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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
Message from the Director
I want to thank our Membership and Development Committee, co-chaired by Beverly Schaffer and Julianne Daffin, for the Retirement Seminar they sponsored that was held July 15 at the Luce Center. Attendance was very good and additional people joined via webcast. You can read about the seminar below and watch the webcast, which was recorded.
Thanks are also due to Gretchen Schulz and Al Padwa who assembled a great series of Lunch Colloquiums for the past year. The last of those for this academic year was held on July 20, and you can read about it below. It was not webcast, but our plan is to try to webcast at least most of the Lunch Colloquiums in the upcoming year. These Lunch Colloquiums are making excellent use of the fact that Emory is a leading research university with a tremendously distinguished and interesting faculty. The Lunch Colloquium series is set for the fall semester, but you are welcome to make suggestions for the spring by sending information to Gretchen or Al.
There are already a variety of other activities for members coming up this fall that you can read about below. Those of you who live outside Georgia are welcome to become part of the Admissions Network; those of you in Atlanta are invited to host or co-host a dinner for 12 strangers. John Bugge is inviting participants for an Interdisciplinary Seminar that he will lead in the fall.
Congratulations and thanks to Holly York who will be our next representative to the University Faculty Council and Senate.
I am very grateful to Herb Benario, John Bugge, and Gretchen Schulz for help with proofing and editing.
Retirement Seminar July 15
Our Membership and Development Committee sponsored a seminar Where to Next?
on retirement communities in Atlanta. Below, you can read more about this seminar and also click on a link to allow you to view the recorded webcast of the seminar.
For members who have an Emory ID and Password
If you still connect with any Emory sites using your Emory NetID and Password, you will have to change your password by September 9 if you have not recently done so.
For EUEC Members Living Outside Georgia
Many of our members move away from Emory after retirement for a variety of reasons. Although that distance can have disadvantages in maintaining contact with Emory, there is at least one way that it can prove to be an advantage--by being a local link with Emory in its admissions efforts. Emory has established an Alumni Admission Network
to aid in admissions efforts; I have been assured that retired faculty would be most welcome to assist in that effort. That program is described in more detail in the document available by clicking here
The goals of the program are to encourage well-qualified students to apply to Emory and to improve the local knowledge about Emory. In addition, local admission interviews are being conducted in an increasing number of locations. The admissions effort is concerned mainly with undergraduate admissions, but faculty from other schools could still help by giving a local face to Emory. Many Emory undergraduates are pre-professional and so would be interested in talking with faculty from the professional schools.
If you would be interested in participating in this effort or have questions or suggestions, please contact me (email@example.com
). This could represent a great way of helping Emory!
For EUEC Members Living in the Atlanta Area
Dinner with 12 Strangers
Another program of the Alumni Association is Dinner with 12 Strangers,
whose overall goal is to foster a stronger association of faculty, staff, and students with Emory. Students, in particular, can feel isolated within a very large university, and this program can help bring together members of the community in a social occasion that is fun and low-pressure. EUEC members are very welcome to host, or co-host, a dinner. The dinner can be at one's home, at a favorite restaurant, or at the Miller-Ward Alumni House. Hosts can even suggest a preference for an audience from a particular school or schools. More information on hosting can be seen by clicking here
or by going to the website for the program here
The main "catch" to being a host is that you are not reimbursed for the dinner expenses. Your expenses can
, however, be credited as a gift to Emory, as explained in the hosting information
. Hosting a dinner could be a great way to get to know people at Emory. The documents mentioned above give instructions on how to register as a host and also contact information if you have additional questions. Feel free to contact our office as well if you are potentially interested.
The votes are in! Holly York was elected to replace Jim Keller as our representative to the University Faculty Council and Senate.
All of us certainly owe a debt of gratitude to Jim Keller for his excellent representation of EUEC in the Faculty Council and Senate. He will continue to represent us on the Senate Fringe Benefits Committee.
Holly York's candidate statement can be seen by clicking here
. She has a wide variety of experiences at Emory, including previous service on the Faculty Council and Senate. Thanks to Holly for agreeing to run, and congratulations!
Interdisciplinary Seminar for Fall 2015
July 20 Lunch Colloquium
Christine Smith (Gilliam): Atlanta's Film Censor, 1944 to 1962
MATTHEW H. BERNSTEIN, Professor and Chair, Department of Film and Media Studies
We are fortunate to have two members who wrote articles about last Monday's Lunch Colloquium!
From Jan Pratt:
In 1915 the U.S. Supreme Court decided that movies were not entitled to First Amendment protection. The Court ruled that the movie business was a for-profit entertainment business similar to the circus. Therefore, as movies were not intended to communicate ideas, constitutional protection was unnecessary, and moviemakers could not claim freedom of expression as a right! This decision ushered in the era of the censor as states and cities across the US set up Censorship Boards to review films and decide what moviegoers in their areas might see. The Atlanta Board was established to make sure that "obscene, vulgar, or immoral" movies were not shown in our city. So we learned at the last colloquium for the Emeritus College this summer, on Monday, July 20, when Matthew Bernstein, Professor and Chair of Film and Media Studies, discussed a small part of his research focusing on the work of Christine Smith Gilliam who was the Atlanta Film Censor from 1944 to 1962.
Atlanta played an important part in distribution of movies through the 20th century. All the major studios had offices here. Movies were sent out from Atlanta to other southern cities, so the Atlanta censor, in fact, was the censor for the entire region. Mrs. Smith Gilliam and her predecessor, Mrs. Alonzo Richardson, were concerned to protect moviegoers from depictions of illicit sex (as defined by the League of Decency) and were alert to any problems in depictions of race relations. Professor Bernstein spoke of the censorship of the movie Imitation of Life, in 1934, when it was first released, and then after the war, when it was re-released. The film (based on a novel by Fannie Hurst) tells the story of two single mothers raising daughters, one pair white, one black, though the latter daughter has enough white blood that she can pass as white, and chooses to do so. We may remember the remake of the movie from 1959 (the version with Lana Turner), but it was this earlier version that has long been recognized as among the top films ever made on race relations. Not that Atlanta audiences got to see it uncensored--or even at all. When the movie was first released, Mrs. Richardson cut out all scenes which seemed to depict the white star and the black star in any way as equals but left everything else. When it was re-released in 1947, it was banned entirely by Mrs. Smith Gilliam. According to Professor Bernstein, the handling of this film thus illustrates the differences between these two censors. As he has written, "Mrs. Richardson. . . was old school, in the city's blue book, a member of a woman's volunteer group devoted to seeing better films be shown in Atlanta, who began being anti-censorship, and paradoxically carried that attitude towards her work on censorship. She was most cooperative with Hollywood. On the subject of African-Americans and social equality, however, she was an unambiguous and crude racist, by our standards. [On the contrary,] Miss Christine Smith, later Mrs. Christine Smith Gilliam, was a college educated former head of the League of Women's Voters who viewed Hollywood with great suspicion, [and] banned things left and right . . . It was not entirely her fault--Hollywood produced more risqué material in the post-war period that would have made Mrs. Richardson apoplectic." Ironically, although white audiences only had a week or two to see Imitation of Life before Mrs. Smith Gilliam removed from their theaters, black audiences at the movie theaters exclusively for black citizens were able to see the movie for nearly a month. (And by the way, the story of the growth of movie theaters for white patrons and those for black or "colored" citizens, and of the "black movies" with all-black casts to be shown in those segregated theaters, which Professor Bernstein also shared with us was fascinating.)
Mrs. Gilliam Smith was representative of the Atlanta culture of her era. However, through the fifties, that culture began to change. The public started to question the work of the censor. Criticism came to a head over the banning of the movies Never on Sunday and Room at the Top. The producers of those films sued and the censorship decisions were overturned. The Supreme Court began a series of decisions which finally gave First Amendment protection to movies and, in 1962, the era of the censor came to an end.
Professor Bernstein left us with lots of questions and the desire to know more! It was a fascinating program and the general consensus of the attendees was that he could come back any time! Perhaps next time he can bring his collaborator in this research, our fellow retiree Dana White, with him. The two books they are preparing for the University of Georgia Press should be out before long with much more information about the history of film in Atlanta.
From Holly York:
Moving pictures, originally seen as a personal entertainment medium to be viewed at home, were projected on a public screen for the first time ever at the 1895 Cotton States Exposition in Atlanta. Nobody came to see them. In his forthcoming book with urban historian Dana F. White, Emory professor emeritus, Segregated Cinema: Atlanta 1895-1962, Matthew traces a narrative history that includes reception studies, censorship history, exhibition history, and business history. Begun in 1992, this, along with the Bernstein and White anthology, Atlanta at the Movies, will be published by the University of Georgia Press.
Until the "quiet desegregation" of Atlanta movie houses in 1962, certain theaters were designated as "colored." There, patrons could view special "race films" made by independent filmmakers to appeal specifically to Black audiences. These films usually had a short two-day run, with major Hollywood films presented at other times. The "colored" theaters often received Hollywood films a year later than the white theaters, but Atlanta audiences were more fortunate since Atlanta, as the distribution hub for the southeast, had early access to films awaiting scheduled transportation to other cities.
Among films about the South and race relations, Matthew notes that Birth of a Nation (1915) might be seen as a sort of "original sin" of film making. Used as a recruiting tool by the Ku Klux Klan, it is an example of a well-made film that is ideologically repugnant.
Also in 1915, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that movies were strictly entertainment and not a medium for communication of ideas; thus the right to freedom of speech did not apply. This decision paved the way for cities and states to install boards of censors. The city of Chicago had already created such a board in 1907 and boards were subsequently created in seven states.
Atlanta had already established such a board in 1913, housed in the Fulton County Library and led by Mrs. Alonzo Richardson. Mrs. Richardson, who considered herself a friendly intermediary between Hollywood and the Atlanta public, guarded moviegoers against depictions of illicit sex and improper representation of the races. She was empowered to demand that cuts be made before a film could be shown to an Atlanta audience. This impacted the viewing of the whole southeast since the films came to Atlanta first and were sent out minus the objectionable portions.
Christine Smith Gilliam, an Emory MA graduate in psychology, succeeded Mrs. Richardson as censor in 1944. Less communicative than Mrs. Richardson, she saw Hollywood as the enemy, and was relentless in her crusade to protect public decency. Her zeal led to the total banning in 1962 of the highly acclaimed Never on Sunday and Room at the Top. The lawsuits occasioned by these actions and a growing public outcry against censorship finally contributed to the demise of the city board of censorship in the same year as the quiet desegregation of Atlanta theaters.
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Retirement Seminar July 15
Where to Next?
On July 15, our Membership and Development Committee, co-chaired by Beverly Schaffer and Julianne Daffin, sponsored a program on some of the best retirement
places in the Atlanta area. The communities represented were Clairmont Place, King's Bridge, Lenbrook, and Park Springs. Information about those communities, including websites and the names of the presenters, can be obtained by clicking here
. The format of the program was to have representatives from each community talk about the amenities, fee structures, and other aspects of each community, followed by a general Q & A session.
The Program was webcast, and the recording of all presentations and the Q & A session can be seen by clicking here
. In addition to a full house at the Luce Center, a number of people participated via the webcast. There was also literature available on each of the communities, and the representatives were present before and after the program, so those attending were able to obtain a lot of information during the course of the afternoon.
There are of course differences among the various communities, but all had many residents who were living very active lifestyles and still driving (although each place offers various transportation options). Thus any of these places could be reasonable choices for people still active and in good health, and there are in fact EUEC members living in at least several of the communities. One important point made in the course of the presentations was that, given demographic projections of Atlanta's population, there will be a severe shortage of retirement community options in the future. All of the communities currently have waiting lists; Lenbrook has an interesting option to get on a waiting list many years in advance of moving in, which is penalty-free if one chooses not to use it. Because of potentially limited availability, it is certainly not too soon to consider one's options for the future.
Thanks to our Membership and Development Committee for sponsoring this valuable program.
Interdisciplinary Seminar for Fall 2015
From John Bugge:
PROPOSAL FOR AN INTERDISCIPLINARY SEMINAR
Fall Semester, 2015
Dear Fellow Member of the Emeritus College:
I would like to propose a seminar for the fall semester. It would deal with just one book, Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, published this year (2015) by Harper Collins.
The book has received strong reviews and is much talked about. In a blurb on the book jacket Jared Diamond writes that "Sapiens tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world . . . in unforgettably vivid language."
Even though we'd be reading just the one book, this would be very much an interdisciplinary seminar, since the comprehensive sweep of this "history" manages to invoke almost all of the various research disciplines and fields of study to be found in a modern university - from history to biogenetics, from economics to linguistics, from anthropology to literature. It's quite a tour de force.
Our requirements would be simple: members doing the seminar would get hold of the book and read it over the summer. It's just a bit more than 400 pages, not including the notes. Then, for the purpose of discussing the book in the fall, they would choose a topic or theme raised in it that seems most pertinent to their own particular scholarly or professional interests. In addition, they would choose a few pertinent readings from their own fields that comment on or support the chosen topic, and then make these titles known to the leader of the seminar (me, in this instance), who would arrange to have them made available to all participants.
For example - and to tip my hand at the outset - as a literature person I'm especially struck by Harari's suggestion that homo sapiens became the most successful species of all mainly because we learned how to act cooperatively in large numbers, specifically through a new-found ability to use language to make fictions. In other words, our myths, our stories, are what allow us to rule the world.
This is but one of hundreds of surprising and challenging insights about our evolved human condition that make the book so provocative, and I am sure that if you do join the seminar you will encounter more than a few to engage with intellectually.
What I would expect to do as a member of the seminar, given my interest in the topic of myth-making, is make a short list of works on the anthropological uses of myth and offer these to my fellow seminar members as commentary on Harari's point above. And a suggested format of the seminar would be for me to present the topic of myth to the group and then lead the discussion that ensues.
This, then, in broad outline, is how I see the seminar proceeding, with each participant taking responsibility in this fashion for a chosen topic and its development.
The seminar would start sometime in later September and meet at least once a week; it would meet often enough to give each participant a chance to lead a discussion on at least one tantalizing aspect of the book's argument.
If you are interested in this endeavor - a kind of intensive "book club" experience - I urge you to let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is in the nature of an experiment, of course, but rarely does a book come along that is worthwhile reading for just about every member of a university community!
With best wishes for an enjoyable summer,
For an NPR interview with the author, click here.
To read a review in The Guardian, click here.
For the book's page at Harper Collins, click here.
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Emory's new Password Policy
There is no question that having to change one's Emory password becomes more and more troublesome. There are several main reasons for that trouble: we tend to have more devices connected to Emory to get email, for example; in order to have more secure passwords, the password requirements get more complex (and thus more difficult to enter, particularly on small devices without keyboards); and complex passwords are more difficult to remember.
It should be no surprise to any of us that there is a great concern about cyber security at Emory, given all of the examples of large thefts of data that have been in the news in the past year. Although none of us has administrative rights to any of Emory's networks, a criminal who was able to gain access through one of our accounts would have an advantage in doing further hacking of Emory's networks. This is the reason for requiring password changes and requiring strong passwords, inconvenient though it may be.
The new password policy is explained in Issue 19
of the newsletter and the document
referred to in that issue. If you don't change your password by September 9, you will be locked out of your account, making it more of a hassle to get a new password. You might also be locked out of your account if you try to change your password, but don't have all of your connected devices powered down during the change:
All your devices must be gathered and powered down before you change your password.
- There is a strong chance your account will be locked out if you do not have all your extra devices available and powered down.
- After the password change, power up devices individually and update your new password in WiFi and Mail settings.
It perhaps sounds a bit strange that you have to have all of your devices powered down at the time of the password change, but I think it is because many of our devices such as smart phones and tablets are connected to our Emory email and constantly check to see if we have new email. If they try to do that while a password is being changed, that could confuse the network. Thus the advice to gather all of your devices together and implement the password change with all of them in one session.
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