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September 18, 2017

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


For those of us in Atlanta, last week was one not soon to be forgotten.  We watched and waited as Hurricane Irma approached, knowing there was nothing we could do except try to be prepared with extra food, water, and batteries.  Irma was intense in the Atlanta area, with a few wind gusts up to 60 mph, and many downed trees.  Emory fortunately sustained relatively little damage (see below), but was closed for two days, and there were a huge number of people in the metro area without power, some for as long as four or more days.  One consequence of the storm was that we had to postpone our Lunch Colloquium scheduled for last Tuesday.  We are very grateful to Ben Reiss for his flexibility in scheduling his talk for tomorrow.


Next week features another great Lunch Colloquium with Dabney Evans.  You can read all about that below.  I sent out an email several weeks ago, soliciting volunteers for a Conversation Partner program in the Law School.  Enough of you signed up that all student requests were able to be satisfied.  Word must have gotten out to other students in the Law School how interesting and helpful it was to talk with EUEC members, and there are now additional requests for partners.  You can read about the program below; I hope more of you will indicate your interest to Kirsten Schaetzel.  This is an easy and fun way to help out!


There is much more in this issue, including new members, new awards for members, and other events in which to participate.

I am very grateful to Herb Benario and Gretchen Schulz for help with proofing and editing.  
LCSep25TopLunch Colloquium Monday, September 25

"Regardless, you are not the first woman":  An Illustrative Case Study of Missed Opportunities to Protect Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights


The Luce Center
Room 130

Dabney P. Evans, Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health 



Click here to read more below about this Lunch Colloquium 


LCJul24TopLunch Colloquium Tuesday, September 19

Wild Nights:  How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World



The Luce Center

Room 130






Benjamin Reiss, Professor of English, Co-Director, Disability Studies Initiative


This Lunch Colloquium had to be rescheduled to September 19 due to disruptions from Irma.  

CPPTopDo you like to talk?
Members are asked to help some of our international students improve their English, just by engaging in conversation with them.

FacActTopFaculty Activities

NewMemTopNew Members

The Beat Generation

We have received a special invitation to the Library's exhibition "The Dream Machine: The Beat Generation & the Counterculture, 1940-1975."  Note that the events are free, but registration is required.  You can register at:

The Beat Generation comes to life in an exhibition in Emory's Woodruff Library examining the impact of its writers, poets, and artists and their influence on literature, culture, and politics. Pulling from the Rose Library's rich literary collections, the show rediscovers a number of fascinating countercultural writers and will be the first major consideration of the Beats in the U.S. in nearly a decade.


Beat poet, editor, performer, activist, artist and educator Anne Waldman will join the Emory community for three events to mark the opening of "The Dream Machine" exhibition. An active member of the Outrider experimental poetry movement, Waldman is known for her publications, including "Fast Speaking Woman" (1975) and "Marriage: A Sentence" (2000). Waldman and Beat writer Allen Ginsberg co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in 1974 at the Naropa Institute in Colorado.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


* Poetry reading with Anne Waldman, Beat poet, activist, and artist. 7:30-9 p.m., Oxford Road Building Presentation Room (Atlanta campus). Book signing to follow.

Thursday, September 28, 2017


* Beats Creativity Conversation with Anne Waldman. 5 - 6 p.m., Rose Library, Woodruff Library Level 10.  


* Opening event for "The Dream Machine: The Beat Generation & the Counterculture, 1940-1975." Featuring special honored guest Anne Waldman and music by the Gary Motley Trio. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Schatten Gallery and Jones Room, Level 3, Woodruff Library.



We note the passing of EUEC Member Bill Beik.

Irma at Emory

Several large trees fell on the Oxford College campus, including this one near the student center

No matter where in the country you live, most of you surely heard about Hurricane Irma and its path through the south.  Many of you experienced the storm in Atlanta. Fortunately, Emory campuses suffered relatively little damage, although there was a loss of two trees on the Atlanta campus and more significant tree loss on the Oxford campus.  Emory was closed for two days, causing among other changes a postponement of our first Lunch Colloquium from September 12 to September 19.  We are very appreciative that Ben Reiss was willing and able to move his talk to the 19th!

A more complete report on the preparations for Irma at Emory and its aftermath can be read by clicking here.  Among the more interesting parts of that longer article is the description of Emory's Emergency Operation Center:

It was also fascinating to realize that analysis after the storm "included using a drone for campus flyovers to detect any additional damage."

Dinner with Strangers

From the Emory Alumni Association:

We are now seeking hosts for the 2017-2018 Dinner with 12 Strangers program. This year's dinner dates are November 3-5, 2017 and March 2-4, 2018.


We encourage all interested local alumni, faculty, and staff to host or co-host a dinner. Please note--dinner costs are covered by hosts but all documented expenses are treated as in-kind gifts to an Emory allocation of choice. Hosts may select other dinner preferences--including group size, date, time, location, school audience, and menu. Please visit the D12 webpage for more information or register today!


And please share this opportunity broadly with alumni and appropriate internal and external constituents. The program provides a wonderful way to connect the greater Emory community in meaningful conversation and, often, lasting relationships. It also offers alumni and staff a glimpse of the current campus culture... a walk down mEmory lane, if you will.

LCSep25BotLunch Colloquium September 25

"Regardless, you are not the first woman":  An Illustrative Case Study of Missed Opportunities to Protect Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights


Dabney P. Evans, Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health


Dabney Evans is a mixed-methods researcher of issues affecting vulnerable populations at the intersection of public health and human rights. The expertise she has demonstrated in many publications and presentations as well as in the classroom has prompted Emory to name her Director of the Center for Humanitarian Emergencies and Director of the Institute of Human Rights and (in case she wasn't busy enough) Interim Director of the Institute of Developing Nations. She will share some of the results of her current research into sexual and reproductive health and rights, focusing on the particularly sensitive topics of rape, unintended pregnancy, and abortion.


In presenting this case study, Dabney will share the story of Eve, a 19-year-old woman who was raped, became pregnant, and almost died from complications from an unsafe abortion. The case presents unique challenges related to the fulfillment of sexual and reproductive rights, due to legal restrictions on abortion and impunity for perpetrators of violence against women. This in-depth analysis of a real person's history reveals missed opportunities for public health intervention, thus providing several important lessons for the realization of sexual and reproductive health and rights in countries with restrictive legal policies and conservative cultural norms around sexuality. Her story demonstrates that an individual's health decisions are not made in isolation, free from the influence of social norms and national laws. And Dabney's research confirms that far too many other women similarly experience their sexuality in the context of individual and structural violence.


About Dabney Evans


From the web:


Dabney P. Evans, PhD, MPH is an exceptional public health leader, serving as an Assistant Professor of Global Health at the Hubert Department of Health in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She is a mixed-methods researcher of issues affecting vulnerable populations at the intersection of public health and human rights. Dr. Evans received her Master of Public Health degree in 1998 from Emory University and her doctoral degree in law from the University of Aberdeen (UK) in 2011. She is architect and Director of the Center for Humanitarian Emergencies in the Rollins School of Public Health and the Emory University Institute of Human Rights - both focus on capacity building.

As one of the first faculty to include health and human rights in the public health curriculum, Dr. Evans is an established teacher and trainer. Since 2010 her teaching and training activities have touched over 19,000 learners from 171 countries; she is responsible for the training of one in every ten employees at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Dr. Evans was the instructor of the first English language massive open online course on Ebola Virus Disease.  She has mentored over forty Master's theses. 

Through her scholarly research, Dr. Evans has charted new interdisciplinary paths uniting public health, human rights and humanitarian response. Dr. Evans' current research projects focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights.  These include studies on the relationship between anti-femicide legislation and perceptions of intimate partner violence in Brazil, and the impact of the Zika virus on reproductive health decision-making in Latin America.  

An editor of the text Rights-Based Approaches to Health, Dr. Evans has advanced human rights discourse across a range of public health issues.  Dr. Evans has published over thirty book chapters, scholarly articles, and commissioned works; she has made over 100 peer-reviewed and invited presentations.  Her public scholarship has appeared in the Pacific Standard, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and The Hill, where she is a regular contributor; in 2015 she presented a TEDx talk.  She is on several editorial boards.   

Dr. Evans is a member of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Service Honor Society, past-president of the Georgia Federation of Professional Health Educators, and current vice-chair of the Human Rights Forum of the American Public Health Association. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award (2007), the Crystal Apple for excellence in professional school education (2015), and the Unsung Heroine Award (2016). She is a Board member of  Medical Education in Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC) and represents Emory University on the steering committee of the Interagency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crisis.

She is fluent in Portuguese.  

Her most recent honor is receipt of the American Public Health Association (APHA)'s 2017 Mid-Career Award in International Health. The award is presented annually to "an outstanding emerging professional" from APHA's International Health Section.


"Receiving this award is particularly meaningful at this point in my career," says Evans, who recently celebrated 20 years working in global health. "Since the APHA annual meeting is in Atlanta this year, I will get to enjoy receiving the award in my home town, the 'public health capital of the world.'"



Dabney and MOOCs


Our Virtual Presence Committee has been encouraging members to try out a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) to see the array of information available in that form.  Dabney is an instructor in two Emory Coursera courses:  Health in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies and Ebola Virus Disease: An Evolving Epidemic.  This is just one example of the range and quality of instructors available with MOOCs.  



You can read about Dabney as a CFDE Featured Faculty member by clicking here  


You can hear Dabney's TEDx talk by clicking here



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FacActBotFaculty Activities
Bhagirath Majmudar
Professor Emeritus of Pathology

EUEC Member Bhagirath Majmudar, M.D., Receives Another Noteworthy Award
From a Press Release:
The Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society has chosen to honor Dr. Bhagirath Majmudar as a recipient of the Society's 2017 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Majmudar was selected because of his outstanding contributions to clinical medicine and women's health during his lifetime and his overall support to the specialty of Gynecology and Obstetrics. This is the first time that the Society is giving the award to someone outside their immediate specialty. Dr. Majmudar, an emeritus Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Pathology at Emory University in Atlanta, has received numerous previous awards for his contributions to the Obstetrics-Gynecology and Pathology departments of Emory University. He also received PapaGeorge Award of the Emory Medical School, which is the highest award the Emory Medical School gives to an Outstanding Teacher in Medicine. In addition to his contributions to the medical field, Dr. Majmudar serves as a Hindu priest who has officiated 350 weddings, a large number of them being interfaith.

NewMemBotNew Members

New members are the lifeblood of any organization. Please make a special effort to welcome them to EUEC!


Margaret J. Streiper, DO, Associate Professor Emerita of Pediatrics


M. Patrick Graham, PhD, Librarian and Margaret A. Pitts Professor Emeritus of Theological Bibliography



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CPPBotConversation Partners

A few weeks ago, I received the following enquiry from Kirsten Schaetzel, PhD, who is the English Language Specialist in the Law School: 

We have about 160 international students and I have been looking for conversation partners for them. Do you think any of your members would enjoy talking with an international student every other week or so? The students would love to talk with Americans and I feel our students are very interesting people and conversation partners. This will also help our students practice their English, though they are quite fluent.

Some of you responded directly to Kirsten, and she was able to meet the demand from her international students for conversation partners.  I have heard enthusiastic comments from several of you who have already begun your participation.  Apparently good comments have made it to other international students in the Law School because there are now additional requests for participation and more of our members are needed for the program

Here is more information about the program: (from Kirsten Schaetzel)


1.    The conversations can take place anywhere. If your members still live in Atlanta and would feel comfortable with students coming to their homes, the students can travel there. The students seem to be very comfortable using Uber and Lyft (very few of them have cars). Long distances away from campus might be expensive, so if your members let me know where they are, I can match them with students who do not mind paying a little more for transportation.


The conversations can also take place over coffee, a drink, or a meal at a restaurant near campus. Your members could meet students at the Panera near campus, any of the places in Emory Village or Emory Point. Most of our students live in apartments that are on the Emory bus routes.


2.    For members who live out of the metro area, some students may be interested in distance communication. The students all use Skype, so that wouldn't be a problem. (The Law School uses Skype for international admission interviews.)


Information about conversation partners


The Law School now has about 160 international students. These students are from Asia (the majority), Europe, Latin America, and Africa. English is their second/third language and while they are in the United States, they would like to get to know Americans personally and practice their English. Other languages can be spoken in a conversation partner session, but the students would like to use their English. (If one of your group members speaks another language and would like to be paired with someone who speaks that language, I can do that--it would be a language exchange.)


Conversation partners are a way for two people to learn about each other and another culture. They are especially helpful for international students, many of whom are young and living away from home for the first time.


Conversations can begin by learning a little about one another: biography, likes, dislikes, hobbies, affiliations, and other areas of interest. Conversation partners usually figure out what they enjoy talking about after that.


Conversation partners can decide how often they want to meet. Ideally, they can meet every week, but if that's not feasible, they can meet every other week or every month. International students will probably not be able to meet during final exams and many of them travel during semester breaks.


Conversation partner sessions usually last about 45 minutes to an hour--or however long the conversation goes.


If you are interested in participating, or have more questions about the program, please contact Kirsten directly:


Kirsten Schaetzel, Ph.D.

ESL Specialist

Emory University School of Law

1301 Clifton Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30322

(404) 727-7096


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InMemBotIn Memoriam

From Jeff Lesser: 
It with sadness that I share the obituary for William Beik. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 1:30 pm. at the Pump House, 880 East Waterfront Drive, Munhall (Homestead), PA, 15120. 
I arrived as a faculty member at Emory around the time Bill was retiring and I remember him for his kindness to me and for his commitment to fairness. He supervised numerous doctoral dissertations in early modern French history and helped secure the funding structure for the Blair and Russell Major Dissertation Award, which continues to support our Ph.D. students today. On the occasion of his retirement from the department in May 2007, one of our colleagues remarked that Bill always "led from the back of the bus"-- a phrase that captured his quiet dignity and firm commitment to social justice.  He will be missed.

William Humphrey Beik (Bill), aged 76, eminent scholar of early modern French history, died on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at the Forbes West Penn hospice in Pittsburgh. For the past 20 years, until his death, he valiantly struggled against Parkinson's disease. Bill (1941-2017) was an admirer of working people in France and Pittsburgh. Many years of travel and research in France fostered a profound love of the French spirit of liberty, its people, its countryside, especially its soul, Paris, City of Light. His interest in popular rebellion attracted him to Pittsburgh's working-class history, especially the 1892 Homestead Strike. 
He began visiting France in his childhood. From the late 1940s, his father, Paul Beik, a professor of history at Swarthmore College (1946-1980), traveled there to do original research on the French Revolution. Bill attended French schools and learned to love walking the streets of Paris. He later graduated from Haverford College (1963) and Harvard University (1969). Bill was a devoted teacher at Northern Illinois University for 22 years (1968-1990) where he engaged his working-class students and supported protests against the Vietnam War, editing a student countercultural paper, "The News from Nowhere." An ardent audiovisualist, he united music and slides in his lectures and created video memories of France and Europe. In 1990, he became professor of French history at Emory University in Atlanta and was widely recognized as an expert on the age of Louis XIV. Among his books are Absolutism and Society in Seventeenth Century France and Urban Protests in Seventeenth Century France
In 2007, Bill and his wife, Millie retired to Pittsburgh, first to Mt. Washington and later to Upper St. Clair. They found an extended family with the Battle of Homestead Foundation and regularly attended weekly breakfasts and educational programs. Bill's parents (Paul H. Beik and Doris Humphrey Beik) preceded Bill in death as did his stepson, John Eric Kauffman. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Millie Beik; his stepson, Carl Kauffman; his brother, Steve Beik; cousins, Jeanne Mattole, Bonnie Robicheau, Margaret McGuire, Janet Beik, Linda Beik, and David Beik; plus nieces and nephews. 
For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Haverford College, or the local Battle of Homestead Foundation, P.O. Box 339, Homestead, PA 15120. Plans for a memorial service are pending.
--Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Sept. 5 to Sept. 6, 2017
Note:  In spite of the fact that Bill moved to Pittsburgh upon retirement, he was a loyal supporter of EUEC and in fact made a contribution on August 31 of this year!  Thank you Bill for being a part of us, even at a distance.  

WalkBotWalking the Campus with Dianne

Did you recognize our indoor location in the last photo?  Dr. Herb Benario correctly guessed -- This is in the Carlos Museum, the approach to the Egyptian collection.

The museum is such an interesting and visually pleasing spot on campus.  I could (and sometimes do, on weekends) spend hours walking through the exhibits.  I enjoy the entire museum, but my favorites are the Greek/Roman and Egyptian areas. 


I hope everyone in the Atlanta area survived hurricane Irma!   I believe as of this writing some of you may be without power....I do hope everything is back in order soon.  I explored the Emory area after the storm and found a few places on campus with fallen trees.  Rather than have you guess the location of our next photo, I'm supplying a photo of a fallen tree on Glenn Memorial Church.  What makes this tree interesting is that it twisted, rather than snapped in two.  It appears to have inflicted minimal damage to the building (thank goodness), but will require some skillful removal tactics.  


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