Emory Report
February 9, 2009
Volume 61, Number 19



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February 9
, 2009
Advance Notice

Lecture: What I learned from Biden

“Fawn Hall’s Boots and Joe Biden’s Bill: My Political Education and the Self-Transcending Constitution” is the topic of the Life of the Mind lecture Thursday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m. in the Woodruff Library’s Jones Room.

The lecture will be presented by Victoria Nourse, L.Q.C. Lamar Professor in the School of Law. Nourse specializes in criminal law and constitutional law. She is known for her work on the issues of gender and the criminal law, particularly defenses in criminal law.

Nourse worked for Vice President Joe Biden, when he was a senator, and on the Iran-Contra government scandal of the 1980s. Her self-described “sassy” subject will encompass “the fascinating aspect of our Constitution that it is strong enough to maintain our society with minimal violence while allowing us to make extraordinary change and progress.”

Ways to safeguard authors’ rights
A colloquium, “Book Contracts 101: Your Rights as an Academic Author,” explores issues authors should consider and negotiation techniques when presented with an offer to publish their book. It will be held Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in 200 White Hall.

Because academic authors frequently deal directly with scholarly and professional book publishers without representation by a literary agent or lawyer, there are many issues they should be aware of when negotiating a book contract. Innovations in publishing technology and digital media have also raised new questions and complications related to preserving authors’ rights.

The colloquium is co-sponsored by the Office for Intellectual Property in Woodruff Library and the Manuscript Development in the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence. Contact Amy Benson Brown for more information at abrow01@emory.edu.

‘Pianomania!’ with President Wagner
The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta’s Emerson Series presents Emory Department of Music piano faculty in “Pianomania!” on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Schwartz Center.

The program includes Emory faculty Richard Prior’s “labyrinth,” Rachmaninoff’s “Suite No. 2, op. 17” and Strayhorn’s “Lush Life.”

The performance is also highlighted by Camille Saint-Saens’ “The Carnival of the Animals” for two pianos to be narrated by President Jim Wagner.

For tickets: 404-727-5050, www.arts.emory.edu.