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

Forefront

Please note: This issue concludes the 2013-14 volume of ThoughtWork. Publication will resume August 25. Best wishes for the summer.

Commission on the Liberal Arts Presents Preliminary Recommendations

At its spring forum on April 30, 2014, the three committees of the Commission on the Liberal Arts (CoLA) presented their findings and preliminary recommendations to the Emory community. Each committee—Learning Through Instruction, Learning Through Innovation, and Learning Through Integration—offered sets of both immediate and more long-term projects and goals. Among the recommendations are a "Common Book or Performance" program; greater opportunities for cross-school teaching and learning; funded faculty release time to develop cross-unit, team-based initiatives in creativity, discovery, reserach, and innovation; and an online clearinghouse of faculty interests.

The aims of the recommendations are to build on existing strong programs at Emory in order to meet new challenges in higher education, have more flexible and permeable structures that facilitate innovative approaches to teaching and research, and share across disciplines and units the core values that affirm the principles of liberal education.

To see a full list of all the committees' short-term and long-term recommendations, please click here.

From Excellence to Eminence

Awards and Accolades

Senior lecturer in composition and director of orchestral studies Richard Prior will be honored this fall as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra plays his Symphony No. 3. The symphony, which was premiered in 2011 by the Emory University Symphony Orchestra, will be played in three performances November 20-23. For more information, please click here.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected Emory neuroscientist Larry Young to membership. Young isthe William P. Timmie Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine; chief of the Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatric Disorders at Yerkes National Primate Research Center; and director of the Center for Translational Social Neuroscience and Silvio O. Conte Center for Oxytocin and Social Cognition at Emory University. He was nominated for his research on understanding the genetic and neurobiological mechanisms underlying complex social behaviors, including social bonding and social attachments. Please click here to learn more.

Professor of religion Joyce Flueckiger and professor of art history Bonna Wescoat are among 178 scholars, artists, and scientists honored with Guggenheim Fellowships for 2014. Flueckiger plans to use the award to spend the 2014-2015 academic year writing "Material Acts: The Agency of Materiality in India," while Wescoat plans to work on a project titled "Insula Sacra: Samothrace and the Sanctuary of the Great Gods." More information is available here.

Kim David, Oxford College library specialist, was recently nominated by the Georgia Writers Association for the 50th Georgia Author of the Year award in the children's book category. Her nominated book, Stella the Sweet Potato's Amazing Journey, is based on the Oxford College of Emory University's Global Youth Service Day 2013 event, the "Potato Drop," in which students, faculty, and staff bagged sweet potatos to be distributed to local organizations that feed those in need. More information is available here.

Heard on Campus

Liberal Education in Contemporary Society

The idea of liberal education goes back to ancient Greece, to a slave-owning society where it was distinguished from the education of slaves. Liberal education was the education that was appropriate for those who were free, and that basic idea holds true to this day. When you want to frame a program in liberal education, what you ask yourself is, what do people who are free need in order to organize their lives, participate in collective decision making, and contribute to society in the fullest way? So in the first place, liberal education is to teach you how to be free, to teach you self-governance—self-governance not only in the collective or political sense, but also in the individual sense. . . . It’s striking to me that so much of our education—by which I mean the non-liberal part of our education — educates as if our main goal in life were to earn sustenance. It’s as if we are caught in an evolutionary infancy where we cannot grasp that meeting the basic requirements of living need no longer be our central occupation. So we organize our education, and much of our life activity, as if we still live on the savannah with the threat of starvation always looming.

Roosevelt Montas, Director of Core Curriculum, Columbia University, from his talk, “Liberal Education and Democratic Citizenship,” February 26, 2014, sponsored by the Voluntary Core Curriculum Program of Emory College

Resources for Faculty

Barnes & Noble Discounts Available to Faculty

The Emory University Barnes & Noble bookstore currently offers a number of discounts to all faculty and staff. These discounts include:

  • A 10 percent discount on all purchases, excluding "at-cost" items such as textbooks and computers. To receive this discount, faculty and staff need to show their Emory IDs at the point of purchase.
  • A 20 percent discount on all Smartkey purchases, again excluding textbooks, computers, and other at-cost items.  Faculty and staff will need to set up accounts before purchase to receive this discount.
  • Free deliveries to campus offices.
  • Capability to set up book signings and other book-related events, both inside and outside of the bookstore.
  • Special orders for in-print—and many out-of-print—book titles. To learn more about this perk, please email Reuben Gonzales at rgonzal@emory.edu.
  • An educational discount on computers and laptops.
  • A certified and competitively priced computer repair shop for personally owned machines.

The Emory University Barnes & Noble bookstore is located at 1390 Oxford Road and can be found online at emory.bncollege.com

New to the Faculty

Gregory Martin, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Gregory Martin completed his PhD in political economics at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business (2013). He joined the faculty at Emory in 2013. Martin’s research areas are American politics and empirical methodology, with specific focus on measuring the influence of news media, political advertising, and campaign strategy on election outcomes. His articles have been published in journals including Political Analysis.


Events This Week

Monday, May 12

The Atlanta Campus Commencement for all schools except Oxford will be held today, starting at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please visit emory.edu.

The Emory College Diploma Ceremony will take place immediately following the commencement exercises and is scheduled to start at 9:45 a.m. on the Quadrangle. For more information, please visit emory.edu.

The Laney Graduate School Masters' Diploma Ceremony will be held at 9:45 a.m. in the Goizueta Business School, Boynton Auditorium. For more information, please visit emory.edu.

The Candler School of Theology Diploma Ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. in Glenn Memorial Auditorium.

For more information, please visit emory.edu.

The Goizueta Business School BBA Diploma Ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the George W. Woodruff Physical Education Center (WoodPEC).

For more information, please visit emory.edu.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Diploma Ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. on McDonough Field.

For more information, please visit emory.edu.

The Physical Therapy Program Diploma Ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building (WHSCAB) Auditorium.

For more information, please visit emory.edu.

The School of Law Diploma Ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Gambrell Hall.

For more information, please visit emory.edu.

The Genetic Counseling Training Program Diploma Ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Whitehead Auditorium, Whitehead Biomedical Research Building.

For more information, please visit emory.edu.

The Laney Graduate School PhD Ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall.

For more information, please visit emory.edu.

The Medical Imaging Program Diploma Ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Harland Cinema, Dobbs University Center.

For more information, please visit emory.edu.

The Rollins School of Public Health Diploma Ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. in the plaza between the Claudia Nance Rollins and Grace Crum Rollins Buildings.

For more information, please visit emory.edu.

The Goizueta Business School MBA/PhD Diploma Ceremony will take place at 11:45 a.m. in the George W. Woodruff Physical Education Center (WoodPEC).

For more information, please visit emory.edu.

The School of Medicine Diploma Ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Glenn Memorial Auditorium.

For more information, please visit emory.edu.

Tuesday, May 13

At 2:30 p.m., Mark Rankin (senior lecturer at Flinders Law School in Australia and visiting scholar with the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative), will give a talk on "Abortion in the U.S." This lecture will take place in Emory Law School, room 575. For more information on Rankin and the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, please click here.

Wednesday, May 14

The Center for Translational Social Neuroscience will offer a seminar titled "Genetic, Neural, and Hormonal Influences on Social Cognition" with David Skuse (Institute of Child Health, University College London) from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the Bourne Seminar Room, Yerkes. Please click here for more information.

The Emory University Emeritus College will offer a Women's Conversation today at 4:00 p.m. in the Luce Center.

For more information and to register, please see this link.

Thursday, May 15

John J. Fung (Cleveland Clinic) will deliver the Joseph B. Whitehead Lecture today at 7:00 a.m. in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium. His lecture will be titled "Safely Expanding the Donor Pool." More informatoin is available here.

The CMBC Summer Workshop: Cognitive Science and Religion will be held today and tomorrow, starting at 9:00 a.m. Please see the events page of the CMBC website to learn more.

The Emory WorkLife Resource Center will host a workshop today titled "Strategies for Communicating with Loved Ones Living With Dementia" from noon to 1:30 in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Room 201. Ken Hepburn will facilitate. For more information or to register, please click here.

Friday, May 16

From 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., the Manuscript, Rare Books, and Archives Library (MARBL) will host a walkabout on its wraparound balcony before it is incorporated into interior space with MARBL's major renovation. Guests may record their thoughts and hopes for MARBL on the windows. Please click here to learn more.

Saturday, May 17

The Atlanta Master Chorale will perform their season finale tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall. To learn more or purchase tickets, please click here.

Sunday, May 18

No events are scheduled for today.

Monday, May 19

Guests interested in attending "The Financial Crisis: What Happened? (Or, the Next Financial Crisis)" with Gary Gorton (Yale School of Management) on Wednesday, May 21 at 3:45 p.m. must register by today. For more information and to register, please click here.

The Emory University Emeritus College will host the next talk in its Luncheon Colloquium Series today. Steve Henderson, Professor of Geology, Oxford College, will give a talk titled “The Impact of Geology on Battle Sites of the Atlanta Campaign.” This event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Luce Center.  All are welcome, but interested parties must register on or before the Wednesday prior to each colloquium to be included in the attendance and lunch count. The fee for lunch is $7.00 and it will accepted at the door. For more information and to register, please see this link.

David S. Weiss (Emory Vaccine Center) will give the Igor Stojiljkovic Memorial Lecture today at 4:00 p.m. in the Whitehead Auditorium. For more information, please see microbiology.emory.edu.

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

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

Monday, May 12, 2014, Volume 14, Issue 36

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