December 12 , 2005
celebrates Emory’s birth
Next February, Emory will commemorate its birth during
Founders Week, a festival of academic, social and cultural
events that will “celebrate the role of the University in promoting
inquiry and intellectual life,”
Feb. 5–12, 2006.
“Founders Week is intended to celebrate the ‘legacy of heart
and mind’ bequeathed to us by Emory’s founders,” said Gary
Hauk, vice president and deputy to the president. “The aim is to call attention
to Emory’s history, gather the community for scholarly conversation and
social conviviality, and look to the future with energy and thoughtfulness.”
Previously known as Charter Week in commemoration of
as a university in 1915, this year the celebration will be extended to mark
original founding: Founders Week is framed around the first meeting
of the Emory College Board of Trustees, which occurred Feb. 6, 1837. The college
itself was founded in 1836 in Oxford.
“To mark this milestone,” said Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education
Sally Wolff King, “faculty, students, staff and administrators, drawn from
all corners of the University, will have the opportunity to engage in a week
replete with thought-provoking, stimulating and festive events.”
Such events include intellectual fare that will not
only satisfy the curiosity of many students and faculty but also
interests in the community,
Georgia Rep. John Lewis, longtime congressman from
Georgia’s 5th District
and a veteran of the civil rights movement, will give a lecture titled “Civil
Rights and the University Community,” Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium,
and Brown University President Ruth Simmons will give her insight on “The
University Between Past and Future” on Feb. 10. Simmons comes from an
experienced background in university administration; prior to becoming the
American president of an Ivy League institution, she served as president of
Smith College, vice provost at Princeton University, provost at Spelman College
associate dean of the Graduate School at the University of Southern California.
The week will kick off with “Fanfare for the
Gold and Blue,” featuring
a commemorative cake-cutting and a performance by the student a capella group
No Strings Attached, Feb. 6 at noon in the Dobbs Center. To close the week,
the Founders Ball, a black-tie-optional dance with live music
by E.J. Hughes and a dessert reception (including another birthday
cake), will be held Feb.
11 at 8 p.m. at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. Tickets to Founders Ball
will be on sale in January in the Dobbs Center and Schwartz Center ($5 for
faculty and staff, $2 students, $10 alumni).
Some established University events have been brought
into the Founders
Week calendar. For example, Faculty Council agreed to move the 11th annual
Distinguished Faculty Lecture to coincide with the celebration; this
year’s speaker will
be Dennis Liotta, professor of chemistry and one of the faculty members involved
in last summer’s landmark AIDS drug sale that brought some $540 million
in royalty sales to Emory and the inventors. Liotta’s lecture is titled “New
Therapies for Treating Viral Infections and Cancers” and will be held
Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. in the Rita Ann Rollins Room, School of Public Health.
Artistic events include a 24-hour arts festival, a
film festival, and numerous concerts, including “Bach’s
Musical Offering” by the Bach Baroque
Ensemble (Feb. 5), the Flora Glenn Candler Concert featuring percussionist
Evelyn Glennie (Feb. 7) and the Emory Baroque Orchestra (Feb. 9).
The Emory Annual Jazz
Festival will host an improvisation class with Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson
(Feb. 9) and give concerts featuring Anderson and the Gary Motley Trio (Feb.
10) and Emory Big Band (Feb. 11). Other scheduled events include a chalk art
competition on the Quadrangle and an exhibit of photographs taken by artist
Angela West (Feb. 9).
“Founders Week is intended to bring the entire institution and her
alumni together to honor and celebrate the 170-year-old tradition of the Gold
and Blue,” Wolff King said.
For more information, contact Michael Kloss, director
of events and convocations, at 404-727-0674 or via e-mail at email@example.com.