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.
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.
The Chaos the DNC Created | March 2, 2020
Emory political scientist Pearl Dowe discusses what steps the Democratic Party should take to ensure it is seen as a viable party option for the millions of voters it needs to attract if it is to succeed in defeating Donald Trump in November.
The Goddess and the Dreadful Practice: An Ancient Hindu Cautionary Tale | February 18, 2020
Paul Courtright, professor of religion emeritus, tells a tale that might be compared with Greek or Shakespearean tragedies, but is deeply Indian and resonates with shared universal themes of power, loyalty, violence, love, and the “ultimate order of things.”
Artificial Intelligence and the Western Workforce: Will AI Take Our Jobs? | February 3, 2020
John Banja, Emory medical professor and medical ethicist, discusses the ways artificial intelligence is likely to alter the workforce in the not-so-distant future (and beyond) and the ways in which we might prepare for its doing so.
Retired administrator and health care consultant Ren Davis discusses the Emory Medical Unit's role in WWI following the United States’ entry into the Great War in April 1917 to provide care to the soldiers deploying for combat in France.
The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole: The Twisted Life of David Karr | January 6, 2020
Harvey Klehr, Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of Politics and History of Emory, tells the fascinating story of David Karr, who lived a number of lives: newsman, government bureaucrat, public relations flack, CEO, Hollywood and Broadway producer, hotel magnate, international banker, and Soviet and Israeli source.
Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan | December 10, 2019
Ruby Lal, professor of South Asian studies in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, presents her book on Nur Jahan, the young widow who became the 20th and favorite wife of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1611—the only woman ever recognized as empress in her male-dominated world.
Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law Robert Shapiro gives an overview of the 2019 Supreme Court session in which justices grapple with topics including immigration, LGBT rights, and gun control, among others.
The Unintended Consequences of the Internet Age | Monday, September 23
Jagdish Sheth discusses the side effects of the digital age including the shift to the sharing economy over the private ownership of property and the challenge to existing jurisdictions organized around countries, markets, and currencies.
Bookfest 2019: Recommendations for Rest of Summer Reading | June 22
Assorted members of EUEC give short presentations on their favorite summertime books.
Tracing Romeo and Juliet’s links to Plato’s Cratylus, Bradd Shore considers Juliet’s famous question, “What’s in a name,” as the heart of Shakespeare’s dazzling reflection on the relations between love and language.
Taking Your Skin Outdoors: Sun, Bugs, and Poison Ivy | May 28
Marilynne McKay shares what she—and your dermatologist—would like you to know about keeping your skin healthy and protected in the summer months.
How Does Your Garden Grow? | March 25
The Poetry of Natasha Trethewey | March 12, 2019
Liza Davis, director emerita of the University Honors program at Kennesaw State, discusses the poetry of former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize recipient Natasha Trethewey in her book Thrall
Ronald Gould, Goodrich C. White Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, tells the tale of his freshman seminar on gambling, which led to lots of interest from high rollers around the world.
The Opioid Crisis in 2019 | February 12, 2019
Carl Hug, MD, professor of anesthesiology emeritus at Emory School of Medicine and an ethics consultant for Emory University Hospital, discusses the current state of the opioid crisis.
Choice or Chance: Locus of Control | January 28, 2019
Stephen Nowicki reports on the results of a three-year grant from the Templeton Foundation that has allowed him to pursue his long-time interest in the impact of “locus of control”—the role of our ideas of choice or chance in our lives.
Librarian Emeritus Shelden Deemer shares the joys of new starts in retirement as he chronicles his return to undergraduate student life and is joined by Marilynne McKay and Holly York, who have stories of their own.
Samothrace and Beyond: Excavating the Secrets of the Ancient World | December 3, 2018
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History Bonna Wescoat has been pursuing her work in archaeology on Samothrace since she was a student and is now director of excavations there. Hear what she and her interdisciplinary team of scholars and students have done to uncover the history and legacy of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods.
Arri Eisen, professor of pedagogy and Nat C. Robertson Distinguished Teaching Chair in Science and Society discusses the transformative relationship between the 14th Dalai Lama and Emory University.
Sheila Cavanagh, Emory professor of English and director of the World Shakespeare Project, discusses concepts of public scholarship surrounding Mike Tooby’s “crowd-sourced” exhibition related to Eliot’s composition of The Wasteland in Margate in 1922.
Thomas Gillespie, associate professor of environmental sciences and environmental health at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, discusses how and why human disturbance of tropical forests alters disease dynamics in resident wildlife and places people and animals in these ecosystems at increased risk of pathogen exchange.
Genes, Climate, and Consumption Culture: Connecting the Dots | September 17, 2018
Jagdish Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing at Goizueta Business School, discusses his book Genes, Climate, and Consumption Culture: Connecting the Dots, which looks at how climate dictates culture and consumption.
Why Montaigne Matters: Recovering the Lost Virtue of Civility | September 4, 2018
Ann Hartle, professor of philosophy emerita and author of several books on Michel de Montaigne, shares what the French Renaissance philosopher had to say about civility, first given expression in his Essays.
Developing Faculties: The Power of Contemplative Pedagogy | July 23, 2018
Carnegie scholar Patti Owen-Smith, professor of psychology and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Oxford College, shares insights from her recent book, The Contemplative Mind in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Kein Geld, Kein Schweizer: No Money, No Swiss | July 10, 2018
Associate Professor of Political Science Emeritus Larry Taulbee, winner of a Heilbrun Fellowship for research on the topic of mercenary forces, talks about the French Foreign Legion and its contributions to allied forces during the 1991 Gulf War.
Al Padwa, William P. Timme Professor of Chemistry Emeritus was called as an “expert witness” when Vanderbilt University and Lilly Pharmaceuticals argued about the rights underlying the use of Cialis for erectile dysfunction. He shares the nitty-gritty on that and places it in the context of larger issues surrounding pharmaceutical pricing.
Pursuing Law in the Public Interest: Fighting the Good Fight | May 21, 2018
Monica Modi Khant, Executive Director of the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) discusses the horrors of human trafficking, the subject of a course she teaches at Georgia State University.
Contemporary Challenges to Christianity in India | May 7, 2018
Thomas Thangaraj, D. W. and Ruth Brooks Professor Emeritus of World Christianity at Candler School of Theology, addresses four questions with regard to Christianity in India, the country of his birth and upbringing (as a Christian).
Erika V. Hall discusses how racial bias affects interactions between the police and members of the public whom they’re charged to “protect and serve.”
Hearing the Trees: Works from an Exhibition | March 5, 2018
Katherine Mitchell discusses works from her recent exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University, an exhibition funded in part by one of the Bianchi grants awarded by Emeritus College.
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.
Anthropology professor Jessica Thompson and
Life, Luck, Language, and How I Became a Historian | December 4, 2017
Susan Socolow, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor Emerita of Latin American History, discusses linguistic competence, which has helped her greatly in her scholarly endeavors. As experience has shown her, linguistic competence can open professional (and social) doors well worth walking through—all over the world.
Gene Bianchi (founding director of the Emeritus College and continuing contributor to its success) shares poetry from his most recent collection, “The Hum of It All,” and other works. Fellow Emeriti poets Don Saliers and Holly York join him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2019: Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im
2018: Dana Greene
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
The Living History playlist chronicles the contributions (discussion, lectures and service projects, etc.) emeriti make to the university, its community, and the world.
EUEC Players Medieval Christmas Play | December 2019
For our holiday party, three EUEC Members, Don Saliers, Clark Lemons, and Brenda Bynum, presented the 600-year-old York Tile-Thatcher’s play, "The Birth of Christ," with an introduction by Liza Davis.
Nanette Wenger, professor of medicine emeritus at Emory School of Medicine, talks about women's heart health in an Emory Emeritus College Afternoon Seminar.
Creativity, Disability, and the Left Hand | February 28, 2018
Howard I. Kushner, Nat C. Robertson Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health, talks about his new book, On the Other Hand: Left Hand, Right Brain, Mental Disorder, and History, which examines various historical, conceptual, societal, and medical aspects of left-handedness.
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
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.
EUEC sponsors a variety of retirement seminars covering various aspects of life after retirement.
Some Thoughts about Retirement | February 15, 2020
Emory University’s Charles Howard 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.
Can I Afford to Retire? | May 9, 2018
Peter Sebel talks about estimating of fixed and variable expenses, funding sources for retirement (investments/Emory retirement/Social Security), simulations of retirement outcomes, and the issue of financial advisors. He also discusses asset allocation—what is it and why do it?—and index funds.
Emeritus College members Peter Sebel,
Financing Your Retirement | April 13, 2017 (audio file)
Klaas Baks is
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.
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.
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.
Videos documenting various activities of EUEC: