January 22, 2008
Founders Week events warm up mid-winter
By carol clark
Music, theatrical perform-ances, art and museum exhibition openings, scholarly lectures, and a mini-film festival make up the 2008 Founders Week, Feb. 3-10. The series of events will culminate with the Founders Ball and a public lecture by Distinguished Writer in Residence Salman Rushdie, titled “Autobiography and the Novel.”
“The mid-winter festival of the arts and sciences commemorates the founding of Emory College in 1836 and celebrates the role of the University in promoting inquiry and intellectual life,” says Sally Wolff-King, who helped establish Founders Week as associate dean of Emory College.
Emory faculty featured during Founders Week include Harvey Klehr, whose topic “Espionage, Informing and the Movies: Hollywood’s Communist Problem” will elucidate “My Son John” and “On the Waterfront,” shown during the mini-film series; William Brown, whose exhibition will open with the gallery talk, “Trying to Make Art with a Camera: Photographic Strategies and Traditional Media,” accompanied by the Emory Saxophone Quartet; and Oded Borowski, who will speak on “Archaeology of Destruction: Daily Life in Ancient Judah as It Emerges from Ruins.”
Visiting lecturers include Philip V. Bohlman and Christine Bohlman of the University of Chicago, who will perform “The Silence of Transcendence”; Sean Kirkland of DePaul University, speaking on “The Tragic Foundations of Aristotelian Ethics”; and Horace Newcomb of the University of Georgia, who will address “Television in Transition: Chaos, Confusion and Promises.”
The Michael C. Carlos Museum will launch a new exhibit, “Lost Kingdoms of the Nile: Nubian Treasures from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston,” and unveil the new installation of the museum’s permanent collection of sub-Saharan African art.
The musical lineup includes Mika Yoshida — a marimba player from Japan — with the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, the Emory Annual Jazz Fest Concert and Big Band Night, the Atlanta Bach Ensemble, Wu Man — who plays the pipa, a lute-like Chinese instrument — and the Kronos Quartet.
For more information, refer to the full listing of events at www.emory.edu/founders.