Events Calendar

February 1, 2017
Lecture: Atari Age: The Emergence of Video Games in America by Michael Z. Newman
School: Oxford College
Department/Organization: Oxford College
Building/Room: Williams Hall (Oxford)
Speaker/Presenter: Michael Z. Newman
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Danielle Dockery
Contact Email: danielle.dockery@emory.edu

Michael Z. Newman is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

He teaches and does research on cinema, television, video, video games, and new media. He's particularly interested in the cultural status of emerging media and the cultural history of new television and video technologies.

His books include Indie: An American Film Culture (Columbia UP, 2011); Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status (Routledge, 2012, co-authored with Elana Levine); and Video Revolutions: On the History of a Medium (Columbia UP, 2014).

In 2017, his new book Atari Age: The Emergence of Video Games in America is to be published by The MIT Press.

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February 6, 2017
Inauguration of President Sterk: A Celebration of Emory's History and Traditions
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February 8, 2017
Southern Circuit Film Series: Mango Dreams
School: Oxford College
Department/Organization: Oxford College
Building/Room: Williams Hall (Oxford)
Speaker/Presenter: John Upchurch
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Molly McGehee
Contact Email: margaret.mcgehee@emory.edu

A Hindu doctor with dementia and a Muslim driver form an unlikely friendship as they journey across India in an auto rickshaw. A journey of a thousand miles has a way of breaking down walls and, along the way, they forge an unforgettable friendship. By the end of the journey, they help one another find the peace each has been longing for.

John Upchurch, director of Mango Dreams, will be in attendance and will remain following the screening to conduct a Q&A session with the audience.

This film is part of the 2016-17 Southern Circuit tour of independent films, which Oxford College was selected to be a part of. An initiative of the Atlanta-based arts organization South Arts, Southern Circuit brings the best of independent film to communities across the South. Audiences have seen over 300 films and have engaged filmmakers in post-screening discussions in more than 100 communities across the Southern United States. The tour takes the audience away from their televisions and computers to connect them with independent filmmakers. Southern Circuit transforms watching independent films from a solitary experience into a communal one.

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February 9, 2017
Alumni Night - Oxford Men’s Basketball Game
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February 9, 2017
Concert: Maria Yates
School: Oxford College
Department/Organization: Oxford College
Building/Room: Williams Hall (Oxford)
Speaker/Presenter: Maria Yates
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Danielle Dockery
Contact Email: danielle.dockery@emory.edu

Musician Maria Yates will perform "April Days and Other Hopeful Catastrophes" on Feb. 9.

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2017 Emerging Leaders Summit

Take part in our 2017 Emerging Leaders Summit. This free leadership conference for Oxford students will feature leadership activities and interactive presentations through several breakout sessions and nationally acclaimed keynote speaker Justin James-Fosu. 

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February 13, 2017
Lecture: OMG, Did I Forget to Study for the Test? A Reflection on my Career and Time at Oxford College by Mike Vardas
School: Oxford College
Department/Organization: Oxford College
Building/Room: Chapel - Oxford
Speaker/Presenter: Mike Vardas
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Danielle Dockery
Contact Email: danielle.dockery@emory.edu

Mike Vardas 80Ox 82B is Head of Northern Trust Capital Markets, which includes global securities lending and Northern Trust Securities. In his 35th year of his professional career, 34 of those years have been spent with The Northern Trust in Chicago. Northern Trust is a custody bank and is the 20th largest bank holding company in the US, with a balance sheet size of $120 billion, assets under custody of $6.7 trillion, and assets under management of $946 billion. Northern is a global company with half of its 16,000 employees outside of North America.

Vardas will reflect on his career to date, the challenges that he has faced, and how he learned from, and capitalized on those challenging opportunities.

Most, if not all, of the stories that he will relate have to do with the global financial markets, and include: the Penn Square bank; the 1987 stock market crash; the S&L crisis; emerging markets crash; Russian debt crisis; the dot com bubble; September 11, 2001; and the global financial crisis, or GFC. Vardas will discuss what it takes, as an individual and an institution, to thrive and grow in the face of constant change and relentless competition.
Vardas will also discuss how this community of professors, friends and neighbors at Oxford College prepared him for life and professional success.

He'll share why he is proud to tell people that he attended Oxford College of Emory University. Vardas will also talk about what he might do differently, or the same, given the opportunity.

Before becoming Executive Vice President/President, Vardas was responsible for Northern Trust's quantitative management index strategies, active strategies, and tax advantaged investment mandates.

Vardas joined Northern Trust in 1983 and spent 11 years in the Treasury department, responsible for asset and liability management for the corporation and its subsidiaries. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Mike was associated with the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

Vardas received his Master of Management degree in 1986 from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate Business School, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Emory University in 1982, and an Associate of Arts degree from Oxford College of Emory University in 1980.

Vardas is a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, a member of the Investment Analysts Society of Chicago, and the Association for Investment Management and Research. He holds Series 7, 63 and 24 licenses.

As a volunteer, Vardas serves as vice chairman of the board of directors for Metropolitan Family Services of Chicago (MFS). MFS empowers 70,000 families in the Chicago area to achieve economic, educational, and emotional wellbeing. He lives in Burr Ridge, Illinois with his wife Lori, who is also an Emory College alum 82C. They have three children.

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February 15, 2017
Concert: Vassily Primakov, piano
School: Oxford College
Department/Organization: Oxford College
Building/Room: Williams Hall (Oxford)
Speaker/Presenter: Vassily Primakov
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Danielle Dockery
Contact Email: danielle.dockery@emory.edu

In recent years, Vassily Primakov has been hailed as a pianist of world class importance. Music Web-International called his Chopin concertos CD "one of the great Chopin recordings of recent times. These are performances of extraordinary power and beauty."

Primakov entered Moscow's Central Special Music School at the age of 11 and at 17 came to New York to pursue studies at the Juilliard School. He won the William Petschek Piano Recital Award and both the Silver Medal and the Audience Prize in the 2002 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition. Later that year, Primakov won First Prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions. In 2007 he was named the Classical Recording Foundation's "Young Artist of the Year." In 2009, Primakov's Chopin Mazurkas recording was named "Best of the Year" by National Public Radio and that same year he began recording the 27 Mozart piano concertos in Denmark. BBC Music Magazine (November, 2010) praised the first volume of Primakov's Mozart concertos.

Primakov has released numerous recordings for Bridge Records that include works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Chopin, Dvorak, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Philip Glass, Arlene Sierra and Poul Ruders.

In 2011, Primakov, along with his duo partner, Natalia Lavrova established a new and vibrant record company, L.P. Classics, Inc. Their first release was Anton Arensky: Four Suites for Two Pianos. Most recently, they released Primakov's Live in Concert Album that includes works by Medtner, Schumann, Brahms' Handel Variations and Ravel's La Valse.  

In March 2012, Primakov became a Yamaha Artist.

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February 16, 2017
Lecture: Cooking Data: Politics and Culture in an African Research World by Crystal Biruk
School: Oxford College
Department/Organization: Oxford College
Building/Room: Williams Hall (Oxford)
Speaker/Presenter: Crystal Biruk
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Danielle Dockery
Contact Email: danielle.dockery@emory.edu

Crystal Biruk is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Oberlin College in Ohio.

She received a Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Her research centers on the ethics and politics of intervention in the global South. She takes interest in how the growing presence of humanitarian, development, and scientific projects in sub-Saharan Africa reconfigures local social geographies, producing new kinds of status, mobility, expertise, and exclusions. 

Biruk is working on a book titled Cooking Data: Politics and Culture in an African Research World that explores how the commodification of health-related data intersects local social worlds, producing new political subjectivities and modes of governance. Cooking Data draws on 18 months of ethnography in Malawi to tell the life story of data itself, tracking its transformation from pencil marks on a survey page into the statistics consumed by policy makers, researchers, and the public. The book uncovers hidden relationships between the knowledge work that produces data and its value to various audiences. She analyzes the consequences and contradictions of accumulative "giving and taking"—of information, blood tests, informed consent, and so on—in survey research encounters between "insiders" and "outsiders" in Malawi. She also shows how research projects that return to Malawi to collect data year after year become important sites of social mobility for the young Malawians they hire as fieldwork supervisors and data collectors.

Biruk is engaged in a second project that takes interest in the emergence of same-sex identities and activism in Malawi, with particular focus on how 'lesbians' and 'gays' in Malawi come to occupy, perform, and know their vulnerability in the context of transnationally circulating LGBT-rights frames and language amid the AIDS epidemic. Alongside this project, she is working with a Malawian NGO to produce a book of Malawian lesbian life histories.

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February 20, 2017
Tibet Week at Oxford
School: Oxford College
Department/Organization: Oxford College
Cost: Free

Oxford College celebrates the culture, arts and philosophy of Tibet the week of Feb. 20-25. The week will feature a variety of events including opening and closing ceremonies and a sand mandala created by monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in the Oxford College Library. A lecture on "The Symbolism of the Sand Mandala in Buddhism" will be held on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Williams Hall.
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