February 26, 2001
Sarah Richards works in Theory-Practice
Learning, Faith in the City and the
Reconciliation Symposium and workshops; Karen Poremski is coordinator
of the symposium and visiting assistant professor of English.
The questions raised during Januarys Reconciliation Symposium continue
to float through campus: Can we overcome conflicts based on differences
of race or sexuality? What can scholars of different disciplinesscience
and religion, for examplelearn from each others work? How
can we, as a campus, find a way to coexist with nature even as we expand
our lab, classroom and office space?
While the symposium took an important step in bringing campus discussion
to bear on these questions, it is important not to let its legacy live
in words and ideas alone. A series of follow-up workshops continues what
began last month and aims to lead to our next steps of action. The goal
of the committee members who created these workshops was to ensure that
the symposium would have a lasting impact on Emory, reflected in its teaching,
research and service.
Upcoming workshop topics will include everything from planning a curriculum
to nurturing our green spaces; formats range from structured discussions
to field trips to service projects. Here are just a few of those coming
On Monday, Feb. 26, Designing Reconciliation into the Curriculum
will take place from 46:30 p.m. in 362 Dobbs Center. This workshop
will feature Charles Villa-Vicencio, professor at the University of Cape
Town and former director of publications for the South African Truth and
Reconciliation Commission. Villa-Vicencio will speak about his experiences
in designing a masters program in reconciliation. He will help participants
understand the process of establishing such a program and the curricular
issues it raises.
The second offering of Johnnetta Coles Stories of
Racial Reconciliation will take place on March 7 from 46:30
p.m. in the Harris Hall parlor. This workshop will bring together a diverse
group of people to hear and tell their own stories of race and reconciliation.
Emory and Atlanta: Challenges and Opportunities for Creating
University-Community Partnerships will take place at noon on March
7 in Cox Hall. In addition to presenting the services and programs of
the Office of University-Community Partnerships, the workshop will give
faculty the opportunity to learn about its mini-grants program for teaching
and research assistance.
On March 22, Justice as a Starting Point for Reconciliation
On March 22 and 23, 100 staff, faculty and students will expand
their environmental knowledge and brainstorm plans of action for the Universitys
future. Consultants from Second Nature, a nonprofit group from Boston,
will help deepen the communitys awareness of current issues, learn
how other institutions are minimizing their impact on the environment,
and develop ways in which Emory can restore environmental quality. A special
application is required for this workshop; contact the Office of University
Conferences for more details.
To register or find out more about any workshop, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 404-727-0427. For a complete listing of workshop offerings, visit