The Lunch Colloquium

With some exceptions, Lunch Colloquiums are held in 130 Luce Center (825 Houston Mill Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30329). Colloquiums are generally held every first and third Monday from 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Entries will note if colloquiums are held offsite. All are welcome to attend any Lunch Colloquium. However, capacity seating is 45, so an RSVP is required.

Click on the subtabs to the left to view past speakers and topics. The 2019 speakers and topics are listed below by month. Because we webcast most colloquiums and archive the results, many are available to view online. Click on the blue titles to view past lectures as they become available.


Tuesday, January 15
Selden Deemer, Librarian Emeritus
“Changing Courses” or  “A 72-Year-Old Undergraduate Speaks”

Two years ago, when EUEC member Selden Deemer and his wife moved to Dahlonega, Georgia, where they now live “amid cows, chickens, turkeys, forest rats (deer),” Selden began to consider studying a language other than English as a way to keep his mind fit. He was delighted to discover that the University of North Georgia has a rich foreign language program, and he decided to revisit the Arabic he had studied in college and grad school—and used during years when he worked as a librarian in Saudi Arabia. Last fall, he followed up that audit with actual enrollment in an Introduction to Islam course (in which he earned an A he’s very proud of). And he’s now hoping to do as well in two spring semester courses, Introduction to Islam II and Arabic Epigraphy and Calligraphy. When Selden shared the pleasures (and challenges) of his experience as a decidedly postgrad undergraduate with John Bugge last September, John suggested he share the same with us—in a Lunch Colloquium. And we see a program on this subject as the perfect way to kick off a new year of offerings in which the Emeritus College itself enables our members to enjoy “school forever” even as Selden is doing
in Dahlonega—and honor the wishes of John, who passed away suddenly in November. Marilynne McKay and Holly York share their retirement stories too.

Monday, January 28
Stephen Nowicki, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology Emeritus
“Choice or Chance: Locus of Control”

Anything but “retired” after 50 much lauded years of teaching psychology at Emory—and comparably distinguished years of clinical practice and research in the field—Steve Nowicki is ready to report on the results of a three-year grant from the Templeton Foundation, a grant enabled by a prior Heilbrun grant from our own Emory College of Arts and Sciences that has allowed him to pursue his long-time interest in the impact of “locus of control” with extensive work in England. What is “locus of control,” you ask? “Our locus of control reflects how much we expect what happens to us is due to our own choices or to chance," Nowicki explains. “I have studied the implications of locus of control on the personal lives of children and adults for decades and concluded it is a key to personal, social, and academic successes.”  Nowicki used the Templeton grant to study all children born in 1991 in Bristol, England, and their parents over the past 27 years. What he found has profound implications for the way we live our lives and how our children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren are raised.


Tuesday, February 12
Carl C. Hug Jr., MD, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology Emeritus, School of Medicine
“The Opioid Crisis in 2019”

Monday, February 25
Ronald Gould, Goodrich C. White Professor of Mathematics Emeritus
“How I Gained an International Reputation as a Gambler”

After Ronald Gould developed and taught a freshman seminar titled “Mathematics in Games, Sports, and Gambling” here at Emory, strange events and unusual requests followed, as he became known around the world for his “gambling prowess." In reality, Gould was just teaching these freshman students a series of problems to show that mathematics—even simple mathematics—can be useful and fun. In this session, he’ll teach you as well, and in the process hopes to demystify how mathematics is done at all levels including the far-from-simple. In this lively session, you’ll get a glimpse of the beauty all mathematicians see in their subject and work—and maybe pick up a point or two about gambling.


Tuesday, March 12
Liza Davis, Director Emerita, University Honors Program, Kennesaw State University
“The Poetry of Natasha Trethewey”

Twice selected as Poet Laureate of the United States, Natasha Trethewey won a Pulitzer Prize for her collection Native Guard in 2007. She later published Thrall, a collection in which she examines the history of men, women, and children marginalized by the rigid hierarchy of pure Spanish and mixed-race classifications in 18th-century colonial Mexico. Various taxonomies of color were captured in what are known as Casta, or "caste," paintings commissioned by wealthy colonial families. Trethewey finds layered meanings in these paintings, enthralling her readers. This presentation will pair selected poems from Thrall with slides of the art they explore.

Monday, March 25
Helen O’Shea, RN, PhD, Professor of Nursing Emerita, and Donald O'Shea, Professor of Physics Emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology
“How Does Your Garden Grow?”

One block from the Emory gate there is a forested garden that Helen and Don created over the past 15 years. It has been on the Druid Hills Homes and Gardens Tour and the Atlanta Botanical Garden Tour for Connoisseurs. This presentation describes the design, development, and maintenance of the garden by these two retired professors, one of whom became a master gardener after retirement. Topics will include the choice of plants and their plantings, successes and failures over time, and practices the O'Sheas have developed over the years that should prove useful to anyone who maintains a garden or wants to start one. They promise plenty of pictures of flowers too.


Monday, April 22
Cassandra Quave, Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Human Health and Curator of the Emory Herbarium
“Exploring Nature’s Bounty: Drug Discovery from Plants Used in Traditional Medicine”

Pursuant to her training as a medical ethnobotanist, Quave's research focuses on the documentation and biochemical analysis of botanical remedies and foods in applications for anti-infective and anticancer therapeutics. Her research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, industry contracts, and philanthropy. To date, she has authored more than 60 publications, edited two books, and holds three patents. She is the co-founder and CEO/CSO of PhytoTEK LLC, a drug discovery company dedicated to developing solutions from botanicals for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant infections and recalcitrant wounds. Quave has been the subject of feature profiles in the New York Times Magazine, BBC Focus, and Brigitte magazine, and on the National Geographic Channel. Her work has been featured on NPR, in National Geographic Magazine, and in several major news outlets including the Washington Post, The Telegraph, CBS News, and NBC News.