70 is the new 50 at Emeritus College

Much like our evolving perceptions of retirement, the Emory University Emeritus College (EUEC) is evolving to offer a dynamic portfolio for retired faculty and staff. "We take seriously our charge to nurture the intellectual life of retirees," says Director Nan Partlett.

Consider the recent lunch colloquium by Oxford College history professor Susan Ashmore, which explored the impact of important civil rights activism in Lowndes County, Alabama, or anthropologist Bradd Shore's upcoming presentation of A Midsummer Night's Dream through the lens of love. Likewise, the annual Sheth Distinguished Lecture and accompanying luncheon feed both body and mind. Established with a gift from marketing professor Jagdish Sheth and wife, Madhuri, the lecture brings speakers who contemplate creativity in later life.

Continuing scholarly inquiry is another priority, as demonstrated by Emeritus Excellence Fund's Bianchi Award -- named in honor of EUEC founder Eugene Bianchi -- which covers faculty expenses associated with research and writing, training, and academic conferences. The Heilbrun Fellowships -- administered by Emory College and funded by the family of psychology professor emeritus Alfred Heilbrun -- support two-year research projects of emeritus faculty in the arts and sciences, including 2013–2014 recipients David Eltis (history) and Sidney Kasfir (art history). Presented at the end of February, this year's Distinguished Emeritus and Service Award recipients were John Bugge (English), Brenda Bynum (theater), Albert Padwa (chemistry), and Patricia Douglass (human resources).

For details about the EUEC, visit emory.edu/emeritus.