Emory University related articles

Former College President Johnnetta Cole Taking on a New Assignment

Former College President Johnnetta Cole Taking on a New Assignment

Johnnetta B. Cole, president emerita of Spelman College in Atlanta and president emerita of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, has been named a senior consulting fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

James B. Hughes Jr. to Lead the Emory University School of Law

James B. Hughes Jr. to Lead the Emory University School of Law

Professor Hughes has been a member of the faculty at the law school since 1992. He also has been serving as associate dean for academic affairs. Earlier, he was a partner in the Atlanta law firm Trotter, Smith & Jacobs, where he practiced commercial real estate law.

Three Black Scholars Appointed to Notable Professorships at American Universities

Three Black Scholars Appointed to Notable Professorships at American Universities

J. Luke Wood was named Dean’s Distinguished Professor at San Diego State University. Michelle Wright was named to an endowed chair at Emory University in Atlanta, and T. Joel Wade was appointed to a Presidential Professorship at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Dartmouth College Scholar Named Curator of African Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Dartmouth College Scholar Named Curator of African Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, the curator of African art at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, is leaving his post to become the curator of African art at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Eliminating the Racial Gap in Infant Mortality Is Achievable, University Study Says

Eliminating the Racial Gap in Infant Mortality Is Achievable, University Study Says

A new study shows that in 18 states, the racial gap in infant mortality rates is on track to be eliminated by the year 2050. The study notes that if the racial gap was eliminated, an estimated 4,000 lives of Black babies would be saved.

Bennett College in North Carolina Names a Building in Honor of Johnnetta Cole

Bennett College in North Carolina Names a Building in Honor of Johnnetta Cole

Johnnetta B. Cole, the former president of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, was recognized by having a dormitory named in her honor on the college’s campus. The Johnnetta Betch Cole Honors Hall will be reserved for students with at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Emory University Scholar Honored for Exhibition on Black Civil War Soldiers

Emory University Scholar Honored for Exhibition on Black Civil War Soldiers

Pellom McDaniels III, curator of African American collections at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University in Atlanta, received the 2017 Primary Source Award for Research from the Center for Research Libraries.

The Next Provost at Emory University in Atlanta

The Next Provost at Emory University in Atlanta

Dr. Dwight McBride is the Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American studies, English, and Performance Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. There, he also serves as dean of the Graduate School and associate provost for graduate education.

Emory University Graduate Provides Research Opportunities for Women in Ghana

Emory University Graduate Provides Research Opportunities for Women in Ghana

While still at Emory, Kwadwo Sarpong established the African Research Academies for Women. Since 2014, the organization has provided research opportunities for 29 women in Ghana. Sarpong has now expanded the program to Nigeria, while he prepares himself for medical school.

Search Begins to Fill the John Lewis Chair at Emory University

Search Begins to Fill the John Lewis Chair at Emory University

The search committee is looking for a scholar “with an established academic profile of distinction and a demonstrated desire to promote the rule of law through the study of civil rights.”

Two Black Scholars Win National Book Critics Circle Awards

Two Black Scholars Win National Book Critics Circle Awards

Carol Anderson, the Charles Howard Candler Professor and chair of African American studies at Emory University in Atlanta won in the criticism category and Ishion Hutchinson, an assistant professor of English at Cornell University, won in the poetry category.

The First Black Editor-in-Chief of the Emory Law Journal

The First Black Editor-in-Chief of the Emory Law Journal

Janiel Myers is a native of Jamaica but has become a U.S. citizen. She is scheduled to earn her law degree in 2018 and is the chair of academic and professionalism success for the Emory Black Law Student Association.

Lawrence Jackson Is a New Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins

Lawrence Jackson Is a New Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins

Dr. Jackson’s appointment includes duties in the departments of English and history as well as the Center for Africana Studies. He plans on establishing a new institute to preserve and showcase the arts, history, and culture of the city of Baltimore.

Lisa Cooper Named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University

Lisa Cooper Named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Cooper has been serving as the James F. Fries Professor of general internal medicine at the university. She is the founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities and will now establish a new Institute for Equity and Health.

G. Gabrielle Starr Named the Tenth President of Pomona College in California

G. Gabrielle Starr Named the Tenth President of Pomona College in California

When she takes office on July 1, Dr. Starr will be first woman and the first African American president of the highly ranked liberal arts college. She currently serves as dean of the College of Arts and Science at New York University.

The New President of Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio

The New President of Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio

Since 2015, Dr. Michael Joseph Brown has been serving as academic dean and interim president at the seminary. Previously, he was an associate professor of New Testament and Christian origins at Emory University in Atlanta.

Study Examines Causes of the Lack of Racial Diversity in the Legal Profession

Study Examines Causes of the Lack of Racial Diversity in the Legal Profession

Blacks are only 7 percent of the students admitted to the nation’s law schools. They are only 4.3 percent of the associates and 2 percent of the partners at U.S. law firms. A new study finds that increased mobility in the legal labor market coupled with less access to leadership networks by Black attorneys is a factor.

New Administrative Duties for Four Black Academics

New Administrative Duties for Four Black Academics

Appointed to new administrative posts are Elizabeth Lewin at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Anthony Andrews at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York, Reginald Lewis at Rutgers University-Newark, and Robert M. Franklin at Emory University in Atlanta.

Natasha Trethewey Awarded the 2016 Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement

Natasha Trethewey Awarded the 2016 Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement

Natasha Trethewey is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing and the director of the creative writing program at Emory University. She is the former poet laureate of the United States.

Emory University Opens Its Refurbished African Art Galleries

Emory University Opens Its Refurbished African Art Galleries

Only 5 percent of Emory’s African art collection can be displaced at one time. The refurbished galleries allow museum officials to easily change exhibits, allowing for more of the university’s vast collection of African art to be seen by museum visitors.

The New Provost at Savannah State University in Georgia

The New Provost at Savannah State University in Georgia

Clarissa Myrick-Harris has been serving as associate provost for pedagogical and curricular initiatives at Morehouse College in Atlanta. She also served as a professor of African American studies at Morehouse.

The Next Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Next Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Young has been serving as the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta. He also served as curator of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library and curator of literary collections at the newly named Rose Library at Emory.

In Memoriam: Cecil Wayne Cone, 1937-2016

In Memoriam: Cecil Wayne Cone, 1937-2016

Dr. Cone was a theologian, educator, author, and the former president of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. He became a minister at the age of 13 and was named pastor of an African Methodist Episcopal Church at the age of 16.

Emory Acquires Rare First Edition of David Walker's 1829 Book Appeal

Emory Acquires Rare First Edition of David Walker’s 1829 Book Appeal

The book was written and published in 1829 by Walker, a self-educated African American merchant. It is one of the earliest known written indictments of the institution of slavery. The first-edition acquired by Emory, one of only six known to exist, was owned and signed by W.E.B. Du Bois.

Emory University Students Find the Grave of a Civil Rights-Era Martyr

Emory University Students Find the Grave of a Civil Rights-Era Martyr

Undergraduate students enrolled in a course on civil rights cold cases at Emory University in Atlanta, discovered the grave of a Black man who violated the rules of Jim Crow in 1948 by casting a vote in a primary election. This act cost him his life.

Northwestern University Art History Scholar Wins Book Award

Northwestern University Art History Scholar Wins Book Award

Krista A. Thompson, the holder of the Weinberg College Board of Advisers Chair in the department of art history at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, has been selected to receive the the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Art Association.

Emory University Study Finds a Racial Disparity in Development of Alzheimer's Disease

Emory University Study Finds a Racial Disparity in Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

The data showed that after adjusting for age, gender, and education, African Americans are 64 percent more likely than Whites to have Alzheimer’s disease. The study found that 8.6 percent of African Americans develop Alzheimer’s disease compared to just 5.5. percent of Whites.

New Director Seeks to Expand the Focus of Emory's James Weldon Johnson Institute

New Director Seeks to Expand the Focus of Emory’s James Weldon Johnson Institute

Andra Gillespie, an associate professor of political science at Emory University, is seeking to expand the scope of the institute from one dealing mostly with the humanities to a large number of academic disciplines.

Historian Wins Two Book Awards for Her Work on Black Women in Pornography

Historian Wins Two Book Awards for Her Work on Black Women in Pornography

Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has won awards from the American Studies Association and the National Women’s Studies Association for her book A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography.

Emory Offering a MOOC on the Strategies of the Civil Rights Movement

Emory Offering a MOOC on the Strategies of the Civil Rights Movement

The course, “From Freedom Rides to Ferguson: Narratives of Nonviolence in the American Civil Rights Movement,” will be taught by Bernard LaFayette Jr., a distinguished scholar in residence at Emory University.

Emory University Professor Resurrects the History of America's Great Black Jockey

Emory University Professor Resurrects the History of America’s Great Black Jockey

Pellom McDaniels III, an assistant professor of African American studies, is the author of a biography of Isaac Burns Murphy, one of the greatest jockeys in horse racing history. Largely due to Dr. Daniels’ efforts, the City of Lexington, Kentucky, recently held a five-day celebration honoring Murphy.

Five Black Scholars Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Five Black Scholars Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute for Medicine, has chosen five Black scholars among its new class of 70 fellows.

A Haunting Photographic Essay on Morris Brown College

A Haunting Photographic Essay on Morris Brown College

The University of Georgia Press has published a striking new book chronicling the troubles of historically Black Morris Brown College in Atlanta.

Emory's Kevin Young Wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

Emory’s Kevin Young Wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The award honors the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year and is presented by the American Academy of Poets. The prize comes with a $25,000 cash award.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

The First African American Dean at North Greenville University

The First African American Dean at North Greenville University

H. Paul Thompson was named dean of the College of Humanities at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina. He is the first African American dean in the university’s history.