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October 20 Colloquium

Jeff Pennell of the Law School leads a session on Estate Planning on Wednesday, October 29 at 4:30 pm.  For more information, click here.  To sign up, click below.  (Note: this seminar is now full!  If you are interested in attending, please register to get your name on the wait list.  We may be able to increase the capacity.)

Retirement Seminar

Atlanta Food Bank

Our Service Committee is sponsoring a collection of food for the Atlanta Food Bank.  When you come to the Luce Center, please bring food to donate.


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October 13, 2014

This 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

As we get further into the fall semester, there is more activity on campus.


I hope you will take note of several items in this newsletter. We need nominations for EUEC awards and we have been asked for nominations for honorary degree recipients. There is still a call out for OLLI teachers--I hope some of you will respond! Our service committee is sponsoring food collection for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, so try to remember to bring some food when you come to the Luce Center.  


It seems as if we just went through the big change from the Emory retiree healthcare plan and yet Medicare Open Enrollment is upon us. Be sure to read what you need to do during this period. We have another interesting Lunch Colloquium coming up next week and a report on the one last week, as well as a report on the first Women's Conversations of this year. One of our members is writing a computer security column to help us try to avoid  the cyber evil around us, and there is information about a member's book being published soon.


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


HealthTopHealthcare Updates

Medicare Open Enrollment is from October 15 to December 7 this year.  There is much less for you to do during this period than in the transition from the Emory retiree plan to the private market.  However, you should not ignore this enrollment period.  Thanks again to EUEC member Jim Keller for his help in putting this information together!

LCTopLunch Colloquium October 20
Why are Americans So Religious? Or Are They?

Brooks Holifield, Emeritus Professor of American Church History, Candler School of Theology

The Luce Center, Room 130

(Don't forget to bring food for the Atlanta Food Bank!)

For more information, click here
 CSTop Computer Security

If institutions like JP Morgan Chase, Home Depot, and Target can't keep their customer systems secure, what chance do any of us have for our own computers?  EUEC member Selden Deemer has agreed to host a column on computer security.  In this first column, he tells us how worried we should be about Shellshock.

Click here to read his column

WCTopWomen's Conversations

The first Women's Conversations of 2014-2015 met on September 30.  If you would like to find out more about this program, please read Brenda Bynum's article below.  Thanks to Brenda and Helen O'Shea who have agreed to be co-chairs of this group!

 LastLCTopEmory Makes the Invisible VisibleOur Latest Lunch Colloquium

Gretchen Schulz writes about the October 6 Colloquium, below.  What had our audience so engaged?


Emory's OLLI program (the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Emory) remains very interested in recruiting faculty from EUEC to teach in its courses.  To encourage EUEC participation, we are offering EUEC-OLLI teaching fellowships.  For more information about OLLI and what teaching in OLLI is like, please click here.

Nominate members for awards

Early next year, EUEC will be giving Faculty Awards of Distinction and the Distinguished Service Award.  See below for the nomination procedure.

HDTopMake Nominations for Honorary Degrees

We have been invited to submit nominations for Emory Honorary Degrees.  See guidelines below.

Faculty Activities

EUEC members continue to be very active.  Read below about Larry Taulbee's book that is about to be published.  Please send us information on more faculty activities!

LCContdWhy are Americans So Religious?  Or Are They?

Brooks Holifield's recent research shows that many both here and abroad think Americans are "religious," according to some definition of that term, and furthermore, are more "religious" than their peers in Western European nations like England, Germany, and Sweden. Are these perceptions valid? And if so, in what sense, and why, and with what effects in our lives and on others' views of and relationships with us? Brooks will help us consider these interesting questions together--though answers may be very hard to come by--at the Lunch Colloquium on October 20.

HealthcontdHealthcare, cont'd

Member Experiences

There is some new information about what members have found with getting prescriptions, glucose strips, and flu shots.  In addition, there is information about choosing drug plans that is still relevant (see below).

Open Enrollment

You can read a recent article in the New York Times about open enrollment in Medicare by clicking here.  Most people will want to keep the Medigap or Medicare Advantage plan in which they are currently enrolled.  Members should pay particular attention to the following:

1.  Individuals who switch from an Advantage Plan to a Medigap Plan may be subject to medical underwriting.


2.  During the enrollment period retirees should place much of their attention on the Part D drug plan asking the following questions:

  • Has the premium gone up? 
  • Is there now a deductible?
  • Are all your drugs covered, what tiers are they classified in, and how much will it cost for each tier?
  • Drug plans tend to change each year and the fact that your current drug plan is best for you now does not mean the same plan will be best for the same drugs next year!

3.  Members should not forget that they have to send in the One Exchange Recurring Medicare Part B Reimbursement Form and a copy of the Social Security Benefit Award Letter to obtain their monthly HRA for the 2015 year.

Emory Subsidy through One Exchange

As of this writing, the subsidy that Emory is providing through One Exchange is not working as had been expected.  That may change in the future, but at this point it appears that in many cases more than 1 subsidy check is being sent in some months.  That seems to happen when one submits a recurring monthly expense that is greater than $100.  $100 is paid the first month, and then at some point in the second month, the remainder of the first month's expense is paid, and then later in the month, the remainder of the $100 for that month is paid. 

Award Nominations

The time has come to select the recipients of the Emory University Emeritus College (EUEC) awards for 2014 in two categories -- EUEC Faculty Awards of Distinction and Distinguished Service Award. Please submit your nominations to us no later than October 27, 2014. The selection committee, composed of a chair and four former recipients of the awards, cannot accept late nominations.


You may submit your nomination electronically to the EUEC office ( or mail or hand-deliver it to the EUEC office.


The eligibility requirements are as follows:


EUEC Faculty Award of Distinction (formerly Distinguished Emeritus/Emerita Award):

  • All retired Emory faculty who have been members of EUEC for at least two years.
  • Significant professional contributions since retirement to Emory University or its affiliated institutions as well as contributions to local, state, regional, national, or international communities or professional organizations that reflect the "spirit of Emory".
  • A maximum of four awards given annually.
  • This title may be conferred only once.

Distinguished Service Award Eligibility:

  • All Members of the EUEC, including those who have received the Distinguished Emeritus Award.
  • Membership in the EUEC for at least two years.
  • Significant documented contributions of service to Emory University or its affiliated institutions as well as to local, state, regional, national or international communities or other organizations that reflect the "spirit of Emory."   These contributions must have been made since retirement and are beyond those used to support a previous DEA Award.
  • Limited to one award annually - no requirement that an award be given.

When you make your nomination, please include the following:

  • Name of nominee
    • Department or unit
    • Contact information
    • Name of nominator
      • Department or unit
      • Contact information
      • Description of why nominee should receive this honor, in no more than two pages. Please do not exceed this amount, but be certain to include enough information for the selection committee to make an informed decision. Please include curriculum vitae if possible.

Previous recipients of these awards are shown on our web site ( or in a more convenient form can be seen by clicking here. Please let us know if you have any questions about this process. Thank you in advance for your participation.


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CSContdComputer Security



Last spring we had the Heartbleed bug; this September everybody got upset by the Shellshock exploit. What's a person to do? Staying offline isn't an option for most people in the early 21st century (you wouldn't be reading this newsletter if you were offline).


What is Shellshock?


Shellshock (aka the Bash Bug) is what's called an "exploit," not a virus or a Trojan horse or other type of malware that primarily affects desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and phones.



Shellshock primarily affects server computers that use Linux, Unix, or a Unix-derived operating system, such as Apple's OS X (but not Windows). While no operating system is 100% secure, in practical terms, unless you are a developer or a very advanced user who spends a lot of time in what is called the "command line" user interface, you have little to worry about. If you never do things like use secure shell to connect to other computers, and if you don't use remote desktops, there is very, very little to worry about. iOS and Android devices (smartphones and tablets) also have operating systems that are based on a Linux foundation, but they are even less at risk. If you aren't running a server, and you don't customarily type things like env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c 'echo hello' on your computer, you have very little to worry about from Shellshock.


What can you do to protect yourself from Shellshock?

  1. Ignore e-mails purporting to offer protection against Shellshock; often these e-mails will recommend that you download and run software to fix the Shellshock exploit. Scammers often take advantage of situations such as this to infect your device with spyware or trick you into revealing your personal details in order to commit fraud or identity theft. Watch for announcements of security updates for your Linux, Mac, iOS or Android device. If you are using a Windows computer or phone, do nothing.
  2. If you haven't already done so, enable the firewall in your device's or router's security settings.
  3. Turn off cable news - watching CNN or FNN stories about Shellshock will just raise your blood pressure without contributing very much useful information.
  4. As the Brits said during WW II, "Keep calm and carry on."


If you really, really want to know the lowdown on Shellshock, in excruciating detail, this article provides a comprehensive overview: Everything you need to know about the Shellshock Bash bug.


Do you have a question about computer security?


Selden has agreed to answer user questions, to the extent that he can, in his column.  Send questions, with a subject of "Security," to


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Women's Conversations

Women's Conversations on Mid- to Late-Life Transitions is one of the most venerable programs in the Emory University Emeritus College, having been established in 2002. For the past 12 years, Emory women have met regularly - four to six times a year - to discuss common issues surrounding the major changes which we all encounter in the latter half of our lives. The conversation can be lighthearted as well as serious as we look for common ground and offer support to each other in confronting the deaths of spouses, illnesses, downsizing, relationships with adult children, traveling alone, and, particularly, the anticipation and then management of retirement, which includes changing financial circumstances and the loss of professional identity. . . among dozens of other topics which have arisen over the years.


The focus of each meeting is determined by those in attendance, and there are no rules about how often or how seldom one attends. Everyone is welcomed at each gathering, the door is shut, and the only rule we have is that what is said in the room, stays in the room. We have found, through long experience, that a glass of wine with our conversation makes us wiser, though water and soft drinks are available as well.


Every time we come together the room holds women who have already retired, who are nearing retirement, who can't wait to retire, who are fearful of retiring, and who have a long way to go but are really looking forward to the day they can retire. Over the years one of the finest results of the program has been the peer mentoring and counseling that have helped so many navigate the uncertainties, both personal and procedural, which mark that major transition in all our lives. We take pride in having guided so many amazing women into the full flowering of their skills and talents and spirits in the wide world that awaits them outside of the organization.


On September 30, we held our first meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year and look forward to meeting again in November, January, March, May, and July on our newly- established bimonthly schedule. Most meetings consist of women who attend regularly, women who have been gone for a while and are dropping back in because they missed us, and women who are coming for the first time. All are equally welcome and equally vested in the proceedings. It is even OK to just sit and listen, though few of us find that easy to do.


We take our privacy seriously, so I won't say much more except to urge any woman in the Emeritus College to join us - we would be glad to have you in the room. If you have not been receiving notices of the meetings, please send a request, with your email address, to Gray Crouse, who will be happy to see that you are put on the list.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact Brenda Bynum ( or Helen O'Shea ( and we will be happy to answer them.


And, we look forward to seeing you there.


--Brenda Bynum 


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LastLCContdEmory Makes the Invisible Visible:  Our Latest Lunch Colloquium

On Monday, October 6, attendees at our latest Lunch Colloquium heard from not one, not two, not three, but four of the authors of an important new book from Oxford University Press, Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health. We had invited the book's editor, Ellen Idler, the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Sociology who also holds faculty appointments in the School of Public Health, the Graduate Department of Religion, and the Center for Ethics, to come discuss the book with us, and she not only agreed but arranged to bring three of the thirty-four other Emory and Emory-connected scholars who contributed chapters to the book to join her. And what a treat it was to hear not only from Ellen but also from Don Saliers, Professor of Theology and Worship, Candler School of Theology, Ken Hepburn, Professor, School of Nursing, and Ted Johnson, Paul W. Seavey Chair of Medicine and Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine. Ellen explained that she was brought to Emory in 2009 to direct a Strategic Initiative in Religion and Public Health, a project she began by organizing a year-long inter- disciplinary seminar involving faculty with interest and expertise in this area from many different departments and divisions of the University. She was, she explained, delighted to discover the extent to which Emory faculty already enjoyed productive relationships across many disciplines, a fact that enabled the faculty in the seminar to work together wonderfully well in pursuing the research and discussion that eventually yielded the plans for the book.


As the promotional materials for the book emphasize (and I confess to quoting from Amazon), it's a book that's been badly needed.


Frequently in partnership, but sometimes at odds, religious institutions and public health institutions work to improve the well-being of their communities. There is increasing awareness among public health professionals and the general public that the social conditions of poverty, lack of education, income inequality, poor working conditions, and experiences of discrimination play a dominant role in determining health status. But this broad view of the social determinants of health has largely ignored the role of religious practices and institutions in shaping the life conditions of billions around the globe. 

In Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health, leading scholars in the social sciences, public health, and religion address this omission by examining the embodied sacred practices of the world's religions, the history of alignment and tension between religious and public health institutions, the research on the health impact of religious practice throughout the life course, and the role of religious institutions in health and development efforts around the globe. In addition, the volume explores religion's role in the ongoing epidemics of HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer's disease, as well as preparations for an influenza pandemic. Together, these groundbreaking essays help complete the picture of the social determinants of health by including religion, which has until now been an invisible determinant.



As noted above, Ellen, no scholarly slouch herself, brought three more of these "leading scholars" with her so each might share some of what he was able to develop in the chapter he contributed to the book. Don spoke about the ways the singing that's so often a significant part of religious practice has social, psychological, spiritual, and, indeed, physiological effects of great benefit to those singing, a topic he also addressed in the Sheth Lecture he offered members and guests of the Emeritus College last spring. Ken, who serves as Education Core Director of Emory's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, spoke of how the loss of connectedness (such as connectedness with one's religious community) is often a serious problem not just for those with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia but for their caregivers, who may suffer dreadfully from the increasing isolation they're apt to experience as the difficult years go by; he suggested that those in religious communities need to do much more to reach out to patients and their families. Ted, who's a specialist in gerontology and Director of Emory's Center for Health in Aging, began with a plug for the Senior Mentor Program with which he's involved (and with which an appreciable number of Emeritus College members are involved, as well). As he noted, many of the young people training in medicine and public health have little opportunity to interact with "the elderly" in their day-to-day lives. Giving them a chance to get to know people who are "elderly," people like us, can teach them a great deal they need to know in and of itself. And Ted spoke, as Ken did, about the need for those in religious communities to reach out to people whose problems with aging are affecting their behavior so they (and their caregivers) know they are welcome in services and other gatherings in spite of behavioral problems.



The appreciative response of those of us who were lucky enough to be there for this Lunch Colloquium suggested that many of us may indeed want to take up the invitation Ellen (and her co-presenters) issued--an invitation to attend the conference devoted to the subject of the book, which is scheduled to be held at Emory, November 5 to 7. As the poster for the conference Ellen distributed says, on those dates, The Religion and Public Health Collaborative at Emory University will present "Practices, Peoples, Partnerships, and Politics: A Conference on Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health." Those who would like more information about the conference (for which registration is required) should go to . All are welcome.


Submitted by Gretchen Schulz, Professor Emerita of English, Oxford College of Emory University   


FacultyContdEUEC Faculty Activities

James Larry Taulbee, Ann Kelleher, and Peter C. Grosvenor.  Norway's Peace Policy: Soft Power in a Turbulent World

London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, December 2014. 


Larry Taulbee writes about this book:


               The post-Cold War world has allowed less powerful states to develop influential roles in responding to specific problems. Norway, for example, has focused considerable capabilities and resources on the persistent issue of violent ethnic conflicts. The book does not aspire to explain the entirety of Norwegian foreign policy. A good part of Norwegian foreign policy behavior, its role in NATO for example, can be explained through a traditional examination of security and economic factors. But neither neo-liberalism, nor neo-realism, nor any of their permutations can explain sustained policies that do not have economic and political security as a principal goal. Thus, to examine Norway's role in contemporary peacemaking and peacebuilding, we chose to use a framework based upon "constructivist" assumptions, and a series of structured case studies that focus on both successes (Sudan, Palestine, Guatemala) and failures (Sri Lanka). In addition to an analysis of selective peace initiatives, the narrative discusses and evaluates criticisms of Norway's approach, and concludes with an evaluation of the problems facing future engagement.



                Constructivism involves a "ground up" approach, rather than the "top down" perspective of traditional theories. Using the ideas of identity, agency and structure the book explores the interaction between the Norwegian domestic policy process, and Norway's choices for international engagement-- that is, with their position and resources, Norwegian perceptions of choices available given the dominant structure of international politics. The perspective provides a focus on the factors essential to understanding what drives Norway's commitment to peacemaking and peacebuilding because many commitments predate the end of the Cold War.


                We seek to answer a single question: why has Norway chosen to become actively and deeply engaged in sustained peacemaking and peacebuilding endeavors when it clearly had other options. The argument is that while lesser states may not play a role in structuring, determining or influencing important elements of international politics, they can play important roles in facilitating and influencing the processes associated with the operation, maintenance, and evolution of regimes, including those involved in conflict resolution. Their role involves undertaking or promoting activities best characterized as value added in particular circumstances. Many times, they can undertake initiatives that larger powers are unwilling to consider because of perceived impact on other more important interests. Perhaps the title of a book by a prominent Norwegian diplomat, Jan Egelund, captures the essence: Impotent Superpower - Potent Small Power: Potentials and Limitations of Human Rights Objectives in the Policies of the United States and Norway. Norway and other middle and small powers have been able to act and provide essential help when the United States and others have been stalled. As Egelund argues, great power sometimes obscures great weaknesses.


HDContdNominations for Honorary Degrees

Dear Colleagues,


The Honorary Degrees Committee invites all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and trustees to submit nominations for distinguished candidates for an honorary degree from Emory University.  Nominations to be considered for the 2016 commencement and beyond must be submitted by November 1, 2014. Please share this call for nominations with your constituencies and encourage them to nominate individuals who they believe would be worthy candidates for an honorary degree. 


Below are some guidelines to help focus your attention on those who would be good candidates, but please feel free to think creatively and broadly when considering possible candidates.  These criteria are meant to be suggestive, not restrictive.


Criteria:  In general, honorary degree nominees have achieved the highest distinction in their fields, while also demonstrating a transformational impact; their lives and careers should exemplify a commitment to work consistent with Emory's values.  In considering whether a nomination reflects Emory's mission and values, you may wish to consider some important themes that reflect the University's priorities or strategic direction.  Particularly relevant themes might include "exploring the human spirit," "improving the human condition," "engaging society," "fostering sustainability," "new frontiers in science and medicine," "transformational art," and "creative philanthropy."


Nomination Process:  Nominations may be submitted in one of three ways:


1.)   Submit online at:



2.)  Email a nomination letter and supporting documents to

3.)  Mail nomination letter and supporting documents to Honorary Degree Nominations, Emory University, Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University, Administration Building 407, Mail Stop # 1000/001/1AN, Atlanta, GA  30322.


 All honorary degree nomination letters should address the following:

  • What are the nominee's achievements that would merit this honor, considering the above criteria?
  • Would an honorary degree from Emory University have any special significance for this nominee?
  • Would the award have any special significance or meaning for graduating students?

Except in extraordinary circumstances, persons who have spent the greatest part of their careers as members of the Emory faculty or administration or those currently serving in US elective office are not considered.  The committee will, however, receive with interest nominations of persons otherwise associated with Emory such as alumni, distinguished visiting faculty, etc.  The committee encourages the nomination of individuals from diverse demographic backgrounds.


Nominations are kept active (i.e., considered each year) for a period of five years.  To review past honorary degree recipients and related information, visit the website: 




Allison Dykes                                                                Julie Seaman

Vice President and Secretary of the University            Honorary Degrees Committee Chair


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