January 22, 2001
Highlight of 200001 begins on Thursday
By Michael Terrazas email@example.com
Emorys Year of Reconciliation reaches its focal point and zenith this week with the opening of the much-anticipated Reconciliation Symposium, starting with a keynote address from President Jimmy Carter on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium.
The two days following Carters address are filled with a slate
of plenary sessions, panel discussions, other keynote addresses and lunches
(see full schedule, ,http://www.emory.edu/PROVOST/ReconciliationSymposium/),
culminating in a closing plenary that will feature President Bill Chace,
Provost Rebecca Chopp, Executive Vice President Michael Johns and the
Universitys nine deans, as they grapple with the question of what
the symposium means for Emory and its future.
Symposium events will be held in various locations around campus, but
the nerve center will be in WHSCAB, where an information desk
will be placed to answer questions.
When we were working on and writing Choices & Responsibility,
said Chancellor Billy Frye, one of the symposiums four co-chairs,
one of the things we kept hearing was how faculty wanted opportunities
to talk about intellectual issues across the disciplines.
Well, Frye continued, gesturing literally at WHSCAB Plaza
but figuratively at the symposium and all it will offer, this is
it. This is an opportunity to find out how all of us are connected through
our differences, not just through our similarities.
Fryes fellow co-chairs include Robert Agnew, professor of sociology;
Steve Kraftchick, associate dean of theology; and John Stone, associate
dean of medicine. Also vital in planning and coordinating the symposium
have been Jan Cahoon and Karen Poremski in Fryes office.
According to Cahoon and the co-chairs, a few hundred Emory
faculty have reserved space for the panel discussions, and more than a
few requests have come from outside the University. Though the symposium
all along has been focused on the Emory community, it has been advertised
recently in local media and is expected to draw interest with names like
Carter, U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and naturalist E.O. Wilson (see ),
not to mention the Universitys own stars.
A number of symposium events will be broadcast live on Emorys web
site, including the addresses by Carter, Lewis and Wilson; plenary sessions
with Yerkes Frans de Waal and former Emory President James Laney;
and three of the 12 panel discussions. The webcast can be found at ,http://www.emory.edu/PROVOST/ReconciliationSymposium.
In addition, TV monitors will be set up in WHSCAB plaza to accommodate
overflow crowds for all events taking place in the below auditorium.
Admisson to Carters address requires free tickets (available at
the Emory Box Office, 404-727-5050), but all other events are open to
the public, and the co-chairs expect most, if not all, to be filled to
capacity during the three-day symposium.
Reconciliation is living, said Stone. Some people wondered
why we were doing this, and its because the whole theme is synonymous
with living. One thing weve learned [during the year] is how many
different spheres deal with reconciliation. My mind has been stretched.
Look at the [John] Ashcroft hearings, said Kraftchick, referring to the recent George W. Bush appointee for attorney general. Look at the Georgia flag controversy. These involve polarizing social values, and this is a forum to talk about that.