September: 10 free things to do on campus

By Leslie King | Emory Report | Sept. 4, 2018

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Cheer on the Eagles as the fall sports season gets underway with free home games. Catch Emory’s women’s soccer team’s home opener against Oglethorpe University on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. Photo via Emory Athletics.

It’s here. The new academic year is off with a bang, and the campus is already bursting with stimulating and creative activities and events. This month offers Hitchcock films, fall sports, music, fitness activities and some unique opportunities, like an easy way to get an Atlanta-Fulton library card, to play video games, and more. See all the choices you have in September to take advantage of Emory’s offerings.


1. Enjoy free Alfred Hitchcock or “Hitchcockian” films.

You have a choice of three films in September as the Emory Cinematheque Film Series returns with its weekly offerings. Alfred Hitchcock films or films influenced by his techniques and themes are featured. First up is the silent film “The Lodger” on Sept. 5 with pianist Donald Sosin accompanying. On Sept. 12 is “The 39 Steps” (1935); the gothic “Rebecca” (1940) on Sept. 19;  and “Shadow of a Doubt” is showing Sept. 26. All are at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in White Hall 208. All are free.

2. Grab your chance to see Emory at-home sports games.

Bring family and friends to see Emory’s volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer teams in competition before they go on the road. In volleyball, Emory takes on Transylvania at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, then plays Whitworth at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, and Tufts that day at 4 p.m. The men’s soccer team plays Millsaps at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15; the women’s soccer team plays its home opener against Oglethorpe at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, then plays Piedmont College at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21.

All games are held at Woodruff PE Center and are free.

3. Hear free concerts.

Attend these free concerts being held throughout this month. Emory Organist Timothy Albrecht presents “Bach Live-lier” on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. in Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The following Sunday, Sept. 16, also at 4 p.m. and also in Emerson Concert Hall, cellist Roy Harran is joined by pianist Julie Coucheron, performing works by Bach, Beethoven and Debussy. The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta’s “Music for a Wedding!” on Friday, Sept. 14, at noon in Ackerman Hall of the Michael C. Carlos Museum, celebrates a contemporary marriage with music written for a past wedding. “Emory's Kings of Keyboard” showcases classical pianist William Ransom, jazz pianist Gary Motley and organist Timothy Albrecht each taking a solo turn on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. in Emerson Concert Hall.

4. Pop up to the Woodruff Library for a free Atlanta-Fulton Public Library card.

All current Emory students, staff and faculty can get a free library card for the Atlanta-Fulton Public Libraries at this Pop-up Public Library Card Drive station on the main floor of the Woodruff Library on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Digital resources with your card include free TV shows, movies, e-books and comics on Hoopla, free prep for LSAT, MCAT and GMAT tests, and free access to Tutor.com, Mango Languages and Freegal Music.

5. Meet colleagues at Lullwater for some fitness and fun.

Take time to start group walking again through Lullwater Preserve. Walk with familiar colleagues, meet new ones and watch summer turn into fall as you get fit and take a break from the work day. Themes and activities related to the walks are planned. The Meet Me @ Lullwater series begins at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and goes for six weeks, until Oct. 17.

6. See highlights from Emory’s African American Collections.

“Building Emory’s African American Collections: Highlights from the Curatorial Career of Randall K. Burkett” opens Sept. 13 and highlights treasures in the collections and curator Burkett’s stories of their discovery and acquisition.

7. Come to a multi-genre art event about hope and recovery.

“Chronicles of Hope” brings together a diverse group of people challenged with mental health disorders and substance abuse with their allies to perform stories of hope, courage and recovery on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center. The evening begins with a “Found Art” exhibit created by artists in recovery, followed by a live performance, and concludes with a recovery focused conversation with the audience. This event is free, but reservations are required.

8. Play video games at the Carlos Museum.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, the museum invites you to play your way through ancient Egypt with Assassin’s Creed Discovery, set during the reign of Ptolemy XIII, on Xbox consoles courtesy of the Microsoft Store in Lenox Square. Gamers will also be able to preview the newest offering from the Ubisoft franchise, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, set in ancient Greece and scheduled for release on Oct. 5. Come to Ackerman Hall at the museum from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

9. Join a conversation with record producer and artist Kosmo Vinyl.

Vinyl, London-born, New York-based record producer, manager, and artist, best known for his long association with The Clash, will join Rose Library curator Randy Gue for a conversation about the intersection of punk music, DIY culture and art. It will be held on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Rose Library on the 10th level of the Woodruff Library.  

10. Learn about the Roman art in the Carlos Museum collection in two talks.

Attend a discussion on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. by Cody Houseman, PhD candidate in art history, on his research on the intersection of status, memory and intimacy in the decoration of ancient Roman marble funerary. Houseman’s talk is part of the museum’s monthly series, AntiquiTEA, and tea and scones are served along with the series. Art history professor Eric Varner gives a gallery talk on Roman art in the collection on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Greek and Roman galleries on Level I of the museum. Both talks are in Ackerman Hall and are free.