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November: 10 things to do for $10 or less

A Nov. 18 reading by Emory professor and former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey at Oxford College is just one of the exciting events on tap this month.

As the fall semester winds down, Emory's calendar remains packed with inexpensive events that are both entertaining and educational. Here are 10 things to do for under $10 this month. Even better, nine of these events are free!

1. Enjoy free films on the Emory and Oxford campuses.

Enjoy free films this month as Emory Cinematheque's fall series of anime-inspired films from Japan continues through Dec. 2. Screenings take place on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall Room 208. Features include "Sky Crawlers / Sukai kurora" (Nov. 4), "K-ON! The Movie / Eiga Keion!" (Nov. 11) and "My Neighbors the Yamadas / Hohokekyo tonari no Yamada-kun" (Nov. 18).

At Oxford College, the Southern Circuit Film Series screens "Frame By Frame" on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Williams Hall. The film follows four Afghan photojournalists after the fall of the Taliban regime — "reframing Afghanistan for the world and for themselves."

2. Experience "Culture Shock" with Jackie Cruz of "Orange is the New Black."

College Council presents the third annual Culture Shock on Friday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. at WHSCAB Auditorium, featuring actress and singer Jackie Cruz as the guest speaker. Cruz currently appears on "Orange is the New Black," the hit Netflix series set in a women's prison.

Culture Shock celebrates the unity and unique identities of Emory students; the event is supported by a long list of student cultural organizations. A meet-and-greet with food and music follows the free program. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Register through Facebook or OrgSync.

3. Cheer on the Emory Eagles in real "football" games.

Who says Emory doesn't have a football team? Emory's women's and men's soccer teams close out their regular seasons with home games on Saturday, Nov. 7, against the University of Rochester. Cheer on the women's team at 11 a.m. and the men's team at 1:30 p.m. at Woodruff P.E. Center.

4. Stock up for Thanksgiving – or lunch – at the Emory Farmers Market.

Held on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Cox Hall Bridge, the Emory Farmers Market offers a variety of tasty treats, from local produce grown at the Oxford College Farm to a variety of other organic items. Pick up unique items for your Thanksgiving feast, and also remember that many vendors offer prepared items — you can grab a quick, healthy lunch, or treat yourself to a popsicle from King of Pops. Many items are available for less than $10.

5. Show your respect at the Veterans Day flag ceremony.

Join the Emory Veterans Association for the annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 10:55 a.m. on the Quad. The free ceremony begins with participating veterans marching out to the flagpole, followed by speakers — including Emory President James Wagner and retired Army Col. Jesse Brokenburr — and refreshments.

6. Hear beautiful music from Emory students.

November's installment of the popular John and Linda Cooke Noontime Concert Series features Emory's young artists, some of the finest undergraduate talents from the Department of Music. The free concert takes place Nov. 13 at the Carlos Museum Reception Hall.

7. Give back to your community to let people know Emory Cares.

This year's Emory Cares International Service Day is Saturday, Nov. 14, offering dozens of ways to get involved to help your community. A partnership between the Emory Alumni Association (EAA) and Volunteer Emory, the annual event unites hundreds of students, alumni, staff, faculty, family members and friends in a day of volunteering.

Sign up for EAA projects in Atlanta and almost three dozen other locations around the world, or sign up for Volunteer Emory projects in the Atlanta area.

8. Fill your week with the talents of Emory's Creative Writing Program.

Build a week around beautiful writing, starting on Monday, Nov. 16, when Phillip B. Williams, Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry, and Lydia Conklin, Creative Writing Fellow in Fiction, offer a joint reading at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library.

Two days later, head to Emory's Oxford campus when Natasha Trethewey, two-term U.S. poet laureate (2012-2014) and Emory's Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing, gives a free reading on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Williams Hall.

9. Celebrate creativity with Alfred Uhry of "Driving Miss Daisy."

The next installment of Emory's compelling Creativity Conversations series features playwright Alfred Uhry, best known for his play "Driving Miss Daisy," on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library.

Uhry, a graduate of Atlanta's Druid Hills High School, is the only playwright to win a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award and a Tony Award. He will be in conversation with Randy Gue, curator of Modern Political and Historical collections at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, home to Uhry's papers.

10. Don't miss your chance to learn about one of golf's all-time legends.

"Bobby Jones: The Game of Life," Emory's first major exhibition of materials drawn from its collections related to legendary golfer Bobby Jones, concludes Nov. 30 in the Schatten Gallery on Level 3 of the Robert W. Woodruff Library.

Jones, who attended Emory School of Law, remains known as the most successful amateur golfer in the history of the sport, in particular for taking the Grand Slam title in 1930 after winning the four major championships of his time in a single calendar year — a feat no one has accomplished since. Admission is free.

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