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Poet Laureate named to honor society

Poet Laureate named to honor society

ATLANTA -- U.S. Poet Laureate and Emory University faculty member Natasha Trethewey has been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Emory announced the appointment this week. The 2013 class is set to be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 12 at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.

Emory Provost Claire Sterk calls Trethewey a dedicated and gifted teacher.

Trethewey is the director of the university's creative writing program. She is also serving as the 19th Poet Laureate and is in residence through May 2013 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Trethewey is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection "Native Guard," which was published in 2006, as well as several other poetry collections and a book of creative nonfiction.

Fernbank offers a wild night of fun at Lost Oasis 2013

Fernbank offers a wild night of fun at Lost Oasis 2013

ATLANTA -- The Artemis Guild of young professionals at Fernbank Museum invites you to eat like a lion, laugh like a hyena, socialize like a butterfly and dance you tail off at Lost Oasis 2013: Wild Safari.

Lost Oasis, Fernbank’s annual fundraising party, will take place at Fernbank Museum on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at 8 p.m. In celebration of the museum’s Extreme Mammals exhibition, the party will feature a “Wild Safari” theme complete with live music by the Atlanta Beat, exotic cocktails, incredible food and more than 400 young patrons in their wildest party animal attire that is sure to include tusks, tails, spots and stripes.

Oxford College brings Shakespeare to new audiences

Oxford College brings Shakespeare to new audiences

OXFORD, Ga. -- An Oxford College assistant professor has made it his mission to bring Shakespeare to diverse audiences beyond his Newton County classroom.

Kevin Quarmby and his colleague, Emory University English professor Sheila Cavanagh, have embarked on a tour of their World Shakespeare Project to take the Bard to new locations.

During this year's spring break, Cavanagh and Quarmby gave a Shakespeare presentation at Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. They met with English and theater students to test classroom technology and make sure it would support video interaction with their respective classrooms in Atlanta and Oxford.

Quarmby and Cavanagh also plan to teach a Maymester Shakespeare course at La Fundación Shakespeare Argentina, but their current focus is to connect with Native Americans.

"Driving Miss Daisy" home on the market for $1.95 million

"Driving Miss Daisy" home on the market for $1.95 million

ATLANTA -- Twenty-three years ago, this month, Atlanta was the focus of the Academy Awards when "Driving Miss Daisy" won "Best Picture.

The film was written by Pulitzer prize winning Atlanta playwright Alfred Uhry who grew up in the Druid Hills area.

The story deals with the relationship between an elderly Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur after World War II.

And as of today, the home from the movie, which forever linked Atlanta to Hollywood is, now, up for sale and it's going to the highest bidder.

To some, the home is as defining as Jessica Tandy & Morgan Freeman and as unforgettable as Alfred Uhry's words.

It's located at 922 Lullwater Road in the Druid Hills neighborhood.

Jeff Hullinger asked, the listing agent for Coldwell Banker Doris Robinson, "How did this home get selected for the movie?"

'Journeys into the Unknown' to open at Moon Gallery

'Journeys into the Unknown' to open at Moon Gallery

ROME, Ga. -- A new exhibit will open at Berry College's Moon Gallery on Mar. 11.

"Journeys into the Unknown" features archival digital prints on canvas created by artist Julia Kjelgaard.

"My work has always been about learning to see and appreciate the unseen," Kjelgaard said in a statement. "My artworks utilize collaboration between the mechanically reproduced and the handmade to assist us to see the chaotic yet beautiful nature of the world in which we live."

Kjelgaard is chair of the visual arts department at Emory University. She earned a BFA from the University of California and an MFA from the University of Michigan.

A gallery talk about "Journeys into the Unknown" will be held Mar. 11 at 7 p.m. The exhibit closes Apr. 5.

Moon Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Journeys into the Unknown" is free and open to the public.

Emory to host Hispanic leadership program

Emory to host Hispanic leadership program

ATLANTA -- The Goizueta Business School at Emory University is gearing up for a workshop created exclusively for Latino students and leaders.

The event, Discover Your Hispanic Leadership Impact and Influence, will be held Mar. 5-6.

"No other leadership workshop, seminar or executive program available today speaks more to the power of our Hispanic heritage and leveraging our cultural values as a competitive advantage," Marisa Salcines, president of Atlanta's chapter of the Center for Hispanic Leadership (CHL), said in a statement.

The workshop consists of 16 hours of training. All participants will go home with books, assessments and access to CHL's online curriculum.

Learn more about the workshop at centerforhispanicleadership.com. The cost is $2,500. Enrollment closes on Friday, Feb. 22.

Seamus Heaney to read at Emory

Seamus Heaney to read at Emory

ATLANTA -- Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney will give a free reading at Emory University next month.

Heaney will read on Saturday, Mar. 2 at 2 p.m. in the school's Glenn Auditorium.

Tickets will be available beginning Wednesday and can be picked up at a number of locations, including Emory's Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts box office, A Cappella Books in Inman Park, Charis Books and More in Little Five Points, and two Decatur bookstores -- Eagle Eye Bookshop and Little Shop of Stories.