Im George W. Bush, and were behind closed doors
in the Oval Office, said the interviewer. Im
considering supporting drilling in the Arctic. You have one
minute to persuade me otherwise.
an ardent environmentalist and a member of several organizations
seeking to protect forests and wildlife refuges, Emory senior
John A. Henderson could not have been more pleased with this
scenario, posed to him in the last of three intensive Rhodes
I lit up and began to respectfully lay out the arguments against
drilling, Henderson says. I had to gently but firmly
argue my position.
few hours later, in the opulent Atlanta law offices of Alston
and Bird where the final round for the Southeast region took
place, Henderson found out that he would be one of thirty-two
Rhodes Scholars for 2003, among ninety selected worldwide.
Rhodes, a hundred years old this year, offers two years of study
at Oxford University
(with a chance of renewal for a third year).
who majored in political science with a focus on Latin American
politics and minored in philosophy and Italian, will travel
to England in September to begin pursuing a masters of
philosophy degree in political thought. A self-described progressive
who worked on Green candidate Ralph Naders 2000 presidential
campaign, Henderson aspires to a career in politics or academia
through which he can help create a more responsive government
instead of the elite model we currently have.
Dean Joanne Brzinski, head of Emorys office of scholarships
and fellowships, helps prepare students for the Rhodes. We
have a philosophy that we want to select from accomplished students,
not create accomplishments, she says. The competitiveness
and intensity has increased, and students invest a great deal
of time and energy knowing their chances are quite slim. My
goal is to take very good students and help them present themselves
as well as they can.
of nine students nominated by the University this year, Henderson
is Emorys seventeenth Rhodes Scholar. He was one of two
scholars this year from Georgia (the other is Adam Cureton,
a senior at the University of Georgia).
who interned at the Carter Center last year, is a member of
many social, political, and environmental organizations, including
the Alaska Coalition of Georgia, Empty the Shelters, Georgia
Coalition Against the War, Students Against Violence, the Heritage
Forest Campaign, and the Atlanta Urban Debate League.
a guitarist in the Atlanta folk-punk band The Whelks,
(named after the Georgia state shell,) Henderson hangs out in
the funky Little Five Points section
of Atlanta and sees music as another form of activism. His influences
include Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and
use music . . . to uplift the downtrodden and tell silenced
stories, he says. I try to foster thought by adding
my political voice to the many others.M.J.L.