News Release: Arts and Humanities, Teaching

Aug. 29,  2008

Public Invited to Join Emory 'Quest' for Knowledge

News Article ImageAnthony "Tony" Martin, a paleontologist, geologist and environmental scientist, will teach a QUEST course on dinosaurs this fall.

A new program at Emory University will offer curious adults in Atlanta an exceptional opportunity to learn from the best of Emory's faculty. Emory QUEST, a partnership between Emory College and the Emory Center for Lifelong Learning, features academically focused, intellectually stimulating courses designed to enrich the lives of inquisitive and motivated adults.
Taught by Emory faculty, QUEST courses highlight current events and hot topics from the liberal arts and sciences. This fall, participants can learn more from and Emory expert about:

  • election politics
  • the ancient Egyptians
  • dinosaurs
  • evolution
  • Islam
  • U.S. history
  • Japanese samurai
  • race and Hollywood
  • human nature

"It's like taking a short course from your favorite college professor," says Lynn Zimmerman, professor of biology and senior vice provost for academic programs, "But the good news is that there will be no tests and no papers associated with this incredibly rich learning experience."

QUEST courses are open to all. "This is a way for the Atlanta community to come together with other like-minded adults and be part of what's going on at Emory," says Philip Wainwright, associate dean for international and continuing education. "Our goal was to line up top teachers and scholars to showcase Emory's strengths while connecting with the community."

The course roster offers "a terrific blend that should interest a lot of different kinds of people," says Zimmerman. Many of the courses were designed around significant events happening at Emory or in the nation this fall – from the 2008 presidential elections to the Carlos Museum's King Tut exhibition opening Nov. 15 to Emory's "Evolution Revolution" conference Oct. 23-24.

"When you combine the caliber of Emory faculty with the timeliness of many of the courses being linked to major events in the world or in Atlanta, there's really nothing else like it in the region," says Zimmerman.

Upcoming courses are listed below.  The five-sessions courses are $350.

View a detailed course calendar and to register.

Decision 2008: Election Politics in the United States

Mondays, Sept. 22-Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m.
Instructor: Merle Black, Asa G. Candler Professor of Political Science

The Primate Origins of Human Nature
Mondays, Sept. 22-Oct. 27, 7-9 p.m.
Instructor: Sarah Gouzoules, senior lecturer and associate chair of anthropology

Legends of The Samurai: Warriors, Poets and Executives

Tuesdays, Sept. 23-Oct. 21, 7-9 p.m.
Instructor: Mark Ravina, associate professor of history and director of the East Asian studies program

Darwin's Revolutionary Idea – 150 Years Later
Wednesdays, Sept. 24-Oct. 22, 7-9 p.m.
Instructor: Chris Beck, senior lecturer of biology

Tracking Dinosaurs Through Time
Wednesdays, Oct. 15-Nov. 12, 7-9 p.m.
Instructor: Anthony Martin,  senior lecturer of environmental studies and honors coordinator

Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs
Thursdays and Sundays, Oct. 2-Nov. 16 7-9 p.m.
Instructors: Gay Robins, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History and Peter Lacovara, Michael C. Carlos Museum curator-Egypt, Nubia and Near East


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