Emory Report
January 14, 2008
Volume 60, Number 15

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January 14, 2008
Advance Notice

What happened to humanism?
Attempts to define humanism reveal as much about its would-be definers and their respective eras as illuminate the subject itself, says Thomas Flynn, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy and a specialist in contemporary continental philosophy.

In Flynn’s Life of the Mind lecture on Jan. 16 at 12:30 in the Woodruff Library’s Jones Room, the “humanisms” of Jean-Paul Sartre will be among the topics of discussion.

Is humanism on the verge of disappearance? “The issue has ramified as the discussion is augmented by theories and discoveries in the natural and social sciences, not to mention their reverberation in the humanities themselves. Despite claiming right of ownership on the term, the humanities strike some as doing their best merely to keep afloat,” Flynn said. “At stake is more than the term.”

Dance duo in concert
Choreographers Gregory Catellier and George Staib present “In and Through,” a dance concert marking their third collaborative union. The Emory dance faculty members endeavor to delve more deeply into contemplative themes such as interdependence, love and disintegration. Featuring professional dancers from the Atlanta area, the concert will include new, repertory and multi-media work.

Performances are Jan. 24 and Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. at Emory Performing Arts Studio. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $6 for students, professional artists and patrons over 65 and under 12. For details, visit www.arts.emory.edu.

Tree planting honors King
Looking for a way to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday? Join a team of Emory volunteers to plant trees in the Martin Luther King Jr. historic district on Monday, Jan. 21.

The project, held in conjunction with Trees Atlanta, begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. with an opportunity to reflect on the day of service over lunch. Sponsored by the Association of Emory Alumni, the Caucus of Emory Black Alumni and Volunteer Emory, pre-registration is required. Contact Melody Porter at 404-727-6268 or melody.porter@emory.edu.

For more events during Emory’s King Week celebration, visit www.emory.edu/MLK/.