Fall 2016 events

Previous events

U.S. China Relations: After the 2016 Presidential Election
Thursday, August 25, 2016 | 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Carter Center | 453 Freedom Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Come November, we will know who our new president will be for the next four years. Both the Republican and Democratic party nominees have expressed strong views on free trade, trade agreements and China. What will U.S. - China relations look like in the next four years? Join us for a panel discussion on the upcoming 2016 U.S. presidential election and its potential impact on U.S. - China relations. Our panelists will share their views of both the Democratic and Republican party nominees’ positions on China, and what U.S. - China relations will look like under either a Clinton administration or a Trump administration, and the impacts on businesses on both sides. Panelists include Dr. Alan Abramowitz, Professor of Political Science at Emory University; Christopher Chan, Partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP; Dr. John Garver, Professor Emeritus at the School of International Affairs, Georgia Tech; and Dr. Yawei Liu, Director at The Carter Center China Program. Presented by The Carter Center and Georgia China Alliance.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Seating is limited. Please purchase tickets at the earliest convenience.

Ticket price at the door will be $35 for GCA members and $45 for non-GCA members.

Teaching International Students
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. with lunch
102 Candler School of Theology

In this moderated panel, faculty will share their expertise and experience in teaching international students. An alumn will also share his insights about navigating Emory classrooms as an international student. Panelists include

  • Robert Liu | Associate Professor, Biology | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
  • Frank Maddox | Associate Professor, Economics | Oxford College
  • Simona Muratore | Senior Lecturer, Italian | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
  • Judith Wold | Distinguished Professor for Educational Leadership | Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
  • Zhe (Jay) Wu | Emory alumnus

RSVP at least three days prior to an individual workshop to: Michol Hilton in the Office of Equity and Inclusion. This event is sponsored by the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, and the Office of the Provost.

Brazil Week
Monday, September 19 - Friday, September 23, 2016
Emory University | Atlanta, GA

Join us for a university-wide celebration of Emory's Brazil Initiative. Highlights will include

Placing Time: The Power of Mapping Technology for Historical Analysis
Tuesday, September 20
4:00-5:00pm
Oxford Road Building Auditorium
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Emory professor Michael Page will present Atlanta Explorer, a project dedicated to building and disseminating geographical datasets and tools for exploring Atlanta's history. Professor Luís Ferla of Federal University of São Paulo will describe the work of Hímaco: History, Maps, Computers, a collaborative laboratory of historians, geographers, and computer scientists exploring the spatial history of São Paulo. This panel, moderated by Professor Michael Elliott, Interim Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences, features the current work of these partners in a new collaboration on Brazilian urban studies.

Zika: A Brazilian Perspective on A Global Challenge
Wednesday, September 21
4:00-5:30pm, followed by a casual reception
Atwood Hall 360
(New Chemistry Building)
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Zika virus’ arrival in Brazil and the rest of the world unleashed a storm of public health challenges and media attention. Brazil has been at the forefront of the epidemic and the efforts to address it, and transmission is now ongoing in many areas in the Americas, including Florida and Puerto Rico in the U.S. Dr. Mariana Kikuti, DVM, PhD Candidate, Federal University of Bahia; Dr. Uriel Kitron, Goodrich C. White Professor of Environmental Sciences, Emory University; Dr. Igor Paploski, DVM, PhD Candidate, Federal University of Bahia; and Dr. Lincoln Suesdek, Researcher at Scientific Council of Butantan Institute, Brazil, will provide a brief overview of Zika and its mosquito vector – Aedes aegypti, present findings from their studies in the Brazilian cities of São Paulo and Salvador, and answer questions from the audience.

Bate-Papo: Portuguese Conversational Hour
Friday, September 23
1:00-2:30pm
Great Room, Longstreet-Means Hall

Come join us for pizza and conversations in Portuguese with students, faculty, and staff from across the university and broader community.

Additional cultural events will be organized throughout the week by the Brazilian Student Association (BRASA), including Capoeira Performance/Workshop on Monday, September 19 at 7:30 pm in the Woodruff P.E. Center and a Samba performance. 

2016 Sheth Lecture in Indian Studies, featuring Nipun Mehta, founder of ServiceSpace
Sunday, October 2, 2016
| 3:30 - 5:00pm
W525 Goizueta Business School
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In the times of Gandhi, social action organized in a one-to-many formation: one Gandhi and many of us. His successor, Vinoba Bhave, came along and built a stronger network by walking across India and cultivating one-to-one connections. Along the way, he also pointed to what was emerging: "What rises up like a fountain, will return in the form of many distributed drops." That's exactly what we're seeing now. Nipun Mehta calls it Gandhi 3.0, where Gandhi stands for the age-old principle of leading with inner transformation and 3.0 represents the many-to-many networks that are popularized by the modern-day Internet. In a sense, it's a bridge from the Internet to the Inner-Net.

In this talk, Nipun Mehta will explore his journey of building distributed and decentralized movements that lead with inner transformation, of leveraging technology to nurture generosity, of cultivating practices that encourage "being the change”, and ultimately of putting priceless gifts—like empathy, trust, and compassion—into greater circulation.

There will be a brief reception to follow.

About the Speaker

At the age of 24, Nipun quit his job to become a "full-time volunteer." He is the founder of ServiceSpace, an all volunteer-run organization using technology to inspire greater volunteerism. What started as an experiment with friends is now a global ecosystem of over 500,000 members who have not only delivered millions of dollars in service for free but also are regenerating a gift culture. Their projects range from DailyGood to KindSpring to KarmaKitchen. Nipun has received many awards like the Dalai Lama’s Unsung Hero of Compassion award, and in 2015, President Obama appointed him to a council on poverty and equality. Nipun is routinely invited to share his message of with a wide range of audiences, and his speech at UPenn's 2012 commencement was read by millions. Nipun's mission statement in life reads: "Bring smiles in the world and stillness in my heart."

Sino-U.S. Relations After G20, a lecture by ZHAO Yumin, Deputy Consul General from the Chinese Consulate in Houston
Thursday, October 6, 2016
| 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Room 205, Goodrich C. White Hall
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Deputy Consul General Mr. Yumin Zhao will deliver a lecture on the forecast of U.S.-China relations after the recent G20 Summit in Hangzhou.

Beyond Diplomacy: Opportunities for US-China Cooperation on Climate Change
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
| 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.
Rita Anne Rollins Room (8th floor), Grace Crum Rollins Building
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From transforming our energy systems to protecting human health to changing our agricultural practices, climate change presents a host of challenges that are both daunting and complex. Yet these challenges also present a unique opportunity for collaboration, innovation, and learning. The U.S. and China, the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG), face similar trials that require innovative solutions. By working together to respond and adapt to climate change, the two countries have the potential to advance not only toward their GHG reduction goals, but also to improve their relations and mutual understanding. Following a two-day research symposium exploring the potential for Emory and Nanjing Universities to work together on climate research, faculty from both universities will hold a public session to discuss their collaborative proposals on energy, air pollution, and agriculture and to explain how these projects contribute to solving pressing problems in the world. This session is brought to you by the panelists themselves, the Halle Institute, and The Carter Center China Program.

Emory University-Carter Center U.S.-China Relations Speakers Series
The South China Sea: The Diverging Strategic Assumptions and Perceptions of the United States and China, featuring David Firestein, Senior Vice President of the EastWest Institute
Monday, October 17, 2016
| 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Presentation Room, Oxford Road Building
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10th Annual China Town Hall Meeting: Local Connections, National Reflections
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
| 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., with reception to follow
Room 206, Goodrich C. White Hall
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China’s rapid emergence as a global player and potential partner on many U.S. policy priorities has ensured that the Sino-American relationship will have a direct impact on the lives of nearly everyone in both Countries. To help Americans better understand the complex U.S.-China relationship, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is conducting the tenth annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections at more than 70 locations nationwide. The program will feature a live webcast discussion with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins. 

International Education Week
Monday, November 14 - Friday, November 18, 2016

Emory University | Atlanta, GA

Join us for a university-wide celebration of Emory's committment to international education. Event details to be announced as they are confirmed.

International Funding Opportunities and Advice for Faculty
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Jones Room, Woodruff Library
Box lunches provided.
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More and more faculty are securing international funding for research. Support is available either domestically for international work or from international agencies.

During this hour-long panel discussion, three faculty members who have received international funding such as Fulbright awards, DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service) funding, and support from sources internal to Emory will speak on their experiences and offer advice for success they have gleaned in the process. Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence and the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives.

The panelists are

    • Jonathan Strom, Professor of Church History, Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, Director of International Initiatives, Candler School of Theology (DAAD)
    • Uriel Kitron, Goodrich C. White Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Sciences, Emory College (FAPESP-SPRINT - Brazil)
    • Kenneth Hepburn, Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (CDC)

Shakespeare and Accessibility Symposium
Wednesday, November 16 | 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Atwood Hall 360
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This symposium features a number of American and International actors, directors, singers, and professors who will discuss ways that casts, audiences, and designers have become more diverse in the world of Shakespeare. Among those participating: Karen Saillant, of the International Opera Theatre, will discuss the Midsummer Night's Dream costumes designed by local students with Downs Syndrome in Umbria, Italy; Stephen Unwin, prominent British Director, will talk about "Shakespeare and Neurodisability;" Jill Bradbury, Gallaudet University, will present on Shakespeare and American Sign Language; and Andrew Trimmer and Genevieve Simon will offer insights from their work with the "Hunter Heartbeat Method," bringing Shakespeare to audiences on the autism spectrum, a project created in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Ohio State University. Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will speak on film about OSF efforts to create "Access for All."

The Symposium is part of Emory's Year of Shakespeare and is being presented with support of the Halle Institute for Global Learning, the British Council, the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, and the Disability Studies Initiative.

International Awards Night
Thursday, November 17 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Silverbell Pavilion, Emory Conference Center Hotel

Invitation-only event celebrating the recipients of the 2016 International Awards. Sponsored by Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives.

Turkish Foreign Relations: the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East
Thursday, December 1, 2016
| 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Emory Conference Center Hotel, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322
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Since coming to power in 2002, Erdogan has reoriented Turkish foreign policy in order to situate Turkey as a regional power in the Middle East. However, this pivot has not quite been successful. Turkey is isolated in the Middle East, with few friends and many threats, ranging from the Assad regime to ISIS. Following the July 15th attempt, the United States’ ability to work with the Erdogan government in overcoming the trauma of the coup will have important long term consequences for whether Turkey maintains its course of reconciliation with the West or if it chooses instead to pursue Russia as a regional ally.