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May 9, 2016
This issue of our newsletter is sent to members and friends of the Emory University Emeritus College (EUEC). I hope the newsletter will help keep you informed about our activities and help you feel connected with our members throughout the U.S.  On the left are links to our website and links to contact either me or the EUEC office. 

With best wishes,

Gray F. Crouse
Director, EUEC
In this Issue:
DirectorMessage from the Director

Today is Emory's 171st Commencement and so marks the end of this academic year. It is not the end of our activities, however, as we have a great series of Lunch Colloquiums planned through July. I hope many of you will be able to attend at least some of them. Last week, we heard a fascinating account by Christine Moe of her work concerning sanitation in healthcare facilities, and next Monday we sample a completely different area of study concerning beastly morality (see below for more information.)

We welcome more members and hear from two of our members about their recent activities. If I haven't heard from you, please let me know what you have been doing.

We are so fortunate at Emory to have faculty who are not only extremely talented, but also generous with their time. That is true not only of the participants in our Lunch Colloquiums, but in our other programs as well. Last week, for example, Jeff Pennell of the Law School gave another retirement seminar (he has done one each year for the past few years) in his area of expertise concerning wills and trusts. There was a very engaged audience and Jeff spoke for two solid hours and then met with participants who came to him after his talk. If you see Jeff around campus, be sure and thank him for his contribution.

I am very grateful to John Bugge, Herb Benario, and Gretchen Schulz for help with proofing and editing.  
LCMay16TopLunch Colloquium May 16

Brutal Justice?  Animals Accusing Humans of Abuse

The Luce Center  11:30-1:00
Room 130
Jonathan K. Crane, Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought, Emory University Center for Ethics

LCMay2TopLunch Colloquium May 2

The Water and Sanitation Crisis in Healthcare Facilities in Low-Income Countries: Status, Consequences and Challenges
Christine L. Moe, PhD 
Eugene J. Gangarosa Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation; Director, Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Rollins School of Public Health


EUEC Founding Member Gene Winograd recently passed away.  An invitation to his memorial service is below.  Also below is information on the passing of Sammy Clark, former chaplain at Oxford. 

FacAcTopFaculty Activities

Click here to read about two of our faculty, Lucas Carpenter and Rich Martin.

Volunteer Opportunity

The following announcement appeared in the March 21 Issue.  See below for one of our member's experience.



I am a research nurse at Emory University's Hope Clinic. We are doing a study with the CDC on people 65 years old and older. We need 1100 people in the metro Atlanta to volunteer to help. We would like to reach out to the Emeritus College and see if there are interested volunteers. The study involves gaining consent for each volunteer, reviewing a short list of inclusion criteria, getting a short health history (including pneumococcal vaccine history) and swabbing their nose and throat. Each volunteer will be given a $25 Kroger or Publix gift card as a token of appreciation.

 Click here to view the recruitment flyer. Please let me know if you have any questions.



Mary B. Bower, RN, BSN

Clinical Research Nurse II

The Hope Clinic of Emory University

500 Irvin Ct., Suite 200

Decatur, GA 30030

404-712-1370 (main)

404-712-1457 (direct)

404-499-9727 (fax)


EUEC Member June Scott reports on her experience:


I volunteered at the Hope Clinic for the Pneumococcal Study.  They seek healthy volunteers over 65 years old for about a 20-30 minute one time visit, which includes a throat and nasal swab (no urine sample) and lots of paperwork. You receive a $25 gift card for Publix or Kroger in return.  I was very impressed with the clinic, which does large scale human "trials" for different purposes. Their work is very important in development of vaccines and treatments for different infectious diseases. 


Suzette Binford, The Alzheimer's Association
Grace Crum Rollins Building
8th Floor Rita Anna Rollins Room
May 17, 2016
Paul Black, Brannon+Black LLC
Goizueta Business School
Room 201
June 15, 2016
Please contact Mary Ellen Nessmith at 404-727-4177 if you have questions about the upcoming workshops or the Emory Caregiver Support Program.

Master of Religion in Public Life

Candler School of Theology's Master of Religion and Public Life (MRPL) degree explores the dynamics of faith in the public sphere. The MRPL is a 30 credit-hour residential program with a flexible curriculum and occasional evening classes to accommodate working professionals. It is especially well-suited for those in careers that aren't "religious," but whose work is impacted by religion--like professionals in healthcare, education, social work, law and other fields who need to understand how clients may be influenced by their faith. The program is also an excellent choice for those interested in the role of religion in society and those wanting to deepen their faith through study.
Information sessions are being held in May and June. For more information, click here.

LCMay16BotLunch Colloquium May 16 

Brutal Justice?  Animals Accusing Humans of Abuse

Jonathan K. Crane, Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought, Emory University Center for Ethics

Could nonhuman animals have a sense of justice?  And if they did, what might this mean for human civilization? This is not just a modern political debate about, say, chimpanzees and orca whales.  This question has ancient, even religious, roots.  This presentation will examine two sources--drawn from the Jewish and Islamic traditions--that portray animals as creatures with robust notions of right and wrong, good and bad.  More, the animals in these stories hold humanity accountable for abusing them.  Come consider the possibilities of brute justice with Emory's Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought, Jonathan K. Crane.

About Jonathan Crane:

Jonathan K. Crane is the Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar of Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University's Center for Ethics.  He earned a B.A. (summa cum laude) from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, an M.A. in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame, an M.Phil. in Gandhian thought from Gujarat Vidyapith in India, an M.A. in Hebrew Literature and rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, and a Ph.D. in religion from the University of Toronto. The co-author of Ahimsa: The Way to Peace, co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality, author of Narratives and Jewish Bioethics, and editor of Beastly Morality: Animals as Ethical Agents, he is the founder and co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Jewish Ethics.  A past president of the The Society of Jewish Ethics, he frequently speaks and publishes broadly on Judaism, ethics and bioethics, comparative religious ethics, narrative ethics, environmental ethics, and animal ethics, among other topics.  He was awarded an honorary degree from Wheaton College.  

Areas of Expertise:

Jewish ethical perspectives on biomedical, social, political, and warfare issues
Comparative religious ethics
Jewish theology, law and lore
Gandhian thought
Interfaith dialogue

About Crane's latest book, Beastly Morality:

From the Columbia University Press website

We have come to regard nonhuman animals as beings of concern, and we even grant them some legal protections. But until we understand animals as moral agents in and of themselves, they will be nothing more than distant recipients of our largesse. Featuring original essays by philosophers, ethicists, religionists, and ethologists, including Marc Bekoff, Frans de Waal, and Elisabetta Palagi, this collection demonstrates the ability of animals to operate morally, process ideas of good and bad, and think seriously about sociality and virtue.

Envisioning nonhuman animals as distinct moral agents marks a paradigm shift in animal studies, as well as philosophy itself. Drawing not only on ethics and religion but also on law, sociology, and cognitive science, the essays in this collection test long-held certainties about moral boundaries and behaviors and prove that nonhuman animals possess complex reasoning capacities, sophisticated empathic sociality, and dynamic and enduring self-conceptions. Rather than claim animal morality is the same as human morality, this book builds an appreciation of the variety and character of animal sensitivities and perceptions across multiple disciplines, moving animal welfarism in promising new directions.

LCMay2BotLunch Colloquium May 2

The Water and Sanitation Crisis in Healthcare Facilities in Low-Income Countries: Status, Consequences and Challenges

Christine L. Moe
Eugene J. Gangarosa Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation; Director,
Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, Rollins School of Public Health 

Water, water, everywhere
And all the boards did shrink
Water, water, everywhere
Nor any drop to drink
                 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,
                 Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
On May 2, Christine Moe, Eugene J. Gangarosa Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation and Director, Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Rollins School of Public Health, spoke to the Lunch Colloquium about "The Water and Sanitation Crisis in Healthcare Facilities in Low-Income Countries." When she began, Professor Moe apologized for the gross photos that accompanied her talk. These depicted the deplorable conditions in medical facilities in the countries where the Center has projects including Ghana, Honduras, Rwanda and Uganda.
Since 2008, the World Health Organization has had guidelines setting standards of environmental health and sanitation but these were vague and unenforced. New sustainable and more stringent goals were set in 2015. Now in order for a healthcare facility (HCF) to meet the guidelines, there must be an improved water source on the premises, accessible to staff and patients, handwashing stations with soap and water should be available, males and females should have separate toilet facilities, and there should be a menstrual hygiene management plan. The Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene focuses on observing and monitoring HCFs and collecting data with regard to compliance with these new standards.
Although most of us are familiar with the problem of lack of potable water for those living in many countries in the world, the problem of a lack of clean water in HCFs is far more complex. Some countries rely on rainwater catchment for water, which leads to shortages in the dry season, and power outages are another major problem affecting the supply. And when the water reaches the facility, it may not be clean. Even on-site water treatment does not ensure good water quality at the point of use. It should be no surprise that with families camping and cooking on site as they care for their family members, with resources scarce and many water facilities such as toilets and sinks non-functional, there is a high incidence of hospital infections and babies and others die. It seems obvious that addressing these hygiene and sanitation issues will cut into the incidence of infant mortality and hospital infections. The World Health Organization estimates that the infection rate is 3 to 20 times higher than in developed countries. In some countries, such as Uganda, the Center concentrates on collecting data that would support this estimate. Professor Moe pointed out that US AID paid for a new laboratory facility in Uganda, but, when she visited, the facility did not have clean, functional toilet facilities! The Center has developed an assessment tool. Those using it collect samples of water that can be tested in a lab for purity and observe infra-structure and practices in the facility. With accurate data, it should be possible to identify priority needs and target where interventions are needed.
Professor Moe's work has taken her many times to Africa - she specifically discussed Ghana and Uganda - and to Honduras in Central America, and there is a project in Cambodia underway this summer. The technology exists to provide facilities in these countries with water filtration devices, but the facilities need to be monitored to make sure the system is operational. Will the facility provide the financial and operational support? Is the Director supportive? When presented with the sustainability score card, how will the Director and facility management react? Will conditions improve? These are thorny, ongoing questions. As Professor Moe stressed, the data are critical for advocacy and action.
The Center and Professor Moe's work with the support of the GE Foundation are great examples of thoughtful investment in efforts to improve HCFs and health outcomes in some of the poorest countries in the world. I have travelled in some of these countries. I know about the need for access to clean water. The need is many times more acute in healthcare facilities. People around the world are lucky to have people like Professor Moe on the front lines!
--Jan Pratt
NewMemBotNew Members

Claudia Adkison, JD, PhD, Executive Associate Dean and Professor Emerita, School of Medicine

John Ford, PhD, Senior Vice President and Dean for Campus Life, retired

In Transition

Ann Connor, DNP, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
FacAcBotFaculty Activities

Lucas Carpenter
Charles Howard Candler Professor of English, Emeritus


Lucas's newest book, Mind and Body: And Other Stories, was published on May1, 2016. 

From the back cover:

 A subtly linked series of stories that chronicle two generations of a family from the Depression to World War II to the Vietnam War to the present. Characters include a jazz trumpeter, a Ukrainian teenager taken by the Nazis for slave labor in Germany, soldiers from World War II and the Vietnam War, and a strange crew of college professors and their wives from a small college in the Midwest. Lucas Carpenter was born in Elberton, Georgia. He was educated at the College of Charleston (B.S.), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.A.), and the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Ph.D.). He is the author of John Gould Fletcher and Southern Modernism (U. of Arkansas Press, 1990) and general editor of a seven-volume series devoted to Fletcher's work. He has also written a chapbook of poetry, A Year for the Spider (UNC Pitcher Poetry Award, 1973), and a book of poetry, Perils of the Affect (Mellen Press, 2002). His poems, stories, articles and reviews have appeared in thirty-seven periodicals, including Prairie Schooner, The Minnesota Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, College Literature, Kansas Quarterly, Carolina Quarterly, Concerning Poetry, Poetry (Australia), Southern Humanities Review, College English, San Francisco Review of Books, Callaloo, Chronicle of Higher Education, and New York Newsday. He was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to lecture and write in Belgium during the 1999-2000 academic year. He is Charles Howard Candler Professor of English at Oxford College, Emory University.

A press release for the book may be read by clicking here.

Richard C Martin  
Professor of Religion, Emeritus

Rich reports the following:

Thank you for the Emory Emeritus College Newsletters. I now live in western NC near Boone, some 300 miles from campus.  I do get back to Atlanta a few times a year, but unfortunately not on dates that coincide with EUEC events.
Mention in this letter of my Department of Religion colleague Gene Bianchi and reading about other colleagues in retirement has stirred me to send along some information about my own doings since retirement in the summer of 2013. 
In retirement I have remained active by accepting the editorship of the Middle East Studies Association's journal, the Review of Middle East Studies, whose offices I was able to locate at Virginia Tech.  At Tech, I also hold an appointment as Visiting Scholar in the Department of Religion and Culture.  I will complete the journal editorship in the summer of 2017. 
In the fall of 2013 I signed a contract to become editor in chief of the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, a two-volume work (I had edited the first edition in 2004) published by Macmillan Reference USA earlier this year.  That kept me very busy for three years.
In 2017 my wife Holly will retire from her position as Professor of English at Appalachian State University, and we will move to the home we recently bought on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound.  Colleagues in the Middle East Center at the University of Washington have invited me to affiliate with their program, which will include library privileges.   Finally, there will be no excuse for me not to get back to my last book project on "Islam and Secularism."

Like many in the Emory Emeritus College, I have ended up just as busy, if not more so, than before retirement.  However, I am having more fun.

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InMemBotIn Memoriam

Eugene Winograd

Sammy Clark

Rev. Samuel Matthias Clark Jr., 83, of Rabun Gap, Georgia passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Habersham County Medical Center.  

Rev. Clark, known at Oxford simply as "Sammy," was Oxford's first campus chaplain, serving from 1982 to 1999. During his tenure, he established Leadership Oxford, an intensive eight-day experience that prepares student leaders for their duties in campus organizations. It continues to be one of Oxford's most popular and effective leadership programs. He also began a service/travel program at Oxford which later expanded across Emory University and is now known as Journeys of Reconciliation, which takes participants from Oxford and Emory colleges to communities around the world where there is a history of conflict, violence and exploitation. 

WalkBotWalking the campus with Dianne
As expected, a few Emeritus members recognized the last photo as the Miller Ward Alumni House.  The photo shows us the entrance from the garden side of the building. You may have entered this way for our Sheth Lecture last month.  


Where to next?  How about we pay some attention to mostly unnoticed items?  During my walks, I've noticed there are some very beautiful details on many of our buildings.  For this next location, you have to look upwards, but make sure to stop moving before you look up....I don't want anyone to stumble and fall!!

Where Will You Find This on Emory's Campus?

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Emory University Emeritus College

The Luce Center
825 Houston Mill Road NE #206

Atlanta, GA 30329


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