Creative Encounters

Summer 2016 - Creative Encounters

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Alumni Take the Stage at Emory

By Travis Draper

From the visual arts to music performance, Emory alumni have returned to collaborate with their alma mater this year. Highlights included a contemporary mixed media installation examining the diverse female experience, musical collaborations with the Emory Wind Ensemble, and original theater pieces inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. 

Megan Watters (11C) is a Brooklyn-based visual artist currently focusing on found object assemblage. She is interested in the past use of objects, their histories, and their plasticity of use and meaning.

This past fall, Watters returned to Emory as a Schwartz Artist-in-Residence sponsored by the Integrated Visual Arts Co-Major (IVAC). During her residency, Watters advised senior IVAC students on their senior projects and led workshop and rehearsal sessions exploring concepts related to femininity. These collaborations culminated in her exhibition and performance piece “And She Was:  The Female Experience Explored and Celebrated.” The piece ran for three evenings at the Visual Arts Building. Through music, puppetry, performance, tableaux vivant, and other mix media, Watters, with a team of female artists, including members of Atlanta’s The Object Group, devised an event focusing on the diverse female experience. 

This past December, the Emory Wind Ensemble, under the leadership of new conductor Paul Bhasin, celebrated the season with a free concert Folk Songs & Dances.  The program included folksongs and dance-inspired works by Shostakovich, Britten, Steven Stucky, and turn-of-the-century American songs. Taking stage as a featured trumpeter, Derrick Montgomery (13C) performed “Como Poden per Sas Culpas,” a piece from 16th century Spain. Conductor Paul Bhasin invited Derrick to perform due to his stellar record as a musician while studying here at Emory University. 

As part of Emory’s focus on the works of William Shakespeare, Theater Emory chose to host the Shakespeare Anniversary Celebration on April 23rd, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death through twelve solid hours of events. Amidst battle scenes, high tea, and clowning, Theater Emory alumni had a chance to demonstrate their Shakespeare love. The Squall, by the Callosum Collective, featured two Emory alums, Travis Draper (15C) and Caitlin Reeves (08C), in an imaginative retelling of The Tempest.  Emory alums Maya Hubbard (14C) and Kelly Spicer (15C) took to the stage in Dead Girls, an investigation of the relationship between death and gender across the Shakespearian canon. Finally, in Baser Stars, or All’s Well that F**ks Me Emory alums Clifford Clark (09C) and Nicholas Surbey (10C) examined their personal romantic narratives through the lens of Helena’s passionate, painful, and degrading love for Bertram in All’s Well that End’s Well. Visit here for more information regarding Emory University’s year of Shakespeare and all upcoming Shakespeare events. 

Looking back over her continued involvement with Emory arts post-graduation, Maya Hubbard had this to say about the University: “Emory has always provided me with free access to a space where I can show new, experimental work without censorship. That, in combination with the wonderful professors who take an active interest in the professional well-being of myself and fellow alums, has provided a vital and safe structure in which we can realize our work and ongoing artistic inquiries.” Kelly Spicer, costar of Dead Girls which premiered in Emory’s Schwartz Theater Lab, shares this sense of gratitude, adding that, “I feel my sense of collaborative spirit stems from my time at Emory. My experience with the arts at Emory helped shape me into a fearless collaborator.”

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Emory Celebrates the Lasting Impact of Shakespeare

Shakespeare at Emory

Emory has been selected as the host site for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and theAmerican Library Association, is touring a First Folio of Shakespeare in 2016 to all fifty states,including Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.  

The First Folio, on view at the Michael C. Carlos Museum from November 5 through December 11, is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death. It contains significant plays that would have otherwise been lost, including Macbeth, Julius CaesarTwelfth NightThe TempestAntony and CleopatraThe Comedy of Errors, and As You Like It.

The First Folio pages will be opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare and one of themost quoted lines in the world, “to be or not to be” from Hamlet.  Accompanying the rare bookwill be a multi-panel exhibition exploring the significance of Shakespeare.

Emory is planning numerous programs for the public and families around the First Folioexhibition, including an opening lecture by Oxford University Professor, Dr. Tiffany Stern, and Dispatched in Post: The Bard on Cards, an exhibition at the Robert W. Woodruff Library showcasing Emory English Professor, Dr. Harry Rusche’s, extensive collection of postcards depicting iconic Shakespearean characters and scenes. In addition, Theater Emory's 2016-2017 will feature the works of Shakespeare alongside Bard-inspired classics and bold new works. For a complete list of Shakespeare at Emory events, visit

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Kenny Blank Receives Creativity & Arts Advocate Award

CCA Awards

By Rachael Walters

The Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts (CCA) presented the sixth annual Creativity & Arts Awards on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. This year, Kenny Blank was presented with the 2016 Arts Advocate Award in special recognition of his tireless support of and vision for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival as its executive director.

“The arts provide us a visceral experience through which we can creatively connect with the world around us,” he said. “An artist’s expression allows us to tap into other people, emotions and knowledge that may be otherwise inaccessible or unfamiliar to us. All of this serves to illuminate our lives, provide potent doses of imagination that enrich and entertain, and remind us of what makes us human.”

Lois Reitzes, 2015 Arts Advocate Award recipient and host of WABE’s “City Lights” and “Second Cup Concert” art program, presented this year’s award to Blank, along with Matthew Bernstein, chair of Emory’s Department of Film and Media Studies.

Awards were also given to those on campus and in the local communities who have made significant artistic and administrative contributions to the arts in metro Atlanta.

Other 2016 award recipients are:

  • Carolyn Cook, Theater artist
  • Saskia Benjamin, Art Papers
  • Jan Akers, Theater Emory
  • Randy Fullerton, Emory faculty
  • Veronica Kessenich, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
  • Ryan Sutherland, Emory student and STIPE Scholar
  • Barbara Hund, Friends of Emory Music
  • Biviana France, Feel Beautiful Today (Winship Cancer Center)
  • Dr. Whitney Wharton, Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Center

The awards spotlight core values of the Center for Creativity & Arts, which include discovery, societal impact, courageous inquiry, innovation, collaboration, human spirit, and the exploration of new frontiers.

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Emory Dance Hosts American College Dance Association

American College Dance Association

Emory Dance hosted the American College Dance Association's Southeast conference March 9-12, 2016.

Over 30 class choices were offered every day, including ballet, modern, yoga, "Rhythm in Martial Arts," freestyle poling, African dance, Indian classical dance, jazz, musical theater dance, tap, improvisation, movement therapy, and more.

Students attended four adjudicated concerts featuring a total of 42 works, as well as informal concerts, dance film presentations and research presentations. The conference ended with a gala concert at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center.

At the conference, two dances were selected for invitations to perform at the 2016 National College Dance Festival. The two chosen performances were from Coker College and Florida State University, while an Emory dance was named first alternate.

Titled "Moat," the Emory performance was choreographed by George Staib. "This work occurs in a space defined by motivated spontaneity, charged by a communally explored sense of place and animated by an element of texture and sensation that is engaged with unending inventiveness," the adjudicators noted.

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Program for Alzheimer's Patients Expands at the Carlos

By Julie Green and Dr. R. Candy Tate

Museum Moments is an ongoing program, bringing patients and their caregivers into the museum galleries for conversations that are sparked while surrounded by the beautiful collections of the Carlos. It has always been a goal to extend the gallery program to include art-making workshops.

This year the museum was able to participate in a larger initiative, The Spirit Lives on: Art, Music and the Mind coordinated through Emory’s Center for Creativity and Arts. This program brought together patients working with Dr. Whitney Wharton from the Department of Neurology, with Thomas England, a photographer, Edna Bay, an art therapist, and the Carlos museum collections.  The purpose was to look at how art can affect the lives of families impacted by a loved one with the disease and raise awareness and education about this illness. 

Paintings and photographs created by the patients and caregivers were on view at the Schwartz Center Chace Upper Gallery from January 15 until the end of February. It is hoped that the works of art will not only illustrate a thread of commonality within families dealing with the difficulties of the disease, but will be a way to educate the larger community. T

The Spirit Lives On: Art, Music and the Mind culminated with a performance by the Atlanta Master Chorale and the Morehouse Glee Club at Emory University's Schwartz Center on January 31. The exhibit traveled to the lobby of the School of Medicine through the end of the Spring Semester. The museum looks forward to continuing the tour and workshop program for Alzheimer’s patients and their families thanks to the Loridans Foundation, Emory’s Department of Neurology, and the Center for Creativity and Arts.

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Research Grant Awarded for Félicien Rops Collection

By Priyanka Sihna

In fall 2015, the Carlos Museum was awarded a grant from the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship to create an online catalogue and exhibition space for the museum’s collection of works by Félicien Rops (1833-1898), a Belgian Symbolist printmaker.  The collection was given to the museum by Emory’s Rose Library (formerly MARBL), and consists of approximately 160 prints and drawings, including a color lithograph of Rops’s famous Pornocrates (1896), a folder of related miscellaneous objects such as newspaper articles about Rops exhibitions, a sheet of Rops-inspired postage stamps, and several unfinished mock-up layouts for a catalogue or monograph on Rops.  The collection represents all facets of Rops oeuvre, from work exploring his working class sensibilities, to satirical journalism, book frontispieces, and erotic art.  It provides examples of his consistent experimentation with the printmaking medium, and displays his mastery of a multitude of printmaking techniques.

The grant, written by Associate Curator of Works on Paper, Andi McKenzie, and Emory undergraduate Hannah Rose Blakeley (2016C), provided funding to photograph the entire Rops collection as well as training for Blakeley to develop the website that will house the catalogue and exhibitions.  The Carlos has long provided Emory students with research and curatorial opportunities; however, this project initiates a digital platform where students can develop their own exhibitions from start to finish, an invaluable resource for students interested in the museum profession.  The narrative themes that Blakeley plans to pull from Rops's larger body of work will explore elite decadence, satire, Rops’s relationship with the working class, the depiction of women in both Rops’s work and that of the Decadent movement in general, and the ongoing debate about reproductions versus originals in the print medium.  

In conjunction with the project, McKenzie and Blakeley traveled to Brussels to study Rops plates and prints housed in the Cabinet des Estampes in the Bibliothèque Royale.  They also traveled to Rops’s birthplace Namur, Belgium, and visited the Musée Félicien Rops to discuss the Carlos Museum’s collection with curator Véronique Carpiaux.  Carpiaux confirmed that the Carlos Museum’s collection is very likely the largest collection of Rops’s work in the United States, and shared in the excitement about making the collection available to an international audience through digital media.  Ms. Carpiaux also filmed an interview which will be featured on the website, due to launch in May 2016. 

The extensive Rops materials provide an ideal opportunity to explore ways in which the Carlos Museum can utilize digital resources to bring its collections and exhibitions beyond Emory and the Southeast to an international, art-loving audience.  To fully take advantage of the digital format, the plan is to use the site not only as an exploratory tool, but also as a springboard to other relevant research on the web, targeting those interested in print media, the Symbolist movement, the relationship between text and image in art and literature, 19th-century European art, and much more.

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2014-2015 Arts at Emory Honors and Achievements

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Faculty honors

Linda Armstrong's pedagogy currently focuses on research and devel­opment of new studio courses, from the establishment of a print­making studio to mixing egg tempera paints and testing recipes for walnut ink for drawing. Her recent exhibitions include Gathering: Georgia Artists Se­lecting Georgia Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Geor­gia in Atlanta (2015); Social and Politically Engaged Art, Fl3TCH3R EXHIBIT at the Reece Museum in Johnson City, TN (2014); and Dry, Tempus Projects, in Tampa, FL (2014).

Jean Campbell spent the past year on a number of different projects, ongoing and new. She contributed an essay to the catalogue for the exhibition Ornament and Illusion: Carlo Crivelli of Venice, which opens in the fall of 2015 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Research for the essay “Grace in the Making: Carlo Crivelli and the Techniques of Devotion” took her to museum collections in the United States and Europe and culminated in a March visit to Berlin, where she participated as both speaker and chair in the three lively sessions dedicated to Crivelli at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. She was also recently appointed to the advisory board for Dante Studies, the flag­ship journal of the Dante Society of America.

Todd Cronan chaired a two-day Mellon-sponsored conference at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Photogra­phy and Philosophy in early March. In addition, he delivered talks on intentionality at Yale University, on Rodchenko at the College Art Association and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, on the Bauhaus at the University of Basel, and on Richard Neutra and Ru­dolf Schindler in Vienna at the Papanek Foundation. He was proud to receive reviews of his first book, Against Affective Formalism, in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Art Journal, The Burlington Magazine, and the Journal of European Studies as well as a review essay in Art History and a symposium devoted to the book published in Cronan published two entries in the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, an essay on Max Ernst in the Getty Museum catalog Apocalypse 1914: Artists and the First World War and reviews in Art Bulletin, History of Photography, and Radical Philosophy. A highlight of the year was a keynote talk delivered at the Museum of Modern Art around the exhibition Matisse: Cut-Outs

Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi welcomed the February 2015 publication of Senufo Unbound: Dynamics of Art and Identity in West Africa and the publication of the book’s French translation in September. The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) and 5 Continents Editions published the English and French versions of the book in conjunc­tion with the CMA’s major international loan exhibition Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa. Gagliardi delivered related lectures at the CMA and the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) in February and September. In addition, she and her CMA colleague Constantine Pe­tridis presented the project at the CMA, SLAM, and Emory as well as at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris. With support from the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, Gagliardi and Petridis continue their collaboration through development of the digital publication Map­ping Senufo. In addition, Gagliardi is working on several articles and a second book focused on the seen and unseen dimensions of West African power associa­tion arts. She shared some of this research with audiences at Nanjing University in China in December 2014, at the European Conference on African Studies in France in July 2015, and at the University of Oregon in October. 

Lisa Lee completed her manuscript, Isa Genzken: Sculpture as World Receiver, during the 2014–2015 academic year. The monograph spans the 40-year career of this inventive contemporary artist. Her edited volume, Isa Genzken, in the October Files series from the MIT Press, appeared in February. In the context of its retro­spective of the work of Columbian artist Doris Salcedo, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago hosted a conversation between Lee and the Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates. 

Sarah McPhee served Art History as chair during the 2014–2015 academic year and is now director of graduate studies. She continued work on her monograph on the 17th-century Italian etcher Giovanni Battista Falda and on her digital humanities project, Virtual Rome, based on Falda’s great map of Rome and views of the city. She lectured on these projects at the University of Iowa in September. In March she traveled to Berlin, where she presented the paper “Falda’s Map as a Work of Art,” which she is currently preparing for publica­tion. McPhee’s Bernini’s Beloved: A Portrait of Costanza Piccolomini was reviewed in the New York Review of Books in June and was named a “best book of the year” in the London Observer in July. She has been invited to speak on the subject in January at the Jaipur Literature Festival in India.

Walter Melion was the Lumsdem-Kouvel/Mellon/NEH Fellow at the Newberry Library for 2014–2015 and the Brill Fellow at the Scaliger Institute, Leiden University, during summer 2015. He concurrently held the Franqui Distinguished Visiting Professorial Chair at the Uni­versité Catholique, Louvain-la-Neuve, and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He published four articles and a coedited volume, Imago Ex­egetica: Visual Images as Exegetical Instruments, 1400–1700 (Brill). The articles, in order of publication, were “Visual Exegesis and Pieter Bruegel’s Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery” and “Medita­tive Exegesis and the Trope of Conversion in Dirk Vellert’s Calling of Peter and Andrew of 1523,” both in Imago Exegetica, 1–41 and 211–63, respectively; “Caelatum in transitu: Karel van Mander’s The Nativity Broadcast by Prophets of the Incarnation and its Visual Referents” in A. den Hollander et al. (eds.), Religious Minorities and Cultural Diversity in the Dutch Republic (Brill), 89–110; and “Re­ligious Plurality in Karel van Mander’s The Nativity Broadcast by Prophets of the Incarnation of 1588,” in F. Dietz et al. (eds.), Illustrat­ed Texts in the North of Europe, 1500–1800 (Ashgate), 77–112. He also published the encyclopedia entry “Hendrick Goltzius—Religious Imagery,” in D. C. Allison Jr. et al. (eds.), Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Vol. 10: Genocide to Hamutal (De Gruyter), cols. 604–607; a book review on Boudewijn Bakker’s Landscape and Reli­gion from Van Eyck to Rembrandt, in Renaissance Quarterly; and an exhibition and book review on Koenraad Jonckeere’s Michiel Coxcie, 1499–1592, and the Giants of His Age, in CAA Reviews 2014. He gave 17 papers at conferences and colloquia, including the Ranke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago, the Histo­rians of Netherlandish Art Quadrennial Conference, the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, the Newberry Library, and the Renais­sance Society of America Annual Conference. He also co-organized multiple sessions at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference and the Renaissance Society of American Annual Conference. Addition­ally, as Franqui Chair at Louvain-la-Neuve and Leuven, he gave eight public lectures. He co-organized the Fifth Lovis Corinth Colloquium, “Ut pictura amor: The Reflexive Imagery of Love in Artistic Theory and Practice, 1400–1700,” which took place at Emory from October 29 to 31. Melion is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Catholic Historical Association.

Linda Merrill coordinates the department’s historical survey course, serves as the director of undergraduate studies in art history, and teaches American and 19th-century European art. In connection with her supervision of graduate student teaching assistants, she took part in both the Institute for Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts at Ox­ford College and the Annual Teaching Professor Conference, which took place in Atlanta in 2015. She also continued her collaboration with the Freer & Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian Institution, on an exhibition that will open in early 2016, The Lost Symphony: Whistler and the Perfection of Art. She appeared in the PBS docu­mentary James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty, for which she also served as a consultant. At an international scholars’ col­loquium at the University of Glasgow Merrill presented “Revisiting ‘The Ten O’Clock,’” establishing the scope of her current research on Whistler’s radical late-night lecture of 1886. Last summer she spent six weeks in Oxford, England, teaching Victorian art and design in Emory’s British Studies Program. 

Kerry Moore developed and implemented the sculptural phase of the new Foundations in Art Practices course sequence. In a series of projects that ranged from carving to assemblage, students gained experience in a range of techniques used from prehistory to the present. A visit to Florence and Venice afforded him an opportunity to study many of the great examples of sculpture of the Renaissance. He spent a portion of the summer planning a sculptural installation that will be put in place early next year at the southern end of Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s Concourse E. 

Elizabeth Pastan contributed to two developments of importance for medievalists on campus this year: overseeing the arrival of the Lyman Madonna, a rare medieval sculpture in wood given by the family of Thomas and Mollie Lyman (founding members of the art history and studio faculties at Emory, respectively) and, along with English professor James Morey, arranging for Emory to host the spring 2018 meeting of the Medieval Academy of America. Continuing in her role as president of the American Corpus Vitrearum, Pastan obtained a Kress History of Art grant for the organization. With her edited volume of the Journal of Glass Studies appearing in September and her book, The Bayeux Tapestry and its Contexts, out in December 2014, Pastan focused on a new research project on rose windows and debuted new material in conference papers in Boulder and Montréal. Some of her findings will appear in the volume on medieval stained glass she is editing with Brigitte Kurmann-Schwarz for Brill’s series on Medieval sources. 

Gay Robins’ chapter on “Gender and Sexuality” was published in M. Hartwig (ed.), A Companion to Ancient Egyptian Art (Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2015), 120–140. In February Robins gave a lecture in the Michael C. Carlos Museum on “The Color of Creation,” in conjunction with the exhibition African Cosmos: Stellar Arts. In April she presented the paper “Nefertiti Pours a Drink for Akhenaten in the Tomb of Her Steward Merira” at the annual meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt. She was commissioned by Oxford University Press to contribute an article on ancient Egypt to the new online publication Oxford Bibliographies in Art History

Judith Rohrer is on sabbatical this academic year prior to her retirement in August 2016. Her lead essay, “La Sagrada Família Overview,” in the exhibition catalog Sagrada Familia: Gaudí’s Unfinished Masterpiece. Geometry, Construction, and Site at the CUNY Spitzer School of Architecture was cited in a New York Review of Books essay on the show (June 25, 2015). She formed part of the academic committee that organized the 2nd International CoupDefouet Conference on the Art Nouveau held in Barcelona in June, where she presented the keynote address “Before We Break the Glass Ceiling, Let’s Find Out Who Designed It: Some Thoughts About Women and the Art Nouveau.” She is looking forward to a reunion with students who participated in her “Architecture on Display: the Venice Bien­nales” seminar at the 2016 Biennale next summer.

Renée Stein received the Sheldon and Caroline Keck Award from the American Institute for Conservation in recognition of her long-standing commitment to the education and mentoring of conserva­tion professionals. With Emily Farek 13C, Stein developed a new docent-led public tour of the Carlos Museum, using examples of conservation treatment, research, and preventive care to highlight the role of science in the preservation of museum collections. With Jasper Gaunt of the Carlos Museum, Susan Blevins 14PhD, and others, she completed a multiyear project to determine ancient quarry sources for marble sculptures in the Carlos Museum’s Greek and Roman collections, summarizing these results for the 11th International Conference of the Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones in Antiquity. With Courtney Murray 11C and Jeannette Tay­lor of Emory’s Apkarian Integrated Electron Microscopy Core, Stein coauthored a poster on imaging cyclododecane for the conference Subliming Surfaces: Volatile Binding Media in Heritage Conserva­tion at University of Cambridge. She contributed to symposia at the Walters Art Museum on ancient Andean textiles and on science in art museums. She also presented a session on fresco painting and using hands-on workshops to teach technical art history at the Summer Teacher Institute in Technical Art History at Yale University. 

Eric Varner’s most recent article, “Fluidity and Fluctuation: The Shift­ing Dynamics of Condemnation in Roman Imperial Portraiture,” ap­peared in Bodies in Transition: Dissolving the Boundaries of Embod­ied Knowledge, edited by D. Boschung, A. Shapiro, and F. Wascheck. Last spring Varner was invited to deliver the keynote address for the fifth annual Visual Culture Symposium sponsored by the Art History Graduate Forum at Georgia State University. The title of the symposium was “Out of the Ashes: Creative Destruction” and Varner’s paper is titled, “Destructive Aesthetics: Mutilating Portraits in Ancient Rome.” This fall he presented research on Nero’s portraits at a colloquium for the graduate students in ancient Mediterranean art at the University of Pennsylvania.

Bonna Wescoat spent the 2014–2015 year at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C., during which she worked on a new book on Samothrace. In conjunction with the return of the newly cleaned Winged Victory (Nike) to its splendid perch on the Daru Staircase at the Louvre, Wescoat lectured on Samothrace, and particularly on the work in the Sanctuary centered on the Nike Precinct, in North Carolina, Ohio, New York, New Orleans, Aarhus, Turin, and Paris. In June Wescoat presented recent work in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods at a symposium held at the Akropolis Museum in Athens in conjunction with the exhibition Samothrace: The Mysteries of the Great Gods. Several publications came out within the year, most notably Wescoat’s contributions to The Winged Victory of Samothrace, published in French and English by the Louvre (eds. M. Hamiaux and L. Laugier), and “Building and Patronage in the Greek and Roman World” for The Oxford Hand­book of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture (ed. C. Marconi). Also this year, Wescoat was appointed Samuel Candler Dobbs Profes­sor of Art History, joining the strong cohort of named chairs within the department.  Additionally, in 2015 the Samothrace team had very strong success with external funding sources, receiving a grant from the Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation to pursue scientific initiatives in the Sanctuary, a National Geographic grant to enhance the 3-D digital model and animations tracing the path of the pilgrim into the Sanctuary, a Partnership University Fund (PUF) Fellowship with Uni­versité de Bordeaux-Montaigne to investigate architectural networks of the northern Aegean, and an NEH collaborative Research Grant to publish the performative heart of the Sanctuary centered on the theater, stoa, and Nike Monument. The team will center its work on these projects for the next three years.

Student Honors

    Senior Honors Theses

Xiao Tan, High Honors 

    Department Awards

(Shared first-place award)
Madeline Drace,How to Blow up Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Studio: Proposed Research on the History and Construction of How to Blow up Two Heads at Once (Ladies)” 

Jenifer Norwalk, “Walking between Two Worlds: Understanding Indigenous Alaskan Art from a Native Worldview”

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creative writing

In December 2015, the Adroit Journal, an online magazine, placed Emory’s Creative Writing Program as number one on a list of “Thirteen Colleges Every High School Creative Writer Should Consider.”


Jericho Brown, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing
Awards: 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2016 Langston Hughes Society Award, 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for his second collection of poetry, The New Testament, 2015 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence for Previous Finalists of the Paterson Poetry Prize, for The New Testament

Brave New Works festival (January 2016), Emory University Playwriting Center of Theater Emory, produced Here to Love You Uncomfortable, the stage adaptation of Jericho Brown’s first poetry collection Please, an exploration of the intersections of love and violence, African American male identity and sexuality. Adaption by Jericho Brown and Snehal Desai.

New York Times Style (“T”) magazine, March 2016: For T’s ongoing series, the Swiss performance artist, painter and sculptor John Armleder created a response to a poem by Jericho Brown, 2015 winner of the Ainsfield-Wolf Book Award for Poetry.

Jim Grimsley, Professor of Practice
Publications: How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Lessons of a Racist Childhood, Algonquin Books, April 2015. Paperback edition published February 2016; and short story “The God Year” in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Volume 39, 30-41

Brave New Works festival (February 2016), Emory University Playwriting Center of Theater Emory, produced Jim Grimsley’s play The Looking Glass, which tells the story of Widow Evangeline Norris, whose history is similar to the infamous 17th century figure Elizabeth Bathory, “The Blood Countess.” Directed by Joseph Megel.

Celebration Theater in Los Angeles produced Dream Boy, a play by Eric Rosen based on Jim Grimsley’s novel of the same name.

Hank Klibanoff, James M. Cox Jr., Professor
Klibanoff continues to direct the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project ( Students working under his direction discovered the long-lost grave of a man named Isaiah Nixon, who had been murdered in 1948 for voting.

Klibannoff was inducted into the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame.

Joseph Skibell, Winship Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities
Publications: My Father’s Guitar and Other Imaginary Things, Algonquin Books, October 2015; and Six Memos From the Last Millennium: A Novelist Reads the Talmud, University of Texas Press, April 2016

Skibell was named Winship Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities.

Natasha Trethewey, Robert C. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing
Awards: Honorary Doctorate, Duke University, May 2016, Hall Waters Prize for Southern Literature, April 2015

Trethewey concluded her weekly poetry column in the New York Times Magazine in March 2016

Kevin Young, Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing
Awards: 2015 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for Book of Hours, 2015 Emily Clark Balch Award for Poetry from the Virginia Quarterly Review for “Repast,” commissioned by the Southern Foodways Alliance for performance in October 2014.

Young was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, April 2016.

Publications: Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems, 1995 – 2015, Knopf, March 2016; and “Money Road” was published in the New Yorker, February 22, 2016.

Phillip Williams, Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry
Award: Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize in Poetry from the Missouri Review.

Publication: Thief in the Interior, Alice James Books, January 2016 (first collection of poetry).

Lydia Conklin, Creative Writing Fellow in Fiction
Publication: “Counselor of My Heart,” fiction in The Southern Review, Winter 2016

Emily Leithauser, Lecturer in Poetry, Ph.D. candidate, Department of English
Award: 2015 Able Muse Book Prize for her first collection of poetry, The Borrowed World, forthcoming, July 2016, from Able Muse Press

Richie Hofmann, Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry 2014-2015, Ph.D. student in the Department of English
Publication: Second Empire, Alice James Books, November 2015 (first poetry collection)

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    Department Awards

English Department's Annual Competition for Best Essay
Undergraduate: Caroline Schmidt
Graduate:Rachel Kolb

Academy of American Poets Prize for Best Poetry Written by an Emory Student
Caroline Schmidt
Honorable Mention: Nathan Blansett

Artistine Mann Award in Poetry for Best Poetry Written by an Emory Undergraduate
Christine Marella
Honorable Mention: Jason Ehrenzeller

Artistine Mann Award in Fiction for Best Fiction Written by an Emory Undergraduate
Katherine Hur
Honorable Mention: Darby Jardeleza

Artistine Mann Award in Playwriting for Best Play Written by an Emory Undergraduate
Ann Hughes
Honorable Mention: Emily Schloss

Artistine Mann Award in Creative Nonfiction for Best Nonfiction Written by an Emory Undergraduate
Lauren Abunassar
Honorable Mention: Caroline Schmidt

Agnes Nixon and Kiki McCabe Prize for Screenwriting for Best Screenplay Written by an Emory Undergraduate
Emily Van Den Berg
Honorable Mention: Reem Al-Atassi

The Andrea De Man Award for Excellence in English
Jenna Kingsley

The Johnston Fellowships for Travel and Research
Sierra Cortner
Lauren Abunassar

The Harry and Sue Rusche Scholarship
Kaitlyn Posa

The Tom-Chris Allen Scholarship
Lauren Abunassar

The Schuchard Prize for Best Paper, Project or Honors Thesis Written on the Basis of Primary Source Material in a Class Offered by the Department of English
Sydny Hertz

The Grace Abernethy Scholarship in Creative Writing (Non-Fiction)
Mattie Worsham

The Grace Abernethy Scholarship in Creative Writing (Fiction)
Caroline Schmidt

Other Awards and Achievements

The Louis B. Sudler Prize
Jenny Wu

Beinecke Scholarship to support graduate study
Caroline Schmidt

Ahd Niazy (16C) is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jahanamiya, a new online creative writing magazine that publishes writing by Saudi women and artwork by local artists.

Alumni Achievements

Lauren Gunderson (03C), was the recepient of a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and HowlRound to support a residency at the Marin Theatre Company in Marin, CA. Lauren was also interviewed in the New York Times on January 6, 2016, and her play, I and You, was produced in New York by the 59E59 Theaters.

Katharine Johnsen (10C) is a writer in residence at the Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, Tennessee. Katharine earned an MFA in Creative Writing as the Bernice Kert Fellow at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Caroline Crew, a Bobby Jones Scholarship recipient who studied Creative Writing at Emory in 2010-2011, and subsequently obtained an MFA at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has published her first poetry collection, Pink Museum, Big Lucks Books, December 2015.

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External Reviewers Advocate for Emory Dance
In the fall the Emory Dance Program was evaluated by a wonderful team of external reviewers: Holly Williams, University of Texas at Austin; Balinda Craig-Quijada, Kenyon College; and Mary-Jean Cowell, Washington University. After a three-day visit, observing classes and interviewing faculty, students, and alumni, they left our campus stating, “Dance fits well within a liberal arts environment, and conversely Emory sees dance as being integral to the liberal arts experience. Alumni successes (both in the dance field and in other professional arenas) were matched by local alumni testimonials of satisfaction and support for their Emory dance experiences.”

Emory dance hosted the American College Dance Association Southeast Conference in March. Thirty-one colleges and over 450 participants were on our campus during spring break to experience 14 performances, including Atlanta’s Dance Truck, dance for film, and Dorrance Dance (at the Ferst Center for the Arts). The conference exposed our guests to the distinctiveness of the Emory Dance Program and the diversity of the Atlanta dance scene. We adopted the theme REAL, RAW, RADICAL to encourage boldness and authenticity. Participants had 92 classes to pick from over four days, including workshops in dance therapy, dance as a tool for social change, and journalistic writing.  Many classes drew from release techniques, improvisation, and somatic practices. George Staib’s Moat and Jessica Bertram’s By Injection or By Mouth were adjudicated by Onye Ozuzu, Doug Nielsen, and Melonie Buchanan Murray. Moat was selected from forty-two works for the Gala concert and also as a first alternate for the national conference this year.

Faculty honors

Sally Radell directs a research team that looks at the impact of mirrors in ballet class in relationship to body image and performance. To date her research has resulted in nine peer-reviewed publications. She continues to present the research at national and international conferences. This year Radell took part in Emory’s QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) initiative.

Anna Leo’s Warrior Woman was performed by Laurel Lawson, a member of Full Radius Dance, at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Chicago. Leo’s interest in poetic forms, specifically the pantoum, led to her studio research, a lecture on armor, and an ongoing investigation of the term warrior in various cultures. She transferred the movement material into different bodies, from a classically trained ballet dancer, to two twelve-year old girls, to a dancer in a wheelchair. 

Gregory Catellier embarked on an entirely new process of creating new work. Fast First Fridays included the premiere of a large group work with bags of popcorn, a political quartet, and a duet with one dancer and five Mac aura lighting instruments. Each piece was created in a one month time period.

George Staib was commissioned to create new work by Atlanta’s Beltline project; the Sondra Latins Dance Company in Stockholm, Sweden; and Coker College in South Carolina.

Lori Teague re-imagined her choreographic work SPEAK, originally choreographed in 1998, for five international students from China.  The work framed their point of view as women while adapting to American culture. Liu Yang, Mong Yiu Cherry Fung, Heyu Lu, Mengmei Li, and Zirong Luo performed their personal movement stories at Emory’s Women’s History Month performance series. 

student honors

Department awards

Sally A. Radell Friends of Dance Scholarships
Jacob Robbins, Virginia Spinks, Will Warren (Staibdance Summer Intensive in Sorrento, Italy)
Alice Halter (American Dance Festival)
Julianna Joss (Bates Dance Festival)
Eliza Krakower (Broadway Dance Center)

Other Awards and Achievements

Sudler Prize in the Arts
James LaRussa

Student Choreographers

The spring Emory Dance Company concert, Undertow, featured new work by ten of our strongest majors and minors:
Jessica Bertram
Alison Carr
Cherry Fung
Julianna Joss
Eliza Krakower
Alice Halter
Lauren Lindeen
Katlin Lipner
Elyse Schupak
Virginia Spinks

Rosemary Magee Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in the Arts
Lauren Lindeen

Jessica Bertram (17C, anthropology and dance double-major) began research this spring in Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL). While investigating a collection of African American materials, including photographs, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and music selections ranging from the late 1800s to the late 1900s, Jessica sought inspiration from the men, women, and children labeled “unidentified”.  Her movement exploration, She fell, but felt no fear (Part 1), provides a voice for those who went unnamed in our history. It was performed at the Inman Park Festival in May.

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Faculty honors

Tanine Allison

Honors & Awards
Received a University Research Committee grant for her book The Aesthetics of Combat: World War II in American Film and Media for the 2015-16 year.

Scholarly Articles published
“Blackface, Happy Feet: The Politics of Race in Motion Capture and Animation,” in the anthology Special Effects: New Histories, Theories, Contexts, edited by Dan North, Bob Rehak, and Michael Duffy (BFI/Palgrave, 2015), 114–126. 

“How to Recognize a War Movie: The Contemporary Science Fiction Blockbuster as Military Recruitment Film,” A Companion to the War Film, edited by Douglas A. Cunningham and John Nelson (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). 

Conference paper presented
“Saving White Masculinity: American War Films of the Late 1990s,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Atlanta, March 30–April 3, 2016.

Conference work
Organized and chaired a panel for Society for Cinema and Media Studies called “War in Contemporary Global Media: Between Commemoration and Critique.” 

Public Intellectual Film and Media Studies Activities
Introductions/presentations for film screenings in Atlanta (2015-2016)

Introduced films for the Science Fiction series at Landmark Midtown Arts Theater and for the Atlanta Cinema Club.

Matthew H. Bernstein

Goodrich C. White Professorship, Emory University (September 2015).

Scholarly Article Published
“’The edge of unacceptability’: Preston Sturges and the PCA . In Jeff Jaeckle and Sarah Kozloff (Ed.), ReFocus: The Films of Preston Sturges (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015), 83-106.

Conference Paper given
Gone with the Wind in Black Theaters: The Distribution Plan, Society for Cinema and Media Studies: Atlanta, GA (March 31, 2016).

"The Birth of a Nation in Atlanta," In the Shadow of The Birth of a Nation: A Centennial Assessment of Griffith’s film: University College London (June 26, 2015) Invited Paper

Invited Lecture
Black Spectatorship and Movie Fandom in early 1930s Atlanta., Undergraduate Research Symposium: University of Arizona, Tuscon (April 14-15, 2016) Invited Talk

Public Intellectual Film and Media Studies Activities
2016 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Program Guide article "Professor's Picks" (October-December 2015).  Only article in Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Program Guide, pp. 144-152.

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, 15 Introductions and post-screening Q. and A.'s, 12 films, two panels (January 26-February 17, 2016)  Introduced and conducted Q. and A. with filmmakers (actors, directors) at numerous screenings.

Film commentator, City Lights, 90. 1, WABE (June-August 2015).  Delivered a series of commentaries on current films, the industry, film history.

The Flying Ace (February 26, 2016)

Introduced a screening and moderated a discussion of the rarely-seen race movie, The Flying Ace, Delta Museum, Atlanta, GA.

Aiken Lecture Series: The Birth of a Nation at 100 (December 8, 2015).  Lecture at the Atlanta History Center with AHC Senior Military Historian Gordon Jones on the impact and legacy of this landmark racist film.

Conversation with Abderrahamane Sissako, world-renowned and Oscar-nominated writer-director of film TIMBUKTU. (November 6, 2015).

The Leo Frank Case: 100 years in the Media (September 21, 2015)

Invited participant in a panel discussion on the topic hosted by Kennesaw State University on the centennial of the lynching of Leo Frank.

Landmark Midtown Theater Cinema Classics series (April 19, 2016).  Introduced and discussed screening of Orson Welles's Chimes at Midnight.

"Hollywood Epics Then and Now" (June 5 2016)

Hosted a conversation with film critic and historian David Sterritt as part of the events for the opening day of American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. Also introduced a screening of "The Grapes of Wrath" on June 6.

Marc Bousquet

Invited Papers and Talks
Monetizing the Student, Ohio State Humanities Institute: OSU (9/10/2015) Invited Talk (Presented)

"Digital publication and democratic action", Conference on College Composition and Communication: Portland (March 15-18, 2017) Invited Talk (Scheduled)

"The Economics of Spray Tanning', American Studies Association: Denver (November 17-20, 2016) Invited Paper (Scheduled)

Monetizing the Student, Social Justice Annual Speaker Series: Southeastern Louisiana University (November 4, 2015) Invited Talk (Presented)

Response, American Academy of Religion: Atlanta (September 2015) Invited Talk (Presented)

Online columns
Moving the Goalposts in Higher Education. Inside Higher Ed, October 20, 2015

Sorry, Krugman: This One Meme Destroys Your Bernie Slam. Daily Kos, January 22, 2016

Public Intellectual Film and Media Studies Activities
Various newspapers and magazines (2015-16).  Interviewed by Wall Street Journal, Harvard Political Review and other outlets. Interviewed several times both for background and direct quotation in the two major higher ed journals (CHE, IHE). Proposed several reported-story ideas to CHE or IHE, usually resulting in coverage.

How The University Works (blog) (Spring 2016).  Began restoring this formerly influential, now hacked and abandoned, blog for possible use in connection with Monetizing the Student and other matters.

Facebook (2015-16).  Began to use Facebook more fully as a public forum and as a platform for continuing intellectual exchange. Again, this has potential consequences both for teaching and research, since the role of Facebook vis a vis other outlets raises important questions--such as its impact on the onetime "blogosphere." No definite thoughts as yet, but something to continue exploring.

Bill Brown (Sr. Lecturer Emeritus)
Atlanta Filmmaker/Video Artist William Brown is having quite a successful year with his latest art videos. His film 278 Americans (2015) has been shown at festivals in London and Melbourne, Australia in the past year as well as showings in Cuba and Senegal. It is also selected in juried competitions for the Tallahassee International at the Florida State Museum and at the SECAC annual juried show to be held at Hollins University. This video was also shown at the prestigious Echoflux 16 New Media show in Prague, Czech Republic. Holi Becomes Chaos (2015) was chosen for inclusion in Charlotte’s Mint Museum’s 80th anniversary juried show of contemporary art.

Ryan Cook
Honors and Awards
Japan Foundation grant for the honorarium of guest lecturer Alexander Zahltan, Assistant Professor, East Asian Cultures and Civilizations, Harvard University (November 2015).

Conference Papers and Talks
Japanese Media Ecology and the Anthropocene, Kinema Club: Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany (6/5/2015) Contributed Talk (Presented).

Talk presented at Kinema Club conference held in conjunction with Nippon Connection Japanese film festival in Frankfurt, Germany.

Girls Are Not Bound by Thermodynamics: Anime Ecology, Center for Japanese Studies Invited Lecture: University of Michigan (April 14, 2016) Invited Talk (Presented).  Invited lecture on media ecology, natural ecology, and anime, specifically the ecological reworking of genre in the series "Puella Magi Madoka Magica."

The 1964 Tokyo Olympics: Two Museums, Society for Cinema and Media Studies: Atlanta (March 2016) Contributed Talk (Presented). Presented a paper on a panel at the SCMS conference.

Jingu Kirin, American Academy of Religion: Atlanta (November 2015) Contributed Talk (Presented).  Discussant on panel about the documentary Jingu Kirin, portraying actress Kiki Kirin's pilgrimage to Ise Shrine. Kiki Kirin traveled from Japan to attend the event. I also hosted a discussion with her and the filmmakers at Emory in conjunction with the conference event.

Yaji and Kita's Tōkaidō Road: From Shank's Mare to Hiroshige, and from Manga to Film, Invited Lecture: Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University (November 2015) Invited Talk (Presented).  Programmed a film screening and gave an invited lecture at the Auburn University art museum in conjunction with their exhibition of prints from Hiroshige's "53 Stages of the Tōkaidō Road" series.  His lecture connected the Edo period prints to popular literature of the time and the later films inspired by this historical material.

Kinugasa Shinjiro (Ed). (Fall 2015). Double Shadows. In (Series Ed.), Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Publications. Translated essays from Japanese to English in the "Double Shadows" program catalog/book on documentaries about films, from a series programmed for the 2015 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. Includes essays on Turkish adaptations, Man Ray's "Emak Bakia," Rossellini's "Stromboli," Taiwanese directors Hou Hsiao-hsien and Edward Yang, and Jean Vigo's "À propose de Nice." He also oversaw contributions from two students, who worked on a piece of this translation project.

Public Intellectual Film and Media Studies Activities
Curated and hosted the Japanese Anime Film Series, Emory Cinematheque, which included the public screening of 13 films and a lecture by guest Alexander Zahlten, Assistant Professor, East Asian Cultures and Civilizations, Harvard University, Fall 2015.

Interviewed by Matthew Bernstein on Atlanta's NPR affiliate about Japanese anime. Intros to the film series.

Jason Francisco

Honors and Awards
Emory Program to Enhance Research and Scholarship award of $5000.00 for a contemporary art project combining photography, history, place studies, memory studies, oral history and social anthropology on the former Nazi camp of Plaszow in the city of Krakow, Poland. 

The Golden Rose, : Synagogue Square, Lviv Ukraine (Aug.-Nov. 2015) Sponsored by the Center for Urban History, Lviv, Ukraine.

“Traces of Memory,” core exhibition of the Galicia Jewish Museum, Kraków, 2016.

Soulmaker - The Times of Lewis Hine,” Cantor Center for the Arts, Stanford University, 2016.

Płaszów:  Avers/Revers” (“Płaszów:  Obverse/Reverse”), Muzeum Historyczne Miasta Krakowa / Schindler’s Factory, The Historical Museum of the City of Kraków, April-May.  Part of a project entitled “WHERE IS THE CAMP?” by the Research Center for Memory Cultures (the Faculty of Polish Studies at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland), 2016.

Solo exhibition of work commissioned by the Cantor Center for the Arts, guest curated by Alexander Nemerov, Art & Art History Department Chair & Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University. 

Part of a project entitled “WHERE IS THE CAMP?” by the Research Center for Memory Cultures (the Faculty of Polish Studies at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland). This exhibition is the centerpiece of a special two-day conference at the Schindler's Factory museum, held April 15-16, bringing together scholars, artists, and cultural workers from across the city and the region.  

Jason Francisco (2016). A Dialogue with Lewis Hine. Atlanta, Self-published (Not for Publication)

A hand-made artist's book in a limited edition of twelve. Photographs, texts, book design, printing, and binding by Jason Francisco. This book was made in connection with the exhibition "Soulmaker: The Times of Lewis Hine," photographs by Jason Francisco, to be held at the Cantor Center for the Arts, Stanford University, May-September 2016.

The Tilted Horizon. Atlanta, Self-published as on-demand book, printed by Blurb

Revised version of the first book of the 2013 triology, "East and Back," incorporating new photographs from 2014-2015.

The Orphan Kaddish. Atlanta, Self-published as on-demand book, printed by Blurb

Updated version of the second book of the 2013 trilogy "East and Back," incorporating new photographs from 2014-2015.

Jewish Heritage in Lviv Today––A Brief Survey. Gazeta, Journal of the American Association for Polish-Jewish Studies,, vol. 22, n, 3-5

Photographs and texts on the city of Lviv, Ukraine

"Unquiet Places: Photographers Revisit the Holocaust in Poland," public conversation with Erica Lehrer, Łukasz Baksik, Soliman Lawrence, Jason Francisco and Wojciech Wilczyk, Galicia Jewish Museum, July 1, 2015., 25th Annual Jewish Culture Festival, Kraków, 2015: Kraków , Invited Talk.

“Wrestling with Memory:  Photographic Works on Jewish Eastern Europe, 2000-2015", : City Hall of Lviv, Ukraine (August 4), Invited Paper.

“Which Memorials Does the City [Not] Need? The Challenges of the ‘Synagogue Square’ Project in Lviv”, : City Hall of Lviv, Ukraine (August 5), Invited Paper.

Visualizing Time in Photographs––Some Questions and Complications", : Center for Urban History, Lviv, Ukraine (July 13), Invited Paper.

“A Critical Overview of the Historical Photography of the Holocaust,”: Center for Urban History, Lviv, Ukraine (July 14), Invited Paper.

"The Making of An Unfinished Memory:  Jewish Heritage and the Holocaust in Eastern Galicia", : Center for Urban History, Lviv, Ukraine (July 15), Invited Paper.

“Site or Non-Site: Remarks and Questions on the Future of the Former Concentration Camp in Płaszów", : International Culture Center, Kraków, Poland (July 3, 2015), Invited Paper.

Public Intellectual Film and Media Studies Activities
Television and Newspaper interviews (Summer 2015)

Appeared on national Ukrainian television and local Lviv television in the summer of 2015 in connection to the opening of his solo exhibition in Lviv, "The Golden Rose," also gave numerous newspaper interviews.

Eddy von Mueller

Public Intellectual Film and Media Studies Activities
Filmmaking in Atlanta segment on "On Second Thought."

Appeared on a panel discussing the history and growth of filmmaking in Atlanta during a morning talk show on NPR affiliate WRAS-Atlanta. (10/8/2015)

Conversation with Laine Kline and Mark Goffman. Introduced and moderated a discussion and Q & A with two alumni of the College, studio executive Laine Kline and Emmy-winning writer and television show runner Mark Goffman. (9/25/2015)

Conversation with Jon Kilik.  Moderated a discussion with veteran producer of dozens of mainstream and independent feature films Jon Kilik. (3/30/2016)

A Conversation with Russ Krasnoff. Moderated a discussion with film and television producer Russ Krasnoff, executive producer of the film adaptation of Emory college professor Deborah Lipstadt's DENIAL. (2/4/2016)

Cinema Club Atlanta: "Where to Invade Next."  Introduced, discussed and moderated a Q & A for a screening of Michael Moore's "Where to Invade Next." (11/21/2015)

"To Kill a Mockingbird" Interview, WABE's "City Lights."  Appeared on NPR affiliate WABE's "City Lights" program to discuss the film adaptation of Harper Lee's novel, coinciding with the publication of the posthumous sequel. (6/18/2015)

Creativity conversation with screenwriter and film director-producer Penelope Spheeris: "Penelope Spheeris: Movies and Rock 'n' Roll."  (11/13/2015)

"Viewfinder" Web Video Series.  Two episodes in an ongoing series for the web in which Emory experts (Tony Martin and Paul Wolpe, respectively) discuss current motion pictures from their academic and disciplinary perspectives. (11/15 & 2/16/2016)

Creativity conversation with Whit Stillman, screenwriter-director of METROPOLITAN. (3/3/2016)

Sundance Film Forward at Emory: UMRIKA.  Moderated a discussion with director Preshant Nair and producer Swati Shetty. (3/29/2016)

Daniel Reynolds

Online Publications
Daniel Reynolds (Fall 2015s:). Execute Minute 47: On Star Wars Wars. In Media Res, Star Wars ,

Online multimedia publication:

Michele Schreiber

Michele Schreiber (2016). "Tiny Life: Technology and Masculinity in the Films of David Fincher". Journal of Film and Video, 68, 3-18

Public Intellectual Film and Media Studies Activities
WalletHub Looks at the Oscars (March 2016).  Gave interview about the 2016 Oscars.

The Sneaky Power of Amy Schumer - New York Times article (July 2015).

Gave interview for New York Times article on Amy Schumer.

Real Issues, real women abound this summer - USA Today article (July 2015). Gave interview for USA Today story on summer 2015 movies

American Postfeminist Cinema: Book Talk and Discussion (October 2015)

James Steffen (Film and Media Studies Librarian and Instructor)

Public Intellectual Film and Media Studies Activities
Curated and hosted the Spring 2016 Emory Cinematheque Film Series:  French New Wave: Classics and Rediscoveries, which included the public screening of 15 films, including the "Special Event Mega-Screening" of OUT 1 (12 hr. 40 min., 8 episodes, DCP), Feb. 20 & 21, 2016.  

Dana Haugaard (Staff)

Solo Exhibitions

2016 68/18-1/2 – Eyedrum, Atlanta, Ga
2015 No Here More Than Here, Mint Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Group Exhibitions

2016 WonderFarm – Armour Yards, Atlanta, GA
2016 Through / Felt – Eyedrum, Atlanta, Ga
2015 Art on the Beltline – Atlanta, GA
2015 Lorum Ipsum -  Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas Texas

student honors
      Department Awards

 3rd Annual Annie Hall Essay Awards

Elinor Kahn
First place award for best undergraduate historical/industrial essay:  "'The Little Film That Could': Analyzing the Value and Success of THE GRADUATE."

Sanai Meles
Second place award for the best undergraduate historical/industry essay:  "The Sopranos: A Quintessential American Drama - For Better or Worse."

Meredith Stedman
Honorable Mention for historical/industrial essay, "The Creators of Hitchcock: Bernard Herrman, Saul Bass, and Edith Head."

Bria Goeller
First place award for best undergraduate critical/theoretical essay, "Imperfection and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

Jordan Weynand
Second place award for best undergraduate critical/theoretical essay, "The 'Myth' of Bisexuality in Media."

Pedro Doreste
First Place award for best graduate student essay, "Corleones en La Habana: Reception of the GODFATHER films in Revolutionary Cuba."

Callum Woolley
Second Place for best graduate student essay, "Eisenstein, Montage and the Priciple of Organic Unity."  

      Other Student Awards and Achievements

 Hans Qu
His short film "Black Gold" is an official selection for the new Terminus Film Festival, Atlanta, Ga., June 16-19, 2016, and screens at 1:30 p.m, SCAD show, June 19. See it on the Emory Filmmakers Album:

Elizabeth Littlefield
Studied abroad in Prague this past Spring on the CIEE Film Studies Program at FAMU. Here is link to the short film "Neighbors" which she made during her time there:

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Faculty honors

Dwight Andrews received invitation for a Distinguished Professorship at Spelman College during Spring and Fall 2015 where he taught and mentored students for two semesters.

Paul Bhasin released the album Stain (Brian Hulse, composer, Paul Bhasin, conductor). The music of Brian Hulse is written for both traditional and non-traditional ensembles, and has been performed across the globe. This new release features musicians from the Virginia and Richmond Symphonies, and faculty from the College of William and Mary.

Following a successful festival awards season (LA Black Film Festival, International Black Film Festival, Black International Cinema Berlin) Bhasin’s score to the original motion picture Hogtown (9:23 Films) is now represented by ArtMattan Productions (NYC) with select international screenings in 2016 including Washington DC (August 19–21), Paris, France (September 9–11), New York City (November 25–December 11).

Bradley Howard received an invitation to teach and perform at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in June 2016.

Music faculty member Kevin Karnes and Andrew J. Mitchell (Philosophy) have been awarded a Collaborative Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to support their book project Richard Wagner's Politics of Redemption.

The first faculty composers recital in many years was presented in February 2016 and featured the works of John A. Lennon and Richard Prior. Additionally, Lennon’s Misericordia for solo organ was premiered at Stanford University by Emory alumnus, Randall Harlowe. 

Gary Motley was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in December 2015. Professor Motley’s joins the esteemed roster of artists whose contributions have left an indelible influence on Alabama’s jazz history. They include W.C. Handy, Erskine Hawkins, Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole, and Lionel Hampton.

Richard Prior premieres a new work for flute and harp: call of the sirens commissioned by Jonathan Keeble and Ann Yeung (the Alethea Duo and professors at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music). The world premiere will be at the 10th International Harp Competition on June 17, 2016 at Indiana University with a subsequent performance at the National Convention of the American Harp Society held at Emory University in Atlanta, GA on July 2nd.

William Ransom’s first CD recording of solo piano works, Listening to Memories, was released in April 2016 by ACA Digital Recordings and Albany Records.

Meredith Schweig, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, has been awarded the Rulan Chao Pian Publication Prize from the Association for Chinese Music Research for “Hoklo Hip-Hop: Resignifying Rap as Local Narrative Tradition in Taiwan.”

Kristin Wendland published Tracing Tangueros: Argentine Tango Instrumental Music (co-authored with Kacey Link). It is the first foundational study of Argentine tango music in the English language. The book draws on repertory that is currently unavailable outside of Argentina, including unpublished manuscripts, scores, arrangements, and recordings.

Vega String Quartet in Residency at Emory University performed at the Musikverein Brahms Hall in Vienna, Austria in November 2015.

New Hire

Dr. Laura Emmery will join the research faculty of the Music Department as Assistant Professor of Music Theory.  Dr. Emmery has earned degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara and the New England Conservatory. She most recently served on the faculty of Arizona State University, Tempe. Her research focuses on the work of composer, Elliott Carter.

student honors

Senior Honors Theses

Naomi Newton, “Storytelling in Opera, Operetta, and American Musical Theater, a Research-Performance Honors Thesis”

Ryan Sutherland, "Gamelan is in Our Blood. From Imitation to Internalization: How Appropriation and Assimilation of the ‘Other’ Have Defined Modern Western Musical Idioms."

Rohin Aggarwal, Honors Euphonium Recital: works by Wilby, Telemann, Curnow, Nelson, and Sulek

Music Department Awards

Friends of Music Excellence in Music, Rising Senior Award
Samantha Frischling

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

Friends of Music, Music from the Heart Award
Kevin Williams

Friends of Music Research Award
Cloe Gentile, for her honors project on the portrayal of female experiences in art song through musical aesthetics and poetic selections, with a focus on Libby Larsen. She will be returning to The Cornish-American Song Institute and spending the first week of the program meeting with experts on the study of women composers at Oxford University, as well as investigating manuscripts and resources at the Bodleian Library.

Other Awards

2016 Atlanta Symphony Robert Shaw Memorial Outstanding Singer Award
Eric Newell

American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition for 2016, finalist
Rachel Chon (piano major and Woodruff Scholar). Chon will perform in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on May 30, 2016.

Bradley Currey, Jr. Seminar travel grant (from the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library)
Mallory Carnes, to undertake research on her hymnological project, “‘Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen’ in German Hymnals of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries.” This fellowship requires travel to archives or special collections in the U.S. or abroad.

Alumni in the News

Jennifer Barlament (95C) joins ASO as Executive Director

Joel Thompson (10C) premiered “Seven Last Words,” performed by University of Michigan’s Men’s Glee Club:  

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Faculty honoes

John Ammerman has been promoted to Full Professor. After his turn as Prospero in a New Orleans production last summer, John returns to the Virginia Shakespeare Festival to play Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet and Belarius in Cymbeline.

Senior Lecturer Randy Fullerton retired after 33 years at Emory.

Brent Glenn is inaugurating an online version of Introduction to Theater in the first semester of Emory’s summer school.  

Donald McManus lectured and performed a clown show at the prestigious Shanghai Theater Academy’s Winter Institute. He created Cocks of the Rose, an original clown play, which premiered at Emory. He was awarded the Theater Department Fine Faculty Award for excellence in teaching and mentorship.

Aaron Mayer is now Technical Director of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.

Tim McDonough and John Ammerman collaborated with Paul Bhasin, Director of the Emory Wind Ensemble, in a fall concert.

Lisa Paulsen programmed a “Georgia Grown” Brave New Works Festival that included new scripts, screenplays, and works in progress.

Leslie Taylor designed sets for Actor’s Express and Georgia Ensemble Theater, as well as for TE’s As You Like it.

Jiréh Breon Holder was named the 2016-2018 Emory University Fellow in Playwriting.

Student Honors

  Department Awards

Alice N. Benston Award in Theater Studies
Nysa Loudon & Devin Porter

Brenda Bynum Theater at Emory Award
Virginia Loeffler

Emory Woman's Club Arts Scholarship
Yipei Shao

Fine Award in Acting
Yiran "Charles" Wang

Friends of Theater at Emory Award
Parker Ciliax
Zana Pouncey
Hugh Adams (professional)
Jane Garver (professional)

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Center for C&A

The Center for Creativity and Arts is proud to announce that the 2016-2017 Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in the Arts is Lauren Lindeen (16C, Dance). Lauren replaces Nikoloz Kevkhishvili (13C, Film and Media Studies) as the Arts Fellow and will be with the CCA throughout the academic year, learning arts administration skills and focusing on student outreach.

CCA Project Grants

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Goldwasser Grants

Student Honors

2016-2017 Stipe Society for Creative Scholars
Samuel Budnyk, Music
Adam Friedman, Theater
Jaquelin Galinski, Integrated Visual Arts
Darby Jardeleza, Creative Writing
Julianna Joss, Dance
Tara Olayeye, Film

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Event Highlights

2016 Baker Award Recipients
Dr. Joyce Flueckiger
Dr. Sara McClintock
Honored for their work as faculty advisors to the museum’s Asian collections. A work of Asian art will be purchased in their honor.

PROSE award: Single Volume Reference/Humanities & Social Science
Melinda Hartwig (curator of Egyption, Nubian, and Near Eastern art), for A Companion to Ancient Egyptian Art (2015)

Exhibitions and Events

Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection October 10, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Drawn from the celebrated Native American art collection of Charles and Valerie Diker, Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection was organized by the American Federation of Arts (AFA) and featured 118 masterworks representing tribes and First Nations across the North American continent. Indigenous Beauty was the first traveling exhibition drawn from this collection and showcased a number of recent acquisitions never seen before by the public.

The Carlos Museum launched Odyssey Online: South Asia
The Carlos Museum's new website for upper elementary, middle, and high school students, Odyssey Online: South Asia, uses interactive technology to provide students with an engaging way to explore works of art in the collection and to gain an understanding of the ways in which these and similar objects function in temple and festival settings in India, and here in Atlanta. 

Nix-Mann Endowed Lecture featured Tammy Garcia
Last year's lecture on October 18, 2015 featured Tammy Garcia, regarded as one of the foremost Native American potters working today. Garcia, who comes from a dynasty of female potters from the Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico, discussed her work in line with her heritage and cultural identity as well as new avenues of artistic expression she discovered in bronze and glass.

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Schwartz Artist Residencies

Forging Cinematic Identities: Eran Riklis, August 26 – September 11, 2015
And She Was: The Female Experience Explored and Celebrated, Megan Watters, November 19-21, 2015
2016 Emory Jazz Fest: Anat Cohen, February 11-12, 2016

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