Sheth Distinguished Lecture

Titled “Creativity in Later Life,” the Sheth Distinguished Lecture is named in honor of Dr. Jagdish and Mrs. Madhuri Sheth whose 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, which also hosts the event. Sheth is the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing at Goizueta Business School. Where available, you can watch lecture videos by clicking on the name of the speaker.

Past Speakers

2021: Robert Franklin James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership, Candler School of Theology

2020: Rosemary Magee, Former Director, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

2019: Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, Emory Law

2018: Dana Greene, Dean Emerita, Oxford College of Emory University

2017: Dennis Lockhart, Former President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

2016: James Curran, Professor of Epidemiology and Dean, Rollins School of Public Health.

2015: Brenda Bynum was a Resident Artist and member of the Emory College Department of Theater Studies before her retirement in 2000. She has been an actor and director in Atlanta since 1973, working primarily at the Alliance Theater. 

2014: The Reverend Dr. Don E. Saliers is William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship, Emeritus. Saliers is a theologian specializing in homiletics and liturgics. He retired from Emory University in 2007. 

2013: Mike Luckovich, Editorial Cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1995 and 2006.

2012: Robert Spano, 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 and Interdisciplinary Studies.

2010: Elizabeth Kiss, President of Agnes Scott College, former founding director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.

2009: Natasha Trethewey, Professor of English and Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair at Emory and Pulitzer Prize–winning poet.  U.S. Poet Laureate 2012-2014.

2008: Susan Allen, Professor of Global Health at Rollins School of Public Health, Founder and Director of the Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group.

2007: Frans de Waal, Charles Howard Candler 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: William Foege, Professor Emeritus, Rollins School of Public Health; former Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 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.