Luncheon Programs

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Luncheon programs at Trumps Catering ($25) or Talmage Terrace ($19) start at 12 Noon, with the lecture starting at 12:30 PM. You must register for luncheon programs no later than the Thursday before the scheduled date.

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Creating Athens’ “Renaissance” (TC)
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Athens was not always known for its creativity and rich cultural life. As late as 1970 it was primarily known as the home of UGA and football weekends. There were no community arts facilities (with the exception of Town and Gown Theater) and few arts groups. Historic preservation had just begun due to the threatened destruction of the Church-Brumby House, and the downtown was becoming a “ghost town” due to Georgia Square Mall. Hear how the whole Athens community developed today’s vibrant cultural economy and why, today, Athens is known as one of the most exciting small towns in America. A professional arts administrator for over twenty-five years, Jill Read was Director of Community Relations and Cultural Affairs/Economic Development for City of Athens and Clarke County Government, and Founding Director of the Kentucky Folk Art Center.  She has a BA in music, a master’s degree in public administration, and certificates in arts administration from UNC at Chapel Hill. She traveled to Rome on behalf of the U.S. State Department to coordinate an international cultural exchange program.

Veterinary Medicine in the 21st Century: The Human-Animal Bond (TT)              
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
The importance of human-animal bonds has been documented throughout history and across cultures. Recent research has shown that interactions with animals can be greatly beneficial to both physical and mental health of human beings. This lunchtime discussion will focus on the evolution of the human-animal bonds and the research proving these physical and mental health benefits. Paige’s pup, Zachary, will be joining us.  Dr. K. Paige Carmichael is a professor of veterinary pathology in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been awarded the Lilly Teaching Fellowship, the Norden-Pfizer Teaching Award, and the Tyler Award for Teaching Innovation. She was inducted into the university’s Teaching Academy in 2005 and in 2006 became the first African American professor at UGA to receive the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship. In 2015, she received the National Iverson Bell Award for her role in leadership in diversifying the veterinary profession. Zachary (Zach; Zachalicious) is a pure-bred Bernese Mountain Dog born in 2010 in North Carolina. Zach’s registered name is Champion Trillium’s New Jack Swing. He participates regularly in Paige’s Dog Doctors (Canines in the Classroom) Outreach Program to elementary and middle school children and is a registered comfort dog.

Historic Rural Churches of Georgia (TC)          
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Sonny Seals will discuss the Historic Rural Churches of Georgia (HRCGA) movement and the mission of research, documentation, education, and preservation of Georgia’s historic rural churches. Sonny Seals is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Historic Rural Churches of Georgia. Currently Managing Director of Eton Partners LLC, Mr. Seals is an active member of the Atlanta arts community and has served on the executive committee of the Alliance Theater Company board of directors. A graduate of Georgia Tech, he has served on several Tech boards, including those of the Alumni Association and the Ferst Center. He presently chairs the external Arts Advisory Board at Georgia Tech.

Medieval Foodways: Feast or Famine? (TT)  
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
When we think of health in the Middle Ages, the picture we envision is typically a grim one of war, famine, and plague, not to mention medical cures worse than the original ailment. But everyday life and well-being were much more influenced by less dramatic factors like diet, housing, and working conditions. A lunchtime gathering is the perfect occasion to discover what historical and archaeological sources have to tell us about the food question: was it feast or famine a thousand years ago? Nan McMurry is the Director for Collection Development at the University of Georgia Libraries in Athens. She also teaches history of medicine classes for the UGA History Department. She has a PhD in history from Duke University with a specialty in the history of medicine, as well as master’s degrees in music and library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Courtroom Trials: Dramatic Moments (TC)   
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
From OJ Simpson to Ross Harris (baby dies in hot car), courtroom trials have provided a dramatic focus for public attention. This program looks at the late-breaking cases torn from today’s headlines. Professor Carlson’s review of cutting edge legal controversies will include a look at the prosecution of the comedian Bill Cosby, the Atlanta death of the wife of Tex McIver, and other late-breaking and high profile criminal cases. Professor Ron Carlson is Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Law Emeritus, UGA. He regularly appears on WSB radio and in the Journal-Constitution to analyze high profile criminal cases. These include trials like Ross Harris (baby dies in hot car), OJ Simpson and others. Carlson is the author of 15 books on criminal procedure as well as the law of evidence.

Neanderthals in You: More News from Our Genome (TT)        
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
One of the major surprises to emerge from sequencing the DNA in our genetic material was the discovery of a significant fraction derived from ancient Neanderthals.  Often the butt of jokes about intelligence, this ancient human species is gaining new respect as being much more capable than previously thought, including speech, art, and burial rituals.  The average amount of Neanderthal DNA in each of us varies from 1-4%. Learn how the DNA was discovered, where the exchange likely took place, and more.  Bob Ivarie grew up in Oregon, graduating high school in a logging/mill town (1962).  After graduating with distinction and honors in biology from Stanford (1967), he earned a doctoral degree in molecular biology at Colorado University (1972). He joined the UGA Genetics Department in 1980 and retired as a Professor Emeritus in 2010.  He is a Fellow of the AAAS. He founded AviGenics/Synageva for the production of low-cost, high-yield human pharmaceuticals in egg whites. In 2007, Bob was Inventory of the Year at UGA, and in 2017 he won the Georgia Bio Innovation Award.

What’s Up, Doc? New Therapies for Stroke and TBI (TC)           
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
The biomanufacturing industry is in a pivotal position for delivery of cell-based therapies for treatment of many important and devastating human conditions, including stroke, brain injury, and inflammatory and immune conditions. In attempting to address such debilitating neuropathologies, one promising “cargo transport” capable of penetrating the blood-brain barrier lies in the development of methodology to use exosomes, present within cells, as natural delivery vehicles for therapeutics.  Join the luncheon to hear more about cell products for therapeutic applications, in particular for stroke and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Steve Stice is the co-founder of ArunA Biomedical and is a Distinguished Professor, GRA Eminent Scholar, and Director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center at the University of Georgia. Stice obtained his PhD at the University of Massachusetts. Prior to joining UGA, he was the CSO and co-founder of Advanced Cell Technology Inc. currently in clinical trials using stem cells. He has continually published and patented work, including the first derivation of neurons for neurodegenerative disease.

Science Skepticism and How to Counter It (TC)           
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
The political climate at the federal, state, and even local government levels has shifted from that of public endorsement and support of science to skepticism and even the outright rejection of basic science.  For most of the 20th and 21st centuries’ public acceptance of basic science has been the cornerstone of American prosperity and innovation.  Now that is in jeopardy. Dr. Farmer will chronicle some of these important changes and what steps might be taken to remedy the future of American Science.  Mark Farmer is Professor of Cellular Biology at the University of Georgia.  His interests are in the public understanding of science and technology.  He is an occasional blogger for Scientific American and the Athens Banner-Herald.