Adult Programs

The Carlos Museums offers a wide variety of public programs for adults from scholarly symposia to informal Talk & Taste programs. Click on listings below for descriptions of programs below or visit the Museum calendar for specific information on scheduled programs.

Support for educational programs at the Michael C. Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare & Margaret C. Clare Foundation, an anonymous donor, the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund, the Christian and Frances Humann Foundation, and Clara M. and John S. O'Shea.

Carlos Reads Book Club

Carlos Reads offers an opportunity to read great works of literature related to the Museum's collections and exhibitions in an informal, small group setting with distinguished members of the Emory faculty as guides. Previous Carlos Reads groups have read Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, The LIfe of the Buddha, Plato's Symposium, the Ramayana, Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad, and The Lost Mandala of Sherlock Holmes, among others. Sign up to read and discuss one book, or many.

Carlos Reads discussions meet on Monday nights, unless otherwise noted, at 7:30 pm in the Board Room on Level Two of the museum. Prices vary according to the number of sessions and always include the cost of the book. Registration is required for each club by calling 404 727-6118. 

During the 2013-15 academic year, in conjunction with Emory University's Year of Creation Stories, the book club will focus on creation stories from around the world. Spring semester's books include:

Monday, January 26
Indian Creation Stories

Assistant professor Marko Geslani and Visiting Distinguished Professor Naryana Rao, both of Emory’s Department of Religion, lead readers through a selection of Hindu creation stories, including Book Ten, Hymn 129 of the Rig Veda.

Fee:  $25 for Carlos Museum members; $35 non-members, and includes the cost of the book.  Registration is required by calling 404-727-6118.

Monday, February 16
African Creation Stories
African creation stories are as rich and diverse as the continent itself. Some have themes that will be familiar to those steeped in Genesis, such as the the Wapangwa concept that the Word was the motivating force behind creation, or the Malozi story reminiscent of the Tower of Babel. Others will be new and startling, like the Kono story in which Death is the original force in the world, existing before God. Nathan Suhr-Sytsma, assistant professor of English at Emory, discusses The Origin of Life and Death: African Creation Myths, focusing on a selection of memorable West African stories, the book's singular editor Ulli Beier, and a reworking of one of the stories by Irish poet Seamus Heaney. 

Fee:  $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 non-members, and includes the cost of the text.  Registration is required by calling 404-727-6118.
Monday, March 2
Death and the King’s Horseman

Dr. Nathan Suhr-Sytsma, assistant professor of English at Emory, leads readers though Wole Soyinka’s extraordinary tragic play, Death and the King’s Horseman, which explores Yoruba worldviews in the context of British colonialism and the role of rituals in maintaining cosmic order.

Fee:  $25 for Carlos Museum members; $35 non-members, and includes the cost of the book.  Registration is required by calling 404-727-6118.

Mondays, April  6 & 13 
Plato’s Timaeus

This program is full and no more registrations can be accepted.
Professor Richard Patterson of Emory’s Philosophy Department, leads readers through Plato’s creation story, Timaeus, exploring Plato’s concept of an orderly cosmos created by an intelligent creator, his view of the cosmos as beautiful and good, and his overarching “two worlds” framework: the eternal and divine versus the temporal and spatial.     

Fee:  $25 for Carlos Museum members; $35 non-members, and includes the cost of the book.  Registration is required by calling 404-727-6118.
Chamber Music Concerts
The Office of Educational presents a series of noontime chamber music concerts performed by members and guests of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta. The concerts are free and open to the Emory community and the public. Please arrive early as these concerts fill up quickly!

This year's series includes:

Friday, September 12
Noon, Reception Hall
Cellist Christopher Rex joins the Vega String Quartet to perform Beethoven's stunning Kreutzer

Friday, October 24
Noon, Reception Hall
The Emory Chamber Music Society and the Carlos Museum welcome pianist Tanya Stambuk, hailed by the New York Times as a "player with a powerful technique, ideas of her own, and considerable promise" for her Atlanta debut. 

Friday, November 14
Noon, Reception Hall
In a program titled Professors of the Practice, violinist Cynthia Patterson, professor of history; cellist Richard Patterson, professor of philosophy; clarinetist Ashraf Attalla, professor of psychology; and pianist Guy Benian, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, join members of the Vega String Quartet to perform works by Mozart, Dvorak, and Poulenc.
Friday, December 5
Noon, Reception Hall
Emory's Young Artists program features the university's best undergraduate talent.

Friday, January 23
Noon, Reception Hall
One of the finest brass soloists in the world, Adam Frey travels the globe invigorating the
internationa music scene with his virtuoso talent, 
sensitive lyricism, and special connection with audiences.

Friday, February 13
Noon, Reception Hall
A program of Valentine’s Day Love Songs features instrumental and vocal music of love with tenor Bradley Howard, pianist William Ransom, and the Vega String Quartet

Friday, March 6
Noon, Reception Hall
Kate Ransom, violin and William Ransom, piano with special guest violinist Eun-Sun Lee.

Friday, April 3
Noon, Reception Hall
Stravinsky’s great masterpiece is performed by pianists Elena Cholakova and Elizabeth Pridgen in a stunning piano four-hands transcription, with Vivaldi’s Spring played by the Vega String Quartet.

Friday, May 8
Noon, Reception Hall
Humorous music of W. F. Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, and P. D. Q. Bach interspersed with jokes about music and musicians.
Nix Mann Endowed Lecture and Book Signing
The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
Sunday, January 25
4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three

Dr. Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney, professor of Egyptian art and architecture at UCLA and host of the Discovery Channel's Out of Egypt, give the annual Nix Mann Lecture in conjunction with the publication of her new book, The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt.
Hatshepsut – the daughter of a general who usurped Egypt's throne and mother with ties to the previous dynasty – was born into a privileged position in the royal household, and she was expected to bear sons who would legitimize the reign of her father's family.  Her failure to produce a male heir ultimately paved the way for her improbable rule.  In this lecture, as in her book, Dr. Cooney offers a remarkable interpretation of how Hatshepsut rapidly but methodically consolidated power – ad why she fell from public favor just as quickly.
The Woman Who Would Be King is available for sale in the Museum Bookshop and will also be available for sale at the event.
“Kara Cooney has written a lively, engaging, historically accurate account of one of the most controversial of Egypt’s female pharaoh’s, Hatshepsut. Weaving together evidence from historical texts, the queen’s monuments, and archaeological finds, Cooney presents an accessible story of Hatshepsut’s ride to power until her demise, bringing ancient Egypt, its people, and its rulers to life.  A fun and interesting read!”
                                               — Sakima Ikram, Professor of Egypotology, American University in Cairo

“What Stacy Schiff did for Cleopatra, Kara Cooney has done for Hatshepsut.  An absolutely fantastic read about one of the most powerful Pharoah-Queens in ancient Egypt. Completely Unputdownable!”
                                               —  Michelle Moran, Bestseller author of Nefertiti 

In 1992, the architectural firm of Nix Mann & Associates (now Perkins & Will) generously endowed this lecture series to bring distinguished speakers to campus on an annual basis. 

A civilized learning experience. Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as museum curators and Emory faculty members and graduate students discuss works of art in the collections and exhibitions.

Thursday, January 22
4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three 
Dr. Marko Geslani, assistant professor in Emory’s Department of Religion, discusses a four-faced Lingam from 13th century from the museum’s collection of South Asian art and the generative power of the Hindu god Shiva it embodies.

Thursday, February 5
4 pm,
Reception Hall, Level Three
Annie Shanley, PhD candidate in the Art History Department, discusses Sopdet, an Egyptian goddess representing Sirius, the dog star, whose appearance on the horizon in late summer signaled the coming of the annual inundation of the Nile. A relief of Sopdet is featured in the exhibition African Cosmos: Stellar Arts.

Thursday, February 19
4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three
Rachel P. Kreiter, PhD candidate in the Art History Department, discusses the ancient Egyptian conceptualization of the coffin as a representation of the cosmos with the deceased at the center. 

Thursday, March 5
4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three
Laura Somenzi, graduate student in Emory’s Art History Department, discusses William Kentridge’s film Journey to the Moon, its construction and imagery, and its relationship to Georges Méliès' 1902 silent classic Le voyage dans la lune.

Thursday, March 19 
4 pm, Math and Science Center, Planetarium, 400 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322

Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as visiting artist Marcus Neustetter discusses his work Chasing Light, which will be projected on the dome of the planetarium for this event.

Thursday, April 9
4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three
Artists in Yoruba-speaking communities in and beyond present-day Nigeria have illustrated the cosmos as a calabash or wooden bowl with two halves. The top half refers to the sky and otherworld, presided over by the deity Olódùmarè. The bottom half relates to water and this world. Joining of the two sections indicates the interconnectedness of this world inhabited by the living and the otherworld occupied by ancestors and other entities. Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi, assistant professor in the Art History Department, discusses Yoruba conceptions of the universe through a wooden example in the exhibition.

Thursday, April 30
4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three
The stories of the Dogon, who live along the cliffs of Mali, have long been a part of the Western imagination. Beginning with the Carlos Museum’s recently conserved Kanaga mask, exhibited in African Cosmos, Amanda Hellman, curator of African art at the Carlos Museum, will explore Dogon myths, their understanding of Sirius, the brightest star, and the controversy surrounding
their history.
Museum Tours

Public Tours: Members of the Museum's Docent Guild lead public tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tours begin in the Rotunda on Level One of the Museum.

Docent-led tours are available for groups of ten or more by appointment. Please call 404-727-0519 to schedule a tour for your group. Please call at least two weeks in advance.


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Lectures, Symposia, and Gallery Talks
The Museum's commitment of academic excellence is reflected in the lectures, symposia, and gallery talks presented by the Office of Educational Programs. The Museum draws on the rich resources of the University's faculty and supports Emory's academic mission by bringing nationally and internationally recognized scholars, authors, and artists to campus. Most of these public lectures and symposia are free and all are open to the Emory community and the public. For a listing of upcoming programs, please see the Calendar.
Audio Tours

An MP3 audio tour of highlights of the the permanent collection is available at the Reception Desk on Level One. The MP3 format allows visitors to hear from Museum and University experts at the touch of a button. The guide is available for a rental fee of $2. Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.

A second audio tour makes connections between the Museum's permanent collections and the times and texts Bible. Curators and faculty members from Emory University's Candler School of Theology and the Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern Studies explore objects in relation to biblical texts to enhance our understanding of the cultures out of which Judaism and Christianity developed. The guide is available for a rental fee of $2. Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.