February 12, 2001
has something for everyone
By Eric Rangus email@example.com
The Reconciliation Symposium turned out its lights two weeks ago, but Emorys Year of Reconciliation remains in full swing. In fact, the next few months may provide some of the most interesting programming of the entire year.
Through May, workshops will be scattered across the University, further
expanding some of the issues raised during the Jan. 2528 symposium.
Other workshops explore fresh subjects, further widening Emorys
Because there is no grand narrative for reconciliation, there is
no single kind of workshop, said Bobbi Patterson, visiting assistant
professor of religion and chair of the workshop committee. The range
and what [people] can learn is phenomenal.
More than a dozen workshops are planned through May, the first one (Examining
the Cognitive Foundations of the Conflicts Between Religion and Science)
having taken place on Jan. 30, just two days after the close of the symposium.
The next workshop is one that should prove to be one of the more popular
offerings. Reconciling Our Pasts: Gender, Sexuality and Oral History
will have two 25-participant sessions, one this afternoon from 46:30
p.m. and a repeat engagement Feb. 13 at the same time. Both are in Cox
It will serve as a follow-up to the Reconciliation, Sexuality and
Gender: Poetics, Politics and Pragmatics panel discussion of Jan.
26. Each of the symposiums panel discussions has a corresponding
workshop that will look at the original material from a different angle.
The large majority of the upcoming workshops have participant limits
(usually 25, but some are as small as 15). Patterson said all workshops
still have space available, and overflow attendees can be accommodated.
Signup information, as well as a full list and description of reconciliation
workshops, is available at http://www.emory.edu/PROVOST/ReconciliationSymposium/events.html.
Because of their small size, the workshops will have a different feel
than the panel discussions that dominated the symposium. They will be
more interactive and, in some cases, fully active.
For instance, Saralyn Chesnut, director of the Office of LGBT Life, will
host a walking tour of Little Five Points on March 8. Participants will
visit several historical landmarks in the eclectic community, which was
home to a thriving lesbian-feminist community in the 1970s and 80s.
The response has been overwhelming, Chesnut said. We
are full and overflowing.
Nurturing a Green University, March 2223, should prove
to be another heavily interactive offering as faculty, staff, students
and administrators will tackle a variety of environmental issues.
The Student Committee for the Year of Reconciliation debuted its programming
Feb. 8 with a discussion on affirmative action. Each Thursday through
March 8, the student committee will hold discussions aimed at student
The Feb. 15 topic will focus on LGBT issues. Successive events will turn
an eye toward global concerns, such as the conflict between India and
Pakistan (Feb. 22) and Arab/Israeli issues (March 8).
Workshops are not limited to the main Emory campus, either. Grady Hospital
will host Nicole Lurie, principal deputy assistant secretary for Health,
Depart-]ment of Health and Human Services, March 20, who will discuss
Reconciling Disparities in Health Care.
Another interesting offering is Emory and Atlanta: Challenges and Opportunities for Creating University-Community Partnerships. It will serve as an introduction to Emorys Office of University-Community Partnerships and will discuss ways to reach out to the Atlanta community.