Re-Visioning Emory, Re-Engaging Scholarship

April 8, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
Visual Arts Building, 700 Peavine Creek Dr., Emory University*
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Preceded by “pre-game” street theater–a Yellow Brick Road procession from the Quad to the VAB–beginning at 4:00.

Last September, the Emory administration announced the impending closure of several departments and programs. These closures represent a dramatic shift in the course of the university’s development, and reflect trends facing liberal arts programs nationwide. In the face of widespread disappointment and anxiety, this symposium aims to provide a hopeful discourse about Emory’s future, and to celebrate the talent and drive of the Emory community.


Program 1. Courageous Inquiry: Experimental Research under Attack

Wencong Chen (’12C): Excerpts from Zhao (digital video)

Patricia Vela, Division of Educational Studies: “A Robotic Manipulator for Learning about Trigonometric Functions” (a collaboration with Georgia Institute of Technology)

Wei Hui Zhou, Elyse Lim, & Malli Swamy (Emory College): Defense of Poetry

Dr. Kimberly Hagen (Rollins School of Public Health): “Emory does MOOC (Maximizing Outreach to Outsider Communities)”

Meredith Kooi (ILA) & Justin Andrews (Comparative Lit.): untitled


Dinner served.


Program 2. State of Education/State of Emergency

Tressie McMillan Cottom (Sociology): “What Profit Means for Signaling, Sorting and Stratification in Higher Education”

Kiarra Givhan (Emory College): The Emory Dream Project

David Mullins (Comparative Literature, Emory College): “Complexity Pedagogy Must Define the University”

Michelle Ledder (’10T, Graduate Division of Religion): “Scandalous Obligation: Education’s Responsibility When Restructuring for the Future”


Program 3. Students and Teachers Organizing

Zach Feldman (University of Michigan Student Union)

Mary Catherine Johnson (Open Door Community): “Open Door Community: An Action/Reflection Model for Organizing”

Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis (ILA ‘12G): “Human Rights in the Food System: Student-Worker Alliances, Sustainability ‘Greenwashing,’ and the Global Corporatization of the University”


View participants’ bios.


* Peavine Creek Drive intersects with Eagle Row (fraternity/sorority row) and is on on The Loop and D/DX shuttle bus routes. The most reliable parking lot is Peavine Deck, at 29 Eagle Row. Finally, if you require assistance getting to the VAB, please let us know as soon as possible ( The building itself is wheelchair accessible.


This event is made possible by the generous support of the departments of Visual Arts, English, and History; the Institute of Liberal Arts; the Visual Scholarship Initiative; and Prof. Martine Watson Brownley (English/Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry).


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