January 28, 2008
Talk to explore Grady’s history
By kim urquhart
The past, present and future of Grady Memorial Hospital provides the context for the Transforming Community Project’s third annual “Experiencing Race at Emory” event. At a Founders Week panel discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 5, individuals representing Emory University and the Emory School of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine and Grady Memorial Hospital will share their stories in “Three Part Harmony: Listening to the Voices of Emory, Morehouse and Grady.” Vice President Gary Hauk, author of “A Legacy of Heart and Mind: Emory Since 1836,” will moderate the discussion, which begins at 6 p.m. in Cannon Chapel.
A diverse slate of panelists offers the opportunity to “hear from people that are working at Grady, Emory and Morehouse day to day and who are working for positive solutions” to the tough questions facing the financially troubled hospital, says Jillian Ford, a doctoral student and member of the TCP steering committee.
“It’s a perfect time to talk about Grady from a less controversial perspective [but rather from a] story-telling perspective, looking through the lens of race,” says Jody Usher, co-director of the TCP, a five-year initiative to document the University’s past and confront current challenges around the issue of race.
The audience can participate in a question-and-answer session following the panel talk, which is co-sponsored by Emory College. “In the spirit of hearing from the multiple voices of the panelists,” Ford says, “we want students, faculty and staff, as well as the wider community, to come and join in this conversation.”