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November 9, 2015
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

Since our last newsletter, we have had two excellent programs here at the Luce Center: a Retirement Seminar on financial matters presented by our Membership and Development Committee and a Lunch Colloquium given by Rosemary Magee. If you missed those programs, you can read a report on Rosemary's talk by Linda Matthews and you can watch the webcasts of both using the links supplied below. The webcast of the retirement seminar set a record for number of online participants, so interest in that mode of participation is growing, although it is still better to be physically present, if possible!  Our next Lunch Colloquium will feature David Lynn.  Be sure to read the article below to find out the surprising connection between David Lynn and Rosemary Magee.
Participation by our members in OLLI is growing, which is good both for our members and for the Atlanta community. EUEC member teaching in OLLI is probably setting a record for the 2016 Winter quarter which is just being announced (see below). I counted 13 EUEC members who are teaching! I am very pleased to announce the awarding of two 2015 EUEC-OLLI Teaching Fellowships to John Bugge and Jim Keller (see below). There is an announcement for how to apply for next year's Fellowships, and I hope that some of you will be thus encouraged to teach in OLLI. If you are not interested in teaching, surely there will be some OLLI courses that you would like to take.
Also of note is an announcement of how to host an international student for a Thanksgiving Dinner and a notice for a seminar on bilingualism (if you are bilingual you are protected against dementia!).

I am very grateful to Herb Benario and Gretchen Schulz for help with proofing and editing.  
LynnTopNovember 16 Lunch Colloquium

How did we get here, where are we going, and are we alone?

The Luce Center

David Lynn, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Chemistry and Biology

MageeLCNovember 2 Lunch Colloquium

Archives: Human Experience Revealed

Rosemary M. Magee, Director of Emory's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

2015 EUEC-OLLI Teaching Fellows Announced

It is a great pleasure to announce that two 2015 EUEC OLLI Teaching Fellowships have been awarded, one to John Bugge and one to Jim Keller.

The award to John Bugge was for his OLLI course, A Short History of the English Language:  The history of English from its origins in the West Germanic branch of Indo-European to the present, with particular emphasis on literary exemplars of Old, Middle, and Early Modern English, and on North American regional dialects.

The course was taught Winter quarter of 2015.

The award to Jim Keller was for his OLLI course Eight Retired Physicians Share their Expertise on Timely Medical Topics: Presented by the Emory Emeritus College.  Topics
included: statin drugs, skin conditions, the eye and aging,
end of life issues, genes and diseases, pain management and immunotherapy for cancer.

The course was taught in the Spring quarter of 2015.

Congratulations to both John and Jim for their contributions to OLLI and thus to the broader Atlanta community.

A new round of EUEC-OLLI Teaching Fellowships is being offered for the 2016 year.  Details on how to apply can be found by clicking here.  Teaching in OLLI is rewarding for the teacher and is a great service to Emory and to Atlanta.  It also is good for the rest of our members--the more EUEC members who teach in OLLI, the more courses that are of interest to the rest of us!

Winter Courses at OLLI

Registration for winter courses at OLLI (January 11 - March 3) opens on November 10.

You may click here to see the full catalog of courses.

This may be a record for EUEC members teaching in OLLI!  The following are the courses being taught in full or in part with EUEC members:

Emory University Emeritus College Presents: Eight Emory Physicians Share Their Expertise on Timely Medical Topics  (Jim Keller organizer, with EUEC members Marilynne McKay, Nanette Wenger, David Rimland, and Kenneth Brigham).  Not all the faculty for this course are (yet) EUEC members, but given that one of the others, for example, is Bruce Ribner of Ebola fame, that is forgivable!  Note elsewhere in this newsletter that Jim is one of the 2015 EUEC-OLLI Teaching Fellows for his organization of this course the first time it was taught.

Matisse and Picasso: A Rivalry by EUEC member Clark Poling

ALBRECHT D√úRER: Artist of the Northern Renaissance by EUEC member Dorothy Fletcher

Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by EUEC member Herb Benario

The Art of Photography with participation by EUEC members Mario DiGirolamo, David Goldsmith, and George deMan

History of Psychology, Part II by EUEC member Michael Zeiler

History of Photography: Technological Art by EUEC member David Goldsmith

A Lunch & Learn:  Why are my Eyes Bothering Me? by EUEC member
Geoffrey Broocker

You may register for these (or other OLLI courses) by clicking here or going to the OLLI website at:

A big thank you to all of our members who are helping to make OLLI a great place for adult education! 
2015 Emory Thanksgiving Dinner Program

From Elizabeth Lee:

With Halloween gone, I hope you are starting to make your Thanksgiving plans!  Why not make this year extra special by sharing your family's Thanksgiving traditions with an international student who has never tried a turducken or homemade pumpkin pie?
The fall 2015 Emory Thanksgiving Dinner Program will be between November 23-28, with hosts being able to choose the date and time.  Host registrations are now open and you can sign up at  Registrations will close early if all host spots have been filled so sign up today! 
Please feel free to pass this on to other alumni, faculty, and staff.  For questions contact Ellie Lee at
Ellie Lee
Elizabeth Lee 11C, Program Coordinator, Student and Alumni Programs
Emory Alumni Association | Miller-Ward Alumni House
Emory University, Development and Alumni Relations
815 Houston Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30329
Office: 404.712.9679

RSTopOctober 28 Retirement Seminar

Financial Checkup for Seniors:  Things to Think About 

Holly York suggests that a seminar to be presented on Wednesday, November 11, might be of interest to some of you.  The title is Bilingualism: Consequences for Mind and Brain and it will be given by Ellen Bialystok from York University in Canada.  "A growing body of research points to a significant effect of bilingualism on cognitive outcomes across the lifespan. The main finding is evidence for the enhancement of executive control at all stages in the lifespan, with the most dramatic results being maintained cognitive performance in elderly adults and protection against the onset of dementia."  Many EUEC members are bilingual--here is one more advantage of being bilingual!  Full details may be seen by clicking here.

LynnBotNovember 16 Lunch Colloquium

How did we get here, where are we going, and are we alone?

David Lynn, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Chemistry and Biology

Profound questions, outside the bounds of science, possibly? But we are now very close to some answers. We have suggestive evidence for almost 5,000 planets around other suns. We have identified an Earth 2.0, a bit older and bigger, and it appears at least tens of billions of Earth-like planets populate our Milky Way. One catch, Earth 2.0 is 2K light years away, so tickets are not yet on sale. Chemical analyses of the atmosphere should be possible with the James Webb Space Telescope. But it may be quite awhile before we know whether we are alone, and "How did we get here?" and "Where are we going?" are questions even harder to answer. Chemistry undergirds these questions, and David Lynn will argue that our understanding of Alzheimer's disease provides a window into an orthogonal molecular informational system, one that now exists in our brains but could appear in our solar system on planets that harbor underground oceans, the moons of Jupiter, Saturn, and possibly lonely Pluto. Evidence for these chemical signatures might suggest that life's emergence is an inevitable outcome of planetary dynamics, and glimpses at Earth 2.0, which is 2 billion years older, might suggest where we are going. The question then becomes, would knowing be helpful to us in some way?
About David Lynn:
David received an A.B. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1973 and a Ph.D. at Duke University in 1977. In 2002 he began a term as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor; he chaired the Chemistry Department for 9 years; in 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; he was the Emory University Scholar-Teacher of 2011; he received the ACS Herty Award in 2013 and he was appointed an HKBU Scholar in Hong Kong, China for the 2014-2017 period.
He describes his research as follows:
We are currently witnessing a remarkable convergence of our physical and material technologies with the worlds of biology. Genome sequence information is leading us ever closer to the most fundamental structural and functional secrets of living organisms. Dominant among them is the realization that the complex structures of biology seem remarkably, almost magically, to self-assemble. From vesicle formation, to protein folding and ribosome assembly, to the organogenesis of multicellular organisms, both macromolecular sequence information as well as instructions for self- assembly are encoded within the genome.
The David G. Lynn Group at Emory University works to understand the structures and forces that enable supramolecular self-assembly, how chemical information can be stored and translated into new molecular entities, and how the forces of evolution can be harnessed in new structures with new function. Such knowledge offers tremendous promise for discoveries in fields as diverse as drug design and genome engineering, pathogenesis and genome evolution, functional nanoscale materials and the origins of evolving chemical systems.  Some of our current research areas include the origins of prokaryotic and eukaryotic pathogenesis, template directed polymerization and dynamic combinatorial systems, amyloid diseases and protein self-assembly, and intelligent materials. 
Lest you think that David Lynn is just about science, it turns out there he has an interesting link with our previous Lunch Colloquium guest, Rosemary Magee:

Above is a screen shot of his Creativity Conversation with Rosemary Magee and dance choreographer David Neumann.  The conversation may be viewed by clicking here.  The description of this conversation is as follows:  "In this Emory Creativity Conversation, dance choreographer David Neumann visits Emory to talk with David Lynn, professor of biomolecular chemistry, and Rosemary Magee, Vice President and Secretary of Emory University. Neumann and Lynn talk about their collaboration in 'Big Eater' and 'The Accumulation of Change,' combining Seattle troupe's Lelavision kinetic musical sculpture with Lynn's research on molecular evolution. (Oct. 15, 2009)"

MageeLCBotNovember 2 Lunch Colloquium

Archives: Human Experience Revealed

Rosemary M. Magee,
Director of Emory's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Introducing Dr. Rosemary Magee, Gray Crouse noted that, although Rosemary needed no introduction to this audience, he wanted to pay special tribute to the ways in which Rosemary has helped transform Emory, most particularly her primary role in the development of Emory's Schwartz Center for the Arts. When an early design for a performing arts center by a well-known architect was scuttled as too expensive and unworkable, Rosemary, then associate dean for planning in Emory College, made a strategic decision to move toward a different concept, won approval from the Board of Trustees, and then (with Board member Laura Hardman) raised the funds for construction. Emory finally had its long dreamed-of arts center, thanks to Rosemary's vision and determination. In addition to serving in the College administration, Rosemary held the post of vice president and secretary of the University for a number of years before taking the position (2012) as director of the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL), recently renamed and dedicated as the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (now called the Rose Library).
Stuart Rose ('76B) became fascinated with literature and rare books through a course he took with Bill Fox, later vice president for development at Emory but at that time teaching classes in the ILA. Bill's class had a profound impact on Stuart's life and the two became fast friends, keeping in close touch over the years. Stuart's successful business in alternative energies allows him to follow his passion and avocation, collecting manuscripts and rare books, a passion now directed toward building these resources at the Rose Library. For Stuart, the major attraction of the manuscript and rare book library at Emory is its mission to promote use by undergraduates as well as experienced scholars.
The complete gutting and remaking of the tenth floor of Woodruff has created a dramatic and larger physical space by taking in most of the surrounding balcony, opening all parts of the floor with light-filled spaces and dedicated classrooms. The annual number of users in recent years has totaled around a thousand, with half of those from Emory; of that half, 30% are undergraduates. Expectations are that use will continue to climb with growing and more accessible collections in new and inviting spaces. The remade space also enables use of modern technologies that could not be accommodated in the old environment.  
To focus her broader theme of archives as "human experience revealed," Rosemary used five literary archives held in the Rose Library as illustration of the ways in which archives can reveal new meanings and connections in authors' lives and their work, and, by extension, open students' and scholars' minds to new ideas and revelations. Serendipity also plays a part. Salman Rushdie, for example, had recently placed his archive at Emory and begun his role as distinguished visiting professor when, asked (by Rosemary) if he would like to see other parts of Georgia, he expressed an interest in visiting Milledgeville. He had just read an essay about Flannery O'Connor and Milledgeville and wanted to see it. The trip was made and documented with photographs, including a visit to Eatonton where Rushdie was photographed beside the stone rendering of Brer Rabbit. Thus three archives held in the Rose Library became immediately connected---Joel Chandler Harris, Flannery O'Connor, and Salman Rushdie. When asked why he placed his papers at Emory, Mr. Rushdie said that "they asked" and went on to ponder what author wouldn't want his papers archived with those of Flannery O'Connor, Seamus Heaney, and Brer Rabbit. His connection with Flannery O'Connor and Milledgeville also influenced his teaching. When Rushdie and Matthew Bernstein taught a film course together, Rushdie selected "Wise Blood" as one of the films he wanted to discuss. Rosemary also noted that Rushdie's and O'Connor's writings share a common theme of displacement, which their archives and their lives illustrate. As well, Rushdie has expressed public gratitude to Emory on a number of occasions, as organizing his papers helped him immensely in writing his memoir, Joseph Anton.
Connections between O'Connor and Alice Walker, another author whose papers are at Emory, are brought to light by the Walker archive. Ms. Walker was born and reared in Georgia a short distance from O'Connor's home yet they were, of course, from very different worlds. Ms. Walker wrote an essay on Flannery O'Connor and an unpublished story, found by Prof. Nagueyalti Warren in Walker's archive at Emory, is a parody of O'Connor's story "The Lame Shall Enter First."
Yet another archive revealing connections in human experience is that of Benny Andrews, the artist, whose family also has long and deep roots in middle Georgia. Benny Andrews wrote appreciatively of Flannery O'Connor's work, noting that she "saw things big."   "I looked in her work," he said, "and I had revelations." A well-known book illustrator, Andrews illustrated a beautiful large format edition of O'Connor's "Everything that Rises Must Converge."
An even more fascinating series of revelations of human experience can be found in a study of the archives of O'Connor and the Beat writer Jack Kerouac. The Rose Library has just acquired a large trove of Kerouac papers. Kerouac and O'Connor were born and lived their short lives in the same era (Kerouac 1922-1969, O'Connor 1925-1964).   O'Connor was a devout Catholic and was devoted to her mother. The Kerouac archive reveals (through his doodles on unpublished writings and through his letters) that he was deeply spiritual and devoted to his mother, also a devout Catholic.. He once described his book On the Road as "two Catholic buddies roaming the country searching for God, and they found him." He also said he gravitated to the "mad ones," another connection with O'Connor. The archives show that they both dabbled in painting and were devoted to the craft of writing. These two writers' archives, thus, reveal surprising connections in life experiences that students and scholars will now be able to explore.
Rosemary summed up her presentation, which she illustrated with images of manuscript drafts, photographs, and memorabilia from the collections, by describing the experience of working in archives as delving into the "great mysteries of lives," never knowing what one will find. The Rose Library's mission statement speaks to these revelations and the library's dedication to access, learning, and opportunities for discovery and dialogue.
From Rosemary's responses to audience questions concerning the acquisition and management of archives, we learned that such collections come by both gift and purchase, that institutions sometimes vie for the same collection but deal ethically with each other, that a new Library Services Center on the Briarcliff property (jointly built and managed by Emory and Georgia Tech) will provide additional space for housing collections from the Rose Library and Woodruff, that the Rose Library has an active program to digitize selected collections and staff trained to manage digital materials, and that fund raising has begun to support processing of the Sam Nunn archive which Senator Nunn has indicated a willingness to open for research. Rosemary closed by inviting EUEC members to support the Rose Library, to visit and to bring their friends and family who may be interested, to attend readings and other events and to consider encouraging donation of materials they may know about, including university records, that may be of interest.
--Linda Matthews
Click here to view the webcast of Rosemary's talk. 

RSBotOctober 28 Retirement Seminar
Financial Checkup for Seniors:  Things to Think About
Marcia Mayoue, CPA, CFA, CFP  

We had a full house for this seminar and a record number of webcast attendees.  Marcia covered topics such as wills, estimating retirement cash flow (how to avoid running out of money!), reverse mortgages (Is annuitizing the equity in your home a good deal?), life insurance, charitable gift annuities (What are the pros and cons?), healthcare and financial powers of attorney, and yields on cash and liquid assets.  Many attendees commented on the usefulness and clarity of her presentation.  If you would like to see the recorded webcast, you can click here to view it.

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WalkBotWalking the campus with Dianne

Did you recognize the artwork from our last photo?  It's a depiction of the History of Medicine and can be found in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building (WHSCAB).  As I mentioned, it's one of my favorite pieces of art on Emory's campus, not only for its beauty but also for its impressive size.  As you can see in the photo(s) below, it covers an entire (extremely large) wall in the lobby of the building.  And the fact that it is a mosaic--millions of small pieces of ceramic--is amazing!  For more information you can click on the following link: 

For our next photo, let's go back outside (before the winter weather sets in).  We will stay on the main campus and as a hint, I'll let you know this place is quite a walk from our last location.

Where will you find this on Emory's campus?

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