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April events you don’t want to miss
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Events abound this month around campus. Be sure to check out athletic events, including softball and men’s tennis, and other arts events featuring Emory Dance Company and choruses from Atlanta and Oxford campuses.

— Emory Photo/Video and Jack Lewis, Emory Athletics.

Spring has officially arrived, and we’re looking forward to the warm temperatures and fun events on campus, ranging from lively sporting events like softball to performance arts events on campus. This is the last full month of the semester, so attend some events with friends and colleagues before summer rolls around.

1. Join an Emory author for a book discussion.

Head to Ackerman Hall at the Michael C. Carlos Museum on Monday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. to join author and Emory creative and fiction writing fellow Sanjena Sathian for a discussion of “Gold Diggers.” This magical realist coming-of-age story skewers the model minority myth and investigation into what is required to make it in America. The book is being developed into a television series by Mindy Kaling, so stay ahead of the trend with this discussion. This event is open to everyone and registration is required through the Carlos Museum.

2. Grab lunch and stock your pantry at the Emory Farmers Market.

Visit McDonough Plaza for the weekly gathering of farms, restaurants, small-scale artisanal businesses and Emory community members at the Emory Farmers Market. Visit vendors for lunch and pick up baked goods, coffee and produce on a sunny spring afternoon. This month’s events will be Tuesdays (April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

3. Cheer on the Emory Eagles.

Emory sports are in full swing during the spring semester. Beginning Tuesday, April 2, cheer on the men’s tennis team at 2 p.m. as they face Covenant College. Catch a women’s tennis game at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5, as they take on Babson College.

See a home softball game on Friday, April 19, at 3 p.m. as the Eagles play New York University. Emory Eagles baseball will take on Oglethorpe University at home on Tuesday, April 23, at 3 p.m.

Both the Emory and Oxford College men’s golf teams will compete in the Emory Spring Invitational on Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21. Take a trip to Cherokee Run Golf Club in Conyers to watch them on the links.

Check out the full sports schedule on the Emory Athletics website

4. Listen to the music on the Atlanta and Oxford campuses.

April is chock full of musical and artistic performances across both campuses. Head to Williams Hall on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. for the Oxford Chamber Ensemble’s Spring Concert.

Then, on Friday, April 5, at 8 p.m., 26-year-old violinist Randall Goosby brings his incredible talents to Emerson Concert Hall in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Goosby, the protégé of legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman, will be joined by pianist Zhu Wang. Tickets can be purchased on the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts website and are available to Emory students for a discount.

On Monday, April 8, attend a piano duet performance featuring Kristi Helfen and Pamela Martin in Williams Hall at Oxford College. The event starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public with no tickets required. Helfen currently serves as vice president of programs for the Georgia Music Teachers Association, and the program at Oxford is a culmination of Martin’s latest research project, “Expanding the Repertoire: Music for Piano Four-Hands from the 20th and 21st Centuries.” 

Support the Emory Concert Choir, featuring Emory students, on Sunday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in Emerson Concert Hall. The choir has been featured in national American Choral Directors Association conventions and tours internationally. This event is free, and no tickets are required.

Later that week, on Thursday, April 18, head to Williams Hall at Oxford College at 7 p.m. to support students in the Oxford Chorale as they perform their spring concert. This event is free and open to the community.

Join the Emory Wind Ensemble on Friday, April 19, at 8 p.m. for an evening of a variety of musical styles, forms and genres in Emerson Concert Hall. The Emory Wind Ensemble is a nationally recognized organization dedicated to performing wind literature of the highest caliber while nurturing individualistic artistic excellence within an ensemble setting. No tickets are required.

April is also Jazz Appreciation Month. Spend some time in the late afternoon sunshine soaking up the music with Jazz on the Quad on Thursday, April 25, at 6 p.m. Student group Emory Jazz Combos will be performing on the Quad just in front of the Michael C. Carlos Museum. This event is open to the public.

Celebrate the musical excellence of Emory students at the Emory University Symphony Orchestra and University Chorus performance on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m. in Emerson Concert Hall. The two groups are joining to present “Verdi’s Requiem” and a new orchestral work, “EUSO @ 100,” which highlights the work of female-identifying Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) composers. This is a free event and no tickets are required.

5. Attend the Great Works seminar series.

A new seminar series kicks off this April, continuing throughout the entire month. Each Monday (April 8, 15, 22 and 29) at 6 p.m., The Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry will present “Poems to Map a Crisis: Matsu Bashō’s Japanese Haiku Classic ‘Narrow Road to the Interior’ (Oku no hosomichi) in an Era of Environmental Change.” The series will be moderated by Cheryl Crowley, associate professor of Japanese literature and culture at Emory. Anyone is welcome to join the free seminar, but participants are expected to attend all four sessions. For further information and to reserve a spot, email the Fox Center at

6. Learn more about copyright law and artificial intelligence.

How does copyright law in the United States connect with the rise in artificial intelligence? Find out in “Can I mine this? A panel discussion on AI, copyright and computational analysis,” with Dave Hansen, executive director of Authors Alliance; Lisa Macklin, associate vice provost and university librarian of Emory Libraries; and Matthew Sag, professor of law at Emory University. Their discussion will be Wednesday, April 10, at 11 a.m. in the Jones Room of Robert W. Woodruff Library. Panelists will discuss how U.S. copyright law interacts with artificial intelligence and affects users’ ability to perform text data mining and other types of computational analysis. Registration is required for this free event.

7. Check out an interactive workshop about ethics and documentary filmmaking.

There are plenty of ethical dilemmas concerning documentaries. Should filmmakers compensate participants? What if a filmmaker doubts the integrity of their protagonist? These questions and more will be explored in the two-day workshop “Navigating the Gray Areas: Ethical Dilemmas in Documentary Filmmaking,” featuring southern filmmakers at the Miller-Ward Alumni House on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13. This is a ticketed event, and sales end Friday, April 5.

8. Appreciate the beauty of movement with dance performances.

Looking for a performance that isn’t a concert? Join the Emory Dance Company at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts Dance Studio as they perform new works by student choreographers from April 18-20. Tickets for the Emory Dance Company Spring Concert can be purchased for online and are available to Emory students at a discounted rate. Programs will be each evening at 7:30 p.m., plus 2 p.m. on Saturday.

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, join choreographer and director Annalee Traylor in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts Dance Studio. Traylor, a 2023-24 Emory Arts Fellow, will premiere a collaborative project with performers from the Atlanta community. The performance will include live sound design by Drew Sensue-Weinstein and trumpeter Alexandria Smith, along with text by E.E. Williams. Tickets are available through the Schwartz Center website and Emory students can receive a discounted rate.

9. Experience a centuries-old cello.

Have you ever heard the sweet notes of a 320-year-old cello? Now is your opportunity. Head to Ackerman Hall in the Michael C. Carlos Museum on Sunday, April 21, at 4 p.m. for a one-of-a-kind program. The Carlos Museum and Emory Chamber Music Society will welcome cellist Zuill Bailey for the family concert “Meet Mr. Goffriller, the 320-year-old Cello.” Bailey will introduce his prized instrument along with music and stories about its amazing history. This event is free and open to the public, and registration is not required.

10. Sharpen your personal safety skills.

Equip yourself with personal safety and self-defense techniques and tips through a class from the Emory Police Department on Tuesday, April 23, at 6 p.m. in the R. Randall Rollins Building, room R340. The class concludes with an interactive hands-on activity where participants are guided through basic self-defense techniques. This course is geared toward students who are traveling overseas for the summer or fall but is open to everyone. Advance registration is required.

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