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Bellesiles Receives Bancroft Prize For His Book On American Gun Culture


Atlanta, Ga. History professor Michael Bellesiles has received the 2001 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy, which is presented annually by the trustees of Columbia University to authors of books of exceptional merit and distinction in the field of American history. Two other books, one a depiction of the social world of the California Gold Rush and the second a biography of William Randolph Hearst, also were honored.

'Social Problems' Hit Home for Oxford Students


Atlanta, Ga. Oxford College students in Mike McQuaide's "Social Problems" class learn firsthand the cost of society's problems.

'War on Poverty,' Civil Rights Drives Ashmore's Research


Atlanta, Ga. For Susan Ashmore, Friday afternoon is the perfect time for putting her historical curiosity to work. For instance, after finishing a Friday lecture on American history to her Oxford College students, Ashmore recently accepted a colleaguešs offer to explore the Confederate memorial on the square in Covington. ŗI hadnšt seen it yet, and I couldnšt pass up an offer to take a look,˛ she said.

Moon Over Oxford


Atlanta, Ga. After a year and-a-half of work, Joe Moon, Oxford's associate dean of campus life finished his doctoral dissertation, a history of Oxford College of Emory University, a place he's called home since 1988.

Exhibit Explores Contributions of African Americans To Oxford and Emory


Atlanta, Ga. "A Dream Deferred," developed by students in Oxford College's "Cultures of the African Diaspora" course, explores the diverse contributions of African Americans to Oxford College and Emory University, from the founding of Emory College in 1836 to the desegregation of Emory-at-Oxford in 1968.

Listen To Grandmom's Stories This Holiday Season—You'll Thank Her Later


Atlanta, Ga. For researchers who study ritual and myth, like Emory University's Bradd Shore, the holidays represent an opportunity to observe families as they cope with the expectations of a season that is rich with both. The stories that we take away from those encounters, say Emory researchers, can serve us well later in life.

Emory Receives Grant for Teaching, Learning About Religious Conflict


Atlanta, Ga. The religion department has received a three-year grant from the Wabash Center to develop new ways of teaching and learning about the origins, meaning and consequences of religious conflict. The $21,000 grant will be matched by university funds adding up to a total of $50,000 for the project.

Competitive Debate Making An Impact and a Comeback In Inner City Schools Nationwide Based On Emory/Atlanta Model


Atlanta, Ga. Thousands of inner city students are flocking to competitive debate programs modeled after the Atlanta Urban Debate League founded by Emory University more than a decade ago. Thanks to urban debate leagues (UDLs) begun in the last three years, students in Detroit, New York City, Chicago, Tuscaloosa, Kansas City, St. Louis, Baltimore and the San Francisco Bay area are reaping the profound benefits of debate training: increased verbal, analytical, research and critical thinking skills; greater confidence; higher grades; less physical violence and offers of college scholarships.

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.

Common Cause Hosts Forum On Campaign Finance Reform At Emory


Atlanta, Ga. In a recent poll commissioned by Common Cause and the Emory University political science department, 86 percent of Georgians surveyed want some form of campaign finance reform. "So far the only candidate committed to attending is Green Party candidate Jeff Gates. What does that say about the candidates?" says Robert Pastor, professor of political science at Emory.

1,000 Years of Child-Rearing Wisdom in Hand


Atlanta, Ga. Emory psychology professor Marshall Duke has gathered more than 1,000 years of child-rearing wisdom into a collection of essays titled "What Works With Children: Wisdom and Reflections From People Who Have Devoted Their Careers to Kids."

Emory's Lipstadt Returns to Classroom After Highly-Publicized Libel Trial


Atlanta, Ga. Professor Deborah Lipstadt will return to the Emory classroom this fall to teach her undergraduate course on the Holocaust after winning a highly publicized libel suit brought by Holocaust denier David Irving.

Foam's Many Properties—From Cappuccino to the Cosmos—Explored in New, Witty Book by Emory Physicist


Atlanta, Ga. From soap bubbles to sea froth, from the head on a beer to plastic coffee cups, foam and its bubbles appear throughout our daily lives. But foam goes beyond the commonplace—it has surprisingly intricate properties that engage scientists around the world. Foam appears again and again in exotic corners of our planet and the universe, giving clues to the origin of the earth's atmosphere, describing how galaxies are distributed in space, and providing an image for the birth of the cosmos.

Emory National Debate Institute June 18-July 1 Teaches Valuable Life Skills, Enhances Scholarship Opportunities


Atlanta, Ga. For 28 years the Emory National Debate Institute has been spreading the gospel of competitive debate as a teaching and learning tool for junior high and high school students from across the country. The annual two-week, intensive training camp will run this year from June 18-July 1, and for many past participants, the experience has paid off in a big way with college debate scholarships.

"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 University Names New Graduate School Dean


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University has named Robert Paul as the next dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Provost Rebecca Chopp announced last week that Paul, current director of the Institute of Liberal Arts and Candler Professor of Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies, will take the reins of the graduate school on June 1, succeeding Don Stein, dean since 1995. Stein will use an upcoming sabbatical to do research as a Fulbright scholar and to co-author a book.

"Selling Race: Cinematic Poster Art" Exhibit Opens March 22 at Emory


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."

Study of segregated black school earns Emory's Walker $200,000 Grawemeyer Award


Atlanta, Ga. Associate professor Vanessa Siddle Walker has been selected as the winner of the 2000 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education. The award carries a cash prize of $200,000.

Address School Violence Through Dialogue, Says Emory Educator


Atlanta, Ga. Communication and dialogue, long recognized as a way to air grievances, resolve problems and sustain relationships, often is neglected until the situation seems overwhelming, says Emory University's Jennifer Obidah. An education professor who studies the effects of violence on learning, Obidah offers the following advice to adults on improving the dialogue and connecting with young people:

Students to Clean and Document Oxford Cemetery


Atlanta, Ga. Students from Oxford College and Emory University will become intimately acquainted with the university's history when they gather this Saturday, March 25 at 10 a.m. to clean up and document the portion of the Town of Oxford Historical Cemetery that was restricted to blacks. That section of the cemetery has not been well-maintained throughout the years, and has not been closely documented. Many of the Oxford residents buried in the black section of the cemetery were employees of Emory and later Oxford College when the university established the Atlanta campus. According to anthropologist and Oxford professor Mark Auslander, the cemetery is the resting place of many men and women who made significant contributions to the college during the past 160 years, including Robert Hammond (1858-1923) the college's head janitor whose headstone was donated by Emory students.

Emory University Hosts "Confronting Media Violence" Conference


Atlanta, Ga. The "Confronting Media Violence" conference will bring together many of the world's experts and media leaders to discuss these issues, says sociologist Robert Agnew, director of Emory's Violence Studies Program. "Certain researchers claim that media violence only has a small effect or no effect on violent behavior, and there is much debate as to whether current efforts to control media violence­­such as the V-chip and ratings system­­are effective," says Agnew. "This conference should do much to shed light on the important and troubling issue of media violence.

Students' Beliefs About Their Abilities Do Affect Their School Performance, Says Emory's Pajares in Jan. 27 Great Teachers Lecture


Atlanta, Ga. Do girls really not do as well in math as boys? How much of the hype and backlash about self-esteem can parents and educators really believe? What traps can well-meaning parents and educators fall into? Find out at Emory's Jan. 27 Great Teachers Lecture "Schooling in America: Myths, Mixed Messages and Good Intentions." The lecture by Frank Pajares, associate professor of educational studies at Emory University, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 in Cannon Chapel on the campus quadrangle. The event is free and open to the public. A map of campus is available on-line at For more information, call 404-727-6216.


Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to Speak at Emory


Atlanta, Ga. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will deliver the 1999-2000 Rosalynn Carter Distinguished Lecture in Public Policy at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000 in Glenn Memorial Auditorium. The annual event is part of the Rosalynn Carter Programs in Public Policy at Emory's Institute for Women's Studies. The lecture is free and open to the public. Details on O'Connor's address will be provided as they become available.


Emory Professor To Study Welfare-to-Work Programs in Four States


Atlanta, Ga. Michael Rich, associate professor of political science at Emory University, has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to conduct research on the welfare-to-work programs in six to eight sites, including Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland and Los Angeles metropolitan areas and selected non-metropolitan sites in Georgia and California.

American Communists Followed Soviet Party Line Says Emory Professor in New Book Based on Soviet Archival Research


Atlanta, Ga. A new book, The Soviet World of American Communism, further confirms the fact that the American Communist Party was a tool of the Soviet Union says co-author and Emory University political scientist Harvey Klehr. The claims are based on Klehr's research in the archives of the Communist International in Moscow.

Emory University Student Receives Honor Society Scholarship


Atlanta,Ga. Emory University junior Danielle Sered, daughter of Joan Sered Smith of Evanston, Ill. (60201), has been awarded the 1999 Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Junior Scholarship Award of $2,000. The award, offered in honor of E. Nelson James, long-time executive secretary of Sigma Tau Delta, is given to applicants who demonstrate both academic scholarship and chapter service.

Emory Professor Receives Award for Contributions to Psychology


Atlanta, Ga. Scott Lilienfeld, assistant professor of psychology at Emory University, has received the 1998 David Shakow Early Career Award presented by the clinical psychology division of the American Psychological Association. The award is given to scholars for exemplary contribution to the field of psychology.

Emory Psychologist Examines Students' Latent Personal Prejudice Through Study of Facial Expression


Atlanta, Ga. Facial muscle activity may serve as a tell-tale sign of latent personal prejudice, according Emory visiting psychology professor Eric Vanman, who analyzed how facial movements indicate racial bias among white college students in a study he conducted at the University of Southern California (USC). The study was published in the November 1997 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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