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10 free things to do in March

Families can visit the Carlos Museum on Saturday, March 28, to view a sand mandala created that week by Tibetan monks and to create their own sand painting.

March 13, 2020 

Editor's note: Many events have been canceled or postponed in accordance with current university policy on the COVID-19 outbreak. Check event websites for details. Visit the Coronavirus Updates for the Emory Community website to learn more about how Emory is responding to COVID-19.


Spring is around the corner, with Emory’s campuses getting busier as the weather gets warmer. Here are 10 ways you can have some fun during the month, all for free.

1. Cheer on the Eagles.

Spring sports are in full swing, with multiple teams hosting opponents throughout the month. You can watch men’s tennis at Oxford or baseball, softball or men’s and women’s tennis on the Atlanta campus. Plus, the track and field teams will host the Emory Invitational on March 20-21 and the Emory Classic on March 27-28. Learn more at Emory Athletics and Oxford College Athletics.

2. Picture global health in new ways.

Broaden your horizons by spending time at the Art of Global Health exhibit in the Stipe Gallery of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Since 2008, Emory students participating in global health projects have been invited to submit photos from their field experiences. The result is a large collection of beautiful photos depicting numerous global health issues. Pieces in the exhibit are selections from the winning photographs from the past 12 years.

3. Enjoy a concert.

Music lovers will find concerts and performances to suit nearly any taste this month, from student recitals to professional ensembles. Featured groups include the Emory University Symphony Orchestra on March 5; Atlanta Master Chorale on March 6; “Listen: Works by women” on March 17; and Riyaaz Qawwali on March 21.

Get details about these and other programs on the Arts at Emory website.

4. Satisfy your inner scientist.

The Atlanta Science Festival returns March 6-21, as science-themed activities pop up throughout the metro area. Founded by Emory, Georgia Tech and the Metro Atlanta Chamber in 2014, this year’s program includes nearly 140 events.  

Two perennial favorites are held on the Emory campus: Chemistry Carnival and Physics Live!. The fun begins Friday, March 20, at 3:30 p.m. in the Mathematics and Science Center and Atwood Chemistry Center. Emory science faculty and students will explain their research, give lab tours and entertain with games like Peptide Jenga, a chance to play with giant soap bubbles and tastings of liquid nitrogen ice cream. Learn more about events with an Emory connection.

5. Expand your learning with a lecture.

Numerous guests will visit Emory this month to share their expertise on a wide range of topics. A few of interest include:

6. Let your voice be heard.

The Emory University Senate will host a listening session at noon on Tuesday, March 17. All Emory faculty, students and staff are invited to share their opinions or make recommendations about matters affecting the university. Join the Senate in the Rita Anne Rollins Room 860 of Rollins School of Public Health. RSVP is required

7. Watch and discuss a movie.

Watching movies is always better when you can discuss your thoughts and impressions afterwards. You can do that on Wednesday, March 18, with the South Korean film “Parasite,” which recently won four Academy Awards (including Best Picture). The event, which includes dinner, is hosted by Candler School of Theology’s Emory Korean Graduate Student Association. Registration is required.

8. Dig deep in a seminar.

The annual Georgia Seminars through Emory’s Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry delve into the places, personalities and events that help define what it means to be Georgian. The spring series, “Close escapes: Four poets on leaving Georgia,” explores how leaving Georgia – or leaving somewhere else for Georgia – influenced the work of poets John Rollins Ridge, Conrad Aiken, Alice Walker and Chelsea Rathburn. The seminar meets during four consecutive Thursday evenings beginning March 26. Registration is required.

9. Create a sand painting.

Visit Ackerman Hall at the Michael C. Carlos Museum to view the sand mandala created by the Tibetan monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery during Emory’s annual Tibet Week. Then on Saturday, March 28, create your own temporary sand painting using Tibetan chak-purs and colored sand. Registration for this family-oriented event is required; sign up for the session at 10 a.m. or the session at noon.

Afterwards, stay for the Closing Ceremony to Tibet Week at 2 p.m., when the mandala created by the monks will be “withdrawn,” illustrating the impermanence of all things. 

10. Collaborate for a greener Georgia.

The third annual Universities for a Greener Georgia Conference will be at Emory on Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28. Join students and faculty members from universities across Georgia to collaborate on strategies to address climate change through three main channels: research, education and interdisciplinary engagement with environmental issues. Register by March 13.

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