The Emeritus College has an expanding series of videos and audio recordings that are all accessible from this page. We offer a variety of programs for our members that we also record for later viewing including our Lunch Colloquiums, Sheth Lecture, and retirement seminars. We also have videos that document various activities hosted by EUEC. Click on the headers below to learn more and access our videos.


Lunch Colloquiums

EUEC Lunch Colloquiums are generally held twice a month at the Luce Center and feature a wide range of faculty from all parts of the university. These colloquiums are webcast, and the videos are the recorded webinars.

Frankenstein: How a Monster Became an Icon | February 5, 2018

Two longtime Emory University professors, physicist Sidney Perkowitz and film historian Eddy von Mueller, celebrate the bicentenary of Mary Shelley’s marvelous creation and its indelible impact on art and culture.

A Question of Manhood: African Americans and WWI | October 23, 2017

African American Collections curator at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Pellom McDaniels III discusses his exhibition inspired by the memoir of an African American soldier who served as a valet in WWI, when African American men gravitated towards the image of the black soldier as a beacon of hope and dignity.

‘Regardless, you are not the first woman’: An Illustrative Case Study of Missed Opportunities to Protect Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights | September 25, 2017

A mixed-methods researcher at the Rollins School of Public Health, Dabney Evans shares insight into her current research into sexual and reproductive health and rights, focusing on the particularly sensitive topics of rape, unintended pregnancy, and abortion.

Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World | September 19, 2017

Sleep is a biological necessity for all living creatures, yet among humans, it is practiced in an astonishing variety of ways. Benjamin Reiss talks about his book, Wild Nights, which looks at the historical and economic causes and consequences of our peculiar manner of sleeping.

Why the 2016 US Presidential Polls Were ‘Wrong’: Implications for Future Polling | July 24, 2017

Donna Brogan, professor of biostatistics emerita at the Rollins School of Public Health discusses post-mortems among professionals who work in sample survey methodology in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election.

Artificial Photosynthesis: Tackling both Global Energy Needs and Climate Change  |  July 10, 2017

As the use of fossil fuels increasingly impact the well-being of the planet, says Craig Hill, Goodrich C. White Professor of Chemistry, sunlight will be the only energy source that can come close to sustainably powering our long-term needs.

Heart Attack and Stroke: The Role of Genes and Drugs  | June 5, 2017

W. Virgil Brown, Charles Howard Candler Professor Emeritus, Emory University School of Medicine, discusses new understandings and therapies regarding the role of genes and drugs in vascular disease.

Violence and Crime: The Health Care Response  |  May 15, 2017

Angela F. Amar, associate professor at Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, discusses the victims of violence and the first-line nurses who are often the first to interact with them. The book on the subject she recently co-authored received not one but two Book of the Year Awards from the American Journal of Nursing in 2016.

“Something wicked this way comes”: The Problem of Evil in Shakespeare’s Plays  |  May 1, 2017

Gretchen Schulz, Oxford College professor of English emerita, discusses how Shakespeare “anatomizes” the “hard hearts” of his villains in Richard III, Othello, Macbeth, and King Lear—positing (and portraying) causes (possible causes) for their behaviors.

Re-Inventing The Canterbury Tales: Hypertext and ‘The General Prologue’  |  April 3, 2017

Professor of English Emeritus John Bugge says that The Canterbury Tales, written in Middle English, need not be as daunting to read as people think.

Beautiful and Smart? The Use of Medicinal Plants by Monarch Butterflies  |  March 6, 2017

Associate Professor of Biology Jaap de Roode’s work with monarch butterflies has revealed how the insects act to counter the virulence of the protozoan parasite that threatens them when they use milkweeds as their larval food plants. 

A Spirit of Charity: Restoring the Bond between America and Its Public Hospitals  | January 23, 2017

Journalist Mike King discusses his book, which examines the challenges facing and achievements of the country’s public hospitals including Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital. 

Reconciling History: The Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project at Emory  | January 9, 2017

Hank Klibanoff, professor of practice in the Creative Writing Program discusses his work with Emory undergraduates examining Georgia history in the classroom and in the field through the prism of unsolved or unpunished racially motivated murders of the modern civil rights era.

Doctors in the Sherlockian Canon | November 26, 2016 

Marilynne McKay, professor of dermatology emerita, discusses several of the most interesting doctors found in the writings of Arthur Conan Doyle, particularly those based on newsworthy Victorian physicians.

The Making of the Pre-modern World: Archaeological Research Digs up Old Artifacts and New Ideas | November 7, 2016 

Aaron Jonas Stutz, associate professor of anthropology, and Liv Nilsson Stutz, senior lecturer in anthropology, Emory College, talk about their work at the Mughr el-Hamamah site in the Jordan Valley, the corridor linking our African evolutionary ancestral home with the rest of the world.

The Strange Life and Death of the Good White Southerners | October 17, 2016 

Joseph Crespino, Jimmy Carter Professor and Chair in History at Emory University, talks at an Emory Emeritus College Lunch Colloquium about his upcoming book on the political and cultural history of white Southern liberalism from the Great Depression through the end of the 20th century.

Mary Hutchinson Observed: From Bloomsbury to Beckett  | October 24, 2016 

While working on the correspondence of Samuel Beckett, Emory University Theater Professor Emeritus Brenda Bynum read letters that he had written to his friend Mary Hutchinson. "I wanted to know more about her, but discovered that there were no biographies, autobiographies or memoirs to read,” says Bynum. This is what she found.

The Science of Mountaineering: A Quest for the Seven Summits | September 26, 2016 

Professor and Chair in the Department of Chemistry at Emory University, Stefan Lutz has had a lifetime goal to hike the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each of the continents. Here he shares scientific insights he has derived from these adventures.

Divided America and the 2016 Elections | July 25, 2016 

Emory University political science professor Alan Abramowitz spoke about the 2016 election in July. Watch and see how prescient his predictions were. Note: the sound is uneven for the first five minutes or so. 

Sheth Lecture

The Sheth Lecture is our annual lecture featuring speakers of outstanding quality and is named in honor of Dr. Jagdish and Mrs. Madhuri Sheth, whose generous donation made this annual event possible.

2017 – Dennis Lockhart

2016 – James W. Curran

2015 – Brenda Bynum

2014 – Don Saliers

2013 – Mike Luckovitch

2012 – Robert Spano

2011 – Robert Paul

2010 – Elizabeth Kiss

2009 – Natasha Trethewey

Living History

Afternoon Seminars

Tracking, Spying, and Customizing: Political Communication in the New Media Age | November 2, 2016 

Amelia Arsenault is sought after for her analysis of the use of media by marketing and political groups to learn more about your preferences, needs, and opinions. Every time you access your phone or computer, some group is tracking where you go, what you order, or what questions you ask Siri.

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream: Sleeping Well at Any Age | July 21, 2016 

Ann Rogers, a nationally renowned sleep expert, shares information from her research, first providing “sleep basics” and then discussing sleep changes over the life span as well as common sleep problems associated with aging and sleep disorders.

Financial Check-up for Seniors: Things to Think About | October 28, 2015 

Marcia Mayoue of Buckhead Investment Partners has 27 years of experience in the financial services industry, working in the areas of financial and estate planning, strategy development, and implementation of investment plans.

Where to Next? | July 15, 2015 

Representatives from four local retirement communities speak about what they have to offer including a description of financial arrangements, living quarters, dining, social activities, health care, transportation, security, and other amenities. 

Retirement Seminars

EUEC sponsors a variety of retirement seminars covering various aspects of life after retirement.

Planning Your Retirement II: Return of the Asset Allocators  |  May 4, 2017 

Emeritus College members Peter Sebel, PhD, MBA, professor of anesthesiology, and Frank Gordon, PhD, professor emeritus of pharmacology, discuss estimation of fixed and variable expenses, funding sources for retirement (investments/Emory retirement/Social Security), simulations of retirement outcomes, financial advisers, asset allocation (what is it and why do it?), and index funds—why average is good enough.

Financing Your Retirement  |  April 13, 2017 (audio file)

Klaas Baks is professor in the practice of finance at Goizueta Business School and executive director of the Center for Alternative Investments. He teaches courses in private equity, venture capital, and entrepreneurial finance at Emory and has been recognized by students and alumni with four teaching awards, including Emory’s highest award for teaching excellence, the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Marc F. Adler Prize for Teaching Excellence awarded by alumni. Topics include investing, tax strategies, and whether your money will last long enough.  

I'm Thinking about Retirement  |  March 2, 2016

Candler Professor of Psychology Emeritus Stephen Nowicki discusses strategies for planning and managing the retirement transition; causes of stress; and coping with frustration, anxiety, and loss of identity.

Continuing on in Retirement: Maintaining a Scholarly Life in the Clinical and Experimental Sciences  |  January 11, 2016

When considering retirement, faculty in the experimental and clinical sciences face complicated questions about lab space, grant funding, and clinical activities. Those resources and activities may be limited or even eliminated in retirement. Professors emeriti Al Padwa (Chemistry), Marilynne McKay (Dermatology), and Steve Nowicki (Psychology) discuss how they have maintained active and rewarding lives as scientists in retirement.

Continuing on in Retirement: Maintaining a Scholarly Life in the Humanities and Non-Experimental Social Sciences  |  January 20, 2016

Don Saliers (William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship, Emeritus), Ronald Schuchard (Goodrich C. White Professor of English, Emeritus), and Holly York (French, Emerita) continue the series.

Winning the Endgame: Legal Issues Retirees Face

Emeritus College Retirement Panel Q&A

Emeritus College Retirement Panel Presentation

2011 Retirement Seminar – Roger Ward

2011 Retirement Seminar – Lois Ricci

2011 Retirement Seminar – Richard Ward