Founders Week

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Founders Week, an academic festival held between the annual academic celebrations of Opening Convocation and Commencement, commemorates the first meeting of the Board of Trustees on Feb. 6, 1837, following the founding of Emory College.

The special week, which includes academic, social and cultural events, celebrates the role of the university in promoting inquiry and intellectual life.

Events are free and open to the public.

Founders Week 2014

Event (Click title for details)  Date     Academic and Cultural Aspects
Bach Bowl!Feb. 2This annual Super Bowl Sunday event exhibits artistic talent on campus with a performance of J.S. Bach's works. This year's concert features University Organist Timothy Albrecht and fellow music faculty members Tamara Albrecht, Bradley Howard and William Ransom; Keiko Yamashita Ransom; and the Vega String Quartet, Emory's quartet-in-residence.
Feast of WordsFeb. 3This event showcases books written or edited by Emory faculty each year. It's hosted by the Academic Exchange and the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, and it's co-sponsored by the AJC/Decatur Book Festival.
Distinguished Faculty LectureFeb. 4This annual event, developed by the University Faculty Council, reflects Emory's commitment to broadening knowledge within the university and the Atlanta community. This year's lecture, "Rethinking Depression and Its Treatment: Insights from Studies of Deep Brain Stimulation," is being given by Dorothy C. Fuqua Chair in Psychiactric Neuroimagining and Therapeutics Helen S. Mayberg of Emory's School of Medicine.
Goodrich C. White Lecture SeriesFeb. 4The Founders Week 2014 keynote speaker is Emory College alumnus Kai Ryssdal, host of American Public Media's radio program, Marketplace. The lecture series is sponsored by the DVS Senior Honor Society and the President's Office and was established in memory of Emory's 14th president, a 1908 Emory College graduate who served as president from 1942-1957.
Life of the Mind LectureFeb. 5The Life of the Mind series celebrates Emory's outstanding faculty and dynamic intellectual community. This year's lecture, "Identities and Their Flexibilities: Brazil in the Americas," is being given by Jeffrey Lesser, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor and Chair of the Department of History.
Emory Jazz Fest: Big Band NightFeb. 6The annual Emory Jazz Fest celebrates artistic creativity on campus. This event features the Emory Big Band and Faculty Jazz Band.
Emory History LectureFeb. 7Emory, through Oxford College, maintains an academic presence on its original campus in Oxford, Georgia. This year, Emory historians Gary Hauk and Erik Oliver give the lecture, "Village, Church, University, World: Emory and Upheaval in 1914," sponsored by the Oxford Historical Society.
Emory Jazz Fest: The Gary Motley TrioFeb. 7Gary Motley, Emory's Director of Jazz Studies, has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and the American Composers Forum. At this event, the Gary Motley Trio performs with legendary vocalist Barbara Morrison and collaborates with the Emory University Symphony Orchestra.
Candler Concert Series: Newport Jazz Festival, Now 60Feb. 8The Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series brings internationally renowned artists to campus. This year, the Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60 tour celebrates the history of the Newport Jazz Festival and its role as a leader in presenting jazz artists.

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