Emory Magazine President's Column

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A summary of the news surrounding an essay by President Jim Wagner published in the Winter 2013 issue of Emory Magazine that resulted in questions and criticism due to his reference to the so-called "3/5ths compromise" in the U.S. Constitution.

Original essay and apology »

History and African American faculty letter to President Wagner, Feb. 15, 2013 (PDF) »

President Wagner's response to the history and African American studies faculty, Feb. 18, 2013 »

Updated Feb. 26, 2012

From Emory Report

Emory column leads to criticism, apology

Feb. 19, 2013

Media coverage

Emory University's leader reopens its racial wounds

New York Times, Feb. 23, 2013

Statement over 'three-fifths' creates full controversy

NPR, Feb. 23, 2013

Emory head censured for slavery column

New York Times, Feb. 21, 2013

Compromised position

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 18, 2013

Emory's president sparks a furor with a comment on compromise

Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 17, 2013