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Atlanta college presidents to discuss compassion and technology

Emory Report | April 23, 2013

Emory President James W. Wagner joins other leaders of Atlanta metro area universities for "A Conversation Among Presidents: Compassion in Science and Technology" on Wednesday, April 24, from 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech.

The panel will include:

  • Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss

  • Emory University President James W. Wagner

  • Georgia Institute of Technology President G.P. "Bud" Peterson

  • Morehouse College President John Silvanus Wilson, Jr.

  • Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum

Bill Todd, former director of the Georgia Cancer Coalition, will guide the conversation. Todd is current Professor of the Practice at the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business.  

The program will explore the ways that compassion and concern for others has returned as a vital element in the education at colleges and universities.  

The event is free but an RSVP is required.  

Plans for this conversation began to take shape with the awarding of the 2012 Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage to William Foege and Georgia Tech's year-long conversation about science, race and ethics spurred on by Georgia Tech's First-Year Reading Program for 2012-2013 on "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Foege is professor emeritus in the Rollins School of Public Health and winner of the Medal of Freedom award.  

Students, faculty and staff from Agnes Scott College, Emory, Georgia Tech, Morehouse and Spelman are invited.  A reception with light refreshments will be held immediately following the program.  

The Academy of Medicine is located on 875 West Peachtree St., NW with limited free parking. A shuttle from Emory will be available; sign up with Bonnie Powell.

For more information, contact Allyson Tant with Georgia Tech Office of Undergraduate Education at 404-894-5054.