Campus News

January 19, 2011

Upcoming conference highlights

Scholars from across campus and around the world will gather at Emory to share ideas, promote the latest technologies and discuss best practices, standards and emerging trends in their respective fields. Here is a sampling of the many conferences and symposiums Emory will host this spring.

A Worldwide Response: An Examination of International Law Frameworks in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters

Jan. 27, Emory Law Tull Auditorium,; Free. $60 to get CLE credits.

Presented by the Emory International Law Review and Emory's Center for International and Comparative Law, this free symposium will bring together disaster law experts to discuss the international community's response to catastrophic events such as the Haiti earthquake, Pakistan floods and Indian Ocean tsunami. The keynote speaker is Paul Weisenfeld, senior deputy assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development's Latin American/Caribbean region, who led its response to the Haiti earthquake. Panelists, who have visited and assisted in many disaster zones, will debate new disaster preparedness guidelines and the policy implications of having the international community assume a more prominent role in disaster relief.

Academic & Industry Intersection Conference

Feb. 2, Emory Conference Center,; Free for Emory-affiliated participants.

“Profiles of Success” is the theme for the second annual conference organized by the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute, led by Emory with partners Morehouse School of Medicine and Georgia Institute of Technology; and Georgia Bio, the state’s life sciences industry association. Seeking to profile successful collaborations as well as examine potential ethical pitfalls related to life science partnerships, the program will include panelists from academia, industry, not-for-profits, foundations, private investment and government. President Jim Wagner will deliver the keynote address discussing ethical considerations of academic industry partnerships.

Slavery and the University: Histories & Legacies

Feb. 3-6, Emory Conference Center,; $75; $25 students.

An increasing number of scholars and students are exploring the historical entanglements and legacies of slavery and the slave trade at institutions of higher learning. A Founder’s Week conference — the first of its kind — will explore the full range of historical intersections between slavery and higher education, past and present, as well as the acknowledged and unacknowledged legacies of slavery and slave trades in the academy. Highlights include a keynote address from Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University, who led Brown’s efforts to examine its relationship to slavery and the university’s response. The sessions conclude with a day of commemoration, reflection and celebration, in Newton County, where Emory College was founded in 1836, where conference participants and community members will gather to reflect on the local legacies of slavery and its aftermath.

See "Emory declares its regret for historic involvement with slavery"

Thrower Symposium: "Judging Politics"

Feb. 10, Emory Law Tull Auditorium, Thrower Symposium website; Free. $60 to get CLE credits.

The annual Randolph W. Thrower Symposium, part of an endowed lecture series sponsored by Thrower's family and hosted by the Emory Law Journal and Emory Law, will bring together leading scholars to advance the discussion surrounding judicial politics. The symposium seeks to address some of the underlying issues in the debate over the appropriate role of judges within the political system. Sessions will look at the politics of the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts and what happens when federal judges and local and state politics collide, among other topics.

2011 Virginia Lee Franklin Memorial Conference

Feb. 8, Cox Hall,; $30, Emory personnel; $10 students.

Understanding substance abuse disorders and their treatment is the focus of this Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing conference. Sessions will discuss characteristics of substance use disorders; describe basic neurobiology; and explain the neurobiology of major psychiatric disorders. The annual conference dedicated to the advancement of neuroscience nursing teaching, research and practice honors the memory of Virginia Lee Franklin, a School of Nursing alumna and teacher.

The Metaphysics of Humanism: Uses and Abuses

March 11-12, Emory University,; Free for Emory personnel and students.

The Metaphysical Society of America will hold its 62nd annual meeting at Emory.

Forming the core of philosophical inquiry, metaphysics reflects on the nature of reality and seeks the ultimate principles, causes and reasons by which we understand ourselves and the universe, explains Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy Tom Flynn, who is the society’s president.  Discussions at the 2011 meeting will address the current status of the implicit metaphysics at work in or under attack by recent critiques of “humanism” in its diverse forms, among other topics. Flynn will deliver the presidential address.

Global Health and Humanitarian Summit

April 1-3, Emory University,, Free.

A free forum for humanitarian and health volunteers and those interested in medical volunteerism, this is the sequel to the 2010 International Medical Volunteerism Conference that connected more than 1,500 doctors, health care professionals, students and others. This year’s event expands to include non-medical humanitarian efforts as well, with more than 75 speakers, 45 exhibitors and 22 local and campus sponsors registered to date.

Creativity Through the Life Cycle

April 14-17, Emory Conference Center,, $75 Emory faculty; free for Emory students.

Psychoanalysts, therapists and scholars, as well as visual artists, musicians, clinicians, and scientists working both within and outside of academia are gathering to explore creativity at all stages of life. Part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the International Psychoanalytical Association, the symposium will explore the role of creativity in later life, creativity in the world of scholarship and the university, and the question of “signature style.” The interdisciplinary conference will also feature visual and performing arts, including an exhibit by artist Louise Nevelson, the world premiere of an orchestral and choral piece by composer John A. Lennon, new theater works by the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory, and movie screenings with discussion. Presented by Emory, the International Psychoanalytical Association, American Psychoanalytic Association, the North American Psychoanalytic Confederation and the Lucy Daniels Foundation.

“Revolutionizing Strategies for the Carbon-Carbon and Carbon-Heteroatom Bond Formation: Interplay of Theory and Experiment”

April 27, Harland Cinema, Emerson Center Annual Symposium; Free.

The annual symposium of the Emerson Center will feature Purdue University professor E. Negishi, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry, to deliver a keynote speech and accept the Center’s 2011 Lectureship Award. This symposium will highlight a major scientific and technical challenge facing organic chemistry, organometallic, biochemical, biological and materials sciences: the designing of new strategies for the C-C bond coupling and stereoselective C-H bond functionalization. Also speaking at the conference from Emory will be chemistry professors Lanny Liebeskind and Huw Davies.

— From Staff Reports

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