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Release date: Jan. 12, 2001
Contact: Elaine Justice, Assistant Director, 404-727-0643, or

Emory Invites Public To Reconciliation Symposium

As the nation comes together to inaugurate a new president, Emory University is inviting the public to come together, either in person or on-line, for a three-day Reconciliation Symposium Jan. 25-27 that will look at reconciliation as it relates to society's most pressing issues—from global conflict to local violence, from health care to the environment.

Former President Jimmy Carter, an Emory faculty member, will give the opening address on "Reconciliation in the New Millennium," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 in Glenn Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are required, and are available at the Emory box office at 404-727-5050. Carter's speech will be broadcast live on Emory's web site at:

Other Reconciliation Symposium sessions to be broadcast live on the web include:

Talks on the core of human conflict by Emory President Emeritus and former U.S. Ambassador to Korea James Laney; and renowned Emory primate zoologist Frans de Waal (8:30 a.m. Jan. 26);
Keynote address by U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D) from Georgia’s 5th District (10:30 a.m. Jan. 26);
Session on "Reconciling Race, Ethnicity and Other Lines That Divide Us" led by Emory Presidential Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Johnnetta Cole and renowned Southern historian Dan Carter (1 p.m. Jan. 26);
Session on "Environmental Reconciliation" with a variety of speakers including David Orr, director of environmental studies at Oberlin College; and Howard Frumkin, chair of environmental and occupational health at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health (3:15 p.m. Jan. 26);
Session on "Medical Care and Public Health: Where is the Balance?" led by Emory Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health William Foege, senior medical advisor for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (9:30 a.m. Jan. 27); and
Closing keynote address by Harvard's Edward O. Wilson on "The Future of Life" (11:45 a.m. Jan 27) and the closinng plenary, led by Emory theologian and Provost Rebecca Chopp (2:30 p.m. Jan. 27).

A complete schedule of Reconciliation Symposium events and locations is available on the reconciliation web site, or by calling 404-712-9280.

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