Luncheon Programs

Luncheon programs at Trumps Catering (TC) start at 12 Noon, with the lecture starting at 12:30 PM. You must register for luncheon programs no later than one week before the scheduled date.

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You will register for luncheon programs as you would normally register for classes. Register Now for our Fall luncheons

Understanding American Muslims: Past and Present (TC) Tuesday, November 6
Because education is the best vaccine against discrimination, the Council on American-Muslim Relations of Georgia regularly delivers informative presentations about American Muslims to audiences across Georgia, including church groups, mosque visitors, civic organizations, and political activists. In this presentation CAIR Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell will explain the basics of who Muslims are, what Muslims believe, and what Muslims practice before answering questions about those and other topics, including current events. Audience members are encouraged to ask anything and everything on their minds. Edward Ahmed Mitchell is a Muslim-American attorney who serves as Executive Director of the Georgia Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Mitchell, a graduate of Morehouse College and Georgetown University Law Center, previously served as a criminal prosecutor for the City of Atlanta. He is also an editor of, a member of the Georgia Association of Muslim Lawyers, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta.

Kicking Ash & Taking Names: A David-and-Goliath Battle, 2016 (TC) Thursday, Nov. 29
Dink NeSmith has led his hometown of Jesup’s fight to keep the second-largest waste-management company in America from dumping millions of tons of toxic coal ash in its privately owned landfill. The company’s biggest shareholder is Bill Gates. Since January 2016, NeSmith has written 85 personal columns on the issue. On April 24, 2018, he went to Washington to testify before the EPA. So far, no more coal ash has been dumped in Wayne County. Dink NeSmith is a 1970 graduate of the University of Georgia. In 1972 the Jesup native borrowed $3,000 to get into the newspaper business. Today he is president and co-owner of Athens-based Community Newspapers Inc., publisher of more than two dozen newspapers in Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. A former chairman of USG’s Board of Regents, NeSmith and his wife Pam live in Oglethorpe County at their Historic Smithonia Farm. They have three children and eight grandchildren.

Reflections of a Former Director of UGA’s Performing Arts Center (TC) Tuesday, December 4
During a 44-year-long career of presenting concerts, a person goes to a lot of performances, meets a lot of interesting people, and collects a lot of stories about the experiences . . . many of them quite humorous. From securing a gallon of specially bottled spring water from Texas and a watermelon in the dead of winter for Willie Nelson’s bus to learning how to make Kathleen Battle’s bed under the critically watchful eye of the diva herself, every new day brought fascinating and ever-changing challenges. In his presentation, George Foreman will recount his most memorable incidents as a presenter. George Foreman became the director of the UGA Performing Arts Center in January, 2010. He stepped down from that position in January, 2018, and became a full-time faculty member at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Foreman earned his PhD in musicology at the University of Kansas, and in addition to his work as a concert presenter, he is a nationally recognized authority on wind bands in 19th century America.