September 1, 2010

Spend Labor Day with Emory

Everyone from literary fans to NASCAR fans can find something Emory-related to enjoy during the Labor Day Weekend.

Emory Healthcare 500
For NASCAR fans, Emory Healthcare is partnering with Atlanta Motor Speedway for “the biggest Labor Day party in the USA,” the Emory Healthcare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5.

As the official health care provider of Atlanta Motor Speedway, Emory Healthcare also is bringing its own pit crew team of volunteers to the Henry County race site in order to provide free health care screenings, including:

• Blood pressure screenings
• Smoking cessation help and information
• Head, neck and skin cancer screenings
• Body Mass Index (BMI) screenings
• General health and wellness information

To further the health benefits offered at the race, Emory Healthcare has launched a special website dedicated to health, wellness and the Emory Healthcare 500.

AJC Decatur Book Festival
For literary fans, the AJC Decatur Book Festival Sept. 3-5 will feature more than a dozen Emory faculty, former faculty, staff and alumni in a packed schedule of lectures, panel discussions and readings.

Among the Emory authors at the AJC Decatur Book Festival are:

• Pulitzer Prize winning poet Natasha Trethewey, who will discuss her latest book, “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” at 1:15 p.m. Sunday at First Decatur Baptist Church’s Carreker Hall Stage.

Kevin Young, Curator of Literary Collections, the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library and Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing, who will participate in “When Death Us Does Part” at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Decatur, and “Seriously Funny” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Decatur’s Carreker Hall Stage.

Melvin Konner, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology and associate professor of psychiatry and neurology, who will speak on “The Evolution of Childhood,” Sunday, 5 p.m. at City Hall Stage.

Joseph Skibell, associate professor of creative writing/English, who will speak on “The Wages of War: Fiction in Wartime Settings” at 3:45 p.m. Sunday at Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary Stage. His new novel, “A Curable Romantic,” will be published Sept. 7 by Algonquin Books.

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