Emory Report
March 24, 2008
Volume 60, Number 24

Luminaries in Arts
and Humanities schedule
to date

March 30
Shashi Tharoor, novelist, and former under-secretary general of the UN. 5 p.m. Tull Auditorium, Law School.*

April 6
William Dalrymple, historian and writer. 4 p.m., Jones Room, Woodruff Library.*

April 10
Nell Irvin, painter, professor of American history,
Emerita, Princeton University. 12:30 p.m., 208 White Hall.

Sept. 30
Pauline Yu, President of American Council of Learned Societies. Time and location TBA.

Oct. 20–21
Semir Zek, Professor of Neurobiology, University College, London.
Time and location TBA.

Notes: *These lectures are co-sponsored
by Luminaries in Arts and Humanities.

For more information, contact the Office of the Provost at 404-727-6055.


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March 24, 2008
Series spotlights luminaries in arts and humanities

By Kim Urquhart

Some of the world’s leading scholars of the arts and humanities, as well as artists, will visit Emory as part of a new series “Luminaries in Arts and Humanities” sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

“The series will provide platforms for discussions about transformative areas of inquiry,” said Santa Ono, vice provost for academic initiatives and deputy to the provost.

The Luminaries series began last year with a focus on the natural sciences, bringing internationally renowned scientists to speak and engage with the Emory community. This series, along with the “Life of the Mind” lunchtime lectures that spotlight Emory’s own outstanding scholars, aims to foster a community of engagement with the most intriguing ideas of our time.

The Luminaries series provides an opportunity “to hear the very best and most interesting ideas” from those “who are very much in the center of creating our culture of arts and humanities,” said Gordon Newby, chair of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies (MESAS), who helped organize the series.

The free lectures are designed to appeal to a broad audience of faculty, staff and students as well as to the wider community, and will be held this spring and into the fall semester. In some cases, the Luminaries in Arts and Humanities is co-sponsoring speakers hosted by others at Emory, including this spring the Sheth Lecture, the Kemp-Malone Lecture and Seminar Series, the English department and MESAS.

The series began March 20 with Stephen Greenblatt, one of the world’s leading scholars of Shakespeare and the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. The spring line-up includes author Shashi Tharoor and historian Nell Irvin Painter. Other speakers are being recruited from a range of the arts and humanities for the fall semester.