January 21, 2011

Slavery at Emory and global health perspectives are Life of the Mind lecture topics

Emory faculty tackle issues both local and global in upcoming Life of the Mind lectures.

On Wednesday, Jan. 26, Susan Ashmore, associate professor of history at Oxford College; Leslie Harris, associate professor of history and African American studies in Emory College; and Gary Hauk, vice president and deputy to the president, will discuss “Histories and Legacies of Race and Slavery at Emory.”

The historical intersections between slavery and higher education is a topic of campus conversation during Emory’s 175th anniversary year. (See: Emory declares its regret for historic involvement with slavery)

Says Ashmore of the Life of the Mind lecture: “My part will look at Atticus Haygood, who came of age in the years before the Civil War and was taught as a student of Emory College that the paternalistic approach to slavery was right and good.

“As a leader of the College after the War and Reconstruction he continued to take this approach to race relations even as the South moved on during the New South period of economic expansion and Jim Crow segregation. In many ways he was a reformer who reflected the values of his community, which was both progressive and backward looking at the same time.”

Harris is cofounder and director of the Transforming Community Project, which is sponsoring the “Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies” conference the following week. Hauk, who is teaching a course on the history of Emory this semester, is the author of several books about Emory.

“Global Health: Prerequisite for Excellence and Perspective” is the topic on Wednesday, March 23. Provost Earl Lewis and Emory Global Health Institute Director Jeff Koplan are the speakers.

All talks are held in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library at 4 p.m.

The series, designed to showcase Emory’s outstanding faculty and dynamic intellectual life, is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Council.

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  • Life of the MindFor more information about the Life of the Mind series, contact the Office of the Provost or Tom Jenkins at 404.727.6635.