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Greg Fenves (President of Emory University) grabs a mic and some audio gear, and gathers a bunch of amazing guests to tackle the biggest questions facing our world today. Authors, researchers, influencers, and more—from across the Emory orbit—sit down for energetic and thought provoking conversations.

One Big Question Emory University

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Greg Fenves (President of Emory University) grabs a mic and some audio gear, and gathers a bunch of amazing guests to tackle the biggest questions facing our world today. Authors, researchers, influencers, and more—from across the Emory orbit—sit down for energetic and thought provoking conversations.

    Christopher Mims: A Tech Columnist Takes on the Global Supply Chain

    Christopher Mims: A Tech Columnist Takes on the Global Supply Chain

    Emory alumnus Christopher Mims is a technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal whose column, "Keywords," is an absolute must read. With swift and exacting prose, Christopher unpacks the complexities of the technology sector—explaining everything from Ultra-wideband and EV batteries to NFTs and much more. He's also written a book, Arriving Today: From Factory To Front Door, Why Everything Has Changed About How And What We Buy on one of the biggest issues facing our world today, the global supply chain. 

    In this episode, Emory University President Gregory L. Fenves talks with Christopher about the supply chain issues that are disrupting the global economy; automation and the complexity of international shipping; the effects of the pandemic on business; and his time as an Emory student studying neuroscience and behavioral biology. 

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    "The global supply chain is amazingly efficient. So why did it break down?" (NPR, 1/5/22)
    "The Thought Leader Interview: Christopher Mims" (strategy+business, Spring 2022)

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    • 22 min
    Coming Up: A Conversation with Christopher Mimms

    Coming Up: A Conversation with Christopher Mimms

    On the next episode of One Big Question (Wed., Sept. 28), university President Greg Fenves chats with Emory alumnus Christopher Mimms, a technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal whose column, ”Keywords,” is an absolute must-read. With swift and exacting prose, Christopher unpacks the complexities of the technology sector. This will be the third and final episode of this season of the podcast.

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    Tayari Jones: A Best-selling Novelist Teaches Creativity

    Tayari Jones: A Best-selling Novelist Teaches Creativity

    Tayari Jones is a best-selling author, whose acclaimed novels explore the human condition with depth and compassion. Her works ask fundamental questions about identity, family, and America, and they have riveted readers around the world. Tayari is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University, where since 2018, she has taught and mentored undergraduate students of all skill levels. 

    In this episode, Emory University President Greg Fenves talks with Tayari about teaching, and why, of the many options available to her, she finds that working with undergraduate students and unlocking their creativity allows her to have the greatest impact as a professor. 

    Related Articles

    "Atlanta native, author Tayari Jones joins faculty of Emory University" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 4/15/2018)
    'SisterWriters' Tayari Jones, Pearl Cleage share their literary friendship in Emory talk (Emory News, 10/2/2018)
    "Emory professor, novelist Tayari Jones wins NAACP Image Award" (Emory News, 4/1/2019)
    "Tayari Jones' 'Exquisitely Intimate' Novel Wins Women's Prize For Fiction" (NPR, 6/5/2019)

    Related Resources

    Creative Writing Program at Emory University
    Georgia Writers Hall of Fame: Tayari Jones
    Tayari Jones Official Web Site
    TIME: Article by Tayari Jones
    Women's Prize for Fiction 2019: An American Marriage (Tayari Jones)

     

    • 24 min
    Coming Up: A Conversation with Tayari Jones

    Coming Up: A Conversation with Tayari Jones

    On the next episode of One Big Question (Wed., Sept. 14), university President Greg Fenves sits down with Tayari Jones, Professor of Creative Writing at Emory College, about teaching, and why she finds that working with undergraduate students allows her to have the greatest impact as a professor. 

    • 1 min
    Laurel Bristow: A Science Hero Rises on Instagram

    Laurel Bristow: A Science Hero Rises on Instagram

    Laurel Bristow is an infectious disease researcher at Emory University, and since the pandemic started, she's become a social media phenomenon. She's been posting videos on Instagram and answering questions about COVID-19 and the connections she's built with her audience are truly one of a kind. At last check, she's amassed close to 450,000 followers. 

    In recent years we've unfortunately seen how social media can be used to spread conspiracy theories, misinformation, and disinformation. But what about the truth? In this episode, Emory University President Gregory L. Fenves talks with Laurel about how social media, with all of its eccentricities, can also be a powerful medium for truth telling and myth-busting. 

    Related Articles

    "An Atlanta Researcher Looks For a COVID-19 Treatment" (MTV Impact, 6/27/20)
    "Instagram's Favorite Infectious Disease Researcher on Our Nightmare Year" (VICE, 12/23/20)
    "Teaching People How to Spot Bad Science Is a Public Health Tool" (Mother Jones, 7/20/20)
    "This Infectious Disease Specialist Is Answering Your COVID-19 Questions On Instagram" (Science Friday, 3/19/21)

    Related Resources

    Hope Clinic of Emory Vaccine Center: Lauren Bristow
    Lauren Bristow on Instagram
    Lauren Bristow on Twitter

    • 24 min

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