Emory Report

June 1, 1999

 Volume 51, No. 32

Forging future from past is this year's Alumni University theme

Appropriately, the theme of 1999's Alumni University straddles the centuries. In "Looking Back, Looking Ahead," some of Emory's best professors will help participants imagine the future while they explore the past. "In this year's program we're trying to look at where we've been as a university, a city and a nation," said Gerald Lowrey, senior associate director of the Association of Emory Alumni.

Each day's programming will reflect this concept. In the classroom, History Professor Patrick Allitt will describe some of the more peculiar and sensational cases of American religious and secular millennialism in "Expecting the End of the World." Participants can also explore "Dynamic Crossroads: Emory's New International Classroom" with Associate Professor of Religion Joyce Burkhalter Fluecker or begin "Looking for Atlanta" in a glimpse at the city as a microcosm of America on issues of urban sprawl, race, transportation and community-based solutions. The course is led by Dana White, professor of urban studies and co-creator and narrator of the PBS series "The Making of Modern Atlanta."

New this year is the daily program option. Participants can choose to attend as they wish. The program starts Thursday, June 10, with lunch at the Emory Conference Center. Later that day, participants can explore East Lake, the once illustrious Atlanta neighborhood that fell on hard times and is now being revitalized with new living spaces and a centerpiece public golf course named for 1999 honorary degree recipient Charlie Yates. Other tours include the Carlos Museum, Woodruff Library, Peachtree Creek battlefield and the Atlanta History Center. A Braves game is also included, but tickets are selling fast, said Lowrey.

Staff and faculty are particularly encouraged to attend all or part of the conference, he added, which ends June 13 with "Reconciliation," reflections by Candler Professor of Church History William Mallard.

Cost for the full program is $175; individual days are $75, and half days are $25. A full list of events is available on the Alumni University web site at <www.emory.edu/ ALUMNI/ AU/1999> or by calling 404-727-6405.

--Stacey Jones

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