November: 10 free things to do at Emory

By Becca Moszka | Emory Report | Oct. 30, 2019

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One highlight of November activities at Emory will be the chance to hear award-winning poet and essayist Claudia Rankine. She will deliver the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature the weekend of Nov. 7-9, and also will be reading some of her own work.

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Alongside cooler weather and holidays, November at Emory brings multiple concerts, workshops and sporting events. Below are ten things you can do this month to get a taste of what the campus has to offer – all for free.

1. Cheer on the Emory volleyball team.

After winning the Division III National Championship last year, the Emory volleyball team is already off to another successful season in 2019. Catch them in action at the Woodruff PE Center on Nov. 1 against Berry College at 7 p.m. or Nov. 2 at 12:30 p.m. versus Wittenberg and 3 p.m. versus Washington and Lee. Visit Emory Athletics for more information on games.

2. Be swept away in the magic of old cinema.

The Film and Media Studies Department is offering several free film screenings this month as part of Emory Cinematheque’s focus on the films of Billy Wilder. Come enjoy “The Apartment (which inspired the show “Mad Men”) on Nov. 6, “One, Two, Three on Nov. 13 and “Irma La Douce on Nov. 20. All screenings are in White Hall 208 at 7:30 p.m. Further information on events put on by the Film and Media Studies Department can be found on their events calendar.

3. Learn how to make 3D models and perform basic programming.

MAKEmory at TechLab will host a 3D modelling workshop Thursday, Nov. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the TechLab on the second floor of Cox Hall. The following week, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m., MAKEmory will host another class where anyone can learn basic programming with Python. Both classes are free. Register for these events and others on the Student Digital Life page.

4. See Claudia Rankine lecture as well as read her own work during the Ellmann Lecture Series.

This year’s Ellmann Lecture Series will feature award-winning author Claudia Rankine. Hear Rankine discuss “A History of Olympia's Maid in Contemporary Poetry” on Thursday, Nov. 7, and “Poets Engaged with Nationalism, Borders and Belonging” on Friday, Nov. 8, both at 6:30 p.m., then read her own work on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m. All sessions are free but tickets are required; pick yours up at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Learn more about the Ellmann Lecture Series.

5. Hear a violinist at the Carlos Museum.

Enjoy a musical lunchtime when violinist Emily Uematsu, performs in the Carlos Museum’s Ackerman Hall on Friday, Nov. 8, at noon. Uematsu, winner of the 2017 Parnassus Society Award, will play works by the composers Bach, Ravel and Esa-Pekka Salonen. The performance is part of the free Cooke Noontime concerts presented by the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta.

6. Go to an Emory basketball game.

The Emory men’s and women’s basketball teams kick off the 2019-2020 season this month, including several home games for each team at the Woodruff PE Center. Head to the Emory Athletics website for more information on dates and times for these free games.

7. Attend the Emory Veterans Day Ceremony.

Honor veterans at the 11th Annual Emory Veterans Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11, in Cannon Chapel. The ceremony begins at 10:45 a.m. and refreshments will be served afterwards.

8. Immerse yourself in the worlds of art and science with Jericho Brown.

The Department of Psychiatry is hosting an “Evening with Jericho Brown,” poet and director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory. This free event is part of a new series called “Psychiatry and the Humanities,” and is intended to connect people across the various artistic and scientific disciplines. The program is Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Emory Brain Health Center (12 Executive Park Drive, Atlanta).

9. Discover the wonders of African American Art Song and the composers behind these songs.

University of Michigan professor and soprano Louise Toppin will host free master classes and lectures on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. about African American Art Song Composers. The classes will take place in the Emory Performing Arts Studio.

10. Enjoy an evening with Dooley’s Players.

Dooley’s Players, Emory’s non-musical theater organization, will perform PEERLESS, a play based on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” that reveals the dark, competitive nature of high school during college admissions. This free play will run the weekends of Nov. 14 and Nov. 21, with six performances at 7:30 p.m. in the Burlington Road Building. More information on the play can be found on the play’s Facebook page.