Titled, “Creativity in Later Life”, the Sheth Distinguished Lecture is named in honor of Dr. Jagdish and Mrs. Madhuri Shethwhose generous donation made this annual event possible. Each year since 2004, a speaker of outstanding quality is invited to present during a lunch attended by emeriti, active faculty, and others with special interest in the topic. The speaker is selected and invited by Emeritus College's Teaching and Lecturing Committee who also hosts the event. Dr. Sheth is the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing at Goizueta Business School.
2013: Mike Luckovich, editorial cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1995 and 2006. He is known for his powerful cartoons on an array of issues, drawn with a simple, but piercing style.
2012: RobertSpano, Emory University Distinguished Artist in Residence and Music Director for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
2011: Robert Paul, Former Dean, Emory College,Candler Professor of Anthropology & Interdisciplinary Studies
2010: Elizabeth Kiss, President of Agnes Scott College, former founding director of theKenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University
2009: Natasha Trethewey, Professor of English andPhillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair at Emory and Pulitzer Prize winning poet
2008: Susan Allen, Professor of Global Heath atRollins School of Public Health, Founder and Director of the Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group
2007: Franz deWaal, Charles HowardCandler Professor of Psychology at Emory, Director of the Living Links at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center
2006: President Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and founder of The Carter Center
2005: WilliamFoege, Professor Emeritus ofRollins School of Public Health, former Director of the Centers for Disease Control, Health Policy Fellow and former Executive Director of the Carter Center
2004: James T.Laney, President Emeritus of Emory University, former ambassador to South Korea