Forgotten Hero of My Lai" to give talk and booksigning
Hugh Thompson, the former U.S. Army helicopter pilot who put a stop to the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War, will give a public talk at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 in Cannon Chapel. Afterwards he will sign copies of the recently published biography, The Forgotten Hero of My Lai: The Hugh Thompson Story, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Earlier in the day Thompson will speak to religion Professor David Blumenthal's class titled "The Problem of Evil." Blumenthal, who has been teaching the course for about six years, is the author of a new book, The Banality of Good and Evil, which explores the "everyday-ness" of both unspeakable evil and heroically good acts. He said he invited Thompson to campus because he now realizes there are important questions he needs to ask Thompson to understand the underlying causes of his heroism.
"I need to ask him about discipline in his home when he was growing up and who was his role model for good," Blumenthal said. "Also, he is a person trained by the military who defied military authority. What higher authority did he appeal to to do that? Was it the ideal of the military as it should be? Was it God?"
The Forgotten Hero of My Lai was written by journalist Trent Angers of Lafayette, La. The introduction was written by Mike Wallace of CBS News, a former war correspondent in Vietnam. For information call 404-727-4449.
Browning named new men's tennis coach
John Browning, a former head coach at two NCAA Div. III institutions, has been appointed director of tennis and head men's tennis coach.
For the past five years Browning has been the men's and women's tennis head coach at Salisbury State University in Maryland. Prior to that, he spent three years as the head men's tennis coach at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (Calif.) and one year as an assistant men's tennis coach at University of California-Santa Cruz.
The last four years at Salisbury State, his men's teams finished in the Top 25 nationally and won the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) title. They were 15th in the nation in the final Div. III rankings in 1996, eighth in 1997, 25th in 1998 and 18th in 1999. Browning was the Div. III South Region Coach of the Year in 1997 and a three-time CAC Coach of the Year.
At Emory, Browning takes over a team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA national championship last season. He succeeds Don Schroer, who last season became the 22nd coach in NCAA history in any division to amass 500 career wins. Schroer compiled a career record of 503-288 in 31 seasons, all at Emory.
Browning also will be responsible for developing Emory's new tennis complex, scheduled to begin construction in August 2000. He will assist in the design and construction of the facility and then plan all aspects of the complex's tennis program.
SCHOLARSHIP AND RESEARCH
During the construction of the Miller-Ward Alumni House on Houston Mill Road, the Houston Mill House continues to be open for lunch on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To make lunch reservations, call 404-727-4033. In addition, Houston Mill House is available for special luncheons, meetings, dinners or receptions, including holiday parties. For special event reservations, call 404-727-7878.
In the heart of campus, construction of the new Cherry Logan Emerson Hall will create occasional backups on Pierce Drive, Arkwright and the loop behind Bishop Hall. The construction, in progress since May, is located on the site of the demolished Utility Building adjacent to Atwood Hall. The project also will create dust, noise and vibration impacts on nearby residents, according to William Morgan, senior project manager, who added that these inconveniences are unavoidable. If there are significant concerns about the impact of the demolition on activities, contact Morgan at 404-727-1531.
Minority recruitment roundtable set for Oct. 5
The minority recruitment committee in the Department of History and the Graduate School admissions office are holding a roundtable on Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Cox Hall to encourage minority students to consider graduate or professional schools.
Judith Miller, a professor in history, said her department has organized the event for several years, and feedback has always been positive. College and business school faculty nominated several minority students, who received individual invitations, but the event is open to anyone interested in postgraduate studies.
Among the faculty participants in the roundtable, "Grabbing Hold of the Future: Minorities, Academia and Your Next Steps," are Johnnetta Cole of Anthropology and Women's and African American Studies; Vicente Vargas from the business school; Cynthia Spence, interim academic dean of Spelman College; John Morrow, professor of history at the University of Georgia; Lisa Flowers from the medical school; Ujjayant Chakravorty from the economics department; Kharen Fulton from the graduate school admissions office; and Miller.
Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Miller at 404-727-6564.