In 1836—the year a handful of well-meaning, mostly Southern, Methodist men were given a charter to start a college in rural Georgia—Texas had just been wrested from Mexico, Charles Darwin was sailing on the Beagle, and the first US patent was issued for locomotive wheels. The forces acting on Emory in the 175 years since are every bit as extraordinary as those that shaped the world beyond, and our transformation just as profound.
We celebrate with a story for each year of Emory’s history—the places, people, ideas, discoveries, gifts, resources, and unexpected events that make up the past and present of this rich, complex, fascinating place. Many of these 175 stories you know well, some you may have forgotten, and others may surprise you. But stories gather strength and meaning from the retelling. These stories are ours, and we share them so that we all might wonder at how far we’ve come.
What’s an anniversary celebration without a toast to the people who brought us this far? Last year, a special committee convened to review nominations and select 175 Emory Makers of History—notable men and women who have contributed to Emory’s evolution and growth in myriad ways, whether alumni or administrative leaders, faculty or staff, donors, visionaries, or friends. Say hello to all 175 history makers at www.emory.edu/175.
Welcome to the new home for Oxford Outlook. This alumni publication for Oxford College will now be found in the spring and fall issues of Emory Magazine.
“No university, it seems to me, stands on quite the same ground as Emory in its emphasis on the values and the individual and collective qualities that make us human.”