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Halle Visiting Professor at Emory and Expert on Religious Violence to Give Public Talk Dec. 6


Atlanta, Ga. The first question that came to many minds after the terrorist attacks Sept. 11 was, "Why would anyone do such a thing, especially in the name of religion?" Mark Juergensmeyer focused on this question for his new book on religious terrorism, "Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence" (University of California Press, 2000). In the book, he attempts to enter into the mindset of Osama bin Laden and others who perform acts of terrorism for religious reasons.

Emory’s Journalism Program Hosts Visiting South African Reporter


Atlanta, Ga. Khathu Mamaila, an award-winning political journalist from South Africa, is serving as a visiting lecturer in Emory College’s journalism program, helping students prepare for internships with Cape Town media outlets this summer. Mamaila, a senior political writer with The Star in Johannesburg, also worked for The Sowetan newspaper and the City Press news agency. The Sowetan named him 1997 Journalist of the Year, and he also has been honored by the Rhodes University Journalism School and the Independent Newspapers Journalism School. Mamaila is a graduate of the University of South Africa.

Media Advisory: World Game Brings Complexity Of Global Problems Home To Emory


Atlanta, Ga. On Thursday, April 5, the world is coming to Emory University's Cox Hall—in a manner of speaking. The World Issues Workshop, will bring together 200 Emory students, faculty and staff in a role-playing simulation that will challenge participants to solve current global environmental, educational and health problems through diplomacy and negotiation.

Strobe Talbott to Speak at Emory April 5


Atlanta, Ga. Former diplomat and journalist Strobe Talbott will talk about how the world has changed since the end of the Cold War in a public lecture at Emory University at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5. Talbott was deputy secretary of state and a key architect of U.S. foreign policy in the Clinton administration.

Docs Bridge Language, Culture Gap at Grady


Atlanta, Ga. Several Emory doctors at Grady Hospital are working to bridge the language and cultural gap for the growing number of Hispanic patients being treated.

Our Passage Through India


Atlanta, Ga. University Secretary Gary Hauk reflects on the Emory contingent's trek to Dharamsala, India, to launch the new study abroad collaboration with the Dalai Lama's Drepung Loseling Monastery.

Rockefeller Foundation Grant Helps Emory Establish Cape Town-Atlanta Program


Atlanta, Ga. The Rockefeller Foundation has given $550,000 to Emory University which, supplemented by university funding, has enabled the university to establish Institutions of Public Culture: A Collaborative Cape Town-Atlanta Program (2000-2003).

Emory Professor Receives Liberty Prize


Atlanta, Ga. Mikhail Epstein, Emory University's Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Cultural Theory and Russian Literature, has been awarded the Liberty Prize for his contributions to Russian-American culture. This is the second year of the prize, which will be presented annually to two outstanding Russian cultural figures living in America. In addition to Epstein, this year's prize has been awarded to Vagrich Bakhchanyan, an artist and book illustrator who is considered one of the founders of Russian conceptualist art.

Language Classrooms With a Global View


Atlanta, Ga. The futue of classrooms is now in two new, state-of-the-art language labs that are part of the Emory College Language Center in Woodruff Library.

Emory Student Named Luce Scholar For 2000-2001 Academic Year


Atlanta, Ga. Brad Murg, son of Diane Murg and the late Gary Murg of Grosse Pointe, Mich. (48236), has been named a Luce Scholar by the Henry R. Luce Scholars Program. Murg is one of only 18 Luce Scholars chosen nationally for the 2000-2001 academic year, and is the first Emory student to receive this honor since 1988. As a Luce Scholar, Murg will live and work as an intern in Asia for one year.

New Web Site Features Electronic Encyclopedia of Islamic Family Law


Atlanta, Ga. An electronic encyclopedia of information and analysis about the context and practice of Islamic family law in countries around the world now is available on the Internet, thanks to a project directed by professor Abdullahi An-Na'im of Emory Law School's Law and Religion Program.

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.

Study Abroad Numbers Soar


Atlanta, Ga. Emoryss study abroad programs have experienced explosive growth during the last four years. From the 1996-97 academic year, overall student participation has risen nearly 23 percent, and the number of students opting for a semester or year abroad -- as opposed to summer study -- has soared 740 percent, according to the Center for International Programs Abroad (CIPA). Semester abroad programs have grown from four programs in four countries, to more than 40 programs in 23 countries. Summer study options have grown from nine programs in six countries, to 16 programs in 12 countries.

International Study Programs Expanding


Atlanta, Ga. Emory's explosive growth in study abroad options includes new programs in Cape Town, South Africa; Dharamsala, India, a partnership with the Dalai Lama's exiled Tibetan government; and Havana, Cuba. The newest program is an academic exchange with the University of Cape Town (UCT), the oldest university in South Africa, that is Emory College's first formal linkage with an African university.

Emory Junior Hetal Doshi Named Truman Scholar


Atlanta, Ga. Emory junior Hetal Doshi, daughter of Janak and Sohag Doshi of Vestavia Hills, Ala. (35216), has been awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship for graduate study in preparation for a career in government or public service. Doshi plans to pursue a law degree, with the long-term goal of working on women's rights and Islamic legal issues.

Big Growth in Study Abroad Includes New Programs in Cuba, Cape Town, Dharamsala


Atlanta, Ga. Emory College Dean Steven Sanderson lead a university contingent on a March 10-17 spring break of another sort. The group went to Cape Town, South Africa, to officially launch an academic exchange with the University of Cape Town (UCT), the college's first formal linkage with an African university.

Irish Peace Broker George Mitchell To Deliver Emory Commencement Address May 15


Atlanta, Ga. Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, a Democrat from Maine who recently brokered the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, will deliver the address at Emory University's 155th commencement on Monday, May 15.

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.

Emory Law School To Host Policy Debate On Establishment of International Criminal Court


Atlanta, Ga. This debate on the pros and cons of establishing an international criminal court, the third in a series of debates being held across the country, is a policy initiative by the Council on Foreign Relations. In this country, the debate turns on the question of whether the United States should ratify the Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which was adopted by the United Nations Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries, held in Rome June 15-July 17, 1998.

Emory Ranks Fifth In Southeast For Current Peace Corps Volunteers


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University ranks fifth among colleges and universities in the Southeast for currently serving Peace Corps volunteers, according to Peace Corps Southeast Regional Manager John Eaves. In an announcement yesterday, Eaves released the following rankings:

Rajmohan Gandhi To Give Series of Public Lectures At Emory Feb. 1-8, Includes Panels With Archbishop Tutu and Andrew Young


Atlanta, Ga. Rajmohan Gandhi -- a scholar, political commentator and the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi -- will be on campus for three weeks as the second distinguished fellow of the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning at Emory, and in that capacity will give a series of forums and lectures on religious reconciliation, India's role in global trade, and politics.

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.

Center for the Study of Health, Culture and Society Fosters Global Health Perspective


Atlanta, Ga. In conducting research for her thesis, Cindy Ma evaluated the practice of Pakistani birth attendants to apply ghee, ash and cow dung to umbilical cords, a common cultural and spiritual practice that contributes to soaring rates of tetanus. At the same time, another Fellow at the Center for the Study of Health, Culture, and Society examined the feasibility of developing culturally sensitive HIV/AIDS prevention programs to target heterosexual men in the Dominican Republic. While these topics seem to share little in common, they both seek to illustrate the interplay of health, culture and society.

Emory ranks 11th in alumni Peace Corps volunteers; Students combine Peace Corps service with master of public health degree


Atlanta, Ga. According to the Peace Corps, Emory University ranks 11th among colleges and universities in producing Peace Corps volunteers at schools with undergraduate enrollment of less than 5,000. In the Peace Corps' 36-year history, 264 Emory University alumni have joined the organization, so it's no surprise that Emory's Rollins School of Public Health now gives course credit for Peace Corps service to students in its master of public health (MPH) program.

Recent Graduate of Nutrition Health Sciences Program Heads to Nepal To Evaluate Nutritional Status of Adolescent Bhutanese Refugees


Atlanta, Ga. Nutrition researcher Heidi Michels Blanck, Ph.D., is part of a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that is assessing the micronutrient and health status of refugees settled into seven camps in the Jhapa and Morang Districts in southeastern Nepal. About 83,000 ethnic Nepalese were displaced from Bhutan between 1990-93 after new Government of Bhutan policy excluded them from the benefits of citizenship. Since that time, the refugees have been subsisting on dry rations with only occasional access to fruits and vegetables. Relief workers attribute several illness outbreaks-particularly the increase in angular stomatitis (related to riboflavin deficiency) to micronutrient deficiencies.

Emory Extends AIDS Research Internationally Through NIH Training Program Grant


Atlanta, Ga. Through its National Institutes of Health (NIH) designation as an AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP), Emory is extending its expertise in AIDS research and education to scientists in other countries.

Three British Medical Centers Formally Affiliate with Health Sciences Center


Atlanta, Ga. Medical students and postgraduate students involved in basic health sciences research will soon have the opportunity to participate in a transatlantic exchange program between the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University and Guy's, King's College and St. Thomas' (GKT*) medical schools of London. A formal affiliation agreement signed in June 1999 by the schools allows for the establishment of such an exchange program which will expand to include nursing and public health students in the near future. Initially, six medical students from each institution are spending about three months abroad.

Law & Religion Program Publishes New Book Series on Religious Proselytism in World's Emerging Democracies


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University's Law and Religion Program recently wrapped up a three-year research project that took the most comprehensive and in-depth look ever at religious proselytizing in emerging democracies of sub-Saharan Africa, the former Soviet bloc and Latin America. Now the results of that research are being published as part of a multi-book series, two of which are currently available, says John Witte, director of the Law and Religion Program and editor of the series.

Undergraduates Pursue In-depth Projects Through International Scholars Program


Atlanta, Ga. Little could Emory senior Danielle Sered have known that a class visit from Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney her freshman year would lead her on an excursion to Ireland this past summer to interview a dozen women poets. Thanks to a new International Scholars program offered by Emory College, a delighted Sered spent nine weeks in Ireland this summer doing interviews for her honors thesis on the poet Medbh McGuckian and future graduate studies in Irish women writers in general. Special Collections in Emory's Woodruff Library has purchased her transcripts to add to its extensive contemporary Irish poets archive, and several Irish presses have expressed interest in publishing her interviews in book format.

Humphrey Fellows Bring International Health Expertise to Emory


Atlanta, Ga. Through its involvement in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, Emory is hosting accomplished mid-career professionals from developing countries as well as selected central and Eastern European nations while they pursue one year of graduate study and related practical experiences.

Emory School of Medicine Helps Improve Health Care in Republic of Georgia


Atlanta, Ga. The present state of health care in the independent Republic of Georgia is just short of agonal. In the early 1990s, children were going years without routine immunizations. In the spring of 1992, the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) worked with the Emory University School of Medicine, Grady Memorial Hospital and Morehouse School of Medicine to set up the Atlanta-Tblisi partnership, one of 21 such partnerships between U.S. institutions and republics of the former Soviet Union. The partnership's goal is to contribute expertise, manpower and supplies to improve health care in the Republic of Georgia.

Former CDC Director Heads Task Force for Child Survival


Atlanta, Ga. William H. Foege, M.D., Emory's Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health, takes seriously the plight of children. Foege serves as executive director for the Task Force for Child Survival and Development, a group drawn from a consortium of organizations that is working with sponsoring agencies to achieve the broad health goals of the 1990 World Summit for Children. In an effort to improve the quality of life for children worldwide, the task force is creating alliances, building consensus and leveraging scarce resources.

Emory Broadens Scope of Global Outreach to Alumni, Business in Europe


Atlanta, Ga. In keeping with the goal to increase Emory's international outreach, the university's Division of Institutional Advancement is expanding its focus to include Europe. Soon after commencement in May of 2000, President Bill Chace will travel to Germany, France, the Netherlands and Poland to meet with alumni, university administrators and business people to continue strengthening institutional ties in those countries. Joining President Chace on the trip will be Provost Rebecca Chopp, Vice President for Institutional Advancement William Fox, and former Coca-Cola executive Claus Halle, for whom Emory's Halle Institute for Global Learning is named.

Public Health Professors Track Cancer in the Global Village


Atlanta, Ga. Epidemiology faculty members John Young, Ph.D., and Steven Roffers, P.A., are passionate about improving and increasing collection of cancer data worldwide. They serve as consultants to health ministries on several continents, offering advice on the establishment of tumor registries and surveillance systems or the enhancement of existing registries.

Goizueta Business School Inaugurates 'Global Business Bowl' Program


Atlanta, Ga. This year's MBA orientation inaugurated a new international program for students, the "Goizueta Global Business Bowl." MBA Program Director and Assistant Dean Patrick Noonan used The Economist and a variety of other sources to compile 100 questions on global issues ranging from economics and business to culture and language. Then, in five weekly "bowl" sessions, teams of first- and second-year students competed to gain points, with point values escalating every day. The winning teams, representing both classes, were feted to a VIP tour of CNN and dinner at an Italian restaurant.

More Asian students choose Emory; international students, scholars on rise


Atlanta, Ga. A number of Asian countries are increasingly choosing Emory University, and Goizueta Business School in particular, to educate their government's financial and policy leaders.

Human rights Scholar/Activist An-Na'im Receives Dutch J.P. Van Praag Award for His Work


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University's Abdullahi An-Na'im, Candler Professor of Law and an internationally known scholar/human rights activist, has been named the recipient of the 1999 Dr. J.P. Van Pragg Award from the Dutch Humanist Ethical Society in The Netherlands for his work in promoting human rights.

Carter, Laney, Lee Assess Prospects for Peace on Korean Peninsula


Atlanta, Ga. The United States Senate's rejection of the Comprehensive Test Ban treaty "is one of the worst mistakes our government has ever made," said former U.S. President Jimmy Carter today at a panel discussion on "North Korea and Security on the Korean Peninsula." The discussion included Emory President Emeritus James Laney, former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea; and Lee Hong-koo, Emory alumnus, ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Korea and former South Korean prime minister.

Noted Latin American Community Activists to Speak at Emory


Atlanta, Ga. Emory's Latin American and Caribbean Studies program will host noted community activists from Guatemala and Oaxaca, Mexico, who will discuss "Revitalizing Indigenous Culture, Grassroots Development, and the New Millennium: Voices from Rural Latin America" on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Nobel laureates Wole Soyinka and Desmond Tutu bring international perspectives to Emory


Atlanta, Ga. Emory is graced with two Nobel laureates on campus, retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and Nigerian playwright/activist Wole Soyinka, who bring their unique international perspectives on human rights to both the university and the greater Atlanta community.

Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning welcomes Carter, Laney, Lee, and in January 2000, Gandhi


Atlanta, Ga. The Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning enters its third year this fall with an ambitious schedule of international visitors and special events. On Nov. 11, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will share his perspective at a panel discussion titled "North Korea and Security on the Korean Peninsula." Joining President Carter will be former Ambassador to South Korea and Emory President Emeritus James T. Laney, and South Korean Ambassador to the United States and Emory alumnus Lee Hong-koo.

Rebeca Affachiner, "The Betsy Ross of Israel," Focus of Emory Exhibit


Atlanta, Ga. A new exhibit on life and work of Jewish activist Rebecca Affachiner, known affectionately as "the Betsy Ross of Israel," at Emory University's Schatten Gallery will open with a special public program and reception at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15 in the Joseph W. Jones Room of Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Circle. The exhibit is being held in conjunction with the General Assembly of United Jewish Communities meeting in Atlanta Nov. 16-19. For information call 404-727-7620.

Jimmy Carter, James Laney, Korean Ambassador Lee To Discuss "North Korea and Security on the Korean Peninsula"


Atlanta, Ga. The Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning will kick off its third year Nov. 11 with a panel discussion on "North Korea and Security on the Korean Peninsula," featuring former U.S. President Jimmy Carter; James T. Laney, Emory president emeritus and former ambassador to the Republic of Korea; and Lee Hong-koo, ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Korea and Emory alumnus.

Emory Law Professor Receives Ford Grant To Study Muslim Diversity in U.S., Abroad


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University human rights scholar/activist Abdullahi An-Na'im has received a two-year, $371,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to fund a global survey of Islamic family law that will explore how Muslims reconcile their faith with the needs of their communities today.

Emory University Increases Leadership Role in International Education


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University has adopted a campus-wide strategy designed to increase its leadership in international education. The new strategy, called "Internationalizing Emory," calls for the university to expand its international programs and opportunities for students, faculty and staff. The strategy is intended to foster greater international awareness, expand international exposure and connections, and increase international scholarship and service among the Emory community, according to Marion Creekmore, vice provost for international affairs.

Future of U.S.-Japan Partnership to be Discussed by Japanese Expert


Atlanta, Ga. Yukio Okamoto -- a prominent businessman, public policy advisor and media consultant in Japan -- is the first Distinguished Fellow of the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning at Emory University. He will lecture on The U.S.-Japan Partnership: Will it Strengthen or Splinter? on Monday, February 15, at 7 p.m. The lecture will be held in Room 130 of the Goizueta Business School.


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