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Sept. 26 –
Marshall Duke, PhD. Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Emory University.
Marshall Duke received his B.A. from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Indiana University. Following two years of service as a psychologist in the United States Army, he joined the Emory faculty in 1970 where he served as the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology of Personality Theory. He has studied a variety of family issues as a member of Emory’s psychology faculty, and was a core faculty member with The Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life (MARIAL). He is the author of over 100 research articles and nine books. He retired in 2022 but remains an active researcher and writer in his field.
Oct. 3 –
Mickey Dubrow and Jessica Handler, Atlanta authors. Mickey will discuss his new novel, Always Agnes and Jessica will discuss her recent novel, The Magnetic Girl. Mickey is SUGA member Debbi Richter’s cousin! He is also the author of the novel American Judas. For more than 30 years, he wrote award-winning television promos, marketing presentations, and scripts for various clients including Cartoon Network,
TNT Latin America, HGTV, and CNN. Jessica Handler is married to Mickey and is the award-winning author of the novel The Magnetic Girl, which was the winner of the 2020 Southern Book Prize. Her memoir, Invisible Sisters, was named one of the “Twenty Five Books All Georgians Should Read” by the Georgia Center for the Book in 2010.
Oct. 10 –
Megan Lloyd Joiner, Chaplain/Minister.
Topic: “Compassion-Based Training.” Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) is a system of contemplative exercises designed to strengthen and sustain compassion. This session will be a brief introduction and overview of CBCT.
Megan is the Chaplain and Head of Religion Department at the Woodward Academy and an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. With a BA in Religious Studies from
Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary in New York, she has been a parish minister and was previously a Chaplain at Winship
Cancer Institute (Emory) and at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
October 17 –
A. James Anderson, Attorney, Robins Kaplan LLC
A graduate of Rutgers (who studied under Ruth Bader Ginsburg), Mr. Anderson joined
Robins Kapan LLP in Minneapolis. After becoming partner, in 1978 he moved to Atlanta to open the firm’s first regional office. In a career that has spanned more than 50 years, and involved scores of significant cases handled for an array of clients both large and small, the case that he considers the most significant and deeply rewarding is the one he will tell us about.
Oct 24 -
Bill Torpy, features writer on all topics about Atlanta for the Atlanta Journal- Constitution (AJC). Bill joined the AJC in 1990. He writes the metro column and has covered politics, government and countless stories about police, courts, the justice system and humanity in general. The Chicago native graduated from Southern Illinois University, and was a reporter in Chicago before moving to Atlanta.
Oct 31 -
Jason Tucker, “Meals on Wheels Atlanta (MOWA).” Supporting senior independence, MOWA works to ensure that no Atlanta senior is hungry, cold or forgotten. Jason is the Chief Innovation and Business Development Director at MOWA.
Nov 7 -
Chris Binkert, “Stories that Bring the Presidents to Life” is about revealing the presidents’ humanity by highlighting events and actions that will entertain and educate. A native of Ohio, Chris began his interest in the US Presidents about 40 years ago. He started by trying to collect one biography of each President. Plus, he had 8 presidential homes to visit in Ohio! Over the years, his collection expanded to include
extensive memorabilia gathered from his visits to presidential museums, libraries and monuments all over the country. Chris created a calendar called One Day at A Time with the Presidents, has been a docent at the William Howard Taft Museum in Cincinnati, and has given numerous presentations to school classes as well as to local service groups. After a 45-year career in sales, Chris relocated to Big Canoe, Georgia in 2014.
Sept. 29 - Mary Umlauf, "Antoni Gaudi and Casa Batllo"
Oct. 6 - Barbara Reisner and Rosemary Woolfitt, "Letters Surprise You: A European family through two world wars and more."
Oct. 13 - David McCowen, "Ray Bradbury"
Phyllis Bearden, "Pauli Murray"
Oct. 20 - Kay Collins, "Timbuktu"
Sharen Dorcon, "Her hometown"
Oct. 27 - Madeline Griffin, "Lillian Moller Gilbreth"
Nov. 3 - Anne MacDougal, "Redford & Newman"
Nov. 10 - Art Slavin, "Woody Allen"