March 14 – History of English Music
LIVE from Salisbury England, Jonathan Robinson will take us on a fast tempo history of western church music in audio and visual form; starting from synagogue worship before the birth of Christ and leading up to contemporary choral music and worship songs in the present day, via the West Gallery band and GregorianChant.
March 21 - So You’re Going to Have Surgery: What Do You Need to Know?
As we age, it is not uncommon for people to have surgery ranging from a basic procedure, like cataract extraction, to more complex surgeries involving major organ systems. When faced with the possibility of surgery, what do you need to know about the anesthesia for the procedure? Are there things that you can do to prepare for the surgery? How do you have a conversation with your surgeon to better understand possible outcomes? SUGA member Arnold Berry, MD will provide guidance on how to navigate these issues.
March 28 - Meet the Honey Bee
Join Master Beekeeper Linda Tillman as she shares the many interesting aspects of her favorite insect, the honey bee. Linda has been keeping bees since 2006 and has hives in her own yard, her daughter's yard and at a community garden. She is passionate about and fascinated by the honey bee and loves introducing the public to the way they live and make honey. Linda shares her recipes for cooking with honey on her YouTube channel and has won prizes for her breads and cakes made with her honey.
April 11 – The Background of Second Amendment to the Constitution, Gun Violence in the United States, and the Political Appetite of Americans for Change.
Students will study the history of the Second Amendment and its origins in English law, the American colonial charters, and the Bill of Rights, and the evolution of restrictions on firearms by the federal government beginning in the 1930s as a result of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and the attempted assassination of President Franklin Roosevelt. The speaker – James Deichert, who has practiced criminal law for over 50 years, will address modern day efforts to restrict gun violence by the Gun Control Act of 1968, the Brady Bill (which requires background checks and its exemptions), and the so-called “red flag laws” which allow the government to seize firearms from private citizens. The class will focus on the Supreme Court’s decisions in the Heller and Bruen cases. The class will also survey gun control laws in other Western cultures and their effectiveness and discuss the political appetite and will in the United States to bring about changes to our gun control laws.
Suggested homework for students:
View a brief but concise (4 minute) YouTube video from the History Channel that provides basic background on the Second Amendment debate as of 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TGcU0lmINk Click on the link to view.
To read the Supreme Court’s rulings on the issue of firearm possession go to www.SupremeJusticia.comand read the Syllabus (a succinct but unofficial executive summary of a Supreme Court opinion) in the cases of District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) and NY State Rifle and Pistol Assn. v. Bruen, 597 U.S. ___ (2022).
April 18 – The Art of Advocating for Our Transgender Community
Finding ways to be supportive can be hard, especially for potential allies who are struggling to understand and accept transgender people in their lives. Guiding us through this class will be Ann Miller, currently serving on PFLAG’s National Board of Directors and the mother of a transgender son; and
Jeff Graham, Executive Director of Georgia Equality and an advocate for the GLBTQI communities since coming out in college in the mid 80’s.
April 25 – A Conversation with Author, TV Host, Storyteller, and Park Ranger
About three years ago Jonah spoke at Senior University as Park Ranger for Mason Mill Park. Since then he has expanded his books and story telling on a TV series. You won’t want to miss Jonah’s captivating accounts of area history!
Living History on AIB TV (Season One | Season Two)
Secret Atlanta: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure (secretatlanta.com)
Hiking Atlanta's Hidden Forests: Intown and Out (hikingatlanta.com)
May 2 – Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
The world is changing fast. It’s more complex and connected than ever before. The only certainty, it seems, is change.Here in metro Atlanta, our population is booming and growing more diverse. We’re living longer, too. The Atlanta Regional Commission is charged with peering into the future and working with our partners across the community to plan for a better, brighter tomorrow.
Longtime ARC member Mike Carnathan will guide us through Regional Commission responsibilities and highlight major issues.
On any given day, ARC works with local jurisdictions and various regional partners to:
SUGA member and law professor Roy Sobelson is ready to take on a new challenge: helping us understand the technological marvel we call an iPhone!
Roy will give us tips about battery power, privacy, security, reducing clutter, photography, messaging and more. His ambitious goal is to empower us to wow grandchildren and friends! Be sure to install the latest IOS updates for all iPhone models 8 to 14 before the class.
Paul Johnson, MD
Director, Emory NPRC
“Translational Research and the Emory Primate Center”
Joyce Cohen, VMD, DACLAM
Associate Director, Animal Resources, Emory NPRC
“Veterinary Medicine and Nonhuman Primate Research”
Paula Clifford, Executive Director, and
Jim Newman, Director of Strategic Communications
Americans for Medical Progress
“AMP's Communications, Security and Outreach Efforts to Protect and Defend Biomedical
Aurelie Menigoz, PhD
Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatric Disorders, Emory NPRC
“Sugar, Diet and Mental Health”
Mike Kuhar, PhD
Affiliate Researcher, Emory NPRC
“Drug and Behavioral Addictions”
Sudhir Kasturi, PhD
Assistant Professor, Emory School of Medicine and Emory NPRC Researcher
“COVID-19 Research and Treatments”
Ian Moore, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Director, Division of Pathology, Emory NPRC
“Veterinary Pathology: The Ever Evolving Roles and Responsibilities of Comparative Pathology
in Biomedical Research and Beyond”
Thomas Wichmann, MD
Associate Director for Scientific Programs, Emory NPRC