 9:00 a.m. on the Quadrangle. For more information, please visit emory.edu/commencement.

The Emory College of Arts and Sciences Diploma Ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m. on the Quadrangle. For more information, please visit emory.edu/commencement.

The Medical Imaging Program Diploma Pre-Reception and Diploma Ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Dobbs University Center Harland Cinema. For more information, please visit emory.edu/commencement.

The School of Law Diploma Ceremony and Reception will begin at 11:00 a.m. on the South Lawn of Gambrell Hall. For more information, please visit emory.edu/commencement.

The Goizueta Business School Bachelor of Business Administration Diploma Ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the George W. Woodruff Physical Education Center. For more information, please visit emory.edu/commencement.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Diploma Ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the WHSCAB Auditorium. For more information, please visit emory.edu/commencement.

The Doctor of Medicine Diploma Ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Glenn Memorial Auditorium. For more information, please visit emory.edu/commencement.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Diploma Ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. on McDonough Field. For more information, please visit emory.edu/commencement.

The Goizueta Business School Master of Business Administration Reception and Diploma Ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. on the Patterson Green at the Goizueta Business School. For more information, please visit emory.edu/commencement.

The Genetic Counseling Training Program Diploma Ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Whitehead Auditorium, Whitehead Biomedical Research Building. For more information, please visit emory.edu/commencement.

The Laney Graduate School PhD Ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall. For more information, please visit emory.edu/commencement.

The Candler School of Theology Diploma Ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Glenn Memorial Auditorium. For more information, please visit emory.edu/commencement.

The Rollins School of Public Health Diploma Ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. on McDonough Field. For more information, please visit emory.edu/commencement.

Tuesday, May 9

The Institute for Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts will run through Friday, May 12, at Oxford College. For more information, please visit this link.

Wednesday, May 10

Library & Information Technology Services will host Canvas 101 at 10:00 a.m. in Woodruff Library 314. Canvas workshops will continue to be held throughout the summer months.

Thursday, May 11

As part of the surgery department's Grand Rounds series, Martin A. Makary (surgery and public health, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) will speak on "What's Next in Health Care? The Future of Measuring Quality" at 7:00 a.m. in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium. Please note that these lectures will also continue throughout the summer months.

Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14

No events scheduled.

Monday, May 15

The Emory Emeritus College Lunch Colloquium Series will continue for summer 2017 with Angela F. Amar, associate professor and associate dean for undergraduate education at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, giving a talk on "Violence and Crime: The Healthcare Response." 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. Events will continue throughout the summer.

Thursday, May 18

The Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture's summer workshop on the topic "Social Cognition, Autism, and Religiosity" will be held in the Chemistry Building room 360. Ava Norenzayan (director, Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition, and Culture; department of psychology, University of British Columbia) and Gordon Ramsay (director, spoken communications lab, Marcus Autism Center; department of pediatrics, Emory University) will speak. Registration is required via this link.

The Tango Orchestra Club Atlanta will perform at 7:00 p.m. in the Towne Cinema, 106 N. Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, GA, 30002. Members of the group include Howard Goldstein (professor of music, Auburn University) on violin, Todd Markey on bass, Cesar Augusto Restrepo as tenor, Will Scruggs on tenor saxophone, and Kristin Wendland (director of undergraduate studies and senior lecturer in music theory in the department of music) on piano.

Saturday, May 20

The Atlanta Master Chorale will perform Ein Deutsches Requiem: Brahms at 8 p.m. and again on May 21 at 4 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall. For more information, please visit this link.

Thursday, May 25

The Emory Center for Ethics will host a clinical ethics seminar with clinical ethicist Bryan Kibbe on the topic "The Reconfiguration of Privacy and Confidentiality in the Age of the Electronic Medical Record" at 4:00 p.m. in the Center for Ethics seminar room 162.

For more events at Emory throughout the summer months, visit http://www.emory.edu/home/events.

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

Monday, May 8, 2016, Volume 17, Issue 35

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