Emory Report
September 28, 2009
Volume 62, Number 5

Johnson Institute Colloquium Series

Sept. 30:
Chandra Mountain: “End Street: Reading the Signs, Hitting the Wall and Speaking Madness.”

Oct. 28: William Turner: “Is Gay the New Black? Or, Conceptual Notes on the Empirical Exploration of the Connections and Disconnections between the African American and LGBT Civil Rights Movements.”

Jan. 2, 2010: Mab Segrest: “’Lunacy Administration’ at the Milledgeville Hospital: African Americans, Psychiatric Patients and the Movement for Civil and Human Rights.”

Feb. 3, 2010: Tomiko Melancon: “Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women and the Politics of Representation.”

All colloquia begin at noon in Candler 207.

See visiting scholars’ bios at www.jamesweldonjohnson.


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September 28, 2009
Civil rights scholars host dialogues

By Tania Dowdy

The James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (JWJI) welcomes its second cohort of visiting scholars. The Visiting Scholars Program, funded with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is the first residential program of its kind to bring together a community of scholars solely focused on the study of the modern civil rights era, from 1905 to today.

Monthly colloquia, co-sponsored by the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, serve as the dynamic framework for the presentation of the visiting scholars’ research.

The presentations are strategically structured as discussions, to allow for an even exchange between attendees and fellows, says Calinda Lee, JWJI assistant director for research and development.
The objective is to foster a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary dialogue and to create of a community of scholars. Everyone is welcome to attend.

“It’s really a great opportunity for people who have interdisciplinary interest in the humanities and law to be able to engage in dialogue that includes scholarly perspectives from a number of disciplines,” says Lee.