Goldwasser Series

  • Image of Charmaine Minniefield's work

  • Image of Abhishek Singh's work

  • Image of C.T. Vivian

  • Image of Abhishek Singh "live painting"

  • Image of Charmaine Minniefield's work

The David Goldwasser Series in Religion and the Arts was established in 1980 at Emory University in memory of David Goldwasser, a 1932 graduate of Emory College. The Series is intended to keep alive for generations of students Mr. Goldwasser's appreciation of art and faith as enriching dimensions of the human spirit.

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Upcoming 2019-2020 Series

“Zong!: The (k)Notted Web of Silence”

Friday, December 6, 2019, 5 - 6:30pm
Stuart A. Rose Library, 10th floor, Woodruff Library

The 2019-2020 Goldwasser series begins with “Zong!: The (k)Notted Web of Silence” on December 6, 2019. On this night, as part of the Archival Lives Conference, Guggenheim Fellow and poet NourbeSe Philip reads from her acclaimed poetry collection “Zong!”, a memorialization of the more than 130 African captives thrown overboard from the ship Zong in 1971 as a callous, cost-saving measure. At the very center of Philip‘s work is an exploration of the role of the arts in historical and spiritual recuperation. Philip will be introduced by Michelle Wright, Longstreet Professor of English.

Transcendent Deities of India: The Everyday Occurrence of the Divine

In January, the Michael C. Carlos Museum presents the exhibition “Transcendent Deities of India: The Everyday Occurrence of the Divine,” showcasing the work of modern and contemporary artists who have reimagined the classical Hindu pantheon, including painter and graphic novelist, Abhishek Singh.

Singh will be in residence at the Carlos Museum January 16 – 28, 2020, with support from the Goldwasser Fund. During his residency, Supported by the Goldwasser Fund, Singh engages the Emory and Atlanta community by completing a large-scale painting of a deity. The live painting begins in Emory’s new Student Life Center and then moves around the city, stopping at the Savannah College of Art and Design, the Hindu Temple of Atlanta, Ponce City Market, and other locations. 

“For Peace I Rise” 

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 7:30pm
Theater Lab, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

On January 25, as part of the Brave New Works playwriting festival, Theater Emory presents a reading of “For Peace I Rise”; book and lyrics by Thomas W. Jones II, composition by William Knowles and S. Renee Clarke. “For Peace I Rise” is the musical love story of American Civil Rights Movement activists C. T. Vivian and Octavia Geans Vivian. The musical tells the story of two young freedom riders bound together by more than a shared commitment to the principles of non-violent protest and a deep faith in God. This presentation is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in collaboration with the Office of the Provost.

“Remembrance as Resistance: Digitally Mapping the Ring Shout”

Goldwasser Residency Gallery Reception, November 21, 2019, 5 - 7pm
Visual Arts Building, 700 Peavine Creek Drive Atlanta, GA 30322

Site-specific Installation
Date and time for this event to be determined

Later in the Spring semester, the Stuart A. Rose Library welcomes Atlanta based artist and activist Charmaine Minniefield for a yearlong residency. Minniefield’s project, “Remembrance as Resistance: Digitally Mapping the Ring Shout,” leverages technology, historical research, memory, movement, sound, and space to recognize the recently discovered unmarked graves in the African American Grounds of Atlanta’s Oakland cemetery.

Minniefield’s residency culminates in a site-specific installation that engages the Emory and Atlanta communities in an examination of place and space as central to identity formation through the traditional African American worship and gathering practice of the Ring Shout. Date and time for this event are to be determined. 


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