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June 13, 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
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DirectorMessage from the Director

Even with summer vacations underway, there has been no letup in the quality of our Lunch Colloquiums or the attendance. Hearing Jag Sheth's talk, it is clear why he has won so many awards and why he is considered a thought leader in his fields. It is only a slight exaggeration to say that he was mobbed at the end of his talk by members wanting to hear more. Fortunately, those of you who missed his talk can read Donna Brogan's article in this issue and also can view the entire talk using the link at the end of the article.
Our next Lunch Colloquium promises to be just as interesting although in a completely different direction. Mario DiGirolamo invited EUEC members to a gallery viewing of his photography a year ago and now will talk about his life as a photographer which has paralleled his career as a physician-scientist.
Anyone who pays any attention at all to events on college campuses can't escape noticing the many conflicts that occur concerning free speech. What is the situation at Emory? Emory made the national news due to protests by students at "Trump chalkings" that appeared on campus. The suggestion in the media seemed to be that sentiment on campus was that such chalkings should be prohibited. The article on free speech in this issue explores Emory's current policies on speech and protest and the official response to the chalkings. There is also an invitation for EUEC members to serve as Open Expression Observers. I hope you will find time to read this article; comments are most welcome.

I am very grateful to John Bugge, Herb Benario, and Gretchen Schulz for help with proofing and editing.  
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How Photography Has Enriched My Life

The Luce Center Room 130

Mario DiGirolamo, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Physiology

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New Consumption Culture and Changing Family Values: The Rise of the Roommate Family

Jagdish Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, Goizueta School of Business

We have a new President!

I assume that everyone by now has heard that Claire Sterk has been selected as the University's 20th president.  The official announcement was on June 3 and she will assume the role on September 1.  The official announcement can be read by clicking here.  An interview with her can be heard on WABE by clicking here.  (The link is for the entire Closer Look program; you can fast forward to minute 45:43 to hear the interview with her.)  There was an extensive national search and her selection was by no means a foregone conclusion.  She emerged as the top candidate and brings many assets to the presidency.  She is a strong supporter of faculty governance, having served as President of the University Senate and Chair of Faculty Council in 2000-2001.  She spans the University in a way no previous President has.  Not only does she have an appointment in the Rollins School of Public Health, but she also holds appointments in the College in anthropology, sociology, and women, gender, and sexuality studies.  It is certainly a milestone for Emory that she is the first woman president.  She is also a friend and supporter of EUEC, for which we all should be very grateful!

We note the passing of EUEC Member Kamal Mansour

Grant Opportunity!

EUEC Member Dana Greene suggests that the following program could be of interest to some of our members.  She said: "I called the office and indeed emeriti are eligible.  Its charm is that it is a short term program.   Long ago I applied and got on the roster but there was no program in which my skills fit."

Fulbright Specialist Program 

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. Grant Duration: Two- to six-weeks. Rolling Roster Application. Emeriti are eligible to apply.  Contact:    202-686-6235.  
Program Information

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas.  The program awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative two- to six-week projects at eligible institutions in over 140 countries worldwide.  Shorter grant lengths give Specialists greater flexibility to pursue projects that work best with their current academic or professional commitments.  International travel costs and a per-day grant payment are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating host institutions cover grantee in-country expenses or provide in-kind services.

Project requests are submitted by non-U.S. institutions and focus on strengthening and supporting institutions' development needs.  Eligible activities include short-term lecturing, conducting seminars, teacher training, assessments and evaluations, special conferences or workshops, as well as collaborating on faculty development and curriculum or institutional planning. 
Thanks to Dana for suggesting this opportunity.

SpeechTopFree Speech at Emory University

Freedom of speech has always been a contentious issue on most college campuses. Many of you probably read about the "Trump chalkings" at Emory in early April and the resulting protests. What you likely missed was the ultimate resolution of that issue and the broader context of open expression at Emory. You can read about Emory's policies and response to the chalkings and also find out about how you can help protect free speech at Emory.
FacAcTopFaculty Activities

Click here to read about our faculty, Jim Roark, Steve Nowicki, and Russell Richey

The next round of OLLI courses has been announced.  You can get more information about OLLI and register for courses at  You can see the complete catalog of courses by clicking here.  The summer term is July 11-August 18; EUEC member David Goldsmith is teaching a course on the History of Photography.  Registration is now open.

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How Photography Has Enriched My Life

Mario DiGirolamo, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Physiology

EUEC Member Dr. Mario DiGirolamo's career in medicine and scientific research started in his native Rome, brought him to New York at Columbia University, and then to Emory and Atlanta, where he and his wife have lived for 42 years. His passion for photography started in his teen years and developed during many return trips to Italy and scientific conventions around the world. He has published two books of black and white photography, Sole e Ombra/Sun and Shadow in 2000 and Visione in 2015, with the work of the latter recognized in a special exhibit by Atlanta's Fine Art Photographic Gallery, Lumiere. In the Introduction to Visione, Brooks Jensen, editor of the renowned photographic magazine LensWork, describes DiGirolamo's photography as "filled with . . . the very stuff of life. It is the life in these pictures that makes them so interesting, while simultaneously being a testament to DiGirolamo's sensitive eye and skill with the camera. These photographs may not radically change our lives, but they will give us pause to consider the [value of the] fleeting moments in our [own] lives, a substantial gift from these images and DiGirolamo."

You can find out more about Mario and his photography by visiting his website:  On his website is a short video in which he describes his background in photography, which you can view by clicking here.

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New Consumption Culture and Changing Family Values: The Rise of the Roommate Family

Jagdish Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, Goizueta School of Business

In the very well attended Lunch Colloquium of June 6, Dr. Sheth first noted that U. S. consumer needs and wants and the resources needed to meet these market demands are shaped by four forces: (1) demography, (2) the economy, (3) technology, and (4) public policy. He focused on demographic changes over time in the U.S. and projected the impact of these changes upon emerging and future market needs and opportunities. He based his projections on descriptive statistics from U.S. data sources such as the Census of Population and Housing and national surveys of demographic, social, health, and economic indicators. Based on his professional background in psychology, statistics, and behavioral economics, the story line that he wove from these descriptive statistics was fascinating.

Demographic changes in the U.S. over several decades are substantial, shifting from primarily demographic homogeneity to demographic heterogeneity. Five specific components of this change are:

(a) An aging (65+) but affluent population: median age now 40, will be 45 by 2030
(b) More women in the workforce and many dual income households
(c) Increasing ethnic diversity of the population
(d) Decline of the middle class since the 1980's
(e) Living alone by choice.

Each of the changes above has implications for consumer needs and wants and market opportunities and resources. For example, an aging but affluent population needs health preservation, but health care cannot continue to consume 13% of GDP (gross domestic product). The private sector likely will continue to renege on pensions and health care for retirees, and co-pays for health insurance likely will increase. This aging affluent population also will need wealth preservation services, management of retirement benefits, and a shift in recreation activities from more to less active.

Women are in the workforce in unprecedented numbers. Three-fourths of women with children work, and 60% of adult women work (likely increasing to 65% by 2020). There is a blending of breadwinner and homemaker roles. A dual income family is almost a necessity to raise children. The money to raise one child through high school in the U.S. was quoted as $240,000. Time is a scarce resource in many families, and convenience products and services are wanted by consumers. You could say that "outsourcing" has come home (e.g. lawn care and house cleaners and prepared foods). Eating out is common; a figure of 1.5 meals per day per person was quoted. Related to the time scarcity is stressful family lifestyles. The "roommate family" has evolved, where family members no longer spend significant amounts of time together but, rather, pursue autonomous lifestyles, each with her/his own activities, either alone or with nonfamily persons.

The nonwhite population in the U.S. will increase to more than 50% by the year 2030, with California, Texas, and Florida leading the way. There will be growth in ethnic markets, including mainstream distribution of ethnic products and lifestyles. That is, rather than forcing immigrants to be like the previous majority population, the previous majority will adapt some of the immigrants' cultures, e.g. food and music. There will be a lack of correlation between social class and ethnic concentration, which is different from the past. There will be even more cultural diversity and linguistic problems than there are now.

The middle class will decline from a high of 60% of the population in the 1960's to a low of 30% of the population. With this decline, another 30% will be affluent, with the remaining 40% equally split between the "surviving" and the "new poor." Customized markets will emerge to accommodate this new class structure, with a rise in super premium products for the super affluent class and ultra-low price products and services, e.g. Walmart, for those below middle class. Affordability for the new poor (e.g. health care and education) will become a socio-political agenda.

More people will live alone by choice. This is already evident in many young professional females opting not to marry at all. Market implications are more housing and more household furnishings.

Additional societal and market implications of these demographic changes are: strong regional and local differences, a global village in U.S. towns (not just cities), a rich-poor dichotomy, growth of social media, replacement of kinship with friendship, and privacy concerns. How much of all of this we will see in our lifetimes is unclear, but, as Dr. Sheth's presentation illustrated, contemplation of what has happened already, is happening now, and might happen in years to come is fascinating.

--Donna Brogan

The webcast of Jag's talk may be viewed by clicking here.

NewBotNew Members

New members are the lifeblood of any organization.  If you know any of these faculty, please make a special effort to welcome them to EUEC!


Sarah B. Freeman, PhD, ARNP, FAANP, Professor Emerita of Nursing


Irina Zaitseva, MA, Senior Lecturer Emerita of Spanish and Portuguese


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Kamal Mansour, 1929-2016

EUEC Member Kamal Mansour, MBBCH, a beloved and renowned faculty cardiothoracic surgeon of the Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, for 48 years, passed away on June 6, 2016. Dr. Mansour was affectionately known to thousands of Emory residents as "The Professor," because of his devotion to teaching and training and his unselfish regard for his students and patients.

Dr. Mansour was born in Cairo, Egypt. He graduated from Tewfik College in Cairo in 1947, and earned his Master's Degree from Ein Shams University Medical School in Cairo in 1954. He completed surgical training at several institutions in Egypt and Jordan, before coming to the United States and finishing his training at Emory University Hospital in 1968. Dr. Charles Hatcher, former chair of surgery and later director of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, immediately invited Dr. Mansour to join Emory's then three-member section of cardiothoracic surgery.

FacAcBotFaculty Activities

James Roark 
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of American History

Jim Roark with organizers of the new Roark Prize, 2014 graduates Ben Leiner and Naveed Amalfard.
Jim Roark, one of our newest members, retires officially at the end of August.  At his retirement party, he was surprised with the news of a prize bearing his name that was organized by two of his undergraduate mentees.  The prize will be used to help fund research for the honors theses of rising seniors.  The complete article that was published in Emory News can be read by clicking here.  

Steve Nowicki
Candler Professor of Psychology Emeritus   

There was an article on EUEC member Steve Nowicki's new book, Choice or Chance, and more broadly on his career at Emory, in the Summer issue of Druid Hills Outlook.  Although only two pages, it gives a nice overview of his time to date at Emory and the writing of his latest book.  The article may be read by clicking here

Russell E. Richey
Dean Emeritus of Candler School of Theology and
William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Church History Emeritus

Like so many of our members, Russell Richey has been busy in the past year on a wide variety of activities, including speaking, writing, and getting grants.  His report can be read by clicking here.  If those activities weren't enough, he further reports that "Not included because not new is my ongoing role as editor (along with Ted Campbell of SMU and with Rex Matthews as managing editor) of METHODIST REVIEW, an online scholarly venture.  It continues in that digital format a scholarly Wesleyan/Methodist enterprise that dates back to 1818.  Funded primarily by Emory and SMU, managed adroitly by Rex, and based at Emory, it is the place for peer-reviewed scholarship on our heritage."

SppechBotFree Speech at Emory University

When I was in high school there were proposals to ban communists from speaking at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I can remember thinking at the time that communism must be very appealing if it were so dangerous just to hear a communist speak. Clearly, however, others viewed communism as so evil that no one espousing such views should be allowed to speak, at least to impressionable college students. The intervening years have shown no letup in controversies surrounding speech on campuses. There have been many examples in the news just in the last year. In general, everyone in the U.S. is in favor of free speech as a concept; for many, though, there is a however associated with free speech. As in the case with communists at UNC, there are some speakers whose speech is (pre)judged to be so odious that either 1) they should not be allowed to speak on campus and if already invited should be dis-invited, or 2) they should be prevented from speaking by protesters in the audience or by blocking access to the event.  My guess is that most of us would have a list of speakers we would not want to see invited to campus.  The context, of course, also matters; inviting someone as a Commencement speaker is quite different than inviting someone as part of a "Controversial Topics" series.  
Where does Emory stand with respect to free speech? In the past five years, Emory has developed a robust set of policies and understandings about free speech and the related issues of dissent, protest, and community. President Wagner commissioned a task force on "Dissent, Protest, and Community" in 2011. There were a number of issues that had arisen in the preceding years, but undoubtedly the one event that led to the formation of the task force was the arrest of the Sodexo protesters in April of 2011. The Task Force was chaired by Frank Alexander and issued a report in early 2012. Their report is a wonderfully constructed document and is well worth reading and can be read by clicking here. The report includes a number of "Praxis Examples." Those were examples of situations that had occurred on campus in the recent past and that were used as a test of the principles outlined in the report.
As a result of the report, the University Senate charged a task force in September 2012, co-chaired by Ajay Nair and Frank Alexander, to review and rewrite the University policy governing open expression. The result of that task force was the current "Respect for Open Expression Policy" that can be read by clicking here. That policy was presented to the University Senate and ratified unanimously in October of 2013. An important part of the acceptance of the task force suggestions was the creation of the University Senate Committee for Open Expression.

Creation of the University Senate Committee for Open Expression was important for several reasons. The existence of that committee in the University Senate clearly indicates that it is not "the Administration" that guards or evaluates open expression on campus, but rather the community of faculty, students, and staff that are responsible for upholding open expression. The ongoing nature of the Committee suggests that free speech is not something that can be established as a policy and then left, but is something that must be guarded and continually upheld.
More information about the Committee for Open Expression can be found on the Senate website by clicking here. Of particular note, there were two major cases of dissent and protest that were examined by the Committee in the past year and each resulted in an extensive report by the Committee. It is worth reading the reports to see the seriousness with which the Committee functions and the rigor of their conclusions. The first case was one in which the Emory Students for Justice in Palestine constructed a display to protest Israeli actions, which was then defaced. The resulting report stated that the defacement of the display was in violation of the policy on open expression. The second case concerned the "Trump chalkings." Those chalkings and the meeting of student protesters about the chalkings with President Wagner led to extensive press coverage, such as this article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The Committee's report did not come out until several weeks after the incident and so escaped attention. It can be read here and supported the chalkings as protected speech. One issue about the chalkings was that they caused some students anguish. The report dealt directly with that issue. The comments on that aspect give a sense of the Committee's work:
But, as we held in the context of a display accusing Israel of being an apartheid state, the content of "nonpersonal Protests" (such as displays or chalking) is expressly protected under the Policy and therefore cannot give rise to mental or emotional injury prohibited under the policy. Even outside of the context of nonpersonal protests, expressions of opinion on subjects of social or political interest cannot constitute "mental or emotional injury" prohibited under the Policy.
The "mental or emotional injury" proviso in the Policy is significant. For instance, Georgia law--like the law of every other state--recognizes the tort of "intentional infliction of emotional distress." Georgia also recognizes the tort of "negligent infliction of emotional distress." These are also sometimes called intentional or negligent infliction of "emotional harm" or of "emotional injury," so the notion that emotional harm is a legally cognizable injury is certainly well-established, both in Georgia and in other states. Conduct that falls within these torts would, at the very least, violate University policy and fall outside "the spirit of Open Expression at Emory," and would also directly violate the Open Expression Policy. However, to extend the concept of mental or emotional injury to encompass the expression of social or political opinions would undermine the Policy and its commitment to the University's neutrality as to content.
Some students also reported feelings of fear resulting from the chalkings. Certainly, if the content of the chalkings threatened violence, force, or injury to persons or property, they would violate the Open Expression Policy as well as other policies, including state criminal law. Such acts would also reasonably evoke feelings of fear--though the acts are prohibited without reference to whether anyone subjectively feels fear; and likewise, a subjective feeling of fear is insufficient, by itself, to bring an act within a prohibition in the Policy. The knowledge that someone supports Donald Trump and is willing to express his feelings in chalk is not a threat, and is not a reasonable cause for fear in this context.
How can we as EUEC members support Open Expression at Emory?
I mentioned at the beginning of this article that the two major threats to open expression are 1) not permitting certain speakers to be invited to campus, and 2) protesters trying to prevent invited speakers from delivering their message. The task forces recognized the difficulties presented by this second threat. There have been many examples on campuses of protests disrupting speech; in addition, the threat of such disruption has prompted either cancellations of invitations or refusals to invite certain individuals to speak. Both of the task forces mentioned above recognized these threats, and thus emphasized 1) the importance of allowing open expression, 2) the importance of allowing protest and dissent to such speech, and 3) the importance of ensuring that such protest and dissent should not prevent open expression.
In an ideal world, the existence of open expression principles should be sufficient to guide behavior, but of course not even Emory is an ideal world. A crucial recommendation of the second task force was the principle that active support of open expression should be a shared University community responsibility; enforcement should not be left to "the Administration" or to the police. To accomplish this objective, the Open Expression Observers Program was established. These observers are trained University members who are present at activities and whose function is to support the Open Expression Policy and if necessary "Act as liaisons between community members and Emory Police and/or University Administrators." A complete description is available by clicking Open Expression Observers Program.
A call has gone out to solicit additional Open Expression Observers. The eligibility requirements suggest that our members might not be eligible, but I have communicated with Michael Shutt and he stated that our members would be welcome. I strongly believe that our retired faculty and senior administrators have the experience and "gravitas" to command respect of the community at any event and to help everyone recognize the importance of allowing both speech and dissent and protest.
Here is the solicitation for observers:
Dear Colleagues,
I am writing to invite you to serve as an Emory University Open Expression Observer. As a scholarly community, Emory supports open expression and civil discourse. Specifically, we all are encouraged to openly examine, present, and debate information, ideas, and points of view in a respectful manner.
Emory Campus Life - which is responsible for administering the Open Expression Observers program - encourages members of the Emory community to help ensure that all University events are grounded in open expression and civil discourse.
Therefore, we are increasing the number of Open Expression Observers to broaden representation across the University community. The observer's role is to protect and maintain the right of open expression at a range of meetings, events, and protests throughout our University community. Observers must:
·         Hold a full-time faculty or staff appointment
·         Attend a comprehensive training
·         Promote the ideals of free expression in the Emory community
·         Attend and observe events on various occasions throughout the year
·         Commit to serve a two-year term as an Open Expression Observer
The Open Expression Observers program helps build Emory's capacity for critical inquiry, dialogue, and debate as essential traditions of our great institution. You can read more online about Emory's  Respect for Open Expression Policy, the  University Senate Committee for Open Expression, and the Open Expression Observers program.

I hope you will consider joining this team. If you are interested, please complete the short online application. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Michael D. Shutt at
Dr. Suzanne Onorato
Assistant Vice President for Community
Emory Campus Life
Emory University
If any of you are interested, you can apply directly using the online application. Whether or not you decide to apply, I hope you have a better idea of how Emory is attempting the difficult task of balancing free speech and protest of that free speech.

--Gray Crouse 

WalkBotWalking the campus with Dianne
The little window mouse lives within the Art History-Michael C.Carlos Hall building.  It sits in one of the windows on the back of the building overlooking the small parking area.  It's been there as long as I can remember and I hope it is never removed -- it's a nice little surprise and much better to have around than the real thing!!


Our next photo is one I'm sure most of you will recognize.  It shows an item that is the only one of its kind on campus (that I know of).

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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