Salman Rushdie and Claire Sterk

University Distinguished Professors

University professorships engage renowned public leaders and artists with Emory's research and teaching missions.

  • U.S. President Jimmy Carter: The former U.S. President and Nobel laureate conducts an annual town hall with first-year Emory College students and speaks to select classes and events. The nonprofit Carter Center partners with Emory to advance human rights and health worldwide and houses Carter's presidential archive.
  • Sir Salman Rushdie: The internationally renowned novelist regularly visits Emory's campus to teach classes, engage with students, and participate in faculty forums and special projects. He is based in the English Department of Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and his papers and digital archives are housed at Emory's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.
  • The XIV Dalai Lama: His Holiness participates in periodic campus programs with faculty and students. He helps advance Emory's study-abroad program in Dharamsala, India, as well as Emory College's Emory-Tibet Partnership, which supports sustained intellectual exchanges between Western science and Tibetan Buddhist traditions.