Founders Week

Founders Week, an academic festival held between the annual academic celebrations of Opening Convocation and Commencement, commemorates the first meeting of the Board of Trustees on Feb. 6, 1837, following the founding of Emory College.

2016 Founders Week Schedule

Event
Date
Location
Details
Feast of Words Monday, Feb. 1 | 4 p.m. Barnes & Noble, Oxford Road Building An annual reception, hosted by the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence and sponsored by the AJC/Decatur Book Festival, showcases recent faculty books.
Distinguished Faculty Lecture Tuesday, Feb. 2 | 4 p.m. Winship Ballroom, Dobbs University Center Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Biology Bruce Levin delivers this year's Distinguished Faculty Lecture, which is hosted by the Faculty Council.
Goodrich C. White Lecture: "A Short Sermon on Beauty and Vessels" Wednesday, Feb. 3 | 7:30 p.m. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts | Free tickets through Arts at Emory Box Office (2-ticket limit per customer)

Theaster Gates, an award-winning Chicago potter and artist who blends art installation with social practice, has gained renown for turning abandoned buildings in run-down neighborhoods into vibrant cultural hubs serving the community. He will discuss arts and culture as catalysts for social transformation and renewal of place and community.

The lecture series, established in memory of Emory's 14th president, is sponsored by the DVS Senior Honor Society and the President's Office.

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"The Weeping Time" Thursday, Feb. 4 | 4:30 p.m. Jones Room, Woodruff Library

"The Weeping Time: An 1859 Savannah Slave Auction and Its Genealogy of People and Place -- Including a Link to Emory's Rose Library"

More than 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation, the landscape of slavery still speaks to us. Kwesi DeGraf-Hanson, a landscape architect and Emory PhD in history, explores the identities and legacies of the enslaved persons involved in the largest recorded slave auction in U.S. history.

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Julian Bliss Septet Saturday, Feb. 6 | 8 p.m. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts | Tickets through Arts at Emory Box Office

Julian Bliss Septet: A Tribute to Benny Goodman

One of the world's finest solo clarinetists, Julian Bliss leads his septet through some of the great tunes of the swing era off their debut disc, "Benny Goodman -- The King of Swing," as part of the 2016 Emory Annual Jazz Fest.

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