Events and Exhibitions Fall 2013

Published 10-22-2013

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, Woodruff Library Level 3,
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, Woodruff Library Level 10, 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;

“Medical Treasures at Emory”
Through March 31, 2014
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,;  

Two Student-Faculty Collaborative Exhibitions on African American Identity and Sexual Identity
Through Jan. 6, 2014
ECIT Gallery, Woodruff Library Level 2, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta, GA 30322
“A Time of Great Possibility: African American Identity Politics, Community Building, and Racial Destiny, 1900-1940” and “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;

“Oxford Library: The New Edition”
Through May 10, 2014
Oxford College Library, 134 Few Circle, Oxford, GA 30054
With the opening of the new Library and Academic Commons, 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. 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;


Author Talk: Gary Pomerantz, “Their Life’s Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now”
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 at 4 pm. Free and open to the public.
Jones Room, Woodruff Library Level 3, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta 30322.
“Their Life's Work,” a narrative about the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers empire, follows this storied team across the decades and examines what the game of football gives to players, and what it takes from them; the personal bonds among the players, and their lives after football. Pomerantz is a nonfiction author and former journalist and a visiting lecturer in the communications department at Stanford University for the past seven years. He was a distinguished visiting professor of journalism at Emory University from 1999-2001, and his papers are housed in MARBL. The book will be available for sale and signing, and light refreshments will be served. Information: Julie Braun,;

Opening and preview of the traveling exhibit “Joe Louis Barrow: A Life and Career in Context”
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 6-8 pm. Free and open to the public.    
Jones Room, Woodruff Library Level 3, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta 30322.
Boxer Joe Louis, the first well-known African American athlete, is the focus of this exhibit, which will include panels with text and images highlighting his childhood, his family’s move to Detroit, his key fights, and his years in the Army. Most images are drawn from collections in MARBL. The opening will include photos, fight programs and film clips of his significant boxing matches against Max Baer (1935), Max Schmeling (1936 and 1938), and Billy Conn (1946). The exhibit will travel in the spring to Louis’ birthplace of Chambers County in Alabama, his hometown of Detroit, and the cities that hosted his key bouts, Chicago and New York City, before returning to Emory. Part of the Race and Sports in American Culture Series (RASACS) – see last entry. Information:

LGBT screening of “Breaking Through” and panel discussion
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public.
Jones Room, Woodruff Library Level 3, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta 30322.
Georgia State Rep. Karla Drenner, Atlanta City Council member Alex Wan, and Doraville City Council member Brian Bates are featured in this documentary, co-executive produced by Atlanta gay political activist Ken Britt, which chronicles the struggles and victories of LGBT elected officials across the country. The four will discuss their experiences and announce at the event they are placing their papers with MARBL’s LGBT collections. Information: Randy Gue,;

Author Talk: James Steffen, “The Cinema of Sergei Parajanov”
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, 6-8 pm. Free and open to the public.
Jones Room, Woodruff Library Level 3, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta 30322.
Steffen, film and media studies librarian at Emory and a historian of Soviet and post-Soviet cinema, will take part in a conversation with Karla Oeler, associate professor in the film and media studies department, about his new book on Soviet filmmaker Sergei Parajanov. The book looks at the role of nationality in Soviet cinema and how it affected Parajanov’s work, how he was able to make the films he wanted to, even as he was critical of the Soviet authorities and paid a heavy personal price. A 15-minute film by Parajanov, “Kyiv Frescoes” (1965), also will be shown. The book will be available for sale and signing. Information:

“Race and Sports in American Culture Series” (RASACS).
All events free and open to the public. This year’s lineup of events inspired by the African Americans in Sports collection in the 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. 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. Information:

  • 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.