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February 29, 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

We have a lot of great events coming up and I hope those of you in the Atlanta area will be able to attend some of them.  On Sunday, March 6, in the Schwartz Center we will have a gala reception to mark the opening of the exhibition of art by a dozen EUEC members.  The next day we will hear from one of the outstanding Emory experts on politics, Andra Gillespie, who will help us, to the extent it is possible, to understand the primary results, including the results from this Tuesday's "SEC primary."  On March 21 we will have a reception to honor our EUEC award winners and the members who have joined in the past year.  You can read more about all of these events below.


You can also find out about two excellent Lunch Colloquiums held in the previous two weeks, read about activities of some of our members, mark the passing of two of our members, and read about an interesting volunteer opportunity.

I am very grateful to John Bugge, Herb Benario, and Gretchen Schulz for help with proofing and editing.  
Mar7TopLunch Colloquium March 7

Deconstructing the SEC Primary

The Luce Center  11:30-1:00
Room 130

Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor of Political Science, Director, James Weldon Johnson Institute

Feb15TopLunch Colloquium February 15

The History of White People

Marilynne McKay, Professor of Medicine (Dermatology) Emerita

Feb22TopLunch Colloquium February 22

Pain Management and the Risks of Addiction

Carl C. Hug, Jr., MD, PhD (Anesthesiology, CCM, Pharmacology)

ArtsTopArtist Reception--March 6

We celebrate the opening of the exhibition of EUEC art in the Schwartz Center on Sunday March 6 with a gala reception.

AwardsTopEUEC Awards and New Members Reception March 21

On March 21 we will celebrate the winners of our annual EUEC Faculty Distinction and Service awards and the winners of the Heilbrun Fellowship and welcome new members.

Volunteer Opportunity

There are of course many ways that EUEC members can serve their community in a volunteer capacity.  Only some of those ways make use of the particular set of skills and knowledge built up in decades as a faculty member.  EUEC member John Scott reports on one activity in which he participates:

The United Way of Greater Atlanta needs volunteers to review proposals.  United Way donors can direct their gift to particular United Way community partners and/or to the United Way Impact Fund.  The Impact Fund is used by the various county United Way units to select proposals to further United Way priorities.  These priorities include the areas of education, income, health, and homelessness as well as basic needs (support for seniors, child welfare, sexual assault, and disaster).  Proposals from partner organizations are reviewed by staff for financial issues, but community volunteers are needed to evaluate program goals and progress.  These evaluations are used by the county advisory boards to allocate the funds available through the Impact Fund.  Participation in these reviews is an opportunity to learn about needs in the Atlanta area and contribute to addressing those needs while becoming familiar with the various aid organizations in the Atlanta community. Reviewers must first attend one of several training sessions scheduled from March 14-April 16. Reviews take place in April and May.  Information can be found at the following URL:



I am a member of the DeKalb Advisory Board and would be happy to answer questions or direct you to knowledgeable United Way personnel.  My email address is


John Scott

Professor Emeritus

Cell Biology


Several special events are coming up this Spring.  More information will be sent later, but go ahead and put these on your calendar!

  • Sunday, March 6, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Opening reception for EUEC Member Arts Exhibition at the Schwartz Center
  • Monday, March 21, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  EUEC Awards and New Member Reception at 6 Executive Park Drive (the new location of OLLI)
  • Wednesday, April 13, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.  Sheth Lecture at Governors Hall, Miller-Ward Alumni House

Thanks to so many of our members for their work in helping to make these events possible.

Our representative to the University Faculty Council and Senate, Holly York, reports:

At the January 19 University Faculty Council meeting, the new Tenure and Promotion Advisory Committee updated Council members on the Draft Guidelines they have established for their review of University-wide policies and procedures. The goal of TPAC is to provide for consistency and transparency across schools. TPAC invites input from all faculty in person, by way of campus-wide town hall meetings or in writing, with comments addressed to Council Concerns. The deadline for comments is March 15.     



You can read the draft guidelines at: 



You can submit comments to the Co-Chairs by email to Kathryn Yount or Deborah Bruner.



FATopFaculty Activities

Our faculty continue to be active.  See below for more about Rudi Makkreel and Don Stein.


We note the passing of EUEC Members Elzbieta Gürtler-Krawczyńska and Elizabeth Sharp.

EUEC Retirement Seminar March 2 

Our Transitions to Retirement Committee offers seminars designed for faculty not yet retired.  The next of those will be Wednesday, March 2, at 4 p.m. in White Hall 111.  EUEC Member Steve Nowicki, Candler Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, will be speaking on "I'm Thinking about Retirement."  He will be discussing strategies for planning and managing the retirement transition, causes of stress, and coping with frustration, anxiety, and loss of identity. He did a similar seminar last year and it was so helpful, he agreed to do it again.  There will also be additional EUEC members serving as panelists after Steve's presentation.

The latest AROHE newsletter is out.  Included is a short article about the "rebirth" of the University of Cincinnati Emeriti Association (with whom John Bugge and I met last October), a report on the ACE/Sloan Conference Sharing the Knowledge: Navigating Faculty Retirement Transitions, and a short review of the book Happy Retirement.  EUEC is a member of AROHE and John Bugge is on the AROHE board.  Several of us will be attending the next AROHE convention this summer.

Click here to read the newsletter. 

ArtsBotEUEC Artists Exhibition and March 6 Reception

This year we have a dozen EUEC members who have contributed their artwork for an EUEC Exhibition in the Chace Upper Lobby during March!  Many thanks to our EUEC Committee consisting of Katherine Mitchell, Pat Miller, Dorothy Fletcher, and David Goldsmith. They have put in enormous effort in selecting pieces to be displayed and working with Randy Fullerton in the Schwartz Center to get them located and mounted for the exhibition.  Randy Fullerton has done an amazing job, as he did last year, in preparing the poster for the exhibition, above, and being very creative in the display of the art.

We are celebrating the opening of this exhibition with a reception on Sunday afternoon, March 6, from 3:00-5:00 PM.  Please click here to register for the Reception, so we will make sure we have enough food and drink.  Many of the artists will be in attendance and so this will also be a great time to meet them and find out more about their art.

If you can't make the reception, we hope you will be able to drop by the Schwartz Center before April 4 to enjoy the talents of our members.

AwardsBotEUEC Awards and New Members Reception March 21 

Many thanks to our Award and Honors Committee for their work in determining the winners of this year's Distinguished Faculty Awards and Distinguished Service Award.  The Committee is chaired by Helen O'Shea, with members Pat Douglas, Stewart Roberts, Ted Weber, and Donna Brogan. On March 21, we will be honoring the following recipients:

EUEC Distinguished Faculty Awards


  • James W. Flannery, Winship Professor Emeritus of the Arts and Humanities
  • Eugene J. Gangarosa, Professor Emeritus of Public Health
  • Rudolf A. Makkreel, Charles Howard Candler Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
EUEC Distinguished Service Award
  • Mort Waitzman, Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology and Physiology
Heilbrun Distinguished Emeritus Fellowship
  • Paul Courtright, Professor Emeritus of Religion

The Awards Ceremony honoring these people and our new members will be on March 21, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., at 6 Executive Park Drive (the new location of OLLI).  I hope you will be able to come and celebrate with us.

Mar7BotLunch Colloquium March 7

Deconstructing the SEC Primary

Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor of Political Science, Director, James Weldon Johnson Institute
Up until now, the 2016 presidential election has defied all conventional wisdom.  Will the primary election outcomes be just as unpredictable?  In this talk, Professor Andra Gillespie, who teaches and publishes on race and politics in the United States, particularly the political leadership of the post-civil rights generation, will review primary election results though Super Tuesday and explain how the 2016 election appears to confirm or question existing theories of electoral politics. If we're lucky, she may share even more with us than she's likely to do with the local and national news outlets that seek her commentary on the political scene all the time . . .

From Andra's website:

Andra Gillespie is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government & Foreign Affairs and African American Studies from the University of Virginia. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in African American Studies and a Master of Philosophy in Political Science from Yale University, where she also earned her doctorate in 2005. Before joining the faculty at Emory, she worked as an analyst for Democratic pollster Mark Mellman.

Gillespie's teaching portfolio includes numerous classes on race and politics in the United States. She teaches the undergraduate survey course in African American politics, as well as a specialized course called "New Black Political Leadership." She has also taught courses in political participation, experimental methods, and race and elections.

Gillespie's current research focuses on the political leadership of the post-civil rights generation. She is the author of The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark and Post-Racial America. (NYU Press, 2012). This book uses a case study of the evolution of black politics in Newark, New Jersey, to challenge students of black politics to revise their understanding of the connection between racial solidarity, vote choice, and policy preferences. She is also the editor of and a contributor to Whose Black Politics? Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership (Routledge, 2010). This book features case studies of prominent black elected officials born after 1960 to shed light on whether the advent of a new generation of black political leadership will actually revolutionize our understanding of African American politics. Due to her academic training and personal faith, Gillespie also maintains secondary academic interests in political participation, inter-minority group competition, and evangelical politics in the United States.

For her efforts, Gillespie has received numerous honors.  She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  Before earning her doctorate, she won an American Political Science Association Minority Fellowship (funding declined) and the prestigious National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.  She was honored by the Urban Section of the American Political Science Association as a 2009 Norton Long Fellow.  She also was a 2009-2010 Ford Foundation Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University (in partial residence).  In 2011-2012, she served as a Martin Luther King Visiting Scholar in the Political Science Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In addition to her academic work, Gillespie maintains an active public profile, providing regular commentary for local and national news outlets.  She has appeared on Atlanta's local ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, and PBS affiliates, as well as CNN, NPR and FamilyNet.  Her editorials have been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post, and Politico. In addition, she is a contributor to's Arena.

Feb15BotLunch Colloquium February 15

The History of White People

Marilynne McKay, Professor of Medicine (Dermatology) Emerita    






Every February, the Emeritus College invites one of its Lunch Colloquium presenters to address a topic that will allow us to celebrate February's designation as Black History Month, and this February was no exception, although you might have wondered about that when you noted our presenter was to be a white person speaking about "The History of White People." Of course, those who attended the Colloquium in question on February 15 soon learned that Professor of Dermatology Emerita, Marilynne McKay, had been inspired to research the subject and compose the presentation by a book of the same title, a scholarly study in which Nell Irvin Painter, an African-American Princeton historian and award-winning author of books on black Americans, took on the topic of "whiteness" and the concept of "race."


As a dermatologist, Marilynne introduced her subject by taking us "skin deep" to discuss the structure and function of pigmentation (especially with regard to ultraviolet light and our need for skin-regulated vitamins and sun protection).  But she soon moved on to proffer material allowing us to consider what it means when people look different in different places--as it would seem they have done since people first evolved and began to circulate about the world--whether of their own free will or, increasingly as time went by, the will of others who'd captured and/or enslaved them--with centuries of subsequent reproductive interactions resulting in children with a variety of pigmentary shades and (as we're now finding) shared genetic variations that make it very difficult to say any one group is really biologically different from another.





With a wonderful collection of slides she had gathered from many sources, Marilynne took us through three millennia of nomadic traffic to demonstrate that the myth of "racial purity"--from the beginning of human time--was just that: mythic (particularly around the Caucasus Mountains). As we all know, through the ages there's been plenty of "ethnocentrism" leading to prejudice and discrimination among groups of people. Although there have been many claims that one race was somehow superior to others, today most biologists and anthropologists agree that differences exist, but a biogenetic hierarchy of human races cannot be proven.


In the final portion of the presentation, Marilynne turned to the subject of "whiteness" as a legal definition dating back to colonial America. Designations of supposed superiority such as "British" and "Christian" and "freeborn," gradually gave way to "white," a designation based on "a permanent phenotypic marker" (like "negro" or "black") in the course of the 18th century.  By the middle of that century, "white" had become more or less synonymous with European origin--and soon thereafter, non-European Indians were labeled and dismissed as "redskins." Of course, things got complicated in the later 1800s and beyond as sequential waves of immigrants began to arrive among us, many of them whites from Europe, and yet not (supposedly not) acceptable as members of the American white Anglo-Saxon Protestant elite. Irish Catholics? Horrors. And more and more Italians? And this is not to mention the eventual influxes of people of Asian origin-brown and yellow people!  Again, horrors. And to the extent that such immigrants were slow--or reluctant--to adopt American culture, they were often characterized as "worse than Blacks."


Things did begin to change during and after the Great Depression. Policies and programs in the 1930s promoted "cultural pluralism," and World War II did much to encourage integration of all our peoples (in spite of such overt segregation as the internment of Japanese-Americans here at home and the separation of African-Americans from other servicemen). In the decades post-war, citizenship rights and civil rights (including voting rights) were extended (with major legislation that we all remember from our younger years). And immigration law evolved to allow more arrivals from more areas of the world--even if those entering came from the "tired," and "poor," and "huddled masses," without white skin or white forebears. 


"White Privilege"--to enjoy certain entitlements and liberties as a result of one's status, not necessarily one's efforts--is alive and well in the USA. We're still talking about immigrants, and presidential candidates are arguing that we should build walls and blow out the "lamp beside the golden door." And we're still debating how to deal with those who are perceived as "other" here at home--typically those who are other than white and clearly without privilege. It would seem we have yet to accept the consequences of ignorance that enable those who still believe in the supposed hierarchy of races--with white at the top, the whiter the better--to set the standards for education and political action for those members of society living lives that are not considered to matter . . . as much.


--Gretchen Schulz (feeling testy as she writes because she's listening to yet another Republican debate)


Feb22BotLunch Colloquium February 22 

Challenges in Pain Management [and the Risks of] Opioid Addiction

Dr. Carl C. Hug



Dr Hug provided a riveting overview of opioid use (and abuse) in the United States over the past 15+ years. Death rates for both Rx opioids and heroin have been rising steadily since 2000, but heroin ODs accelerated starting in 2010, largely because of low price. Heroin is morphine with an acetyl group attached, which allows it to cross the blood-brain barrier more quickly than ordinary morphine, making it about 3X stronger. While not the worst offender, Georgia has 91 painkiller prescriptions/year per 100 people.


This was not a topic of trivial interest to EUEC members, and Dr. Hug observed that "A good death includes pain management, aggressive comfort care, maintenance of dignity, a feeling of connectedness, freedom of being burdensome, and financial control."


Somewhat surprisingly, there is no level of absolute tolerance: morphine can go to a level (5 gm) that would be fatal for most, but merely analgesic for another person. However, tolerance wears off quickly, with the result that an addict who goes off for a few days can overdose if he returns to the dose previously tolerated.


Switzerland has virtually eliminated illegal opioid use by making opioids easy and cheap to obtain with a doctor's prescription - regardless of the use - unlike the U.S., where there is a strong societal aversion to giving opioids to addicts. Demand then fell in Switzerland.


Not surprisingly, anesthesiologists are at higher risk of addiction than other medical staff, partly because they "know what they are doing" and are confident about controlling drug effects and avoiding addiction.  


Predictably for this audience, post-presentation discussion focused on death and dying, assisted suicide, etc.


See also:  

·         The Suicide Tourist, PBS Frontline 2010

·         Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande

·         Narco-nomics : How to run a drug cartel, by Tom Wainwright.


PS: Perhaps coincidentally, but the night after Dr. Hug's presentation, PBS broadcast a new episode of Frontline, "Chasing Heroin," that provided a graphic and unsettling picture of the lives of opioid addicts. This episode will undoubtedly be rebroadcast, and it's well worth watching, although highly disturbing, with occasionally graphic content, such as a heroin addict injecting directly into a vein in her neck.

--Selden Deemer   
Click here to view the webcast of Carl's talk. 
FABotFaculty Activities

Rudolf A. Makkreel
Charles Howard Candler Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

EUEC Member Rudi Makkreel was featured in a series in The Emory Wheel (!) called "Professors Discuss Their Recent Books" in which he discusses his new book, Orientation and Judgment in Hermeneutics, published by The University of Chicago Press.  You can read the article in The Emory Wheel by clicking here.  In the article, Rudi states that he was aided in his research by a Heilbrun Fellowship.  (You can read about that award in Volume 1, Issue 13.)  You can read about the book on the press site by clicking here

Review quotes on the website include the following:

Rodolphe Gasché, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
"Orientation and Judgment in Hermeneutics is a momentous and significant book, not only for the philosophical discipline of hermeneutics but also, because of its impeccable clarity, for a much larger audience. It is, above all, a synthetic work, Makkreel's own original contribution to hermeneutics in the global world of the twenty-first century."

Jean Grondin, Université de Montréal
"In this insightful inquiry, seasoned scholar Makkreel reassesses and refines Dilthey's conception of the human sciences--but also Kant's hermeneutically relevant theory of reflective judgment--in order to develop an orientational and reflective form of hermeneutics that addresses the new challenges of interpretation in our multicultural and digital age."

Angelica Nuzzo, Graduate Center and Brooklyn College, CUNY
"In this book, Makkreel offers fresh and new insights into the problems of philosophical hermeneutics. What we need today more than ever is 'orientation' in our judgments on an increasingly complex and differentiated world. On the basis of his long-standing hermeneutic work on philosophy's classics, he takes us on an unprecedented backwards journey through texts of Gadamer, Heidegger, Dilthey, Hegel, and Kant."

Donald G. Stein, PhD
Asa G. Candler and Distinguished Professor
Emergency Medicine

EUEC Member Don Stein (in transition to retirement) was recently recognized for his manuscript "Embracing failure: What the Phase III progesterone studies can teach about TBI clinical trials," which is the 2015 first place winner of the Henry Stonnington Award for review articles.

The award is from the International Brain Injury Association and the journal Brain Injury. Journal editors noted that the awards committee was impressed with the exceptional quality of Stein's manuscript and the recognition was by unanimous decision.



EUEC Member Elzbieta Gürtler- Krawczyńska died on January 28, 2016.  She graduated from the Medical Academy in Warsaw in 1962. She specialized in Cardiology and went on to become the Deputy Head of the Department of General Cardiology at the Institute of Cardiology in Warsaw. 
In 1986, during the time of Martial Law, she and her husband, Krzysztof Krawczyński, M.D., Ph.D., immigrated to the US. In the US, she received a research fellowship in Nuclear Medicine at Emory University. She then attained the position of Assistant Professor in Radiology, Division of Nuclear Medicine. She retired in 2008 after 25 years of productive research.

Her death was particularly tragic, as she and her husband were killed in an auto accident that resulted from a police chase.

Click here to read the AJC article about her life and the auto accident.

Click here to read the full obituary.


EUEC Member Elizabeth Sager Sharp, a retired professor in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing at Emory University, died in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 7. She was a pioneer in the field of nurse midwifery and a former national water skiing champion. She was 82 years old. Dr. Sharp was a leader in establishing the Emory University Nurse-Midwifery Program and the Grady Memorial Nurse-Midwifery Service. She held faculty appointments in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health at Emory University. Dr. Sharp was Director, Nurse-Midwifery Service at Grady Memorial Hospital from 1970 to 1990. She devoted her life to women's health services and to nurturing and mentoring future generations of nurse-midwives. Dr. Sharp graduated from the Low Heywood School, Stamford, Connecticut; the University of Michigan 1958; the Yale School of Nursing 1959; and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where she received her doctorate in 1969. From 1973-75 she was the president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and chaired a national ad hoc Committee to Revise the Code of Ethics for the practice of nurse-midwifery.  She founded the Yale Young Mothers' Program, which provided special services to adolescent mothers, starting a long relationship between midwifery and the needs of teen mothers. She was an early supporter of expanding the role of nurse-midwifery to the provision of family planning. She received the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award from the American College of Nurse-Midwives in 1999.

Click here to read the full obituary as published in the AJC.

Click here to read a remembrance of her on the Emory news website. 

WalkBotWalking the campus with Dianne

Our photo from the last Newsletter was Glenn Memorial Church.  That building has been visited by many, many people, a good number of them quite famous.  Personally, I've seen Jimmy Carter, Paul Simon, and Spike Lee, among others, in this building.

How about something a little different for our next exploration.......

Lights, camera, lights!!  Does anyone ever pay any attention to the fixtures that illuminate our campus?  How about we take a closer look at some of the lights that allow us to find our way at Emory?  

Where Will You Find These on Emory's Campus?

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The Luce Center
825 Houston Mill Road NE #206

Atlanta, GA 30329


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