The newly renovated Clairmont Campus soon will be filled with
lively debate on world affairs, strains of Indian music and the
aroma of Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine—all part of the
Center for International Living (CIL) to be housed there.
Originally proposed by the Institute for Comparative and International
Studies (ICIS), the CIL is a project jointly supported by ICIS,
Emory College and Campus Life. It is the first of what will be a
series of thematically designed residence halls developed for Clairmont.
Gordon Newby, executive director of ICIS, said the center is an
embodiment of Emory’s internationalizing spirit, as well as
the ideal of a liberal arts education.
“I worry that modern education has become disjointed and compartmentalized,”
Newby said. “The CIL will provide for integration of what
people study, where they live and what they do in their spare time.
The idea is to have faculty, graduate students and undergraduates
come together from a variety of disciplines, all with a common interest
in living in the wider world.”
CIL “members” will be able to take advantage of a host
of special programming, including lectures on global issues, panel
discussions, communal meals with faculty and visiting scholars,
foreign film screenings, musical performances, and academic courses
especially designed for residents. Members also will have opportunities
to connect to Atlanta’s burgeoning international community
through outreach projects.
Anthropology Professor Bradd Shore will serve as the first faculty-in-residence
and director of programming. Already comfortably ensconced in his
family apartment at Clairmont, Shore is very excited about developing
a space where various regional interests can interact.
“We wanted to find programming that would increase the global
awareness of students and that would help in this long process of
converting Emory from a major national university into a major international
one,” Shore said.
Though the CIL does not yet have residents, programming will begin
this year to build interest in the concept, with the expectation
that applications will be accepted this spring. Membership will
not be restricted to residents; Newby hopes to attract a wide range
of international students, study abroad returnees, American students
with international heritage and anyone interested in international
politics, economics, religion and culture. His long-term goal is
to build a network of CIL alumni who will act as resources for each
other and Emory’s future international programming.
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is enthusiastic about
this important project and looks forward to covering its future
development. For more information on the CIL, contact Alta Schwartz,
ICIS outreach coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Sheth Award nominations
The OIA is seeking nominations for the 2003 Sheth Distinguished
International Alumni Award, created last year by a generous gift
from Jagdish Sheth, the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing
at Goizueta Business School, and his wife, Madhu. The award seeks
to recognize Emory’s international students who have gone
on to achieve
prominence in their life’s work, either in their home country
Sheth, who established a similar award at the University of Illinois,
said he was inspired to highlight the importance of internationals
on U.S. campuses and to encourage Emory to keep better track of
its own international students.
“A formal recognition program like this will make us focus
more intently on Emory’s international dimensions,”
The award will be presented this spring at OIA’s annual International
Awards Night. Nominees must have been citizens of another country
at the time they were enrolled at Emory. If you would like to nominate
someone, visit the “International Awards” page at www.emory.edu/OIA/
for a full list of criteria and nomination forms.