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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Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo: Spirals of Deception

February 26

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 masterpiece, Vertigo, is built on spirals of deception, both in its plot and characters. From the beginning credits designed by Saul Bass with John Whitney’s spirographic images, the spiral as visual form and metaphor announce the doubling and deception that occurs throughout the film. With a focus on the visual tropes Hitchcock employs in this extraordinary film – including his deliberate use of art historical references, color symbolism, doubling in numbers and imagery – we will see how the visual fabric of Hitchcock’s Vertigo clues the viewer to the world of obsession and deception at its heart. Before the luncheon attendees are asked to watch Vertigo at least once (and even more than once, as Hitchcock insisted his viewers do) to fully understand and appreciate the intricacies of his films.

Dr. Janice Simon is Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Art History in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, where she has taught for thirty years. She is the recipient of numerous teaching distinctions including UGA’s Richard Russell Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in its inaugural year of 1992 and the University’s highest teaching distinction, the Meigs Professorship in 2006. Although her specialty is American art, specifically landscape painting, she has taught the filmic art of Alfred Hitchcock on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dynamic Courtroom Moments

March 12

Ron Carlson returns to OLLI@UGA to share more fascinating tales of dramatic court cases in the news. He does so again in this program, relating some of the hidden facts which animate high profile cases in today’s headlines.

Professor Carlson is Fuller E. Callaway Professor Emeritus.  He is the author of 17 books on trial practice and criminal procedure.  He is also Senior Legal Analyst for WSB Radio, broadcasting on high profile court cases in the news.

Tobacco in America: A Burning Issue

March 26

According to the CDC, each day more than 3,200 people younger than eighteen smoke their first cigarette and an estimated 2,100 young adults become daily cigarette smokers. In addition, smoking-related illness in the United States costs more than $300 billion each year, including nearly $170 billion for direct medical care for adults. Despite these costs, local, state and federal governments have done little to limit sales of tobacco and vaping products to young consumers. The idea of a “Tobacco-Free” Generation could forever break this addiction to one of the most destructive products ever created by humanity.

Mark Farmer is a professor of cellular biology at UGA. While serving as a program officer for the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC, he became keenly interested in how science is communicated to the general public and to legislatures in particular. He is a blogger for Scientific American and a contributor to the Athens Banner Herald where he writes about current scientific issues of importance to society. Farmer has served three terms on the Winterville City Council.

The “Kinda Tiny” Home: Athens Habitat Fulfills Affordable Housing Needs

April 9

Athens Area Habitat for Humanity serves the community in several ways. With a high poverty rate and artificial pressure placed on the housing markets by students, Athens struggles to be an affordable place to live. This issue not only affects lower wage earners but also retirees who wish to age in place. Opportunities for policies and services sow an environment for creative solutions to housing. The AAHFH Kinda Tiny House project is just that. Combining volunteer labor with environmental design, AAHFH is leading the way offering new approaches to housing and the cost of home ownership.

Spencer Frye came to Athens in 1986 as a UGA student and in 1988 moved to Haiti. He has owned an export company and is the founder of an environmental company which he sold to his partners, having plans to work at Habitat for Humanity for one year. That was 1999. He was appointed to his current Habitat position, Executive Director, in 2006. In 2013 Frye was elected to the Georgia State Legislature, a seat he holds today.

Georgia’s Historic Gardens

April 23

The strong interest in gardening and garden design in early 20th century Georgia resulted in some of the state’s most noteworthy designed landscapes, a number of which are still in existence. Both publicly and privately owned, these gardens are vital to the state’s history – essential not only for understanding Georgia’s past but also for contributing to the health and beauty of their 21st century communities. Staci L. Catron and Mary Ann Eaddy will share inspiring examples of Georgia’s historic designed gardens, photographed by James R. Lockhart and featured in their new UGA Press book, Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens.

Staci L. Catron is Director of the Cherokee Garden Library, a library of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. She manages the development, preservation, and interpretation of the 32,000-item collection. Catron is a past president of the Southern Garden History Society.

Music of the Poetic Singer-Songwriters of the ’50s and ’60s

May 7

In the 1950s and early 1960s, America went from the smooth and sophisticated sounds of Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra to the more “down home” sounds of Elvis, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan, among others. In this period, the singer-songwriter became a dominant actor on the musical stage. In addition to describing the factors that brought about such changes in music during this period, Roy Martin will perform a few representative songs of some of the best poets (lyricists) of popular music, including Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Jeff Walker, and John Prine.

Roy Martin sang his first solo performance in Sunday school at age five and began playing the violin at age nine. After graduating from high school, he attended the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester for one year. Deciding that a music career was not to his taste, he has participated in amateur musical activities since then with the Albuquerque Civic Symphony, the Athens Symphony Orchestra, and the Athens Choral Society. Recently he has branched out toward singing the American Songbook with a jazz group.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Georgia

May 21

Despite the fact that Franklin Roosevelt visited Georgia 41 times between 1924 and 1945, historians have paid little attention to the significance of the time the 32nd President of the U.S. spent in the Peach State. Georgia helped restore his sense of well-being after contracting polio and provided a launching pad for his Presidential campaigns. Here, the Harvard graduate became friends with common men, projected an active lifestyle of hunting and fishing to the national press and fought with local politicians. He died here in 1945. Minchew uses images, audio and video clips, and oral histories to explore this fascinating chapter of history.

Kaye Lanning Minchew is a historian and archivist.  Her book A President in Our Midst: Franklin Delano Roosevelt In Georgia was published by the University of Georgia Press in May 2016.  Minchew received the Georgia Author of the Year Award for History.  She served as Executive Director of the Troup County Historical Society from 1985 until 2015 and has degrees from UNC Asheville and UNC Chapel Hill.  She is the recipient of numerous awards.

Constructive Engagement with China & Russia: Why “America First” is not the Answer

June 4

America’s international engagement, evolving with difficulty from the founding of the United States through the 20th century, has been a powerful U.S. asset. Notwithstanding mistakes and challenges, its role in the world helped build respect and influence. Many think we are losing our way. What do we need to do? Fortress America based on America First is not the answer. Thoughtful cooperation and constructive engagement with China, Russia, and the world will serve us better.

Gary Bertsch is an elected Life Member of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. He served on the University of Georgia faculty 1969-2010 where he taught international relations and founded the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS).  In 1996 he was awarded the title of University Professor signifying highest recognition of his endeavors on behalf of the University’s mission.  In 2015 he was granted the UGA President’s Medal recognizing “longstanding, extraordinary contributions to students, academic programs, and society.”