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Rudolph Byrd, 1994

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Paying Homage: “Rudolph set the standard for how you move through pain and how you move through challenges. People have been willing to step up and do what needs to be done out of respect for him,” said Carol Anderson, associate professor of African American studies, in a Chronicle of Higher Education article about the legacy of Professor Rudolph Byrd (above), a prolific scholar of American and African American literature, the civil rights movement, and gender studies, who died in October 2011 at fifty-eight. Its title: “A Professor’s Death Ripples Outward.”

Getting Grads Hired: “If we give them a degree, we have a moral obligation to make sure they leave here with a defined next-step plan in place. If a student is looking for a job in earnest they will have one,” said Emory Career Center Executive Director Paul Fowler in a front-page Atlanta Journal-Constitution article in May on the job market for liberal arts graduates.

Not-So-Distant Past: “If you said to me that my father’s grandfather grew up in slavery and actually spent maybe the first ten or fifteen years of his life as human chattel, I wouldn’t have been able to take that idea so seriously. I didn’t imagine that those times—the antebellum heritage of the United States—were so close to me,” English professor Lawrence Jackson said in an interview for NPR’s All Things Considered about his book My Father’s Name: A Black Virginia Family after the Civil War.

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