Events and Exhibitions Fall 2013

Published 08-15-2013

Photo credit: SCLC papers, MARBL, Emory University.


“And the Struggle Continues: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Fight for Social Change”
Through Dec. 1, 2013
Schatten Gallery, Level 3, Woodruff Library,
540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta, GA 30322
Featuring original material from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) archive kept by the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory University, this exhibition highlights the tireless efforts of the significant civil rights organization to achieve positive social change in the years after the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Curated by Carol Anderson, Michael Hall and Sarah Quigley. Free and open to the public. Information:, 404.727.0136;  

“Building a Movement in the Southeast: LGBT Collections in MARBL
Through May 16, 2014
MARBL Gallery, Level 10, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta, GA 30322
The exhibit explores the history, culture, politics, and public health initiatives of LGBT communities in Atlanta and the American South. It features letters, journals, photographs, and concert and theater programs from the personal papers of activists and artists, the records and publications of cultural and community organizations, and rare books and periodicals published by and for the LGBT community. Visitors are welcome to view the exhibition any time MARBL is open. Free and open to the public. Hours: Information:, 404.727.0136;  

Two Student-Faculty Collaborative Exhibitions on African American Identity and Sexual Identity
Through Sept. 30, 2013
ECIT Gallery, Level 2, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta, GA 30322
“A Time of Great Possibility: African American Identity Politics, Community Building, and Racial Destiny, 1900-1940”
“Let’s Talk About Sex: Sexual Identity, Sexual Health, and Sexual Violence at Emory”  
Each of these exhibitions was the final project for a class taught in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and each collaborative, course-based exhibit served as a learning opportunity for both the students and faculty involved. Both exhibitions draw from original materials in MARBL, including collections of photographs documenting African American life and culture, and collections of university and student publications in the Emory University Archives. Faculty curators are Pellom McDaniels III and Donna Troka. Information:, 404.727.0136;

“Medical Treasures at Emory”
Through Oct. 31, 2013
Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library, 1462 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
This exhibit features materials from the WHSCL’s historical collections, which include 18th- and 19th-century works on human anatomy, pathology, surgery, midwifery and alternative medical practices. Curated by Dr. Robert Gaynes, the books and items displayed provide a reminder of the days when doctors had a rudimentary understanding of human anatomy, performed surgery without antiseptic and used primitive forms of anesthesia for operations and dental work. Curated by Dr. Robert Gaynes, Emory University School of Medicine professor of infectious diseases. Information: Sandra Franklin,

“Oxford Library: The New Edition”
Through Dec. 21, 2013
Oxford College Library, 134 Few Circle, Oxford, GA 30054
This inaugural exhibit in the Fran Elizer Exhibit Gallery is a retrospective on the history of the library at Oxford College, which served as the original Emory campus from 1836 to 1919. As we celebrate the opening of the new Library and Academic Commons, it is fitting to look back on the history of the libraries on this campus. The buildings have changed. The collection has grown. Yet, the best traits of the library are still the same. Dedicated librarians and staff ensure that information is readily available and easily found. Alumni still remember with fondness their time at Oxford and give their support to the college, making it better for those who come after them. The library still serves as a place for the Oxford community to gather, to learn, and to connect. Curated by Jennifer Sirotkin. Information: or 770.784.8335; 


Symposium: “Race and Sports in American Culture Series” (RASACS). All events free and open to the public. This lineup of events inspired by the African Americans in Sports collection in its Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) is the first in a series of collaborations with various departments across campus, including business and medical schools.

•   Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, 6-8 pm. Keynote address with William C. Rhoden, New York Times sports journalist and author of several books, including “Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete.” He is expected to speak about the role of sports for African Americans in a changing global society. The address will be followed by a Q-and-A session, book signing and light refreshments. Jones Room, Level 3, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta 30322.

•   Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, 10 am-noon. Film: “Ghosts of Ole Miss,” ESPN documentary about the violent integration of Ole Miss in 1962, the year the college was taking pride in its undefeated football team. Discussion to follow. White Hall, Room 208, 301 Dowman Dr. on the Emory campus.

•   Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, 1-3 pm. Panel: “The Evolution of the Game: How the 1970 Merger of the NFL and AFL Changed America.” Panelists are Willie Lanier, NFL Hall of Fame (class of 1986) and the first African American middle linebacker in the NFL (Kansas City Chiefs); and Michael MacCambridge, adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis, biographer of Kansas City Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt and author of “America’s Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation.” Jones Room, Level 3, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta 30322.

Other dates in the series, subject to change, are as follows. More details will be announced on the Emory Libraries website closer to the scheduled events.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13: Opening and preview of the traveling exhibit “Joe Louis Barrow: A Life and Career in Context,” focusing on boxer Joe Louis, considered the first well-known African American athlete. The display will feature approximately 12 panels with text and images of Louis, highlighting his childhood, his family’s move to Detroit, turning professional, his key fights, and his years in the Army. Most of the images are drawn from various African American collections in MARBL. The opening is expected to include display cases of photos, fight programs and other materials, as well as film clips of his significant boxing matches such as the 1935 fight against Max Baer, his 1936 and 1938 bouts with Max Schmeling, and his 1946 match against Billy Conn.
  • Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 (coinciding with Super Bowl weekend): Lecture: “The Great Sports Spectacle: Marketing the Super Bowl,” by Kenneth Shropshire, author and professor of legal studies and business ethics at the Wharton School of Business. This event is a planned collaboration with Emory’s Goizueta Business School.
  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014: Lecture: “Dying to Compete: Sports, Commerce, and the Future of Brain Injury Research,” by neuroscientist Don Stein of Emory University School of Medicine. Stein is a leading brain injury researcher who has spent the last few years studying the effects of progesterone on traumatic brain injury, with positive results.