Third Sam Nunn forum to be held March 21-23
Students, scholars and community and national leaders will converge on Emory's campus March 21-23 to discuss the civil and moral ties that hold communities together as part of the third annual Sam Nunn NationsBank Policy Forum.
This year's forum, titled "Leadership, Values and Ethics: Educating Global Citizens for a New Millennium," was inspired by Nunn's work as co-chair of the National Commission on Civic Renewal, which issued the report "A Nation of Spectators: How Civic Disengagement Weakens America and What We Can Do About It."
Archbishop Desmond Tutu will deliver the forum's keynote address March 21 at 8 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium. Also attending will be former Sen. Bill Bradley and Secretary for Health and Human Services Donna Shalala. Scholars from the University of Southern California, Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania and the Whidbey Institute will speak, along with other leaders.
Colleges and universities from around the state will send representatives, including Agnes Scott, Columbia Theological Seminary, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Kennesaw State, Interdenominational Theological Center, Mercer, Morehouse, Morehouse School of Medicine, Oglethorpe, Southern Polytechnic, Spelman and the University of Georgia.
For more information consult the forum's web site at <www. nunnforum.emory.edu>.
Pitts gift third largest in Emory history
The School of Theology is one of four beneficiaries of a $166 million trust established by W.I.H. and Lula Pitts of Waverly Hall, Ga. The bequest is the largest gift ever received by Candler, one of 13 seminaries of the United Methodist Church, and the third largest in Emory's history.
Income from the trust will be divided among Emory; Young Harris College in Young Harris, Ga.; the South Georgia Methodist Home for Children in Macon, Ga.; and a fund for retired pastors of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Candler will receive dividend income from 50 percent of the trust and will use the income to establish scholarships named for Margaret Adger Pitts, who died in July at the age of 104 and was the daughter of W.I.H. and Lula Pitts, said Dean Kevin LaGree. Six scholarships will be available this fall consisting of full tuition and a $3,000 stipend, and the school will add six scholarships per year for the next three years for a total of 18, he added.
"Candler's primary development goal has been to increase scholarship
support for students who too often carry too much debt with them from their
theological education," LaGree said. "The generosity of the Pitts
family will help Candler reduce student debt."
Foster to serve as Candler interim dean
Charles Foster, associate dean of faculty at the Candler School of Theology, will serve as interim dean of the school effective July 1, following the depature of Dean Kevin LaGree.
Foster came to Emory in 1988 as professor of Christian education and director of the Program of Christian Education. Previously he taught at Scarritt Graduate School and at Methodist Theological School, where he served for one year as acting dean. He is an ordained United Methodist minister and holds membership in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. His research focuses on multicultural education in religion. Foster serves as co-chair for the University Council on Teaching.
The search for a permanent dean will take place during the 1999-2000 year, said Provost Rebecca Chopp, who added that in preparation for the search process, Professor Tom Frank will chair an internal review of the school.