The Lunch Colloquium

Until further notice, Emeritus College Lunch Colloquiums will be held online. Colloquiums are generally held every first and third Monday or Tuesday from 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Sign up on the calendar on the home page.

Click on the sub-navigation to the left to view past speakers and topics. The 2022 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.


Monday, January 10
Sherryl Goodman, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology
“Depression in Women during Pregnancy and the Postpartum”

Sherryl Goodman will discuss decades of research, grounded in developmental psychopathology that have encompassed the study of mechanisms by which mothers with depression transmit psychopathology to their children, preventing or treating depression in women, and how children might benefit from prevention or treatment of their mothers’ depression.

Monday, January 24
Robert M. McCauley, William Rand Kenan Jr. University Professor of Philosophy and founding Director of Emory's Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture
“The Cognitive Basis of Similarities in the Forms of Religious Representations and Mental Abnormalities”

Byproduct theorists in the cognitive science of religions hold that the forms of many religious representations turn on cueing the operations of maturationally natural dispositions of mind. Alterations or impairments in the operations of many of those same maturationally natural cognitive systems stand behind symptoms of many mental abnormalities that closely resemble religious forms—from such things as hearing voices (in schizophrenia) to feelings of urgency about carrying out ritualized behaviors (in obsessive-compulsive disorder). Robert McCauley, an expert in this fascinating field, will discuss this and related questions.


Monday, February 7, 12:15–1:45 p.m. 
Annabelle Singer, McCamish Foundation Early Career Professor, Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University
“Decoding Memory in Health and Alzheimer’s Disease: From Deficits in Neural Codes to Neural Stimulation that Boosts Immune Function” 

We don’t often hear of promising developments in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, but Annabelle Singer will describe how she and her fellow researchers have discovered new neural stimulation approaches that do offer great promise in treating the disease. After examining how neural codes fail in the transgenic mice that are the primary animal model of Alzheimer's, they have learned how to stimulate specific frequencies of activity lacking in the mice, discovering that a non-invasive “flicker treatment” (using light and sound) mobilizes the immune system and reduces pathogenic proteins. It’s already clear that this work could lead to new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease and may also be broadly applicable in the treatment of other neurodegenerative diseases.

Monday, February 21
Jagdish Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, Goizueta Business School, and Marla Vickers, Associate Vice President of Advancement, Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement
“2036: The Future Starts with You”

Emeritus College member and mainstay Jag Sheth and Marla Vickers will share information about Emory’s new and comprehensive fundraising campaign, “2O36.” They look forward to revealing why the 2O36 campaign is Emory’s boldest campaign to date—aspirational and visionary. And they will highlight a variety of ways members of Emeritus College may want to get involved.


Monday, March 7, 12:45–2:15 p.m. 
Nancy J. Newman, LeoDelle Jolley Chair of Ophthalmology, and Valérie Biousse, Reunette Harris Chair of Ophthalmology 
“The Eye as a Window to the Brain: From Candlelight to Artificial Intelligence” 
For more than 150 years, physicians knew the appearance of the ocular fundus, the back of the eye, is a window into the neurologic and systemic health of human beings, just as poets and writers also knew the eye is the window to the soul. Through innovative technology and most recently via artificial intelligence tools, Newman and Biousse have championed and reintroduced the examination of the ocular fundus into mainstream medical practice. 

Monday, March 21
Voracious Readers Not-So-Anonymous: Emeritus College Volunteers
“BookFest 2022: Recommendations for Reading”

Read any good books lately? Of course you have. And might you be willing to recommend one (or more) of those good books to those of us wondering what to read next? We are looking for volunteers to describe books they have enjoyed that they think others might enjoy too. If you’ve got one to discuss, we’ll be happy to allot you five minutes of our BookFest time. If you’ve got two or three, we can schedule you for ten minutes. And of course, you can choose a book or books of any kind at all. If you would like to volunteer, please do so in an email to Gretchen Schulz. If you can name the book or books you’ll be recommending, please do so. But if you’d like to volunteer without specifying titles, that’ll be fine. All we really need to know is if you’re requesting five or ten minutes of time and we’ll schedule accordingly. First come, first scheduled, until we run out of time.


Monday, April 4
Barbara Rothbaum, Professor and Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Research in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory School of Medicine, Director of the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program, and Director of the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program
“Innovative Treatments for PTSD: From Assessment to Virtual Reality to the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program”

Since we live in a dangerous world, it’s no wonder we hear so much about people affected by trauma (and may be among such people ourselves). It’s not only soldiers returning from distant wars who have horror stories to tell. So do survivors of attacks here at home or accidents like car crashes or natural disasters that raze our communities to the ground. The strength and resilience of the human spirit are awe-inspiring, enabling most to come through such experiences well enough. But others suffer the severe, disabling, and often chronic condition called “posttraumatic stress disorder” or PTSD. Few know more about PTSD than Emory’s own Barbara Rothbaum. She will discuss the signs and symptoms of PTSD and review current treatments, focusing on cognitive behavioral treatments including the virtual reality exposure therapy she invented and has applied so successfully to the combat veterans she works with.

Tuesday, April 19
Sheila Cavanagh, Professor of English and Director of the World Shakespeare Project and the Emory Women Writers Resource Project, and Joonna Trapp, Director of the Emory Writing Program and Writing Across Emory
“The Monster in the Library: Unearthing a Course from the Decidedly Undead Bram Stoker Archives” 

Emory recently acquired the Bram Stoker archives, long in private hands. These materials reflect the preoccupations of the Irish-born Stoker as he researched and penned Dracula (1897) during his lengthy employment at London's famous Lyceum Theatre. And they also reveal the wide influence the novel has had on literary, cinematic, and popular culture since his day. Sheila Cavanagh and Joona Trapp describe the course they teach utilizing these exciting materials and will share how the collection has helped them and their students journey through the theater environment where Stoker worked, through the wider literary world of London.