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Founders Week celebrates faculty, intellectual life

By Kimber Williams | Emory Report | Feb. 4, 2013

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Dooley, the Spirit of Emory, is a familiar figure at Founders Week, set for Feb. 3-9 this year. Emory Photo/Video.

Founders Week, a midwinter festival that celebrates faculty accomplishment and the role of the University in promoting inquiry and intellectual life, will take place Feb. 3-9.

The celebration, which includes academic, social and cultural events, commemorates the founding of Emory College and the first meeting of the Board of Trustees on Feb. 6, 1837.

Highlights of the week's activities include:

Sunday, Feb. 3

Annual Bach Bowl, at 4 p.m. in the Schwartz Center. Concertos for three and four keyboards performed by Timothy and Tamara Albrecht, William and Keiko Ransom, and the Vega String Quartet. Free.

Monday, Feb. 4

Faculty Author Panel Discussion: "Passion, Purpose and Page: Writerly Advice from Emory Authors," at 3 p.m. in the Emory Bookstore, first floor, followed by the annual Feast of Words celebration at 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Emory Bookstore. Feast of Words recognizes books written or edited by Emory faculty in 2012 hosted by the Academic Exchange and Center for Faculty Development and Excellence and co-sponsored by the AJC/Decatur Book Festival.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

18th Annual Distinguished Faculty Lecture: "Fragile X Syndrome: Completing the Circle from Basic Science to Therapeutic Intervention,"  4 p.m., Winship Ballroom, Dobbs University Center. Stephen Warren, William Patterson Timmie Professor of Human Genetics, Charles Howard Candler chair in human genetics, chief of the Section of Human Genetics at Emory Clinic and professor of biochemistry and pediatrics, will speak. Warren has earned acclaim for his research on Fragile X Syndrome. A reception follows with presentation of faculty awards, including the Albert Levy Award for scientific research and recognition of faculty awards presented this past fall.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

Founders Day Celebration, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Student Government Association, Student Alumni Board, and Student Programming Committee are teaming up to create an interactive timeline on the Quad highlighting Emory's unique history, stories and traditions with campus activities and displays. At 5 p.m. in Harland Cinema, Gary Hauk, vice president and deputy to the president and historian of Emory, will present a talk on the past, present and future of Emory.

Thursday, Feb. 7

"No Translation Required" opening reception and artist talk, 7 p.m., in the Visual Arts Center. Berlin-based artist Liane Birnberg will present new work in visual conversation with her long-time friend, Atlanta-based and retired Emory artist Katherine Mitchell. Birnberg's work will be presented at the Visual Arts Gallery on Emory's main campus, and Mitchell's work will be presented concurrently at the Catherine Hunt Gallery of Candler Hall at Oxford College. Free.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Emory Annual Jazz Fest: Big Band Night, 8 p.m., in the Schwartz Center. Saxophonist Victor Goines plays with the Emory Big Band and the Emory University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Richard Prior, in a premiere of original work by Gary Motley in celebration of the Schwartz Center's 10th anniversary. Free.

Check emory.edu/founders for updates.