Two professors at Emory University were awarded 2018 Guggenheim Fellowships, granting them entry into a world in which past fellows continue to provide work featured at galleries and museums, and even on a TV show about poetry that’s affiliated with Harvard University.
The same week a court issued a ruling to unseal the last will of To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee, Emory University announced it has acquired some of the author’s papers that a California lawyer had tried to donate, return to Lee, or sell at auction – but couldn’t get his price.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with related action the MARTA board took Thursday. //
Emory University continues to press its concerns to Congress over the proposed GOP tax reform bill, even as other universities are on a borrowing spree to lock in terms before their debt might lose its tax-free status.
Emory University sparked just the sort of conversation it had hoped to initiate when Emory launched its Conversations with America project Tuesday evening in Pittsburgh. The event was covered by media including NBC, politico.com, and thehill.com.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new photos by Kelly Jordan.
Emory University’s plans to partner with a developer to reopen the Briarcliff Mansion, once home to a Coca-Cola heir, as a hotel and event facility were approved Dec. 15 by Georgia’s State Properties Commission, according to a report by emory.edu
Hundreds of Emory University students, staff and faculty have asked administrators to ban law enforcement officers from campus if their purpose is to apprehend and deport undocumented immigrants. The president responded Tuesday with a letter titled, “Emory affirms support for undocumented students.”
Emory University has come out against a proposed change in the national policy governing the distribution of livers for transplant. Emory doctors say could the proposals have a negative impact on minorities and poor folks in Georgia and the southeast in order to benefit folks in the northeast.
The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta helped attract to Emory University an exhibit of rare items related to Protestant reformer Martin Luther as part of the 500th anniversary celebration of the Reformation, in 2017. Emory is one of three sites in the nation to host such an exhibit of German materials.
Newly-named Claire Sterk will be the first woman president of Emory University when she assumes the post on Sept. 1 (Special: Emory University)
Starting in September, Emory University welcomes its first female president, Claire Sterk. She served as Emory’s provost since 2013.
She succeeds Jim Wagner, who has been Emory’s president for 13 years.
When she was being interviewed to be Emory’s new president, Sterk repeatedly brought up a novel idea.
She wants the university to strike a memo of understanding with the city of Atlanta to work on issues critical to the city’s needs.
Officially, Emory is not located in Atlanta, and it is often perceived as an Ivy League institution set apart from the urban problems of poverty and despair.
Sterk wants to change that perception. She would like Emory to play an active role in solving society’s ills.
A native of the Netherlands, Sterk moved to Atlanta in the mid-1980s to become a visiting scientist at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. She worked on the AIDS/HIV epidemic, and later joined the faculty of Georgia State University – teaching public health and anthropology.
One of her areas of focus was witnessing the demolition of the nation’s first public housing project – Techwood Homes – and the area’s redevelopment into a mixed-income community – Centennial Place.
Universities in other cities have taken on the role of helping their surrounding communities, and Sterk believes Emory can be such a university and an example for Atlanta institutions.
Sterk is a refreshing face for our community – one where she has been working in for decades. But now she will be contributing as president of one of our most important universities.