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October 30, 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

We have been pursuing Pellom McDaniels for over two years to give one of our Lunch Colloquiums.  I think everyone who attended last Monday felt that it was worth the wait to get him here.  You can read Ron Gould's article below to get an overview of his talk.  The video will be available on our website within a week or so.


Next week is something totally different:  three of our members contribute to a poetry slam.  Note also that there will be an open mike at the end of the program; the article below describes how to get in the queue for the mike.


It is great to welcome the new members who have recently joined.  I appreciate those who have written a short description introducing themselves.  It is a good way to begin to know them. 


Of particular note, there is a brief article below about Kanopy.  If you enjoy watching movies, you should definitely read about this service offered by our Libraries.


I am very grateful to John Bugge, Herb Benario, and Gretchen Schulz for help with proofing and editing.  
LCNov6TopLunch Colloquium Monday November 6

An EUEC Poetry Slam:  Members Share Their Own Poetry (Plus)

The Luce Center

Room 130


Gene Bianchi, Don Saliers, Holly York:  Emeriti Professors of Religion, Theology, and French


LCOct23TopLunch Colloquium Monday October 23

A Question of Manhood: African Americans and WWI

Pellom McDaniels III, Curator of African American Collections, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

FacActTopFaculty Activities

NewMemTopNew Members


We note the passing of EUEC Member Doug Unfug.


News from the Emory Libraries:
Free streaming video: Emory University Libraries recently added significant new streaming video content to its collection, by way of Kanopy. You can now access more than 3,900 films, with just over 500 added in the last few weeks.
Who or what is Kanopy?
From their website:
We didn't always see the world this way. Kanopy was born in 2008 in Western Australia. We started out selling DVDs to Australian University Libraries - distributing everything from blockbusters to rare and obscure documentaries. We knew students loved learning through film and we wanted to make it easy for libraries to find and acquire the films. A few years later, we launched a streaming solution and moved our headquarters to San Francisco to expand into the North American and UK markets. Now we're lucky enough to look out our windows every day to watch the fog rolling in over the San Francisco Bay. We are proud to stream more than 26,000 films to over 3,000 higher education campuses worldwide, reaching millions of students around the globe. Our reach is now extending to public libraries across the world.
We offer one of the most unique and compelling collections of film on the planet. Our films range from documentaries to indie and foreign films, must-see classics, and blockbuster movies. Our sophisticated discovery engine encourages our users to challenge themselves to watch films outside of their comfort area.
From the Oxford College news:  Kanopy has a visually pleasing and user-friendly interface similar to other streaming providers like Netflix and Hulu. However, Kanopy features more academic content, such as the Criterion collection, BBC, PBS, documentaries, and foreign films.
The Kanopy videos are available to those who have on-line access to the Emory Library resources.  If you can't find anything in the collection that you want to watch, then you probably don't like movies!  To get to the Emory Kanopy site, go to  If you connect from offsite, you will have to login with your Emory ID and password. 

LCNov6BotLunch Colloquium Monday November 6

An EUEC Poetry Slam:  Members Share Their Own Poetry (Plus)

Gene Bianchi, Don Saliers, Holly York:  Emeriti Professors of Religion, Theology, and French

In this very special Lunch Colloquium, Gene Bianchi (founding director of the Emeritus College and continuing contributor to its success) will share some of the poetry from his most recent collection, The Hum of it All, and some from earlier times and times since, as well.  As Dana Greene put it in the blurb she wrote for the collection's jacket (revealing her own poetic capacities),"In [these] poems of nature, illness, aging, and every kind of unfixable brokenness one hears a cosmic hum, whittling down belief to heart wood.  It is the hum, the sound of all sounds, the ur-sound, taught by cat and owl, birch and wind, which is the inspiration for these wonderful poems."  As in the past, Gene has insisted that we invite other emeriti poets to present along with him--and we're delighted that Don Saliers and Holly York have agreed to do so.  We will also invite attendees who might want to share a poem they have written themselves (or one written by another that they find especially powerful) to "stand and deliver" in the final twenty minutes of this program, using poetry to celebrate poetry, which is, according to Marianne Moore, "the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads in them."  Real toads, humming.


Should you wish to present a poem you yourself have written or another poem you think we'll enjoy, please write Gretchen Schulz to say so:   There should be time for half a dozen attendees to thus join Gene and Don and Holly in this Poetry Slam.  Gretchen will let you know if you are among the first six to offer to participate.

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LCOct23BotLunch Colloquium October 23

A Question of Manhood: African Americans and WWI

Pellom McDaniels III, PhD, Curator of African American Collections, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Our October 23 Lunch Colloquium was a rousing success. Pellom McDaniels presented the talk "A Question of Manhood and Citizenship in a Time of War: African Americans, World War I, and the Challenges of Democracy."
Pellom made a number of important points and stirred many questions. He began by noting that around 1900, about 90 percent of the African American population in this country was still located in the South and worked the land. The shadow of slavery remained strong. The North offered little in the way of jobs and living space as immigrants were still flooding into that region. It was the start of World War I that initiated some changes. Jobs and living space in the north slowly opened as men left to serve in the war. The result was the Great Migration in which many southern blacks moved north.
In this same period, black Americans were seeking to claim full citizenship rights. However, Jim Crow legislation criminalized blackness, leaving African Americans vulnerable to misguided passions of their white counterparts. Education for African American children in the South lacked quality in most places. Poor facilities, segregation from whites, and a shortened school year due to working in the fields robbed these children of a chance for a good education.
Dreadful atrocities occurred. On May 15, 1916, Waco, Texas, became famous for one of these acts. Jesse Washington was convicted of raping and murdering the wife of his employer. He was to be hanged, but a crowd overwhelmed the deputies in charge and placed him in chains, doused his body with oil, and set him on fire. There were reports of 10,000 gathering to watch and celebrate this event. Pictures were taken and sold as postcards.
Many black Americans did not see the point of joining the war in Europe, especially at a time when race relations were still so bad in the U.S. Woodrow Wilson had failed to carry out the many promises of fair and equal treatment for all that he had given in his reelection campaign. Instead, policies of racial segregation were introduced within the government.
New voices began to be heard. A. Philip Randolph and Chandler Owen founded The Messenger, a magazine dedicated to challenging the ideas of the time. They wrote "Patriotism has no appeal to us; justice has. Party has no weight with us; principle has." These thoughts were furthered by W.E.B. Du Bois. In a famed editorial he would later regret writing, he urged African Americans to put aside their grievances and close ranks with white Americans signing up to serve in the war during the crisis at hand.
Black men were required to register for the draft just like white men and in many southern towns they made up the bulk of those drafted. Health standards applied to excuse whites from service were often ignored for blacks. But the fact that African American men were able to claim their manhood publicly through military service changed how they viewed themselves as men and citizens, as well as how they viewed their future possibilities.
Unfortunately, even as African American men were drafted into the service, they were still viewed primarily as laborers rather than combat soldiers. They loaded and unloaded ships, built roads, cooked meals, and generally labored to aid the combat soldier. This presumed lower status led to many being treated poorly by white soldiers.
Joel Spingarn, the first chair of the board of the NAACP, recognized the importance of the war as a chance to change things. He called it "the greatest opportunity for the colored man since the civil war." He advocated for black officers and eventually, with segregated facilities, officers training camps were built.
Black combat troops were also trained. The famed Harlem Hellfighters were formed. The regiment included men from all walks of life claiming their opportunity to be recognized as men. They were assigned to the French as a combat unit on March 12, 1918. They fought bravely, and in fact Private Henry Johnson earned the French Croix de Guerre, supporting the fact these men were not only brave, but honorable and loyal.
Sadly, when the troops returned home, they were still greeted with hostility, showing that a great many whites still resisted a change of their views. Atrocities like lynchings continued to happen. Pellom quoted a New Orleans white man's public response to the enthusiasm African Americans demonstrated towards the war: "You niggers are wondering how you are going to be treated after the war. Well, I'll tell you, you are going to be treated exactly like you were before the war, this is a white man's country and we expect to rule it."
Pellom closed his talk with a heartfelt rendition of Claude McKay's best-known poem about black soldiers fighting and dying in Europe.

If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursed lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed in vain;
Then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we'll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!
How sad that black soldiers returning from the war had to "face the murderous, cowardly pack" of their own bigoted countrymen (and women and children) for so many years after the hostilities abroad had concluded.
Pellom's talk was followed by a spirited and long session of questions and answers as well as a sharing of experiences by some in the audience, not least those with vivid memories of serving alongside blacks (and other people of color) in World War II.
--Ron Gould 


NewMemBotNew Members

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

Miles K. Crowder, MD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine

Stephen Henderson, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Geology, Oxford College

David G. Kleinbaum, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health 

I retired from Emory University on Aug 31, 2017, after 24 years as a professor in the Epidemiology Department at Rollins School of Public Health and previously 23 years on the faculty of the Biostatistics Department at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. I was born and grew up in Brooklyn, graduating from James Madison High School in 1958. I received my AB at Hamilton College in 1962 (math major), an MA in Mathematics at the University of Rochester in 1964, and my PhD in Mathematical Statistics at the University of North Carolina in 1970. I have taught approximately 200 short courses worldwide in biostatistics and epidemiologic methods and have published seven textbooks in these areas. I am unlike many academics in that teaching is my passion. And I am very proud to have received many teaching awards, including the inaugural Association of School of Public Health's Pfizer Award for Career Teaching in Public Health in 2005. Because of my unique teaching style and personality characteristics, I have been known as the Woody Allen of Epidemiology. I'm also famous for wearing multi-colored Hawaiian type shirts in all my classes.
A jazz flutist, I have played for over 10 years in the Atlanta area as the music director of the Moonlighters Jazz Band.  [If you click on this link, you can see a short video of David performing with the Band:, ed.]
I have a special interest in developing multimedia instructional materials for teaching epidemiology and biostatistics. In 2015, I completed a multimedia electronic textbook on epidemiologic methods called ActivEpi Web, which is available for free to anyone anywhere in the world. Currently, there are over 9000 users of this unique instructional text in over 100 countries around the world. Among my goals during retirement is becoming a better musician and getting epidemiology, using ActivEpi Web, into the high school science curriculum throughout the US and elsewhere.

Fredric Menger, PhD, Charles Howard Candler Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
I began teaching at the Emory Chemistry Department in 1965.  My interests have been in colloids, membranes, and enzyme mechanisms, part of a field known as bio-organic chemistry.  My research has led to over 3 decades of NIH funding and >350 publications.
Outside the lab I have been involved with the outdoors, having been the first American to climb the highest mountain in Russia.  Today I can no longer carry 80-pound weights up mountains, but use my free time to hone my skills in blues harmonica and take care of the six acre-woodland, with its orchard and garden, on which I live only fifteen minutes from Emory.
Kieran (Kerry) B. Moore, MFA, Lecturer Emeritus of Art History, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

FacActBotFaculty Activities
Arnold J. Berry, MD, MPH
Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine

American Society of Anesthesiologists recognizes Arnold J. Berry, M.D., M.P.H., with its Excellence in Education Award

BOSTON - On October 23, 2017, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) presented Arnold J. Berry, M.D., M.P.H., with its 2017 Excellence in Education Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to resident and graduate education in anesthesiology. The award is presented annually to an ASA member who has made significant contributions to the field through excellence in teaching, development of new teaching methods, or the implementation of innovative educational programs in anesthesiology.

Dr. Berry is emeritus professor of anesthesiology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta where he also served as assistant dean of education and director of the office of continuing medical education until his retirement. 

"I am honored to present Dr. Berry, an exceptional professor of anesthesiology, with the Excellence in Education Award," said ASA President Jeffrey Plagenhoef, M.D. "Dr. Berry's lifelong dedication to enhancing education within our specialty has improved the field for countless medical students and patients. His passion for teaching our country's next generation of physician anesthesiologists should be applauded."

Dr. Berry has championed education throughout his career, both locally in Georgia and nationally. He has served on numerous ASA committees, notably as past vice president for Scientific Affairs, chair of the Committee on Professional Education Oversight, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Education Planning, and chair of the Subcommittee on Patient, Safety, Epidemiology, History and Education. Dr. Berry served on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Additionally, he is a founding member of the Society for Education and Anesthesia (SEA) and a charter member of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research's (FAER) Academy of Education Mentors in Anesthesiology.

Dr. Berry received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his residency and fellowship in cardiac anesthesia and research at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He also completed a Master of Public Health at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta.

"My passion for creating educational activities stems from the fact that education is the avenue in which physician anesthesiologists learn about new discoveries within our specialty and implement them into practice with the ultimate goal of improving patient care," said Dr. Berry. 

InMemBotIn Memoriam

Douglas A. Unfug, age 88, passed away on October 14, 2017, in Atlanta, GA. He was born on June 6, 1929, in Pueblo, CO. He obtained his undergraduate and PhD degrees from Yale University. He was a professor of History at Emory University for 40 years. He was preceded in death by wife Glee, daughter Molly, son-in-law Steve, and grandson Keenan. Survivors include wife Harriet, son Gilbert, daughters Gail (Clay), Sally and Susan (Linda); Grandchildren Sarah (Jeremy), Amanda (Philip) and Amy; great grandchildren Rosalie, Andrew and Ethan and his extended Colorado family. A memorial service will be held at Atlanta Friends Meeting on October 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 18, 2017
Doug contributed well to the Emeritus College in its early formation. He had a kindness and generosity that made one feel at ease. It was a Quaker spirituality with deep social justice concerns in line with the famous quote from George Fox: "Walk the land cheerfully and honor that of God in everyone." I've also known and admired his wife, Harriet, for the same outlook. May he rest in peace. 
--Gene Bianchi

Jeffrey Lesser, Chair of History had this to say:


It is with sadness that I share this obituary for Douglas A. Unfug, who taught for 40 years in the Department of History.  A native of Colorado, he received his Ph.D. in Modern German History at Yale.  There he studied under Hajo Holborn, the distinguished German √©migr√© historian, prior to coming to Emory in the late 1950s.  From 1968 to 1991 he served as editor of Central European History.  In this capacity he played a key role in renaming and reviving its predecessor, the Journal of Central European Affairs, which had ceased publication in 1963.  Within a brief space of time he helped make Central European History into the leading North American journal in the field.



WalkBotWalking the Campus with Dianne

Did you figure out where we were in the last photo?  The wonderful water feature is the Christine K. and Thomas J. Lawley Fountain, which can be found between the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building (WHSCAB) and the James B. Williams Medical Education Building.  The Lawley Fountain was made possible by a gift from former School of Medicine Dean Thomas Lawley and his wife, Christine.

Autumn has arrived and the temperatures are quite a bit cooler; however, it's still nice to be outdoors, so our next walk will focus on the exterior of a particular building -- more specifically, a smaller detail on the building.  I've passed this piece of art many times before actually giving it notice.

Where will you find this on the Emory 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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