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Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Kicks off Yuletide Season


Atlanta, Ga. For many Atlantans, the start of the Yuletide season begins with Emory University’s annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Performed by the Emory University Chorus and Concert Choir, the program is based on the traditional Christmas service at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England. This magical melding of scripture lessons read in conjunction with the performance of international carols has been an Atlanta tradition since 1935.

Netherlands Chamber Choir to Perform at Emory Nov. 17


Atlanta, Ga. The Netherlands Chamber Choir, celebrating its 65th anniversary this month while on tour in the United States, will perform at Emory University Saturday, Nov. 17, as part of the Candler Concert Series. The performance of the 24-member choir, conducted by Toñu Kaljuste, is hailed as "an unforgettable evening" by NRC Handelsblad.

Emory Pianist Performs Third Concert Nov. 16 in the Complete Series of Piano Sonatas by Beethoven


Atlanta, Ga. Music at Emory and the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta continue their presentation of the entire cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas in eight recitals by noted pianists from around the world with the Nov. 16 recital by William Ransom. The pianists are dividing the set, each performing four sonatas, in Emory's Performing Arts Studio. Each concert is preceded by a lecture setting that evening’s program in the context of Beethoven’s life and career.

Japanese Pianist Featured For Second Concert In Emory's Complete Series of Piano Sonatas By Beethoven Oct. 26


Atlanta, Ga. Music at Emory and the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta continue their presentation of the entire cycle of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas in eight recitals by noted pianists from around the world with the Oct. 26 recital by Japanese pianist Yasuo Watanabe.

Emory Dance Company Presents Fall Concert Nov. 9 &10


Atlanta, Ga. "Crescendo," the Emory Dance Company’s fall concert, overflows with varied dance offerings from classical ballet to current modern choreography, featuring five works by guest artists and new Emory dance faculty members.

Atlanta Theater Community Launches Festival of Works By Playwright Naomi Wallace


Atlanta, Ga. Seldom has an entire theater community come together around the work of a lesser-known playwright, but 12 theater companies in Atlanta are joining forces to celebrate the work of American playwright Naomi Wallace.

Theater Emory Spearheads City-Wide Naomi Wallace Festival With Production of "The Trestle At Pope Lick Creek" Oct. 24-Nov. 10


Atlanta, Ga. Theater Emory spearheads the city-wide Naomi Wallace Festival with a production Oct. 24-Nov. 10 of "The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek," a highlight of the 1998 Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Piano Virtuoso Arcadi Volodos Performs At Emory Oct. 17


Atlanta, Ga. Arcadi Volodos, the 29-year-old Russian piano virtuoso hailed by critics for his combination of technical skill and eloquent musicality, will perform at Emory University on Wednesday, Oct. 17 as part of the Candler Concert Series. A critic with The Baltimore Sun called Volodos "the most phenomenal pianistic talent to hit the scene since Evgeny Kissin" following his March concert there. For tickets or information, call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 or send e-mail to

British Author David Lodge To Deliver Emory's Ellmann Lectures


Atlanta, Ga. British author David Lodge will share his satirical wit and academic acumen in the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature at Emory Oct. 7-9. Lodge’s three-lecture series will be followed Oct. 10 by a reading from his newest novel, "Thinks…," a comic look at the field of cognitive science. Following five years of research into cognitive psychology for "Thinks…," the theme of Lodge’s Ellmann Lectures is "Consciousness and the Novel."

Emory, MLK Historic Site To Partner In Southern Debut of American Lynching Exhibit


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site have formed a collaborative partnership to present an exhibition on the history of lynching throughout the United States from the 1870s to 1960s. The exhibition, which runs May 1—Dec. 1, 2002, will be mounted in the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Additionally, Emory faculty and staff will start the development of educational materials and programs related to the exhibit.

Arts at Emory University Fall 2001


Atlanta, Ga. Emory offers a wide range of visual and performing arts available to the general public, much of it at no cost. Here is what's on tap in the arts for the fall semester.

Music at Emory Announces 2001-02 Season


Atlanta, Ga. Music at Emory will present an array of international artists during the upcoming 2001-02 season. Concerts will range from some of classical music's brightest stars to an eclectic offering of world music masters from India, Egypt and Japan, plus dozens of free concerts from student and professional performers. Among this year's highlights will be a jazz tribute to Miles Davis by Herbie Hancock, a series featuring the complete cycle of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, and a percussionist who uses kitchen objects as musical instruments.

Emory Presents Beethoven's Complete Sonatas For Piano This Season


Atlanta, Ga. Music at Emory and the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta will present the entire cycle of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas in eight recitals by noted pianists from around the world. Eight pianists will divide the set, each performing four sonatas, between Oct. 5, 2001 and April 19, 2002 in Emory's Performing Arts Studio. General admission tickets are $15 each or $90 for the series of eight concerts. For information or to order tickets, call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 or send e-mail to

Theater Emory Hosts Readings For 2002 Olympic Arts Festival


Atlanta, Ga. Theater Emory will host readings Sept. 8-9 of two plays under development for the Salt Lake City Olympic Play Commission Project. The works are Arthur Kopit's "The Discovery of America," based on the Spanish journals of explorer Cabeza de Vaca, and Robert Schenkkan's "The Marriage of Miss Hollywood and King Neptune," set in Hollywood in the 1920s as silent films gave way to talkies.

Theater Emory 2001-02 Season a Decidedly American Affair


Atlanta, Ga. Theater Emory's 2001-02 season has a decidedly American and contemporary feel, with a heavy emphasis on developing new work. The American family, the discovery and exploration of this country, and what it means to be an American youth are themes covered in the upcoming season.

Proulx Focus of Writers' Festival


Atlanta, Ga. Emory's Creative Writing Program Summer Writers' Festival July 26-27 celebrates the work of E. Annie Proulx, author of the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning novel "The Shipping News." She will read from her work, discuss her techniques and teach a master class. All events are free and open to the public.

Emory University Acquires Papers of British Poet Tom Paulin


Atlanta, Ga. The Robert W. Woodruff Library of Emory University has acquired the literary archive of the distinguished British poet and critic Tom Paulin. The materials include manuscript drafts of all of Paulin’s poetry and criticism, photographs, and personal correspondence, in addition to letters from fellow poets Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon and the late Ted Hughes.

Science and Art: Explore the Similarities


Atlanta, Ga. Emory's faculty and students have turned the university's Schatten Gallery at Woodruff Library into a testament to the aesthetics of discovery—and to the science of beauty—as "Science and Art: Shared Frontiers" fills the space through May 31. Gallery hours are the same as the library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday.

Emory Dance Company Presents Spring Dance Concert April 19-21


Atlanta, Ga. Set a play date with the Emory Dance Company as they perform their spring dance concert, "This Is Our Playground," an evening of contemporary dance celebrating the spirit of imagination and experimentation. "This Is Our Playground," features seven new works by emerging choreographers from Emory's dance program. The concert will be at 8 p.m. April 19-21, 2001 in the Mary Gray Monroe Theatre, inside the Dobbs University Center, 605 Asbury Circle, on the Emory campus.

Emory Professor James Flannery To Receive Honorary Degree From University of Ulster


Atlanta, Ga. James W. Flannery, Emory University professor of performing arts and director of the W. B. Yeats Foundation, will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, at its commencement ceremony this summer. Flannery also has been named a visiting professor at the University of Ulster, supported by a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award, to establish a graduate program in theater linked to a Yeats Theater Institute.

Emory University Concert Features Commissioned World Premiere


Atlanta, Ga. The April 20 concert by the Emory Wind Ensemble, “Women and the Wind Ensemble,” features the world premiere of a work written specifically for the group, Carolyn Bremer’s “Venus Palimpsest.” Bremer was commissioned to write the 10-minute work for the group by Scott Stewart, director of instrumental music at Emory. The concert will be at 8:15 p.m. in the Performing Arts Studio, and is free and open to the public.

Emory Orchestra/Chorus Concert Features Violinist Cerovsek


Atlanta, Ga. One of the most sought-after young violinists on the classical music scene will be the featured violinist at the April 25 concert by the Emory University Orchestra and University Chorus, and better still, the event is free and open to the public. Corey Cerovsek will perform Henryk Wieniawski’s “Concerto No. 2 in D minor for Violin and Orchestra.” The other piece on the program is Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem,” which will be performed by the orchestra and chorus together.

Blake Beckham Presents Informed, An Evening Of New Contemporary Work, At The Beam


Atlanta, Ga. Blake Beckham, a graduating senior of the Emory University Dance Program, presents Informed, an evening of new contemporary work at The Beam, on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1, 2001. Beckham, majoring in English and dance, is one of Emory's first dance majors, and the first dance student to be sponsored for an independent production of choreographic work. The evening will consist of five original works performed by Beckham and other Emory dance students. Performances begin at 8 p.m. at The Beam, 750 Glenwood Avenue, Atlanta.

Theater Emory Presents Biennial New Play Festival, Brave New Works


Atlanta, Ga. Works by first-time, faculty and internationally-known playwrights fill the bill of the March 25-April 8 Brave New Works (BNW) marathon of new play readings. Theater Emory and the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory host the biennial event that offers playwrights the chance to hear their works in progress and brainstorm with other writers. In a new element this year, theater professionals will discuss various aspects of working in the field.

Emory Faculty Member Creates Art for MARTA


Atlanta, Ga. Katherine Mitchell has added a bit of beauty to the lives of harried commuters with her 15,000-sq. ft., ziggurat-themed tile installation in the new North Springs rail station.

'Race' Exhibit Still Resonates


Atlanta, Ga. Angela Cotton reflects on how the "Selling Race: Cinematic Poster Art From Race Films to Blaxploitation" exhibit in Schatten Gallery last year is still affecting her.

Jazz Star Brecker Headlines Emory Jazz Festival


Atlanta, Ga. Renowned tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker will perform with the Atlanta All-Stars Jazz Band and will offer a free jazz clinic as part of the annual Emory Jazz Festival Feb. 1-3. The popular Gary Motley Trio and the Latin flavor of Vecinos del Mundo are highlights as well.

Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta Presents Jun-Ching Lin and Robert Spano In A Program On "The Virtuoso Violin"


Atlanta, Ga. The Feb. 4 concert in the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta's Emerson Series features violinist Jun-Ching Lin in collaboration with pianist and incoming Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano in a program dubbed "The Virtuoso Violin." In a follow up to last year's successful recital by Lin, the violinist also will interact with the audience, providing musical and historical context of the pieces and composers in the program.

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Teague Tackles Meaning of Dance From All Sides


Atlanta, Ga. The brightness that blinds stage performers to their audience is a warm limelight that's illuminated Lori Teague's Life. Yet her focus recently has been on breaking through the partition between dancer and viewer and commingling with her audienceıs energy.

Emory Student Wins Statewide Playwriting Competition


Atlanta, Ga. Emory freshman Lauren Gunderson is the winner the statewide Essential Playwriting Award for her first full-length play, "Parts They Call Deep." Gunderson's script was chosen from more than 50 entries to win the competition exclusively for Georgia writers sponsored by the Essential Theatre.

Emory University Breaks Ground Oct. 19 On Performing Arts Center


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University's campus will overflow with culture on Thursday, Oct. 19 when the university breaks ground for the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Before and after the 4 p.m. ceremony, student musicians, singers, dancers and actors will celebrate the birth of their new home with performances at the site and along the route to a nearby reception area. The center will be the centerpiece of an increasing arts presence across the campus.

Music at Emory Concert Season Offers Varied Fare From Classical Stars to Contemporary World Music


Atlanta, Ga. The 2000-01 concert season at Emory University will feature music and artists from a broad spectrum of genres, from major national and international classical artists -- including mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade with acclaimed chorus Chanticleer, violin virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman, and pianist Alicia de Larrocha -- to contemporary and world music artists -- including guitarist John McLaughlin and Indian percussionist Zakir Hussain. The season also includes a performance of J.S. Bach's monumental work for chorus and orchestra, "St. John Passion," by the Emory Concert choir and an accompanying symposium on the controversial work. Tickets are on sale now to the individual concerts at the Arts at Emory box office by calling 404-727-5050 or sending e-mail to Attached is a chronological listing of all music programming at Emory for the upcoming season.

"Shakespeare and Melville:" A New Course Taught by President Bill Chace That Explores Issues of Leadership, Ambition and the Nature of Loyalty


Atlanta, Ga. Emory President Bill Chace has taught for a total of 35 years, including throughout his presidency at Wesleyan and now at Emory. But this semester, Chace (who is a James Joyce scholar) is teaching a new course for non-English undergraduates on "Shakespeare and Melville.

"Shakespeare and Music" Fulfills Requirements on Many Different Levels


Atlanta, Ga. For music majors who still needs to fulfill a writing requirement, or biology majors who are interested in classical music but intimidated by taking a formal music course, or for those who just can't get enough of Shakespeare---a new course, "Shakespeare and Music," fits the bill for all. Co-taught by English and music professors Sheila Cavanagh and Ben Arnold, the course will study five of Shakespeare's plays and the classical music inspired by them, including works by Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Vaughan Williams and Bernstein. Students will read "Othello," "Midsummer Nightıs Dream," "Romeo & Juliet," "The Tempest" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor."

Theater Emory Looks at Identity Theft in Kopit's Play "Y2K"


Atlanta, Ga. Theater Emory is producing a staged reading of Arthur Kopitıs recent play "Y2K" (recently re-named "BecauseHeCan"), which looks at the frightening world of identity theft. The readings are part of the Emory Program in Science & Societyıs Semester of Science in Your Life, an initiative to promote the presence of science in peopleıs everyday lives.

Noted Authors Give Reading At Emory For National Black Arts Festival, Opening of Black Arts Movement Exhibition


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University will host a joint reading by acclaimed writers Thulani Davis and Eugene B. Redmond as part of the National Black Arts Festival. The readings will be followed by a reception to mark the opening of the exhibition "The Black Arts Movement in Poetry and Literature: Print Culture of the 1960s and 1970s," drawn in part from materials donated to Emory by Davis.

Theater Emory 2000-01 Season Includes Shaw's Rarely Seen "Methuselah" and the Southeastern Premiere of Susan Botti's Operatic Soliloquy


Atlanta, Ga. Theater Emory's 2000-2001 season will stretch from the Garden of Eden and Renaissance Venice to far into the future. Acting artistic director Leslie Taylor (producing artistic director Vincent Murphy is on sabbatical) has selected a season bracketed by ambitious works: one rarely seen because of its technical complexity, the other a new operatic soliloquy by a rising star in the music world. Three of the works also will fall under the umbrella of Emory University's Year of Reconciliation. Taylor is joined by Pat Miller as acting producing director of Theater Emory in Murphy's absence.

Oxford College Meets Arts Center Fundraising Goal with $1.2 Million Gift


Atlanta, Ga. Thanks to a $1.2 million gift from an alumnus, Oxford College of Emory University has reached its fundraising goal for new and expanded arts facilities that are part of the Renaissance at Oxford campus plan.

"Selling Race: Cinematic Poster Art" Exhibit Extended At Emory


Atlanta, Ga. An exhibit titled "Selling Race: Cinematic Poster Art From Race Films to Blaxploitation" at Emory University's Schatten Gallery of Woodruff Library has been extended through Saturday, Aug. 5.

Emory Acquires Robert Penn Warren Collection, Including Previously Lost Material


Atlanta, Ga. A collection of previously lost papers of the American poet and novelist Robert Penn Warren has been found by the library staff of Mitchell College in New London, Conn. The papers, which include correspondence with fellow writers as well as family letters that cast new light on Warren's first marriage, were discovered in the basement of the Mitchell College Library by the library's director, Barbara van der Lyke, 30 years after they were placed there by the widower of Cinina Brescia Gardner, Warren's first wife. The collection has been acquired by the Robert W. Woodruff Library of Emory University, which will catalog it and make it available to students and scholars for the first time.

Emory Hosts Reception Celebrating Atlanta Premiere Of Alfred Uhry's Tony Award-Winning Play, "Parade"


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University will host a cocktail reception celebrating the Atlanta premiere of "Parade" and honoring the contributions of playwright Alfred Uhry to Emory and the greater arts community. Uhry, a native of Atlanta, is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and several Tony Awards for his playwriting. This will be Uhry's first public appearance related to the Atlanta opening of "Parade," a musical about the lynching of Leo Frank. Uhry will speak briefly about how and why he came to write about the tragic chapter in Atlanta's history.

Humanities Scholarship Endowed By Emory Professor Emeritus Awarded To Oxford College Student


Atlanta, Ga. Brian Green, son of Mark and Cindy Green of Conyers, Ga. (30094), has been selected to receive the first Floyd Watkins Scholarship awarded to an Oxford College student for assistance in the sophomore year. The Watkins Scholarship, a $3,000 grant toward tuition, has been awarded for many years on the Atlanta campus, but was expanded this past year to fund a rising sophomore student on the Oxford campus. This need-based scholarship was established by Floyd and Anna Watkins of Atlanta (30307), to be awarded for outstanding performance in the humanities. Watkins is an English professor emeritus of the university.

Emory Professor James W. Flannery Named One of Top 100 Irish Americans by Irish-America magazine


Atlanta, Ga. James W. Flannery, professor of performing arts at Emory University and director of the W.B. Yeats Foundation, has been named one of the "Top 100 Irish Americans" by Irish-America magazine. This is the fifth time that Flannery has been named to the list, which honors Americans of Irish descent who have made exceptional contributions to their respective fields of work or study.

Pianist, Composer Philip Glass To Give Solo Piano Concert At Emory April 15


Atlanta, Ga. Acclaimed composer and musician Philip Glass will perform new arrangements of some of his well-known pieces in his solo concert at Emory University on Saturday, April 15. The concert is part of Music at Emory's NextFest series.

Poet Adrienne Rich To Give Reading At Emory April 18


Atlanta, Ga. Adrienne Rich is a teacher, activist and award-winning poet. She is the author of "Midnight Salvage: Poems 1995-1998," "An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991," "A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far: Poems, 1978-1981," many other collections of poetry, and four non-fiction books.

Emory's Ted Hughes Collection Opens To Scholars With April 8 Event


Atlanta, Ga. In 1997 Emory made an acquisition for special collections in Woodruff Library that was considered an international literary coup: The university had purchased all of British poet laureate Ted Hughes' papers. It has been widely reported since that the collection was some 2.5 tons of materials including scrap books, letters, photographs and hundreds of drafts of poems, many unpublished.

Emory Dance Company Goes "Tidal" For Its April 7-8 Spring Concert


Atlanta, Ga. Emory Dance Company's annual spring concert showcases the choreography of students in the company. This year's program will include eight diverse works ranging in size and style.

Acclaimed Violinist Kennedy To Perform at Emory April 4


Atlanta, Ga. Violin virtuoso Kennedy (Nigel Kennedy performs under his surname) will tour the United States in March and April with Germany's Bamberg Symphony Chamber Orchestra with Pieter Daniel conducting, in support of the U.S. release of his new EMI Classics recording, "Classic Kennedy." Released in the United Kingdom in fall 1999, the recording-featuring the violinist in short showpieces that he says each achieve "three and a half minutes of perfection," ­-- shot to the top of the classical charts. His Emory program will include selections from the new album, along with J.S. Bach's "Concerto for Solo Violin in A minor" and Beethoven's "Violin Concerto in D Major."

Jin Professorship Honors Emory/China Connection


Atlanta, Ga. Emory author and English professor Xuefei Jin, a native of China, will be honored with a professorship named after Young J. Allen, the first Methodist missionary to China who remained there until his death in 1907. Jin, who writes under the name Ha Jin, will be recognized as Emory College's first Young J. Allen Professor of English and Creative Writing at his April 12 reading at Oxford College. The event will be at 7:30 p.m. in Allen Memorial Church, also named after the missionary. Allen graduated from Emory in 1858 when the campus was located at what is now Oxford College of Emory University in Oxford, Ga.

"Selling Race: Cinematic Poster Art" Exhibit


Atlanta, Ga. A new exhibit opening March 22 in Schatten Gallery of Woodruff Library illustrates how commercial art was used to promote movies to African Americans from the1920s to 1970s, and looks at documents from Atlanta's official film censor, Mrs. Richardson, in a new light. "Selling Race: Cinematic Poster Art From Race Films to Blaxploitation" contains items from Emory's African-American Cinema Collection, an archive of film ephemera that complements the research of Emory professors Dana White and Matthew Bernstein into "Segregated Cinema: Atlanta From the Cotton States Exhibition to the Olympic Games."

Local Cult Classic "Cabbagetown: 3 Women" Returns to the Stage at Emory, Original Cast Memebers and Musicians Reprise Their Roles


Atlanta, Ga. "Cabbagetown: 3 Women," a play inspired by actress Brenda Bynum and adapted by R. Cary Bynum from the book "Cabbagetown Families, Cabbagetown Food", tells the story of three Cabbagetown women who came from the North Georgia mountains to work in the mill. The play became a local cult classic when it premiered in 1978, and this production at Emory stars Brenda Bynum, Annette Coleman and Doris Bucher, all members of the original cast. Musicians returning from the original cast are Fritz Raushenberg and Joyce Brookshire, who wrote several songs featured in the play. Brookshire, a Cabbagetown native and country folk musician, is the daughter of Lila Brookshire, one of the women portrayed in the play. This production of Cabbagetown is a part of Emory's celebration of Women's History Month. All of the proceeds will benefit the Emory Women's Center.

Candler's Annual Bishop Thomas Lecture To Feature African American Artist Allan Rohan Crite


Atlanta, Ga. African American artist Allan Rohan Crite of Boston, 89, has enjoyed a remarkably long and creative career as an artist and illustrator. His works are represented in major American museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; and the Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

Blacklisted Screenwriter Bernard Gordon To Speak At Emory March 6, Two of His Films To Be Screened March 5


Atlanta, Ga. Screenwriter Bernard Gordon was subpoenaed by the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947, just as his career was getting underway. After being blacklisted for his unwillingness to name names, Gordon worked anonymously for years in Hollywood before joining the expatriate filmmaking community in Europe. He managed to enjoy a long, successful career as a writer and producer whose credits include Nicholas Ray's "55 Days at Peking," the 1964 version of "The Thin Red Line," "The Battle of the Bulge," cult films "Earth Versus the Flying Saucers" and "The Day of the Triffids." He even wrote the screenplay for arch anti-communist Ronald Reagan's film "Hellcats of the Navy."

Wild About Gorillas: March 5 Harmony Concert Marks Release of Conservation Book by Emory Researcher


Atlanta, Ga. Last fall students at Fernbank Elementary School in DeKalb County joined an innovative conservation effort to help the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. Transforming what they learned about the gorillas' endangered plight, the students completed hundreds of illustrations, some of which now adorn the children's book, "Majii and the Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda." The official release of the book will be celebrated at the March 5 concert by HARMONY: Atlanta's International Youth Chorus in residence at Emory University. The books will be available for sale for the first time at the concert. Ambassador Joseph Mutaboba, permanent representative to the United Nations from Rwanda, and a representative from the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International will speak at the event.

Theater Emory's Elizabethan Theater Comes To An End With "As You Like It" Feb. 18-March 4 and a Swan Song Feb. 22-23


Atlanta, Ga. Three years ago Emory University's Department of Theater Studies built a replica Elizabethan theater to see what role the physical space played in the creation and success of work by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The Black Rose-which took its name from the Rose and Blackfriars theaters that it was patterned after-was to be in place only for that semester, but was such a hit with audiences, artists and the national media alike that it still stands. The investigation of the Black Rose now comes to a close, however, with the final full production, Shakespeare's "As You Like It" Feb. 18-March 4.

National Book Critics Circle Nominee Frederick Busch To Speak At Emory


Atlanta, Ga. "The Night Inspector," the new novel from prolific fiction writer and essayist Frederick Busch, has been nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award, according to the group's announcement on Monday. Busch will be at Emory University on Wednesday, Feb. 9 to read from the novel and to hold a colloquium from 2-3 p.m. that afternoon in the same location. Both events are free and open to the public.

Theater Emory Offers "George Bernard Shaw Sampler" Feb. 2-5


Atlanta, Ga. Theater Emory, the resident professional theater company of Emory University, launches its next playwright investigation with its "George Bernard Shaw Sampler" Feb. 2-5. Scenes from several Shaw plays and some short one-act plays will have staged readings for Theater Emory's first step in exploring the work of the Nobel Prize-winning Irish author who lived from 1856-1950. The company recently completed its multi-year investigation of the playwright Henrik Ibsen.

Award-Winning Emory Authors Jim Grimsley, Joseph Skibell To Give Fiction and Play Readings Jan. 26 and 30


Atlanta, Ga. Novelists and playwrights Jim Grimsley and Joseph Skibell will read from their recent and forthcoming works, followed by a reception and book signing. Grimsley will read from his novels "My Drowning" and "Winter Birds." Skibell will read from his novel in progress, "The English Disease."

Film Studies Professor Earns Atlanta History Award for "Gone With the Wind" Article


Atlanta, Ga. Emory professor Matthew Bernstein has been awarded the 1999 Franklin M. Garrett Award by the Atlanta Historical Society in recognition of the best article on Atlanta history published during 1998-99 in "Atlanta History: A Journal of Georgia and the South," a publication of the Atlanta History Center.


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Found! Hand-written Notes From Unfinished Sylvia Plath Novel, "Falcon Yard"


Atlanta, Ga. The Ted Hughes collection, acquired by Emory in 1997, is bearing fruit. Olivia Cole, a student from England who is currently helping process the Ted Hughes Papers made a remarkable discovery on her second day of work in the archive.

Emory Professor/Author Wins 1999 National Book Award for Fiction


Atlanta, Ga. Emory creative writing professor Xuefei Jin, who writes under the name Ha Jin, won the 1999 National Book Award for fiction. Jin's novel, "Waiting," was released by Pantheon Books on Oct. 4.



Music at Emory 1999-2000 Season Features Yo-Yo Ma/Emanuel Ax, Kronos Quartet, Nigel Kennedy and Much More


Atlanta, Ga. The 1999-00 Music at Emory season offers diverse programming including popular favorites, cutting-edge artists and a full slate of performances from the Emory Chamber Music Ensemble. The new Candler Series at Glenn features the incomparable Yo-Yo Ma with Emanuel Ax, the Atlanta recital debut of soprano Barbara Bonney, pianist and conductor Philippe Entremont with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Atlanta debut of violinist Nigel Kennedy.

Authors Grimsley and Skibell Join the Faculty of Emory's Creative Writing Program


Atlanta, Ga. Award-winning fiction writers and playwrights Jim Grimsley and Joseph Skibell have joined the faculty of Emory University's Creative Writing Program. Their addition to the faculty will boost the popular program's offerings in contemporary fiction, playwriting and screenwriting.

Emory Professor Receives Lillian Smith Book Award for Biography of John Hope, Pioneer of Black Higher Education in America


Atlanta, Ga. The decade of work that went into Leroy Davis' book "A Clashing of the Soul," a biography of John Hope, has been rewarded with a 1999 Lillian Smith Book Award from the Southern Regional Council (SRC) in recognition of outstanding writing about the American South. Davis, associate professor of history and African American studies at Emory, has created a seminal work on Hope, the Augusta-born president of both Morehouse College and Atlanta University, and contemporary of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. Hope was the first African American president of both institutions and was a pioneer in higher education for black Americans. The award recipients will be honored at a luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Sheraton Colony Square in Atlanta, followed by readings and book signings. The readings will be at 3:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. For more information or to purchase tickets to the luncheon, call 404-522-8764 ext. 24.

Theater Emory Announces 1999-2000 Season


Atlanta, Ga. Theater Emory announces its 1999-2000 season that kicks off on a light note with "The Last Laugh: A Fools Fest to Usher in the New Millennium," a 10-day festival featuring some of America's best "new vaudeville" artists, and ends on a bittersweet note as the theater community bids farewell to the Black Rose, Emory's replica Elizabethan playhouse. The season brings another conclusion as the production of "The Master Builder" brings Theater Emory's five-year investigation of Henrik Ibsen full circle.

Charles Baxter To Give Reading, Book Signing at Emory Sept. 30


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University's Creative Writing Program will present a reading and book signing by author Charles Baxter as part of its annual reading series. The critically acclaimed author has become a reader and reviewer favorite through his tales of the unexpected in day-to-day life, of the fleeting moments that shape a life, and the moral dilemmas that face us all.

Theater Emory Kicks Off Season Sept. 24 With 10-Day "Fools' Fest"


Atlanta, Ga. Theater Emory kicks off its 1999-2000 season Sept. 24-Oct. 2 with "The Last Laugh: A Fools' Fest to Usher in the New Millennium," a 10-day festival featuring some of America's best "new vaudeville" artists. The event is co-produced by Atlanta, native Kenny Raskin, known to theater audiences for creating the role of Lefou in "Beauty and the Beast" on Broadway and touring extensively as the principal clown for Cirque du Soleil.

Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta


Atlanta, Ga. The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta is a professional chamber ensemble in its seventh year of residence at Emory University under the artistic direction of William Ransom, pianist and associate professor of music.

Emory Exhibit Traces Origins of Church Debate on Celibacy, Gender


Atlanta, Ga. Debates on whether Catholic priests should marry and the role of women in the church-topics still making news today-are the themes of a new exhibit called "Celibacy and Gender in Sixteenth Century Christianity," on display at Emory University through Sept. 30 in Woodruff Library's Special Collections.

Malcolm X Collection Sparks Interest From Scholars and the Public


Atlanta, Ga. Emory's recent acquisition of correspondence and personal effects from the slain civil rights activist Malcolm X has generated so much interest from the public that a portion of the collection has been put on immediate display. A story about the collection that appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday, Sept. 2 sparked requests from media, scholars and members of the public from across the country in seeing the materials. The Malcolm X exhibit is located in special collections of the Robert Woodruff Library (540 Asbury Circle). Special collections is open from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information about the exhibition, call 404-727-6887. A campus map is available at To see CNN's coverage of Emory's Malcolm X collection, go to

Emory Receives $8 Million Gift To Name New Performing Arts Center For Alumna and Her Family


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University will name its new performing arts center, scheduled to begin construction next summer, for alumna Donna Schwartz and her husband, Marvin. The Schwartzes have donated $8 million toward the new facility -- the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts -- which will bring together the university's music, theater and dance programs in a space dedicated to the arts.

Emory's Creative Writing Program Hosts Annual Summer Writers' Festival


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University's Creative Writing Program will host its annual Summer Writers' Festival July 20-22 that will feature readings and a panel discussion by writers Jim Shepard, Kevin Young, Beth Lordan and Mark Jarman. Author Judson Mitcham, director of Emory's Summer Writers' Institute, will moderate the panel discussion. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 404-727-4683.

Emory's Creative Writing Program Hosts Summer Writers' Institute


Atlanta, Ga. Aspiring and practicing authors interested in honing their fiction writing skills will be interested in attending Emory University's Summer Writers' Institute on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 28-Aug. 5. Presented by Emory's Creative Writing Program, the summer session is a fiction workshop conducted by award-winning novelist and poet Judson Mitcham designed to develop and sharpen the writer's skills as editor of his or her own work. Participants must apply through the Office of Admissions by Friday, May 28. To request an application, call 404-727-6036.

Emory University Professor/Author Scores Guggenheim Fellowship


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University Assistant Professor of English/creative writing Xuefei Jin, who writes under the name Ha Jin, has been awarded a coveted 1999 Guggenheim Fellowship to complete work on a novel in progress. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 179 grants from a pool of 2,785 applicants to provide scholars and artists the means to engage in research or the creation of art with complete freedom. Jin, who joined the Emory faculty in 1993, is one of fewer than a dozen writers who were awarded grants this year. The 1999 grants are worth $33,866 each and will allow Jin to take a year of leave from his teaching duties to complete his novel.

Senator Max Cleland and Emory University Co-host U.S. Senate Smart Growth Task Force on Aug. 25


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University's efforts and success at carefully planned growth and alternative transportation initiatives has resulted in a special honor: U.S. Senator Max Cleland (D-GA) has selected Emory as the site for an Aug. 25 field tour for the U.S. Senate Smart Growth Task Force. Georgia Governor Roy Barnes will be a special guest and speaker at the event.

Playwright David Henry Hwang to Speak at Emory April 12


Atlanta, Ga. Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang will speak about his work as a playwright and screenwriter April 12 at Emory's English department and creative writing program Awards Night. In addition to Hwang's remarks, Emory students will be presented with the Artistine Mann Awards for poetry, fiction, drama and creative non-fiction; and the Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize. The reading and awards presentation will be followed by a reception and booksigning.

Sweet Honey in the Rock to Give Concert at Emory


Atlanta, Ga. The renowned black women's a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock will perform on Monday, March 22 at 8 p.m. in Glenn Memorial Auditorium. The Philadelphia Inquirer says their music gives voice "to the African American experience with an expansive interpretation of the close-harmony gospel, R&B, jazz, blues, folk and rap as well as African and Caribbean stylings." Members Bernice Johnson Reagon, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Ysaye Barnwell, Carol Maillard and Shirley Childress Johnson accompany each other on rhythm instruments and use traditional harmonies to sing about racism, economic struggle and sexual oppression.

Theater Emory Presents Readings of Work by Shakespeare and About Shakespeare


Atlanta, Ga. In the current climate of film and television domination of the entertainment world, it is hard to imagine that an American public so passionate about theater that a riot over rival productions of Macbeth could occur, yet that is precisely what happened in New York City in the middle of the 19th century. Theater Emory will present a staged readings of Richard Nelson's Two Shakespearean Actors, which concerns imagined events revolving around a true episode in which a riot erupted outside a New York City opera house over the English actor starring within. Two readings of Love's Labor's Lost also will be staged by Theater Emory as part of its ongoing investigation of Shakespeare's work.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet to Give Reading/Booksigning at Emory


Atlanta, Ga. The writer called "one of the most important living poets" by The New Yorker will give a reading at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 17 at Emory University. Jorie Graham, recipient of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for her collection The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, will read from her works as part of Emory's Creative Writing Program writers series. Her reading will be followed by a reception and booksigning. Activities will take place in 205 White Hall, 480 Kilgo Circle, on the Emory campus. The reading is free and open to the public.

Noted British Author A.S. Byatt to Deliver Ellmann Lectures at Emory University


Atlanta, Ga. Booker and Whitbread Prize-winning author A.S. Byatt will deliver this year's Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature at Emory March 28-31. The title for her series is "Fathers, Forefathers, Ancestors: The Surprising Renaissance of the British Historical Novel." She describes her lectures as "a kind of field study, by a practicing novelist, of ways of writing about the past which seem now possible, including history itself." She will look at the use of the immediate past as well as distant, imaginary pasts of 19th century fiction seen through modern eyes, and the recent explosion of contemporary British novelists delving into the past.

Prominent Clergy Gather at Emory Feb. 28 to Preform James Weldon Johnson's "God's Trombones" to honor U.S. Rep. John Lewis


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University will honor U.S. Rep. John Lewis with a performance of Johnson's God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28 in Glenn Memorial Auditorium. Lewis will be presented with the President's Medal on this occasion in recognition of his contributions to Georgia and the civil rights movement. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 404-727-2245.

Reporting Civil Rights: Journalism, Media and the Movement, 1948-1969


Atlanta, Ga. "Reporting Civil Rights: Journalism, Media and the Movement," an exhibit on how the civil rights movement was reported, will be on display at Emory University's Schatten Gallery from Jan. 15-Feb. 20. Schatten Gallery is located in the Robert W. Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Circle on the Emory campus. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.­8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon­8 p.m. Sunday (closed Jan. 18). The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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Emory Purchases Major European Art History Collection


Atlanta, Ga. A 16th-century architectural treatise, a 17th-century guidebook to monuments in Rome and volumes of Italian Renaissance poetry will now be available for study in Emory University's library thanks to the purchase of a major collection of Renaissance and Baroque art. These volumes and others are part of the Suida-Manning Library purchased for an undisclosed price from the estate of the late William Emil Suida, an eminent art historian known for his work on Leonardo da Vinci and Genoese painting. The collection is considered to be one of the last great Renaissance and Baroque libraries existing in private hands.

Theater Emory Presents Limited Engagement of Booth, Brother Booth


Atlanta, Ga. Theater Emory will present a limited engagement from Jan. 15-23 of John Ammerman's acclaimed one-man play, Booth, Brother Booth, that looks at the tribulations and tragedies of Edwin Booth, brother of infamous John Wilkes Booth.

Emory University Professors Have Work Selected for 1999 Humana Festival of New American Plays


Atlanta, Ga. The collaboration of Emory University's Frank Manley and Vincent Murphy on the play The Cockfighter has earned an invitation to the 1999 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre in Louisville, Ky., the foremost festival for producing new works in North America. Murphy adapted the powerful coming-of-age tale from Manley's novel by the same name. Murphy will direct the festival production.

Music at Emory Announces Diverse, Exciting 1998-99 Concert Season


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University's 1998-99 concert season boasts diverse programming that ranges from popular favorites like violinist Shlomo Mintz, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and clarinetist Richard Stolzman with percussion group Nexus, to the cutting edge Bang on a Can All-Stars, "toy piano diva" Margaret Leng Tan, and piano prodigy Dimitriy Sokolov. Several Music at Emory favorites make returns this year: Jeffrey Siegel's popular Keyboard Conversations® series, The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta's sixth season at Emory, and the holiday classic Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols all are part of the upcoming season. Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 17 by phone at (404) 727-5050 or via e-mail to Concert information also is available on-line at

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