News Release: Faculty Experts, People, Politics

Jan. 16,  2009

Inauguration: Emory Experts, Events Mark Historic Event

Emory University experts, as well as faculty, staff and students traveling to Washington, D.C., are available to comment on the historic inauguration of soon-to-be President Barack Obama, as well as issues the new president will face in his first days. A campus-wide viewing party also will be held.


Events, Inauguration Attendees

Campus organizations are sponsoring a viewing party for the Emory community starting at 9 a.m. and continuing throughout the afternoon. External media are welcome to attend.

For details and parking, contact Beverly Clark, 404.712.8780 office, 404-275-4771 cell.

Several faculty, staff and students are headed to D.C. for the Inauguration. To reach them, contact Beverly Clark, 404.712.8780 office, 404-275-4771 cell. Also check Emory News & Events for live updates during the day from Emory community members who are on the ground in Washington, D.C.


The Inaugural Address, Rhetoric and Speech

Melissa Maxcy Wade, executive director of forensics at Emory and a watcher of numerous presidential speeches, can comment about the power in rhetoric that President-elect Obama will seek to summon in his history-making inaugural address. Wade is one of only three university debate coaches in the United States who has served on the National Associated Press Presidential Debate Evaluation Panel for every U.S. presidential election since 1976.

Melissa Maxcy Wade: 404-727-6194 office

James Roland, director of community debate programs at Emory, will be attending the inauguration and available to give his views on the power of oratory during this historic event.

James Roland: 678.516.8223 cell


Race and politics, Michelle Obama, political participation

Political scientist Andra Gillespie can discuss the substantive implications of Obama's presidency on race relations, new black political leadership, the unique challenges Michelle Obama faces as First Lady, and political participation. She will be attending the inauguration. Gillespie researches political mobilization and race, as well as competition between minority groups. She is the editor of the forthcoming "Whose Black Politics? Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership."

Andra Gilllespie: 404.727.9748 office

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Modern civil rights movement, images of blacks in the media

Rudolph Byrd, Goodrich C. White Professor of American Studies, is available to discuss the modern civil rights movement, images of blacks in the media, politics and intergenerational dialogues, as well as race, gender, sexuality and politics. He will be attending the inauguration. An engaged scholar committed to service at the local and national levels, Byrd is the founder and director of Emory's James Weldon Johnson Institute, which fosters new scholarship, teaching and public dialogue on the origins, evolution and legacy of the modern civil rights movement.

Rudolph Byrd: 404.727.2515 office


Supreme Court Appointments; Courts and Congress

Political scientist Tom Clark, says President-elect Obama will likely appoint at least two Supreme Court justices, plus other appointments that could potentially lead to more liberal control of the lower federal courts – the courts of appeals and district courts.

"Over the past 40 years, the federal courts have been moving in a conservative direction, with the most substantial change taking place over the past 30 years. As a consequence, conservative interests have come to dominate the federal courts. Obama's appointments could change this direction, provided continued Democratic control of the Senate. Moreover, given the conservative make-up of the federal courts, we're likely to see a growing hostility between Congress and the Supreme Court."

Tom Clark: 404.727.6615


Obama Administration

Emory experts from a variety of fields are available to comment on issues facing the nation as the new administration takes office.

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Economic Stimulus Plan

Emory economists are available to discuss the new administration's economic agenda, including the role of government.

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