March: 10 things to do for under $10

By Laura Douglas-Brown | Emory Report | March 1, 2016

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Physics Live, hosted by Emory as part of the Atlanta Science Festival, is just one of the many exciting events on campus this month. Emory Photo/Video

1. Enjoy poetry and prose readings on campus.

On Wednesday, March 2, nonfiction writer Lawrence Millman reads from his forthcoming book, "Notes from the End of the World," at 10 a.m. at the Callaway Memorial Center.

The same day, the free Literature is Alive @ Emory series presents Wendy C. Ortiz, Sean H. Doyle and Kalpana Narayanan reading at 7:30 p.m. in the MLAO House at 14 Eagle Row.

Amber Dermont, author of the New York Times best-selling novel "The Starboard Sea" and the short story collection "Damage Control," visits Emory on Thursday, March 24, for two events: a colloquium at 2:30 p.m. in the Kemp Malone Library (Callaway Center N301) and a reading at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library, part of the Creative Writing Reading Series.

2. Celebrate the social justice work of Emory's students, faculty and staff.

March offers two opportunities to honor the accomplishments of students, faculty and staff who are working for social justice on campus and in the larger community. Both receptions are free.

The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Life presents the 24th annual Pride Awards on Thursday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Miller-Ward Alumni House. Awards will be presented to staff, faculty, students and alumni in a variety of categories, and 2016 graduates will be honored. Register.

The Center for Women and the Emory Alumni Association host the Emory Women of Excellence Awards on March 17, with a reception at 6:30 and the awards at 7 p.m. at the Miller-Ward Alumni House. Awards will be presented in seven categories open to faculty, staff, students and alumni. Register.

3. Cheer on the Emory Eagles in championship and regular season games.

Spring sports season is winding down, with many Emory teams headed into championship tournaments this month. Emory hosts the first rounds of the NCAA Division III men's basketball championship tournament this weekend, so come out and support the Emory Eagles at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4. If they win that game, they will play again here on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door (cash only). Costs are $10 general admission; $5 for students with ID, seniors and children ages 2-12; and free for children under 2. Learn more at Emory Athletics.

Several other Emory teams still have remaining games on campus, and cheering on the home team is a free, fun event for hanging out with friends, or to share with the young sports fans in your life.

  • Women's softball: March 6, 12 and 2 p.m.
  • Women's tennis: March 19, 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
  • Men's tennis: March 6, 2 p.m.; March 20 at 11 a.m. (SAAC courts)

4. Gain inspiration through a Creativity Conversation.

Emory's Creativity Conversations series features a one-on-one discussion between an Emory scholar and a distinguished thinker and creator. March offers two of these always-inspiring interactions.

On Tuesday, March 15, at 4 p.m., artist, bookmaker and letterpress printer Amos P. Kennedy Jr. comes to campus for a Creativity Conversation with Randall K. Burkett, research curator of the Rose Library's African American collections. Kennedy, who left a corporate job more than 20 years ago to pursue his artistic passions full-time, uses an old-fashioned letterpress printer to make colorful chipboard posters with social, political and inspirational messages. The Rose Library holds a collection of his work.

On Thursday, March 24, at 4 p.m., novelist and playwright Jim Grimsley, professor of practice in the Department of English, will talk about his recent memoir, "How I Shed My Skin," with Hank Klibanoff, James M. Cox, Jr. Professor of Journalism and director of the Civil Rights Cold Case Project. They will talk about memory, desegregation and the South during the Civil Rights Movement.

Both events are free and take place in the Rose Library Teaching and Learning Studio on the 10th floor of Woodruff Library.

5. Check out weekly campus traditions like the Emory Farmers Market and Wonderful Wednesdays.

Every Tuesday, the Emory Farmers Market is held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Cox Hall Bridge. Members of the Emory community gather to meet local Georgia farmers, learn about sustainability and healthy eating, and enjoy fun activities like cooking demonstrations, contests and more. Admission is, of course, free; whether you want to buy produce to cook at home or a healthy lunch to enjoy on the spot, many items cost less than $10.

The next day, don't miss Wonderful Wednesdays in Asbury Circle from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., with a variety of special activities and tables from student groups. This weekly community celebration harkens back to the time when Emory didn't have classes on Wednesdays; while those days are gone, student moderators work hard to make sure the event provides an entertaining break from the daily grind.

6. Learn from experts at lectures on timely topics.

Emory faculty and guest speakers offer a variety of lectures each month on topics ranging from current events to the latest in scholarship and research. Here are a few on timely topics this month; view the full Emory Events Calendar for more options.

  • "Turning to Business: The Role of Business Schools in Addressing Inequality": Peter Roberts, professor of organization and management and academic director of Social Enterprise @ Goizueta (SE@G) delivers this year's Life of the Mind lecture on Thursday, March 17, at 4 p.m. in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library.
  • "Balancing Compassion, Justice and Religious Beliefs": Geshe Thupten Jinpa examines how the tensions between religious beliefs and values and the sphere of governance and justice have been understood and negotiated in Buddhism. Michael J. Perry, Emory's Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, responds. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, the event is Wednesday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Carlos Reception Hall.
  • "After Paris: Anti-Semitism, Jewish-Muslim Relations in France, and the Future of French Jewry": The last decade has seen a dramatic rise in the number of violent attacks on Jews in France, sparking widespread discussion about the nature of European anti-Semitism and the future of France’s second-largest ethno-religious minority. This lecture sponsored by the Tam Institute for Jewish Students features Maud Mandel and Samuel Ghiles-Meilhac; it is set for Monday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Oxford Presentation Auditorium.

7. Applaud the diverse talents of student artists.

"In the City of Enlightenment" is the theme for this year's Emory Arts Showcase, an annual event hosted by Emory students featuring dance, theater, music, poetry, spoken word, visual art, photography and more. The free showcase is set for Saturday, March 19, from 7-10 p.m. in Cox Hall Ballroom; last year's event drew a crowd of 350, with more expected this year.

8. Join Emory students and faculty at the Atlanta Science Festival.

The Atlanta Science Festival, set for March 19-26, is an annual celebration of science and technology with events geared for children, teens and adults. Emory faculty and students are always well-represented on the extensive schedule of events; search for "Emory" on the calendar to find out about events like the Zombie Outbreak Game, Oxford Under the Stars, Physics Live! and more.

Locations vary, with several events on the Emory campus; costs also vary, but many events are free or charge only a nominal fee.

9. Experience enlightenment during Tibet Week.

This year's Tibet Week is March 21-26, but gets an early start March 19 when the Michael C. Carlos museum opens the exhibit "Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection, which will be on display through Nov. 27.

The official Tibet Week opening ceremony and shrine dedication is Monday, March 21, followed by a week of events including live exhibitions of mandala sand painting, guided compassion meditation, lectures, discussions and more.

Admission to the Carlos Museum is free for Emory students, staff and faculty. Tibet Week events are free, but some require advance registration.

10. Take in a concert of "Barenaked Voices."

"Barenaked Voices," Emory's 13th annual celebration of student a capella singing groups, is set for Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in Emerson Concert Hall of Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are only $5 for this perpetually popular event, with all proceeds benefiting the Emory Counseling Center Helpline and Active Minds.