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.

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.

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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.
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.


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.