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Eight great ways to spend a day around campus in March
Clockwise, from top left: Social justice activist and author Deepa Iyer; senior tennis player Stephanie Shulman; the Vega String Quartet; junior baseball player Walker Woolf

March is filled with activities around campus, including a program with author and social justice activist Deepa Iyer (top left); multiple athletics events (tennis player Stephanie Shulman and baseball player Walker Woolf shown); and the Vega String Quartet (bottom right) performing at Oxford College.

— Les Talusan (Deepa Iyer), Fernando Decillis (Vega String Quartet) and Emory Athletics

March has arrived, which means spring is just around the corner in Atlanta. But while you’re waiting out the last cold snap, there are plenty of ways to spend your day around campus. Rain or shine, these events are sure to be a hit.


1. Sharpen your skills at a workshop.

Snag a spot at a workshop around campus to learn a new skill or further develop an existing one. 

On Thursday, March 2, learn how to save a life with hands-only CPR training. Training takes place in the Emory Student Center, Room S301, at 4:30 p.m.

Social justice activist and author Deepa Iyer of the Building Movement Project comes to campus at noon on Thursday, March 16, to lead a workshop on mapping roles to bring about justice, equity and solidarity. In this event that marks the second anniversary of the Atlanta spa shootings, Iyer will use the social change ecosystem map to lead participants through reflections and discussions that will deepen understanding and strengthen commitments to social change. The event takes place online and in Goizueta Business School, Room W525. 

The 2023 Women of Wikipedia: An Intersectional Edit-a-Thon takes place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, in Woodruff Library, Rooms 312 and 314. Attendees will update Wikipedia’s entries on women and their contributions. 


2. Sink into song.

There’s never a shortage of musical talent here. The Schwartz Center for Performing Arts has another great lineup this month, starting with pianist Elena Cholakova and violinist Anyango Yarbo Davenport on Saturday, March 4, at 8 p.m. Cholakova and Davenport will perform a recital concert featuring works by Florence Price and John Corigliano. The performance takes place at Emerson Concert Hall and is free and open to the public.

On Sunday, March 19, enjoy the ECMSA Family Series: Atlanta’s Young Artists at 4 p.m. in Ackerman Hall of the Carlos Museum. Some of the area’s finest pre-college musicians will perform in this annual showcase, which is free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, March 21, the Vega String Quartet will perform work by Beethoven and Ravel at Oxford College, starting at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

At noon on Friday, March 24, join pianist Jasmin Arakawa for the Cooke Noontime Concert at Ackerman Hall. Arakawa performs and teaches around the world and will perform a varied program with works ranging from Haydn to Price to Godowsky. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.


3. Kick back during spring break. 

Emory University will enjoy spring break March 6-10. Take a few days to reset, relax and get ready for success in the second half of the semester. Heading out of town? Follow these tips for successful international travel.


4. Learn from a guest lecturer. 

Conversations in Creativity with Science Gallery Atlanta is back this year on Sunday, March 12, at 1 p.m. in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. This panel with local artist Jane Foley and Emory School of Medicine professor Madeline Hackney will explore how to leverage the intersection of art and science to provoke dialogue and solutions for global challenges. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Want more Science Gallery Atlanta? A new exhibit exploring themes related to JUSTICE opens March 30, with a special 2023 Community Day at Pullman Yards on April 1 that is free and open to the public. 

The March JWJI Colloquium series kicks off Monday, March 13, at noon in the Robert W. Woodruff Library, Jones Room. Karen Jaime of Cornell University will present “The Queer Nuyorican: Racialized Sexualities and Aesthetics in Loisaida (NYU Press, Performance and American Cultures Series, 2021).” The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.   

This year’s art history endowed lecture features Claudia Swan of Washington University. Swan’s lecture will focus on “A Material History of the Dutch Colonial Imaginary” and takes place in the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Ackerman Hall, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 16.

Also happening Thursday, March 16, is the Tenenbaum Lecture: “Hidden Heretics: Jewish Doubt in the Digital Age” with Ayala Fader of Fordham University. This talk will explore the heart-wrenching dilemmas of married ultra-Orthodox Jewish men and women in New York who secretly explore the outside world, in person and online, in English and Yiddish, while remaining within their communities to protect those they love. It’s free and open to the public and starts at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall, Room 205.

On Wednesday, March 29, Jonathan Metzl of Vanderbilt University presents “Racism: A Public Health Crisis?” at 11 a.m. in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Room 108, and online. Metzl examines why racial hierarchies and the struggle to preserve white supremacy are leading the nation toward demise. He will also offer plans to collectively work toward a healthier society.


5. Gain a new perspective on classic works.

The next Great Works Seminar starts on Thursday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. This series is “Reading James Baldwin: Race, Love, and Humanism” and will address Baldwin’s understanding of whiteness, being racialized as Black and the American democratic experiment, among others. 

Participants are expected to attend all four sessions, taking place March 16, 23, 30 and April 6. Reservations are required.


6. Celebrate Women’s History Month.

March is Women’s History Month and there will be celebrations all over campus.

On March 18, attend the Harriet Tubman Hike at 5:30 p.m. in Sweetwater Creek State Park. The hike celebrates Tubman’s legacy of resistance, liberation, self-determination and undeniable love for her people. Participants will learn how she risked her life as a conductor of the Underground Railroad and get a sense of what it was like to maneuver through nature using her skills as an unsung naturalist.

On March 24, it’s women’s night at the softball game against Case Western Reserve, which starts at 3 p.m., and on March 29, enjoy Women’s Wonderful Wednesday starting at noon on Asbury circle.  

Check out the full Women’s History Month schedule.


7. Cheer for the Emory Eagles.

On the Oxford campus, cheer on the men’s soccer team as they compete against Georgia Military College at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, and again at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 25.

Plus, Champions Weekend is back on the Atlanta campus for the Spring Bash on March 25 and 26. On Saturday, March 25, check out the food truck tailgate at the Campus Life Pavilion, with tailgate games, King of Pops, inflatables and more starting at 11 a.m. Then, you can catch the baseball, softball, track and women’s tennis teams at their games throughout the day — and snag some free swag while you’re at it.

The fun continues on Sunday, March 26, with men’s tennis, baseball, softball and women’s tennis each competing throughout the day. Find the full schedule online, including when each giveaway is happening.


8. Join the climate conversation 

Share your perspectives on the university’s climate action plan through the “Community Conversations: Emory Talks Climate Action” series. Sponsored by Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives, the next session is Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m., and will take place virtually. Registration is required.

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