Atlanta Intersections

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Atlanta Intersections is creative, dynamic Atlantans conversing about the city's past, present, and future. From the "A" list—activists, artists, and authors—to urbanists, foodies, and scholars, this series brings together noteworthy locals to discuss their work, their experiences of the city, and how they converge. The series is a public program sponsored by Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Libraries (MARBL). Inspired by MARBL’s collections of local and regional materials, Atlanta Intersections continues MARBL’s commitment to preserving and sharing Atlanta history and culture. By showcasing the vast and diverse contributions of Atlanta-based persons and projects, the series hopes to spur new conversations about the city of Atlanta, the South, and beyond.

Atlanta Intersections is organized by Randy Gue, Curator of Modern Political and Historical Collections at MARBL. 

Past Events

Susannah Darrow

Susannah Darrow

Susannah Darrow is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of BURNAWAY, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to providing critical coverage and dialogue about arts in Atlanta and the Southeast through an online publication, an annual print edition and public programs.

Darrow, a native Atlantan, was chosen by Georgia Trend Magazine this year as one of the top 40 leaders in Georgia under 40 years old. In 2013, she was selected as one of the top 30 nonprofit leaders in Atlanta under 30 years old by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. A member of the 2014 class of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta, Darrow serves on the board of directors for the Georgia Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and sits on the advisory committee for Atlanta Celebrates Photography. She received her BA in art history from the University of Georgia and MA in art history from Georgia State University.

A Conversation with Susannah Darrow
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:30pm
Jones Room, Woodruff Library, Level 3

Stephanie Dowda

Atlanta-based photographer Stephanie Dowda's work explores the geography theory of topophilia, the idea that the natural world can evoke emotions and memory, adding to a sensation of place. A Georgia State University graduate, Dowda is a studio artist with the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and has a darkroom at the Goat Farm Arts Center. She frequently gives talks about her work to universities, public schools and the public as well as professional workshops. Dowda's work has appeared in Oxford American, Bad at Sports, ArtsATL, BURNAWAY, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Atlanta Magazine.

She has exhibited her work at numerous galleries in Atlanta, including Get This Gallery (which closed July 12), M Rich Gallery, Beep Beep Gallery, Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Kibbee Gallery, and the Atlanta Preservation Center. Her solo exhibition, "Genius Loci," is currently on view in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography at the Arnall Golden Gregory Gallery with a reception on October 2.

A Conversation with Stephanie Dowda
 Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:30pm
Jones Room, Woodruff Library, Level 3

Dr. Jesse Peel

Dr. Peel, a psychiatrist and longtime AIDS and LGBT community activist, moved to Atlanta in 1976. His practice served gay men. In the early 1980s many of his clients and friends became sick and started dying from a mysterious new disease, a disease that was eventually given the name acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS. Shocked and galvanized by the toll of the epidemic, Peel got involved; he served on the board of directors of AID Atlanta and helped found Positive Impact, an organization dedicated to providing mental health programs for people with HIV and their friends, family, and caregivers. In 2012 he donated his personal papers to Emory's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) because he wanted his experiences and the stories of the community's response to the epidemic to be preserved and made available to students, researchers, and the public.

A Conversation with Dr. Jesse R. Peel
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Jones Room, Woodruff Library, Level 3

Chip Simone

Photo by Chip Simone

Photographer Chip Simone arrived in Atlanta in 1972 and he has been photographing the city and its people ever since. A founding member of Nexus, Atlanta's first photo gallery, Simone studied at the Rhode Island School of Design with modern American master Harry Callahan. He first exhibited his work in 1966. His prints are housed in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the High Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Sir Elton John Photography Collection. Simone has published two books Chroma: Photographs by Chip Simone (2011) and On Common Ground: Photographs from the Crossroads of the New South (1996).

"Photography: The Beautiful Lie" featuring Chip Simone
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Jones Room, Woodruff Library, Level 3

Book signing to follow