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Juneteenth Lecture Series

Tuesday June 14, 2022 10:00 AM EDT
Join Historian in Heels Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado to learn the history of Juneteenth

Presented by Brave Nu Ventures

Cost: $20

Cookie Giveaway and Chalking

Monday December 11, 2017 01:00 PM EST
Guests are invited to enjoy free vegan cookies and let their creativity loose with chalk to spread the vegan message. 
Cost: Free

'Courage To Dissent: Atlanta and The Long History of the Civil Rights Movement' Lecture and Signing

Thursday November 9, 2017 05:00 PM EST
Bancroft award-winning author and professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin will discuss her book, Courage To Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement. The book explores the full scope of the civil rights movement in Atlanta, where the civil rights movement was in full swing long before...

'The Harvest': A Conversation With Douglas Blackmon and Rose Scott

Thursday September 28, 2017 05:30 PM EDT
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Douglas Blackmon and WABE's Closer Look host Rose Scott are in town to discuss Blackmon's documentary The Harvest. The film explores the struggle to integrate schools in a small, Mississippi Delta town and the paradoxical nature of modern race relations in the Unite...

Changing Atlanta 1950-1999: The Challenges of a Growing Southern Metropolis

Saturday June 18, 2016 08:00 PM EDT
This new exhibition examines the city of Atlanta’s rapid growth during the second half of the 20th century and how city leaders and citizens met the challenges. A panel discussion with curators on April 12 will give the public more insight into Atlanta’s greatest period of expansion.
Cost: Free

Changing Atlanta: Politics and Civic Engagement

Monday April 11, 2016 08:00 PM EDT
Centering around the “Changing Atlanta 1950-1999: The Challenges of a Growing Southern Metropolis” exhibition, this panel will feature curators Michael Camp, Louis Fagnan, and Kristin Morgan, who will examine the political, economic, geographic, and cultural shifts brought on as Atlanta grew int...
Cost: Free

Secrets of the First Folio

Monday March 28, 2016 08:00 PM EDT
Tiffany Stern, professor of English and early modern drama at the University of Oxford, will discuss the creation and impact of the 1623 publication of the First Folio on the enduring popularity of Shakespeare. Eighteen Shakespeare plays, including Macbeth" and "Julius Caesar
Cost: Free

Amber Dermont

Wednesday March 23, 2016 08:00 PM EDT
Amber Dermont is the author of the New York Times-bestselling novel The Starboard Sea and the short story collection Damage Control, both published by St. Martin’s Press.
Cost: Free

Creativity Conversation with artist and printer Amos P. Kennedy Jr. and Randall K. Burkett

Monday March 14, 2016 08:00 PM EDT
Artist, bookmaker and letterpress printer Amos P. Kennedy Jr. and Randall K. Burkett, research curator of Emory's Rose Library's African American collections, will discuss Kennedy’s work, chipboard posters with social, political, racial and inspirational messages created with an old-fashioned lett...
Cost: Free

Artists' Books and Archives: Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, and Nexus Press

Sunday January 10, 2016 07:00 PM EST
This rotating exhibit features artists’ books and other archival material from the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, and Nexus Press collection. Fifteen artists’ books in three cases are refreshed every three months. Curated by Lauran Whitworth, Julie Newton, and Ra...
Cost: Free

How Integration Worked-And Failed-In Evanston, Illinois

Sunday November 22, 2015 07:00 PM EST
In this Race and Difference Colloquium, Mary Barr will discuss her book - Friends Disappear: The Battle for Racial Equality in Evanston - which offers a detailed account of the city’s 1960s and 70s civil rights history. It also examines the impact of race and social class on the lives of an interr...
Cost: Free

Creativity Conversation with playwright Alfred Uhry

Tuesday November 17, 2015 07:00 PM EST
Playwright, Atlanta native, and Druid Hills High School graduate Alfred Uhry, best known for his play “Driving Miss Daisy,” will take part in a Creativity Conversation with Randy Gue, a curator at Emory’s Rose Library, which holds Uhry’s papers. The conversation will focus on Uhry’s work, ...
Cost: Free

Brokering Servitude: Race and the Construction of Northern Domestic Labor Markets in the 1860s

Sunday November 15, 2015 07:00 PM EST
In this Race and Difference Colloquium, historian Andrew Urban discusses evolving attitudes and ideologies emerging in the 1860s about the relationship between race and free labor. Specifically, Dr. Urban explores the efforts of Northern employers to displace the perceived monopoly that Irish immigr...
Cost: Free

The Aberrant Form: Black Abstraction and the Visual Life of Catastrophe with Dr. Leigh Raiford

Sunday November 8, 2015 07:00 PM EST
Jones RoomA public lecture hosted by the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University.Through a close reading of the photograph The Aberrant Form in the Infinite Field of Possible Outcomes is Insistent
Cost: Free

Reginald McKnight

Sunday October 18, 2015 08:00 PM EDT
Reginald McKnight is a short story writer and novelist. He has won the O. Henry Award, the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, the Whiting Writer’s Award, and many other awards and prizes for his work. He is currently the Hamilton Holmes Professor at the University of Georgia in Athens. He is the author ...
Cost: Free - no ticket required

Atlanta's Living History: Emory's New Digital Walking Tour

Friday September 18, 2015 08:00 PM EDT
The Emory Campus History Tour is a mobile tour of the historic Druid Hills campus. It involves various media to drive the narrative of Emory's development throughout the 20th century. The event features a panel discussion with Emory campus historians.
Cost: Free

Atlanta's Living History: Emory's New Digital Walking Tour

Friday September 18, 2015 08:00 PM EDT
The Emory Campus History Tour (http://tour.emory.edu) uses historical materials housed in Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) to lead visitors on a directed mobile tour of the historic Druid Hills campus. Maps, video clips, narrative and images tell the story of the campus ...
Cost: Free

Bob Jones IV: In the Mind of the Master

Wednesday September 16, 2015 08:00 PM EDT
Bob Jones IV, an Atlanta-area psychologist and grandson of Emory law student and famed golfer Bobby Jones (1902-1971), will discuss the psychological skills he developed that enabled him to excel at golf and to cope with a debilitating spinal disease. Dr. Jones will also reveal the truth behind some...
Cost: Free

It's in the Cards Exhibit Art Party

Wednesday April 22, 2015 08:00 PM EDT
The Atlanta community is invited to create the art for the “It’s in the Cards” exhibit. Recycled library catalog cards, art supplies, snacks and music will be provided as participants get creative with paint, collage, drawing and more. Works will be exhibited around a salvaged card catalog.
Cost: Free

Gone Digital: 100+ Years of Emory Yearbooks Now Online

Friday March 6, 2015 07:00 PM EST
Exhibit on the digitization of Emory University yearbooks from 1893-1999, which are now online, with more recent years to be added soon. Features digital access to the yearbooks, a narrative on how the annuals show societal changes over time, and an oversized yearbook image with face cutouts so visi...
Cost: Free

Documentary Screening: Slums: Cities of Tomorrow

Wednesday March 4, 2015 07:00 PM EST
Today, one person in six lives in a slum, a squat, or other precarious dwelling. Governments try to eradicate them by building public housing, but most citizens refuse to live in environments that fail to address their reality. The documentary Slums: Cities of Tomorrow addresses urban overcrowding b...
Cost: Free

B-Side Modernism Conference

Thursday January 22, 2015 07:00 PM EST
The opening reception for the B-Side Modernism Conference will be held in the Jones Room at Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Library. The conference, held on Friday, Jan 23 and Saturday, Jan 24, will coincide with the exhibition of rare items, including counterculture materials, from the Raymon...
Cost: Free

Peter Fallon

Wednesday November 19, 2014 07:00 PM EST
Irish poet Peter Fallon has written several collections of poetry, including The Speaking Stones, The Company of Horses, and his latest, Strong, My Love, published this year. At age 18, he founded the Gallery Press, which has published more than 400 books of poems and plays by Ireland’s finest wri...
Cost: Free

Atlanta Intersections conversation series: Susannah Darrow of BURNAWAY

Tuesday October 28, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
Susannah Darrow, executive director/co-founder of Atlanta-based arts organization BURNAWAY, is the latest guest in this conversation series about Atlanta’s past, present and future led by Randy Gue, curator of modern political and historical collections at Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare ...
Cost: Free

Atlanta Intersections Series: Stephanie Dowda

Tuesday October 7, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
Atlanta-based photographer Stephanie Dowda is the opening guest in the 2014-15 “Atlanta Intersections” series. Dowda’s photography explores the geography theory topophilia, the idea that the natural world can evoke emotions and memory, adding to a sensation of place. The audience will be treat...
Cost: Free

Mama and Papa Lala: 30 Years of Billops-Hatch Films

Wednesday October 1, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
Film screenings, 3 p.m.: Screening of “Older Women and Love” (1987, 26 min.) and “A String of Pearls” (2002, 56 min.) with discussion. Reception follows.
Cost: Free

Keynote address for Mama and Papa Lala: 30 Years of Hatch-Billops Films

Wednesday October 1, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
Jones Room. Keynote talk for the Billops-Hatch film festival delivered by Princeton scholar Valerie Smith, whose pioneering scholarship brings critical feminist thought to her literary, film and media studies.
Cost: Free

-?He Had a Hammer: The Legacy of Hank Aaron in Baseball and American Culture"??

Saturday August 9, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
Opening event Thurs April 24 at 7 pm. An assortment of Hank Aaron materials from Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) will be featured in an exhibit. Materials include Aaron’s scouting reports, telegrams between the Braves and Aaron’s Negro League team, and a sample of h...
Cost: Free

Battle of Atlanta Exhibit

Wednesday July 16, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
The event will include a talk about the context and legacy of the July 22, 1864, battle by Daniel Pollock, project lead and Civil War scholar; a demonstration of the mobile tour by Brian Croxall, project manager and ECDS digital humanities strategist; and a presentation on the Civil War collections ...

Battle of Atlanta mobile tour program and exhibit opening: -?Mobilizing the Battle of Atlanta"??

Wednesday July 16, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
Emory’s Woodruff Library & Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) mark the Battle of Atlanta mobile tour website (http://BattleATL.org) and 150th anniversary of the Battle with program/exhibit. Talk by Civil War scholar Daniel Pollock, tour demo, highlights of Civil War collections at MARBL, ...
Cost: Free

Exhibit Opening: -?He Had a Hammer: The Legacy of Hank Aaron in Baseball and American Culture"??

Wednesday April 23, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
An assortment of original Hank Aaron materials, now open for research use at Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL), will be featured in a small exhibit on the baseball legend. Materials on display, drawn from several collections, will include Aaron’s scouting reports, teleg...
Cost: Free

Stacy Braukman, Richard Rhodes and Randy Gue

Monday April 14, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
Stacy Braukman, author of Communists and Perverts under the Palms: The Johns Committee in Florida and Richard Rhodes, an Atlanta-area LGBT legend who fled Florida out of fear of harassment, will discuss the Johns Committee, a state legislative group formed in the post-World War II and Cold War era t...
Cost: Free

Atlanta Intersections: Jesse Peel

Monday April 7, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
Longtime Atlanta LGBT community activist Jesse Peel will be in conversation with Randy Gue, curator of modern political and historical collections at Emory’s MARBL. Peel was instrumental in building local organizations to support people with HIV/AIDS and their families as the epidemic gained momen...
Cost: Free

Atlanta Intersections series: Chip Simone, urban photographer

Monday March 17, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
Atlanta-based urban photographer Chip Simone will join Randy Gue, curator of Modern Political and Historical collections at Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL), in the first of Atlanta Intersections, a new series of conversations with creative and dynamic Atlanta...
Cost: Free

-?Joe Louis Barrow: A Life and Career in Context"??

Friday February 28, 2014 07:00 PM EST
An exhibit on boxer Joe Louis, considered the first widely-known African American athlete. With pictorial panels highlighting Louis’ childhood, his family’s move to Detroit, his decision to turn professional, his key fights, & his Army years. The exhibit travels in the spring to Cook County, Ala...
Cost: Free

Craig Prentiss

Monday February 24, 2014 07:00 PM EST
Craig R. Prentiss, author of Staging Faith: Religion and African American Theater from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II, will read from his new book, discuss his research done in the Billops-Hatch collection at Emory University, and sign books afterward. Prentiss discusses nearly 40 African Am...
Cost: Free

Feeling into Words: A Conversation about Seamus Heaney

Friday February 21, 2014 07:00 PM EST
Jones Room, level 3. Distinguished guests Bernard O'Donoghue (Wadham College, Oxford), Fintan O'Toole (award-winning Irish Times journalist), and Fiona Ross (director of the National Library of Ireland) will join in a conversation about Seamus Heaney, moderated by Geraldine Higgins, associate profes...
Cost: Free

-?The Great Sports Spectacle: Marketing the Super Bowl,"?? lecture by Kenneth Shropshire

Thursday February 6, 2014 07:00 PM EST
Kenneth Shropshire, a sports law attorney and professor of legal studies and business ethics at the Wharton School, will discuss the Super Bowl, the sports business in general, and the role of race in sports, especially the business side. He is the author of the 1996 book “In Black and White: Race...
Cost: Free

Postponed: Pellom McDaniels author talk

Wednesday January 29, 2014 07:00 PM EST
Postponed; rescheduled date TBA. Pellom McDaniels III, Emory professor of African American Studies, will discuss his new biography, The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy. Murphy (1861-1896), a son of slaves, became the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three times (1884, 1890 an...
Cost: Free

Bernard LaFayette Jr

Monday December 2, 2013 07:00 PM EST
Civil rights leader Rev. Bernard LaFayette Jr. shares his experiences & discusses his new memoir, In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma. An expert in nonviolent direct action, he’ll be hosted in conversation by Carol Anderson, Emory associate prof of African American Studies. The book will be ...
Cost: Free

And the Struggle Continues: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Fight for Social Change

Friday November 29, 2013 07:00 PM EST
Location: Schatten Gallery. Featuring original material from the SCLC archive at Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL), this exhibition highlights the civil rights group’s tireless efforts to achieve positive social change in the years after the 1968 assassination of Martin...
Cost: Free

Conversation with C.T. Vivian

Wednesday November 20, 2013 07:00 PM EST
The day after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Rev. C.T. Vivian will visit Emory University to discuss his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Vivian will be interviewed by Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political...
Cost: Free

Opening and preview of the traveling exhibit -?Joe Louis Barrow: A Life and Career in Context"??

Tuesday November 12, 2013 07:00 PM EST
This exhibit features Joe Louis, the first well-known African American boxer, using text and images to highlight his childhood, key fights, and Army years. Most images are drawn from collections in MARBL. The opening includes fight programs and film clips of matches against Max Baer (1935), Max Schm...
Cost: Free

Gary Pomerantz

Wednesday November 6, 2013 07:00 PM EST
Their Life's Work is a new book that follows the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers over the years and examines what the game of football gives to players, and what it takes from them; the personal bonds among the players, and their lives after football. Pomerantz is a former journalist and a visiting lectur...
Cost: Free

W.S. Merwin

Sunday May 5, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
W.S. Merwin, 2010 U.S. poet laureate, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for The Carrier of Ladders in 1971 and The Shadow of Sirius in 2009. A two-volume set of his work, The Collected Poems of W.S. Merwin, with a May 16 release, is expected to be among the selection of Merwin's books available fo...
Cost: Free

And the Struggle Continues: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Fight for Social Change

Monday April 29, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Featuring original material from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) archive kept by the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory University, this exhibition highlights the tireless efforts of the significant civil rights organization to achieve positive social ch...
Cost: Free

Creative Writing Awards Night

Tuesday April 23, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Readings by winners of the Creative Writing Program and English Department student writing contests and scholarships.
Cost: Free

Eyewitness to Extremism: A Conversation with Walter B. Reeves, co-founder of Neighbors Network

Tuesday April 16, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Walter B. Reeves, co-founder of the Neighbors Network citizens’ watchdog group, discusses how he monitored & infiltrated hate groups to report their activities to law enforcement. Joining him will be Randy Gue, curator of Modern Political & Historical Collections for Emory’s Manuscript, Archives...
Cost: Free and open to the public

Jericho Brown

Monday March 25, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Jericho Brown joined the Emory English/Creative Writing faculty in Fall 2012. His first collection of poetry, PLEASE, won the 2009 American Book Award. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including The American Poetry Review, jubilat, Oxford American, Ploughshares, A Public Space, an...
Cost: Free

Panel Discussion of Midnight's Children with Salman Rushdie

Wednesday February 27, 2013 07:00 PM EST
Panel discussion of Midnight's Children, both the book and the film, with author Salman Rushdie, director Deepa Mehta, producer David Hamilton, and Emory faculty. Moderated by Matthew Bernstein.
Cost: Free

Mat Johnson

Monday February 25, 2013 07:00 PM EST
Born to an Irish-American father and an African-American mother and raised in the Philadelphia area, Mat Johnson writes primarily about the lives of African-Americans, using fiction, nonfiction and graphic novels as mediums. Johnson was named the first USA James Baldwin Fellow by the United States ...
Cost: Free

come celebrate with me: The Work of Lucille Clifton

Friday December 21, 2012 07:00 PM EST
This exhibition includes her earliest poems in her delicate penmanship, to poems composed on her beloved Videowriter word processor, to last works composed at writer’s workshops, dashed off in an email, or found in her many daybooks, often written in her distinctive lowercase style. Curated by Amy...
Cost: FREE

The Future of British Theater: A Report from the Front Line

Monday November 12, 2012 07:00 PM EST
Stephen Unwin, artistic director of the Rose Theatre in Kingston, will give a firsthand account of the challenges facing theater in the U.K. with attention to how it is evolving as well as to its traditions and strengths. While directing for 30 years, Unwin has worked with an impressive array of act...
Cost: Free

Author Talk: Ann Uhry Abrams

Sunday November 11, 2012 07:00 PM EST
Ann Uhry Abrams, an alumna of the Laney Graduate School, will give an illustrated author talk about her new book on the Candler family, Formula for Fortune: How Asa Candler Discovered Coca-Cola and Turned It Into the Wealth His Children Enjoyed. Much of Abrams' research was done in the Manuscript, A...
Cost: Free


Saturday November 10, 2012 07:00 PM EST
This exhibition features photographer Nancy Crampton's pictures of authors, poets, novelists, journalists and other writeres. A small collection of MARBL materials, chosen by guest curators from the Emory community, complements each photo. The materials illuminate the connections the writers have wi...
Cost: Free

Like a Purple Haze Across the Land

Friday November 2, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
An exhibition showcasing the work of Benny Andrews.


Friday November 2, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
This exhibition features photographer Nancy Crampton’s pictures of authors, poets, novelists, journalists and other writers such as Anne Sexton, Truman Capote, Salman Rushdie, Alice Walker, James Baldwin, Norman Mailer, Gloria Steinem and others. A small selection of MARBL materials, chosen by 18 ...
Cost: Free

Molly Brodak, poet and Harmony Neal, fiction writer

Monday October 1, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
Molly Brodak is the author of the chapbooks Instructions for a Painting and The Flood as well as the book A Little Middle of the Night, which won the 2009 Iowa Poetry Prize.Book signing to follow reading.Jones Room, 311 Woodruff Library
Cost: FREE
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