Creative Campus

A creativity conversation in progress

Rita Dove and Robert Spano

175 Things You Should Know about Emory

49. Creative Campus

What do naturalist E. O. Wilson, playwright Edward Albee, Hollywood producer Walter Mirisch, musician Emily Saliers, poet Rita Dove, conductor Robert Spano, and novelist Margaret Atwood have in common? All have lent their voices to Creativity Conversations, a series of dialogues sponsored by the Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts (CCA) and hosted by University Secretary Rosemary Magee 82PhD. The CCA is a nexus for artistic and imaginative exploration, fostering a range of creative collaboration across departments and disciplines.

34. Edgy Dialogue

A candid and spirited panel discussion about race relations in America and the South today—moderated by Wolf Blitzer of “The Situation Room”—ushered in the new series CNN Dialogues, a community forum created by a partnership of CNN, Emory’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Future topics include social media and the acceptance of gays in society.

The stock exchange post

35. The Real Thing

The site of lively trading for more than 50 years, the vintage Coca-Cola New York Stock Exchange Trading Post was given to Emory in 1980; it now resides, fittingly, in Goizueta Business School. Also housed in the adjacent Goizueta Foundation Center is the Balser Art Collection, donated by Ron and Barbara Balser, whose daughters, Ginger Balser Reid 93BA and Laura Balser 94BBA 01MBA, and son-in-law, Matthew Smith 01MBA, are alumni. The collection contains more than 180 pieces of art including recognizable works by Braque, Chagall, Dali, Lichtenstein, Picasso, Rauschenberg, and Warhol.

47. Jewish Life

The Marcus Hillel Center, which opened in spring 2010, is home to Hillel at Emory and Hillels of Georgia and serves as the heartbeat of Jewish campus life for Emory. The modern, airy facility features meeting and worship rooms, wireless Internet, a student leadership center, and kosher café, and hosts cultural and art events such as the recent exhibition of Salvadore Dali’s limited lithograph series Aliyah, The Rebirth of Israel.

The title page from De Humani Corporis Fabrica

48. Early Anatomy

The first comprehensive anatomy text was De Humani Corporis Fabrica (The Fabric of the Human Body), written by Renaissance Flemish physician Andreas Vesalius in 1543 and illustrated with elaborate wood block engravings. Subjects were hard to come by for Vesalius, who often resorted to stealing the bodies of criminals who were hanged near Paris, taking them home, and dissecting them. An original copy of Vesalius’s rare and famous anatomy guide is owned by the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library; it cost $300 when professors and students chipped in to buy it in 1930. Today, similar copies sell for about $100,000.

50. Education, Continued

From dance to digital photography, web design to paralegal studies, Mandarin Chinese to yoga, Emory Continuing Education (ECE) on the Briarcliff campus offers more than 150 noncredit classes a month for personal and professional growth. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for adults 50 and older offers classes through the ECE such as watercolor and literature.

56. Theological Treasures

If you’re searching for translations of the works of Trappist monk Thomas Merton, Charles Wesley’s correspondence with older brother John Wesley, Luther’s September Testament, the only known copy of the 1560 printing of the Low German Slüter Hymnal, or a postcard collection depicting missionary activity in Africa during the 1930s, these and some 560,000 other rare and valuable works can be found in the Pitts Theology Library, one of Emory’s six libraries. The library also subscribes to about 1,200 periodicals, with special strength in titles from sub-Saharan Africa.

57–61. Highlights from the Pitts Theological Library

• The first Lutheran Hymnal (1524)
• The only surviving copy of the Magdeburg Enchiridion (petit hymnal from 1536)
• The fifth revision of the Book of Common Prayer (1662)
• Prime Minister William Gladstone’s Greek New Testament
• All of the four Great Polyglot Bibles (Complutensian, Antwerp, Paris, London)

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