February 24, 2021
A note from the Dean
Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

As we continue our testing efforts for the campus community, we encourage you to test weekly, either at an Atlanta or at the Oxford/Whatcoat Building site. Please note that, under the twice-weekly testing cadence for students, and given the need to distribute capacity over all five workdays, we are asking all faculty and staff who test in Oxford to do their weekly testing on Wednesdays. You can also click here to schedule your on-campus appointment

Thank you for doing your part to keep the Oxford community safe and healthy by continuing to practice the three W's - wear your mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands (and a fourth W - weekly testing!).

Oxford in the news
David Resha, associate professor of film and media, was quoted in the CNN article "Allen v. Farrow' is the latest example of 'consequences culture."
Emory News Center covered Oxford College's student experience initiative for spring semester in "Hygge is the Oxford family."
Lyceum Lecture Series spring 2021: “Toward a Social Justice Spring” 
The 2021 Lyceum Lecture Series coordinating committee comprised of Danielle Dockery, Nick Fesette, Rhiannon Hubert, Tony Kimbrell, Josh Mousie, Jasminka Ninkovic, Alix Olson, Jessie Rivers, and Brenna Valentine took a bit of a different approach when planning this year's spring semester opportunities for the Oxford community. 
The committee discussed how to best respond to the necessity of virtual programming rather than in-person and at the same time reflect their overarching commitment to meaningful artist and intellectual events on campus. Committee Chair Josh Mousie, assistant professor of philosophy, said Alix Olson had the idea to think about how to organize an event series that would speak to the contemporary moment. "In conversation with the committee and with the help of Brenna Valentine Alix proposed and worked out all the organizational details of the events that became the 'Toward a Social Justice Spring' series," Mousie said. 
Olson described the significance of our current time as "a moment in which people are increasingly alert to overlapping sources and practices of oppression and injustice. But people are also becoming aware of existing and emerging activisms, modes of resistance, and new possibilities for creating a more socially just world. Each of these talks engages with these two components, analyzing injustice-in-action but also helping us think about how to take care of one another better, in essence, to expand our political imaginations beyond what exists." 

Each academic year, the popular lecture series brings speakers and artists to the Oxford community, covering varied political, religious, and social topics. Olson noted that this spring semester's speakers represent many fields of study and activism including political science, feminist science studies, Native/Indigenous studies, Mexican-American/Latinx studies, Asian-American feminisms, WGSS, critical masculinity studies, and African-American politics. "In this way, the series demonstrates the interdisciplinary power of a liberal arts education in deepening and expanding critical thought," Olson said. 
Black alumni in medicine virtual panel Thursday, February 25
Hear from an impressive panel of Black alumni in the medical field who will answer questions and share experiences and knowledge from their career paths.

All Oxford faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend. If you know a student interested in practicing medicine, please encourage them to attend. Please plan to join if you are interested to learn more from the alumni panel about their unique experiences after Oxford and/or Emory College. This event is co-sponsored by Oxford Black Student Alliance (BSA), #BLACKEMORYREUNITES, and Advancement and Alumni Engagement.

"So You Want to Go Into Medicine?"
Thursday, February 25
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Inaugural Black History Month program for Oxford community
The City of Oxford and Oxford College will partner to host the inaugural Black History Month program for the Oxford community on Sunday, February 28, at 3:00 p.m. virtually via Zoom. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend.

The program will feature local speakers including Anderson Wright, Amma Lou Gaither, and Gwen Green, as well as music from Daniel Jackson. Current Oxford College Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars, Chris Ejike and Hannah Bodus, will also take part in the program, which will be hosted by Oxford and Emory alumnae Avis Williams and Oxford College Chaplain Lyn Pace.
Zoom event link and passcode: 206032
Five Fridays with James Baldwin Film Series continues February 26
This social justice spring, Eric Solomon, visiting assistant professor of American studies and English,
and members of English 389R (James Baldwin's "America") invite you to a virtual film series over five Fridays of the semester. All Oxford community members are welcome to join the group as they build community and explore Baldwin on film. There will be a post-screening Q&A moderated by Solomon. Take This Hammer streams on February 26 at 7:00 p.m. EST. Email Eric Solomon to RSVP for the screening and receive the event link.
Film Lineup:  
2/26: Take This Hammer (1964) 
3/12: James Baldwin & William F. Buckley Cambridge Debate (1965) 
4/9: If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) 
4/23: I Am Not Your Negro (2016) 
Alumni events and news
Julie Schwietert Collazo to receive a 2021 Women of Excellence Award
The Emory University Center for Women will recognize Julie Schwietert Collazo 97Ox 99C with the Alumna of Promise Award at the 2021 Women of Excellence Awards virtual celebration on Thursday, March 4, at 6:00 p.m. The Women of Excellence Awards honor those who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to issues affecting women at Emory and in the broader community. Register online to attend the virtual awards ceremony.

Watch a beautiful tribute video created for Collazo featuring recorded comments by Oxford faculty and staff members. To see the complete list of this year's award winners and learn more about the program, please visit the Center for Women website.
Emory Alumni Association hosts discussion with author Julie Schwietert Collazo
The Emory Alumni Association will host a discussion with Julie Schwietert Collazo 97Ox 99C moderated by Assistant Professor of Spanish Marsilli-Vargas on March 11 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. 

Collazo is co-author of The Book of Rosy: A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border. In the book, Rosy tells her story, aided by Collazo, founder of Immigrant Families Together, the grassroots organization that reunites mothers and children. Collazo reveals the cruelty of the detention facilities, the struggle Rosy felt having her children ripped from her arms, and how she navigates through bureaucracy. Register online to attend. Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email before the event.

WABE airs podcast about timely COVID-19 questions and topics hosted by Sam Whitehead
Sam Whitehead 09Ox 11C hosts the podcast Did You Wash Your Hands. Available on WABE, the episodes feature interviews with experts, public officials, journalists, and everyday people to discuss questions related to the coronavirus pandemic and how COVID-19 is affecting their lives. Whitehead covers health for WABE, where he’s also worked as host and producer for Morning Edition. Listen to episodes online here.
2018-19 visiting faculty member publishes book
Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach, 2018-19 visiting faculty member at Oxford College and current professor at the University of Konstanz in Germany, recently published a book that, as she fondly points out, began with her conversations at Oxford College. A Practical Guide to World Philosophies: Selves, Worlds, and Ways of Knowing (Bloomsbury, January 2021) sets in dialogue diverse philosophical traditions throughout the world and across history that have tackled fundamental questions about the human condition. 

Kirloskar-Steinbach taught several courses at Oxford on the Frankfort School and environmental ethics, among other topics. She organized with Alicia DeNicola, Pablo Palomino, and Florian Pohl a colloquium on "Why Decolonize Education? Everyday Ethics" in April 2019. Read more about Kirloskar-Steinbach and her work.
Emory hosts virtual Summer Camp & Learning Expo on March 4
The Virtual Summer Camp and Learning Expo will be held
March 4 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This annual event helps Emory's working parents learn about a variety of summer camp and learning activities throughout the metro-Atlanta area. The expo is open to employees and family members of Emory University and Healthcare. Area summer camps and academic programs for children ages 5-17 will be featured.

Register online here by March 2. Zoom links will be emailed to all registrants prior to the event.
Karma Chavez, University of Texas at Austin, Mexican American & Latina/o Studies 
“Alienizing Nation: From AIDS to COVID-19”  
2021 Lyceum Lecture Series: Toward a Social Justice Spring  
co-sponsored by Oxford’s WGSS program & Emory’s Studies in Sexualities  
Zoom link | 8:00 p.m. 
Thirsty Thursday Black History Trivia Night hosted by Oxford Staff Organization (OSO)
Bring your drink of choice (alcohol not required) and join your colleagues for trivia.
Prizes will be awarded to the top winners.
Zoom link | 5:00 p.m.
"So You Want to Go Into Medicine?" Black alumni panel
Zoom event link | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Five Fridays with James Baldwin Film Series: Take This Hammer (1964) 
Email Eric Solomon to RSVP and receive event link | 7:00 p.m.
Black History Month program for Oxford Community
coordinated by City of Oxford and Oxford College
Zoom event link and passcode: 206032 | 3:00 p.m.
Take a Break Tuesday hosted by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Oxford Student Center front plaza | 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Asian American Feminist Collective, co-founders Senti Sojwal, Salonee Bhaman, Tiffany Tso, Rachel Kuo, and Julie Kim
“Asian American Feminist History in Action: Beyond the Black-White Binary & Toward Justice”
Zoom link | 8:00 p.m.
Emory's Virtual Summer Camp & Learning Expo 2021
Register by March 2 to receive Zoom link. | 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Allyship at Oxford College a second conversation with interested Oxford faculty and staff
Donna Troka, Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, provides a brief presentation
Email Susan Newborn or accept calendar invite via EaglePost for Zoom link | 1:00-2:30 p.m.
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