Creative Encounters

Summer 2015 - Creative Encounters

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Georgia Goes to the Movies

Emory Cinematheque, a weekly series of free film screenings at Emory, celebrated the thriving movie business in Georgia this spring with a special 35mm screening series: Home Grown: Movies Made in Georgia (January 14 – April 22, 2015).

Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

The movie business is booming in Georgia. The state is now one of the busiest and fastest-growing production centers in the world, hosting everything from edgy indies like the forthcoming A Walk in the Woods to tentpole blockbusters like 2014’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, and reality TV favorites like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo to scripted smash hits like The Walking Dead.

While the current explosion owes much to an ambitious program of tax incentives and a deep pool of local expertise, according to Eddy Von Meuller, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies and Emory University and curator of the “Home Grown” series shown at Emory this past spring, the roots of Georgia’s homegrown cinema run very deep.

“There have always been strong incentives, creative and economic, drawing filmmakers to the South,” he says. “Georgia locations show up in beloved family classics and grindhouse quickies, in low-brow romps and high-minded historical epics.”

“And zombies,” Meuller adds, “you can’t do Georgia cinema these days without zombies.”

According Mueller, who also serves as the faculty coordinator of Emory College’s Film and Media Management Concentration program, a number of the films included in the series are important to the history of the film and entertainment industry.  “The Burt Reynold’s vehicle Smokey and the Bandit epitomizes an important part of American pop culture in the late 1970s and early 1980s – it nearly caught up with Star Wars at the box office,” he observes. “And Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman was a the cornerstone in the formation of what has arguably become one of the most significant forces in African-America film and television.”

“Extraordinary movies have been made here, by extraordinary filmmakers,” says Mueller, “and it’s incredible to have the opportunity to showcase some of them at a Georgia university, and as part of a program dedicated to presenting films as closely as possible to the way they were meant to be seen.”

Did you miss the series this spring? Take a look at the line-up and plan a "homegrown" movie night at your house!

Driving Miss Daisy (1989) | Smokey and the Bandit (1977) | Cockfighter (1974) | Zombieland (2009) | Glory (1990) | The Visitor (1979) | 42 (2013) | The Longest Yard (1974) | Sherman’s March (1985) | Manhunter (1986) | Drumline (2002) | Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005) | Get Low (2009) | Deliverance (1972)

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Flannery O'Connor Archive Helps Inspire Senior Honors Thesis

This spring, Dance and Movement Studies and English double major Sarah Freeman presented “All Being Displaced: Movement Translations of Flannery O’Connor” as her senior honors thesis in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Freeman Thesis

Story by Kimber Williams, originally appeared on the Emory News Center (March 24, 2015)

Perhaps it was the spot-on descriptions of the rural Georgia landscape, or those eccentric Southern characters that seemed so peculiar, yet hauntingly familiar.

Or maybe it was the sheer authenticity of Flannery O'Connor's words, a sense of kinship she felt with a writer who had lived and worked only an hour away from her own hometown.

Whatever the pull, when Emory senior Sarah Freeman (15C) first read the works of the iconic Southern writer back in high school, she recalls an instant bond.

"I think my imagination really connected with the landscape she describes, those weird characters that I could imagine knowing," says Freeman, who majored in English and dance and movement studies.

Rediscovering O'Connor's work while at Emory only intensified her interest. So when Freeman sought inspiration for choreographing a dance for her senior honors thesis, she found herself turning to topics that had long intrigued her — O'Connor's life and the writings.

Continue reading the full story at the Emory News Center >>

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The Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts (CCA) presented the fifth annual Creativity & Arts Awards on January 30, 2015. The awards spotlight core values of the CCA, including discovery, societal impact, courageous inquiry, innovation, collaboration, human spirit, and the exploration of new frontiers.

For the first time, the CCA awarded an Arts Advocate Award. This year, that award was presented to Atlanta radio personality Lois Reitzes, in recognition of her significant impact on the arts landscape in Atlanta. A prominent fixture at WABE since 1979, Lois is the host of City Lights, Second Cup Concert, ASO Broadcasts and Spivey Soiree.

Other award recipients included Richard Garner, for his years of service as Artistic Director of Georgia Shakespeare, Emory Alum Park Krausen (99C), for innovative programming for Atlanta’s Fracophone theater, Théâtre du Rêve, and Emory Music faculty Dr. Richard Prior, for exceptional teaching, mentoring, and composing.

View a complete list of winners at >>

Save the Date January 22, 2016: You’re invited to attend the 2016 Creativity & Arts Awards and Fundraiser. For more information, email

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Daniel Bernard Roumain Creation Story Concert

The Creation Stories project was a collaboration between Emory University, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Georgia Humanities Council.

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Acclaimed composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain returned to the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts to perform the world premiere of a specially-commissioned piece “Anacaona, The Golden Flower Songs” on Friday, March 20. The concert was commissioned as part of the 2014-2015 Creation Stories project and tells the story of Anacaoana, a revered figure in Haitian history.

Both an oratorio and a monodrama, the composition featured arrangement for chamber orchestra and Haitian vocalist, Emeline Michel, with libretto by Edwidge Danticat.

“As a Haitian-American composer, I am excited by the notion of storytelling from a perspective informed by my own Haitian culture and heritage, and how Haitian people have their own history—one that spans back many centuries---and, as has always been the case, involves strong, powerful women, at its core,” said Roumain.

“Anacaona, The Golden Flower Songs” was commissioned by Emory University through its partnership with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Georgia Humanities Council in The Creation Stories project, a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

More at the Emory News Center >> | Anacaona in the Artists' Words >>

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Global Voices - Theater Emory

Theater Emory’s 2014-2015 season explored “Global Perspectives” and included the twenty-six day festival, “Global Voices: Spring Staged Readings,” a celebration of thirteen culturally diverse playwrights.

Voices included ranged from Branden Jacobs Jenkins (Appropriate and Neighbors), whose ferocious, rule-breaking portrayals of racial stereotypes have made him one of the most courageous, risk-taking playwrights working today, to winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced). Theater Emory presented Aktar’s play, The Who and the What, a work set in Atlanta that addresses two contemporary Muslim women who grapple with the sacred texts of their upbringing and how they conflict with their 21st century identities and lives.

“These are playwrights who have ripped open topics of social significance and are demanding we give them fresh attention,” says Janice Akers, artistic director of Theater Emory. “These works are provocative, fresh, and certainly not landing softly in the theater community. These plays are literally upending notions of culture, race, religion, family, and even history.”

Other writers included award-winning playwright and Emory alum Lauren Gunderson (04C), Emory alum Snehal Desai (02C), Israeli writer Joshua Sobol, three Native American writers: Marie Clements, Jack Dalton, and Diane Glancy, Chinese writer Zhu Yi, and many others. For a complete list of writers and titles presented, visit

“These playwrights are particularly compelling because they give us surprising – even startling – new ways to consider who we are and what we expect from one another,” explains Akers. “In a way, these writers are reminding us that there is not one American identity and not one American theater.

Theater Emory will produce a full production of Zhu Yi’s I Am A Moon (October 1 – 10. 2015) as part of their 2015-2016 season.

Continue Reading about Theater Emory’s “Global Voices” festival

Playwright Snehal Desai Brings Fesh Perspective to Emory’s Inaugural Global Voices Series –
Thoughts From a Playwrights Assistant: Emily Schloss (Zhu Yi) – Theater at Emory Blog
Direct the Light of Reason (Diane Glancy on “Global Voices” and more) – TCG Circle


Creativity Conversation between playwrights Diane Glancy and Jack Dalton

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Callaloo Conference

Emory’s Creative Writing Program, in partnership with Texas A&M University, hosted the 2014 Callaloo Conference at Emory University, exploring the theme "Making Art: Writing, Authorship and Critique" with an emphasis on equally valuing creative and critical works.

The seventh annual national conference takes its name from Callaloo, "a journal of African Diaspora arts and letters," founded in 1976 by Charles H. Rowell, who remains its editor. Originally intended to be, as Rowell has written, "a Black South forum," the project grew to encompass the entire African Diaspora; now housed at Texas A&M University and published quarterly by Johns Hopkins University Press, it is recognized among the top literary journals in the country.

The conference featured four days of artistic and academic presentations and discussions. Natasha Trethewey, director of the Creative Writing Program and Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing, delivered the opening night comments.

Read more at the Emory News Center >>

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The College of Arts & Sciences worked with the Center for Creativity & Arts to offer its first arts course in the Pre-College Program. “Creative Storytelling,” led by Playwriting Fellow Edith Freni, filled quickly.

“They wanted a real outlet to get better at writing, but I found that many were extremely talented already.” Freni shared. By expanding the scope of her normal course from merely playwriting, Freni was able to include flash fiction and character creation exercises. Students particularly enjoyed the assignment that had them “eavesdrop” on conversations in preparation for a longer form playwriting lesson.

Students learned to give and accept feedback, with the course resulting in fifteen short plays being workshopped at the end of the two weeks. Of those attending, only two were local and for many of the seniors, Emory is on their short list because of the strength of the Creative Writing Program.

While the playwriting major is fairly new, the University’s commitment to host a playwriting fellow and expand the curriculum is an impressive start. Clearly the demand is there. The desire is to have two sessions next summer, one on fiction and one on playwriting.

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Awards, honors and event highlights from the 2014-2015 year by department.

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Art History Endowed Lecture - Megan Holmes (University of Michigan) – September 25, 2014
“Miraculous Images and 'Popular' Religion”

Art History Guest Lecture - Charles Palermo (College of William & Mary) – January 21, 2015
"Photography and Modernism"

"B-SIDE Modernism" – January 23 – 24, 2015
Professor Todd Cronan received a grant from the Mellon Foundation to organize two conferences for the online publication “B-Side Modernism,” a research fellowship and conference at the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, and “Photography and Philosophy” Papers are expected to be published in one or two installments as a special issue of in late 2015.

Art History Endowed Lecture - Evelyn Lincoln (Brown University) – February 19, 2015
“Publication Anxiety in Early Modern Rome”

"Photography and Philosophy” – March 13 – 14, 2015
Also funded by Professor Cronan’s Mellon grant, the two-day symposium was organized by and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The themes covered—the autonomy of the photographic image, automatism, and time and meaning—were expanded upon by leading artists, philosophers and art historians through a series of formal presentations paired with engaged responses, and two larger panel discussions with curatorial moderators. The focus over the two days was on photographic imagery within LACMA’s Leonard and Marjorie Vernon Collection.

David Heath Lecture in Contemporary Art: Yasmil Raymond (Curator, Dia Art Foundation, New York, NY) – April 9, 2015
"Double-Consciousness: The Discourse of Displacement in Contemporary Art"

Faculty honors

Jean Campbell delivered lectures on aspects of her current book project, “Pisanello’s Parerga: Imitative Practice and Invention in the Early Renaissance,” for the interdisciplinary colloquium Renaissance Societies at Indiana University and for the interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies group at UC–Berkeley. She was also a keynote speaker and author of a catalogue essay for the exhibition Early Modern Faces: European Portraits 1480–1790 at the Newcombe Art Gallery of Tulane University.

Todd Cronan’s Against Affective Formalism: Matisse, Bergson, Modernism was published by the University of Minnesota Press in April 2014.

Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi's monograph Senufo Unbound has recently been published (5 Continents Editions, 2015).

Sarah McPhee co-curated a works-on-paper exhibition at the Carlos Museum, Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome, and gave a series of public lectures and presentations related to the exhibition at the museum.

During 2014–2015, Walter Melion received three fellowships: the Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation / National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Newberry Library, Chicago; the Brill Scaliger Fellowship at the Scaliger Institute, University of Leiden; and the Chaire Franqui Distinguished Visiting Professor, Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve. He gave a series of distinguished lectures in December and March at the Université Catholique de Louvain.

At the annual Southeastern College Art Conference in Greensboro, Linda Merrill delivered the paper “The Lost Symphony: Whistler and the Perfection of Art,” the topic of an exhibition she is organizing for the Freer Gallery of Art; to that end, she was appointed a Smithsonian research associate for a three-year term.

Elizabeth Pastan and co-author Stephen D. White of the History Department published The Bayeux Tapestry and Its Contexts: A Reassessment, Boydell & Brewer, 2014.

Gay Robins gave a lecture, “Furnishing the King’s House: Items from the Palace found in the Tomb of Tutankhamun,” at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England, in conjunction with the exhibition Discovering Tutankhamun.

Judith Rohrer is currently serving on the organizing committee of the Coup de Fouet Art Nouveau congress that will be held in Barcelona in June 2015. She wrote the introductory essay, “La Sagrada Familia: An Overview,” for the catalog to the exhibition Gaudí’s Unfinished Masterpiece: Sagrada Familia Church held this past fall at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture of the City College of New York / CUNY. She also presented a lecture, “La Sagrada Familia:A Conflicted History,” in the series addressing the exhibition.

Rebecca Stone recently signed a contract with Yale University Press to publish (with co-author Laura Brannen Wingfield 09G) a textbook: The Center of the Americas: Art and Culture of the Northern Andes and Central America.

Eric Varner published his most recent article, “Hadrian, Maxentius, and Constantine and the Expropriation of Imperial Identity” in S. Birk, T. M. Kristensen, and B. Poulsen, eds., Using Images in Late Antiquity, a collection of papers from a conference held at the Danish Academy in Rome. Varner also completed two chapters for Oxford handbooks.

Bonna Wescoat served on the International Commission for the restoration of the Winged Victory of Samothrace in the Louvre Museum, Paris, from 2013 to 2014. The cleaned statue has now been returned to its premier place at the top of the Daru Staircase.

Student Honors

    Senior Honors Theses

Jena Chandrakant Patel, Highest Honors for “A City Reborn: The Evolution of Seventeenth-Century Representations of the City of London after the Great Fire” (Adviser: Sarah McPhee).

Young Joo Kim, Highest Honors for “Mythological Images in Christian Catacombs” (Adviser: Eric Varner).

    Department Awards

Dorthey Feltcher Paper Prize (2015)
Yujun Yan, First Prize, for “Civitates Orbis Terrarum at a Time When Local Knowledge Became Universal,” written for Sarah McPhee’s ARTHIST 475: Maps, Telescopes, and Travel Exploration.

Hannah Rose Blakely, Second Prize, for “Kollwitz’s A Weavers’ Rebellion: Cracking from the Inside Out,” written for Todd Cronan’s ARTHIST 590: Methods and the Profession

2015 John Howett Fellowship for Honors Students in Art History
Amina Khan (junior, Art History major and English minor), for travel to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in support of her senior honors thesis.

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The Creative Writing Reading Series hosted readings with
Kevin Young, poet & Jericho Brown, poet – October 17, 2014
Edith Freni, playwright – November 17, 2014
Jim Grimsley, prose writer – February 17, 2015
Carl Phillips, poet – March 24-24, 2015

The Creative Writing Program hosted the 2014 Callaloo Conference at Emory on October 15-18, 2014.

The Creative Writing Program co-sponsored readings with The Department of African American Studies (the 2014 Phillis Wheatley Reading by Jericho Brown and Kevin Young, as part of the Callaloo Conference), The Center for the Study of Human Health (Andrea Scarpino), and Atlanta’s Temple Sinai (Etgar Keret).


Jericho Brown was promoted to Associate Professor and published his second collection of poetry, The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press), which won the Anisfield-Wolf Prize and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. He also published poems in numerous literary magazines and journals, including The Journal, Weber, Connotations, The Nation, Gulf Coast, BOMB, Cherry Tree, PoetryNow,, Pen American Poetry Series, Oxford American, and

Jim Grimsley published a memoir, How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Lessons of a Racist Childhood (Algonquin) and toured and gave numerous interviews, including NPR Weekend and, in support of the book.

Hank Klibanoff, The James M. Cox Professor of Journalism, joined the Creative Writing faculty in Fall 2014. Hank and Brett Gadsden, associate professor of history and African American Studies, also oversaw the design of the new Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project website, developed from the work of more than 50 undergraduates who have taken the Cold Cases course co-taught by Hank and Brett. Hank also gave a talk about the Cold Cases Project at TEDx Atlanta on April 28, 2015. He was named a distinguished alumnus of Washington University in St. Louis.

Joseph Skibell completed a year as a Senior Fellow at the Bill & Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. His book, My Father’s Guitar & Other Imaginary Things, a collection of true stories, will be published in Fall 2015 (Algonquin Books), and another book, Six Memos From the Last Millennium: A Novelist Reads the Talmud, will be published in Spring 2016 (University of Texas Press). 

Natasha Trethewey contributes a weekly poetry column to the New York Times Magazine. She is currently working on a memoir and a new collection of poetry.

The Creative Writing Program selected two new Fellows for 2015-2017. Phillip Williams is the new Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry and Lydia Conklin is the new Creative Writing Fellow in Fiction.

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    Department Awards

English Department's Annual Competition for Best Essay
Undergraduate: Hannah Moriarty
Graduate: Amy Elkins
Graduate Honorable Mention: Jenny Bledsoe

Academy of American Poets Prize for Best Poetry Written by an Emory Student
Jenny Wu
Honorable Mention: Liana Meffert

Artistine Mann Award in Poetry for Best Poetry Written by an Emory Undergraduate
Caroline Schmidt
Honorable Mention: Liana Meffert

Artistine Mann Award in Fiction for Best Fiction Written by an Emory Undergraduate
Reem Al-Atassi
Honorable Mention: Zachary Issenberg

Artistine Mann Award in Playwriting for Best Play Written by an Emory Undergraduate
Maya Bradford

Artistine Mann Award in Creative Nonfiction for Best Nonfiction Written by an Emory Undergraduate
Elaina Kim
Honorable Mention: Katherine Hur

Agnes Nixon and Kiki McCabe Prize for Screenwriting for Best Screenplay Written by an Emory Undergraduate
Eugene Ahn
Honorable Mention: Maya Bradford

The Andrea De Man Award for Excellence in English
Lucy Webster

The Betty and Michael Wolf Prize in American Literature
Rebecca Morris

The Harry and Sue Rusche Scholarship
Lauren Leffell

Grace Abernethy Scholarship in Journalism
Morgan Manella
Karishma Mehrotra

Grace Abernethy Scholarship in Creative Writing
Reem Al-Atassi

Stipe Society for Creative Scholars (2015-2016)
Caroline Schmidt

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Sarah Freeman and Sarah Beach, senior dance majors, performed Solitary Dancer with the Emory Wind Ensemble, directed by Nikk Pilato, in December.

Clara Guyton, sophomore dance major, performed Break the Chain as part of the “Crowned Love: An Evening of the Art & Awareness Against Human Trafficking & Domestic Violence” program hosted by Brenda G. Stanley & Lady Dana Austin.

Sarah Freeman performed the gilded creature strains and spins… on a program with Covington Regional Ballet at Oxford College in December.  Taken There, choreographed by James La Russa, and Impermanence, choreographed by Mary Rose Branch, were both performed at Oxford’s Spring Dance Concert.

Using vocabulary reminiscent of childhood games to portray the reciprocity of friendship, Natalie Eggert’s duet, I am Rubber, You are Glue, was selected to perform for DANCE TRUCK at ELEVATE in downtown Atlanta and for the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival at the Rialto Theatre. This duet was also selected for the American College Dance Conference this spring.

Senior dance majors Natalie Eggert, Sarah Freeman, Veronica Rwetsiba, and Sarah Beach all interned with Moving in the Spirit, a nationally recognized youth development program.  Natalie’s focus took her into the classroom working with 5-7 year olds. Sarah Freeman, after interning with the Development Director, has become a new Development Associate. Veronica Rwetsiba organized an Emory visit for Apprentice Corps students to take class; and Sarah Beach created a new choreographic work, Point of Convergence, for the Apprentice Corporation’s summer repertory, which will tour in Ohio and North Carolina.

Alumni Residency
Emory Dance alumnae Elizabeth Dishman (’95) and Christine Suarez (’94)  held a week-long residency in February. They each presented evening-length works to full houses. PORTMANTEAU (Dishman), and MOTHER (Suarez).

Faculty honors

Corpus Mysteriis, created by Gregory Catellier and his collaborators, was the fourth in a series of evening length dance performances. Catellier received a University Research Council (URC) grant this spring for an upcoming film project.

Choreographer Anna Leo turned to the idea of the salon as a framework in which to present three distinct versions of her solo work, Warrior Woman Pantoum.  After receiving feedback from her audience, Leo discussed the process through which she restaged the work, and the idea of maintaining structure and intention when translating or recreating for varied bodies. Leo’s URC grant supported the presentation. 

Sally Radell presented her research on dancers’ body image and mirror impact at the 24th annual International Association of Dance Medicine and Science in Basel, Switzerland in October.

George Staib was named one of five “Dance Whisperers” in the country by Dance Teacher Magazine to acknowledge excellence in teaching. He also received choreographic commissions from University of Alabama, University of Florida, Auburn University, and Saraceno Dance Company in Stockholm, Sweden.

Lori Teague was selected to create new work for Hymhouse. More than a dozen Atlanta artists who identify as female transformed Eyedrum's gallery and performance space to reflect on what is the feminine. Unfold, created with Camille Jackson, shared truths and experiences kept deep in shameful pockets.  Teague’s dances for film were screened internationally and locally. Catch and Release was shown at Kamera Istanbul Festival, Eyedrum Gallery in Atlanta, and at EnCORE, Atlanta. Surface Tension was screened at the Kamera Istanbul Festival and at Dance for Camera at the Decatur Arts Festival.

student honors

    Senior Honors Thesis

Sarah Freeman, All Being Displaced: Movement Translations o Flannery O’Connor – Highest Honors

    Program Awards

The Pioneer Award
Natalie Eggert
Sarah Freeman

Sally A. Radell Friends of Dance Scholarship
Jessica Bertram to attend the American Dance Festival
Liljuan Gonzalez to attend the American Dance Festival
Catherine Messian to attend the Staibdance Summer Intensive in Sorrento, Italy.
Clara Guyton to attend the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance

Stipe Society for Creative Scholars (2015-2016)
Jessica Bertram

     Emory College Awards

Sarah Freeman received the Sudler Prize in the Arts, was a Dean’s Achievement Scholar, and a Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry Fellow.

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Event Highlights

Emory Cinematheque Film Series, a free, weekly film series open to the public featuring films shown primarily in 35mm, presented five distinct programs this year:

    UCLA Festival of Preservation Tour, August 27 – October 10, 2014
    including pianist Donald Sosin, who accompanied two silent films curated by Dr. James Steffen

    Screenplay by Harold Pinter, September 12 – 26, 2014
in conjunction with Theater Emory’s Pinter Fest, curated by Dr. James Steffen

    Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, October 8 – December 5, 2014
curated by Dr. James Steffen

    Japanese Film Series, October 17 – December 5, 2014
    curated by Dr. Ryan Cook

    Home Grown: 14 Movies Made in Georgia, January 14 – April 22, 2015
    curated by Dr. Eddy Von Mueller

Ross Lipman, filmmaker and film restorationist (UCLA Film and Television Archive) – October 6, 2014
Ross Lipman delivered two public talks, “Persistence of Revision” and “Samuel Beckett and Buster Keaton: Film and NotFilm.”

Dr. Matthew Bernstein, Professor and Chair, Department Film and Media Studies – December 1, 2014
Dr. Bernstein gave a public talk “ ‘Selznick’s March:’ The Gone with the Wind Premiere in Atlanta” as part of the film's 75th anniversary celebration and in conjunction with screening of “Gone with the Wind” at Emory (December 6, 2014).

The department co-hosted, with the BBA Program of the Goizueta Business School, the Annual LA Trek, stewarded by Drs. Matthew Bernstein and Eddy Von Mueller, where selected students visit Los Angeles studios and agencies to get a first-hand look of the LA entertainment industry and its various employment opportunities.

Faculty honors

Matthew Bernstein won the 2015 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Award for Outstanding Pedagogical Achievement in Cinema and Media Studies, which recognizes and promotes teaching practice, philosophy, innovation, publication, and development of educational materials and service within the discipline. Awarded March 2015.

Ryan Cook published a translation of a major essay in a volume on the films and career of Hou Hsiao-hsien, "Who Can Put Out the Flame? On Flowers of Shanghai" by Hasumi Shigehiko, three peer-reviewed contributions to edited volumes, and gave a lecture in Frankfurt, Germany entitled “Japanese Media and the Anthropocene.”

Jason Francisco published the book, An Unfinished Memory: Jewish Heritage and the Holocaust in Eastern Galicia, two peer-reviewed articles, and one peer-reviewed contribution to an edited volume, and gave four lectures in Krakow Poland.

Daniel Reynolds published the peer-reviewed article “Letters and the Unseen Women: Epistolary Architecture in Three Recent Video Games” in Film Quarterly.

New Hire

Rob Barracano will join the faculty in Fall 2015 as the department's new Digital Media Production Lecturer.  As a professional filmmaker, he brings the highest level of professional film making background and a wide range of skills to the department.
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     Department Awards

Annie Hall Undergraduate Essay Award, First Place
Amanda Camp, historical/industrial essay
Dasha Vzorov, critical/theoretical essay

Annie Hall Undergraduate Essay Award, Second Place
Loli Locaciu, critical/theoretical essay
Honorable Mention: Julia Baker, critical/theoretical essay

Stipe Society for Creative Scholars (2015-2016)
Suh-Hee Han

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Augustus Cook (undergraduate student) presented a paper on structures of control in video games, particularly in PRISON ARCHITECT and PAPERS, PLEASE, at the SIRE Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Brandon Wagner (undergraduate student) presented a paper - "Choosing Your Own Poison: The Toxic Masculinity of Don Draper and Walter White" - at SIRE Undergraduate Research Symposium and presented a poster on the same topic at a SIRE parents' weekend event.

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Faculty honors

Bradley Howard won the Emory College Award for Faculty Advising 2014-15 and performed in the opera Samson and Delila with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.He continues to serve as the Southeastern Regional Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.

Dr. Eric Nelson directed the Emory Concert Choir in performances with the UGA and Georgia State choirs, Emory’s a cappella groups for Barenaked Voices, and the Rolling Stones at Georgia Tech. The Concert Choir will announce a national tour in May 2017. Under his direction, the Emory University Chorus performed Haydn’s “Creation” with the Emory University Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Richard Prior premiered his Concerto for Cello and Orchestra with Schwartz Artist-in-Residence Matt Haimovitz and the Emory University Symphony Orchestra. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Spano, presented three premiere performances of Prior’s Symphony No. 3.

Dr. Kristen Wendland was appointed Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Music Department.

New Hires

Dr. Paul Bhasin will join the performance faculty as Sr. Lecturer and Director of the Wind Ensemble and Wind Studies. Dr. Bhasin has earned degrees from Northwestern University and has served on the faculty of The College of William and Mary for the past four years.

Dr. Meredith Schweig will join the research faculty of the Music Department as an Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology. Her degrees are from Harvard University, and for the past four years she has held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her field of study centers around popular music and its role in storytelling in Taiwan.

student honors
    Senior Honors Thesis

Laurie Ann Taylor, highest honors

     Music Department Awards

Charles Elias Shepard Scholarship Award
Laurie Ann Taylor

Continuing Excellence Scholarship
Laurie Ann Taylor

Lemonds Scholarship for Study Abroad
Samantha Frischling
Cloe Gentile
Ryan Sutherland

Friends of Music from the Heart Award
Ryan Sutherland
Laurie Ann Taylor

Friends of Music Excellence in Music, Rising Senior Award
Naomi Newton

Friends of Music Excellence in Music, Graduating Senior Award
Laurie Ann Taylor

Stipe Society for Creative Scholars (2015-2016)
Ryan Southerland

    Emory College Awards

Emory Women's Club Award
Casey Costello

     Other Awards

Atlanta Symphony Robert Shaw Memorial Outstanding Singer Award
Samantha Frischling

Neeladri Ghosh, Dishan Harper, John Paul McGee, and Logan Miller participated in the “Promising Artists of the 21st Century” performing and teaching residency in Colombia, South American June 14 – 28, 2015. The program is a partnership between Emory and the Centro Colombo Americano.

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Event Highlights

Pinter Fest – Fall 2014
Theater Emory focused on the work of Nobel Prize-winning playwright, Harold Pinter. Events included:

    Julian Sands: A Celebration of Harold Pinter – September 22, 2014

    Pinter Revue – October 2 – 11, 2014
    a collection of Pinter’s short works and comedy sketches, directed by Donald McManus

    Pinter Visions: A Symposium on the Work, Art and Politics of Harold Pinter – October 31 – November 2, 2015
    curated by Donald McManus

    A Pinter Kaleidoscope – October 31 – November 9, 2014
an immersive theater production comprised of excerpts from various Pinter works, taking audience members through support spaces in and around the Mary Gray Munroe Theater, directed by Brent Glenn

Global Voices: Spring Staged Reading Series – January 27 – February 21, 2015
Theater Emory presented sixteen readings by thirteen diverse playwrights, including five playwrights who attended playwriting classes, participated in post-show discussions, Creativity Conversations, and Theater Studies’ Colloquia.

Marisol, by José Rivera – April 8 – 11, 2015
Theater Emory presented Rivera’s post-apocalyptic, comic, and socially-charged play. Mr. Rivera was in residence from April 8 – 11 and led a post-show conversation on April 8, attended the Advanced Playwriting class, and participated in a Creativity Conversation with Janice Akers.

The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory
The Alliance Theater premiered a full production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Native Guard by former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (September 26 – October 19, 2014, Alliance Theater). The theatrical staging was originally developed with support from the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory during Brave New Works, a biennial festival of new works for the stage.

Faculty honoes

John Ammerman co-founded The Refuge Theater, and its first production, Conversation at Night with a Despised Character, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2015, with support from the University Research Committee.  Last summer he directed a musical adaptation of Twelfth Night at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival. This summer he is off to play Prospero in New Orleans.

In 2014-15, Michael Evenden was a dramaturg for productions at Actor's Express, Georgia Ensemble Theater, Essential Theater, Working Title, as well as at Theater Emory. He was a guiding force in bringing three Native American playwrights to the Theater Emory's “Global Voices” reading series.

Brent Glenn received the Fine Faculty Award, voted by majors and minors, for outstanding teaching in Theater Studies. His proposal to develop an online version of THEA 100: Introduction to Theater for the new was approved by the Emory College Online program. It will premiere in the summer of 2016.

Donald McManus was elected to the Faculty Senate, and then to its Executive Committee. Emmett Kelly: The Greatest Clown on Earth, a book for young readers, was published in 2014 and highly recommended by the Midwest Book Review. He performed his one-man show, Bolsheviki, at the University of Michigan.

Vincent Murphy’s adaptation of Frank Manley’s The Cockfighter was produced in St. Louis.

Leslie Taylor designed costumes for the Alliance Theater's adaptation of Natasha Trethewey's Native Guard. End of the Rainbow at Actor’s Express, for which she designed the set, was nominated as a best production in annual Suzi Bass Awards and won the Atlanta Theater Fan Award for Best Set Design. She is presently developing designs for next season for Actor’s Express and Georgia Ensemble Theater

The Pinter Festival – in which a great many of our faculty acted, directed, and designed ­– won the ArtsAtlanta Award for Best College Production.

    New Hires

Aaron Mayer: Technical Director/Lecturer
Edith Freni: Playwriting Fellow
Malina Rodriguez: Assistant Technical Director, Shop Foreman

Student Honors

    Senior Honors Theses

Troizel Carr, Failure in Excess, Desire in Abundance: The Aesthetic Queering of Black Masculinity and Performative Utopia – Highest Honors

Ian Trutt (playwriting), Somewhere in between – Honors

    Theater at Emory Awards

Alice N. Benston Award in Theater Studies
Troizel Carr
Travis Draper

Brenda Bynum Theater at Emory Award
Ian Trutt
Yiran Wang

Fine Award in Acting
Travis Draper

Friends of Theater at Emory Award
Natalia Via
Kristen Wilty
Ken Hornbeck (professional)
Alan Yeong (professional)

Friends of Theater at Emory Summer Grant recipients
Tom Schang will attend the Core Company program at the Orchard Project in Saratoga, NY
Julia Weeks will attend the On Camera Level 1 class at Drama Inc. and the Dad’s Garage Level 2 class.

Stipe Society for Creative Scholars (2015-2016)
Nysa Loudon

     Emory College Awards

Emory College Humanitatian Award
Troizell Carr

Sudler Prize in the Arts
Julia Weeks

    Other Honors

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art Program selection (Spring 2015)
Nysa Loudon

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow 2014-2015
Troizel Carr

    Summer Interships and Activities

Zoe Aldberg, costumer, King's Dominion in Virginia
Margaret Beker, intern, Horizon Theater
Parker Ciliax and Corinne Watts, Technical Assistants for summer 2015 Breaking Ground
Mike Filer, intern, Aurora Theater
Adam Friedman, LAMDA for an 8-week course on Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
Gracen Gilmore
will begin employment as a painter at Busch Gardens in the fall.
Nysa Loudon, Literary Intern, Alliance Theater, with the support of an Ethics and Servant Leadership grant
Geoffrey Solomon, Santa Fe Opera stage crew
Kristen Wilty
will be an Entertainment Technician at Busch Gardens in Tampa.

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CCA Project Grants


Sarah Freeman (dance) - "All Being Displaced: Movement Translations of Flannery O'Connor"
Clay Wood (applied physics) - "Laughing Newton"


Cheryl Crowley (REALC) - "A Traveleer's Sky: Tagami Kikusha's Haiku Journey Visualized"

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Sarah Freeman (dance) - "All Being Displaced: Movement Translations of Flannery O'Connor"
Julia Hudgins (music) - Senior Recital
Laurie Ann Taylor (music) - Senior Honors Recital
Anthony Walner (creative writing) - Ashville Short Story

Goldwasser Grants

Erin Bonning (physics/Emory Planetarium) - "Sky Doesn't Talk"
Cheryl Crowley (REALC) - "A Traveleer's Sky: Tagami Kikusha's Haiku Journey Visualized"
Carla Freeman (women's studies) - "Love in Paradise?: A Collaborative Interdisciplinary Project and Performance"
Elizabeth Hornor (Carlos Museum) - "Marilynne Robinson--Creation Stories"
Elizabeth Hornor (Carlos Museum) - "Stories of Creation at the Michael C. Carlos Museum" (including "African Cosoms: Stellar Arts," and "God Spoke the Earth: Stories of Genesis in Prints and Drawings" exhibits)
Hal Jacobs (Emory College) - Mary Hambidge Documentary
Bob McKay (Schwartz Center) - Daniel Bernard Roumain Residency
Nicole Morris (english) - "New World Creation Stories Course (ENG 181)"
Julie Newton (MARBL) - "It's in the Cards"
Richard Patterson (philosophy/ancient mediterraneas studies) - "Creation Course"
William Ransom (music) - Paul Salerni Residency
Rebecca Stone (Carlos Museum) - "Art of the Americas"
Laura Wingfield (art history) - "Mesoamerican Art and Architecture Course"

Goldwasser Grants

Claire-Marie Hefner (Emory Gamelan Ensemble) - "Hanoman the Messenger"

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Center for Ethics

Honors and Highlights

Ethics on Stage hosted dramatic readings of select scenes from the stage play, Blues for an Alabama Sky followed by ethical discussions with playwright Pearl Cleage at the Center for Ethics and the Alliance Theatre.

Co-Directors of Beautiful in Every Shade, Carlton Mackey (05T) and Ross Oscar Knight, received a grant award from One Region Atlanta’s Ideas Challenge. The Challenge asked residents of greater Atlanta for their ideas to bridge cultures and faiths in the community making Atlanta a more inclusive region.  Mackey and Knight replied with Typical American Families, a project that sought to celebrate the breadth of the many manifestations of an American family by creating photo exhibition of a diverse representation of families in Atlanta.

Carlton Mackey led a global discussion on the many facets of beauty and family - and how we define them with Beautiful in Every Shade at the Back to Class event hosted by Emory Alumni Association in San Francisco.

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Event Highlights

Joop Bollen received the 2014 Woolford B. Baker Service Award for his continued support of the Carlos Museum.

Melinda Hartwig joined the Carlos Museum as curator of Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art.

Chief Conservator, Renee Stein, received the Sheldon & Caroline Keck Award.  This prestigious award recognizes "a sustained record of excellence in the education and training of conservation professionals.”  Renee received the Keck Award during the annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation held in Miami.

The Carlos Museum recently added Rembrandt’s 1655 etching, Abraham’s Sacrifice, to the permanent collection of Works on Paper. This moving print depicts a famous episode of spiritual crisis told in Genesis 22.

The Carlos Museum and numerous partners around campus recently acquired seven works of art by Romare Bearden: An untitled collage of a Trojan horse; and the Odysseus Suite, a set of six screen prints signed, titled, and inscribed by the artist in 1979Museum purchase in partnership with MARBL, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Jean Astrop, Nancy and Randall Burkett, Maria Doiranlis and Jasper Gaunt

The Carlos Museum has released a new addition to its Odyssey Online series. A website dedicated to enhance student learning, the new Odyssey Online: South Asia explores religious objects from the Carlos Museum's Asian collection to further a deeper understanding of their significance and function in a cultural context.

The Carlos Museum has been awarded another grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, continuing more than twenty years of generous support for conservation activities at Emory. This four-year grant will provide funding for Advanced Fellowships in Conservation as well as collaborative research and teaching.

Thanks to the generous financial support of the Sara Giles Moore Foundation, the Carlos Museum is pleased to introduce an updated audio guide to the permanent collections. The guides include fifty minutes of new material, featuring expert commentary from museum curators and Emory faculty.

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Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Schwartz Artist Residencies

Asphalt Orchestra, September 4-5, 2014
Julian Sands: A Celebration of Harold Pinter, September 22, 2014
Daniel Bernard Roumain, violin, October 1 - 3, 2014 & March 18 - 20, 2015
Matt Haimovitz, cello, October 15 - 18, 2014
Whatever is to Come: The Letters of Samuel Becket, Volume 3, featuring Barry McGovern, November 5 - 6, 2014
Global Voices, January 27 - February 21, 2015
Emory Annual Jazz Fest: Regina Carter with the Gary Motley Trio, February 12 - 13, 2015
Dana Haugaard, September 2014 - February 2015
Joe Chambers, Jazz Percussionist, April 21, 2015
Joseph Schwantner, Guest Composer, April 21 - 24, 2015

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