Metro Atlanta Events

Jan Selman’s Latest Project:
NewPowerPac, a Georgia women’s political action committee
Sponsored by the Greater Decatur Alumnae Chapter

Date: Saturday, Jan. 17
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Anna I. Young Alumnae House 
Cost:
Free
Description: Decatur’s Jan Selman has for decades brought her incredible drive and skills to both the arts and women’s political causes in Georgia. Not only is she the founding director of the Decatur Arts Festival and former executive director of the DeKalb Council for the Arts, she has also served on state and national arts advisory boards. But her main passion remains her drive to support Georgia’s women seeking public office. Most recently, she is a founding member of NewPowerPac, a newly formed non-partisan political action committee with the goal to “empower, endorse and elect qualified women to local office in Georgia.”
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Friday, Jan. 9, by registering online at alumnae.agnesscott.edu/JanSelman or by contacting Mary Rinaldi Winn at 404.471.6374.

After Hours Readers: The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

Date: Saturday, Jan. 21
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Anna I. Young Alumnae House
Cost:
Free
Description: The After Hours Readers group is composed of alumnae of all ages and others interested in great books. It meets every other month, generally on the third Wednesday. The group discusses fiction and nonfiction works and is open to all. There are no dues. If you are interested in joining or learning about the group, contact Lockey McDonald ’92 at lockeymcd@comcast.net.

Identity Theft: Not if, but when?
Sponsored by Women Alone Together®

Speaker: Vivian M. Wright, certified trust and financial adviser
Date: Saturday, Jan. 24
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Park Place Club Room, 2660 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta
Cost: $15 (please bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch after session ends)
Description: Join us for a morning discussion of how we can guard against identity theft. We will be led by Vivian Wright of Common Sense Solutions, Inc. Wright brings insight from her years with Atlanta’s large banks in the trust and wealth management areas. She will help us see the large issues as well as help us identify our own best practices to keep our identity secure.
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Monday, Jan. 19. Mail a check for $15 per person, payable to Women Alone Together, to P.O. Box 11866, Atlanta, GA 30355. Please note date of event on your check. For more information, go to www.womenalonetogether.org.

BOOK GROUP: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Sponsored by Women Alone Together®
Discussion led by Lee Drury ’92

Date: Thursday, Feb. 12
Time: 6 p.m. registration, 6:30 p.m. salad served
Location: The Colonnade, 1879 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atlanta
Cost: This event includes a dutch-treat dinner (inclusive price averages $27 per person), and the restaurant accepts cash or check. No credit cards.
Description: Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting. The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, yet old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention and the ruthless machinations of fate.
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Monday, Feb. 9, by emailing the book group leader at bookgroup@womenalonetogether.org. Payment for dinner is collected onsite.

Across the Decades: Leveraging unique generational perspectives
Sponsored by the Agnes Scott Alumnae Association

Shymeka Hunter ’98 and Karen Mills of Hunter Mills Consulting LLC—entrepreneurial attorneys and consultants leveraging experience to educate and energize

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 18
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Anna I. Young Alumnae House 
Cost:
$10

Description: For the first time, there are four generations of employees in the workforce, and each has different expectations about how, where and when to work. Against this backdrop, understanding and effectively managing generational differences are crucial to fostering innovation and driving positive results. This highly interactive session is designed to help participants begin the process of identifying and leveraging generational differences and similarities regarding varied perspectives on work, loyalty, communication methods and training and management styles, a process that is designed to assist participants in influencing office dynamics and productivity. For more information about Hunter Mills Consulting, visit www.huntermillsconsulting.com.
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Thursday, Feb. 12, by registering and paying online at alumnae.agnesscott.edu/gen. You can also mail a check for $10 per person, payable to Agnes Scott College, to Kim Vickers ’87, Office of Alumnae Relations, Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030.

Connecting with a Women’s College Alumna from the Mid-Nineteenth Century: Suffer & Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas 1834-1907 by Carolyn Newton Curry ’64/’66
Sponsored by the Greater Decatur Alumnae Chapter
Discussion led by author

Date: Friday, Feb. 20
Time: 10:30 a.m. light breakfast and sign-in, program at 11 a.m.
Location: Amelia Davis Luchsinger Lounge, Alston Campus Center
Cost:
Free
Description: In honor of the college’s Founder’s Day, we have invited author and Agnes Scott alumna Carolyn Newton Curry to discuss her heroine’s progression from Southern belle to feminist fighter, a leader of Georgia’s Suffragist Movement, for Thomas was an alumna of Wesleyan College, the world’s very first college for women. Her insatiable love of reading and writing and her expressed yearning for conversation with intelligent, educated women affirm our 19th century founder’s wisdom and recognition of women’s need for a liberal arts education. Perhaps because we have the women’s college experience in common, we more fully connect with Thomas’ drive to become what Dr. Alston was wont to call “a whole woman.”
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Friday, Feb. 13, by registering online at alumnae.agnesscott.edu/CarolynCurry or by contacting Mary Rinaldi Winn at 404.471.6374.

ART WORKS! Remarks on the Uses of Art Therapy
Ayşe I. Carden Alumna in Residence Public Lecture

Speaker: Frances Anderson ’63
Date: Thursday, Feb. 26
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Amelia Davis Luchsinger Lounge, Alston Campus Center 
Cost:
Free
Description: Join us for a public lecture with a pioneer in the field of art therapy, Frances Anderson ’63. Her clinical work with children with mental and physical disabilities resulted in a seminal book (Art for All the Children, 1978, and a second edition in 1994), which is still in use.
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Monday, Feb. 23, by registering online at alumnae.agnesscott.edu/AIR2015 or by contacting the alumnae office at 404.471.6323.

Social Networking Before the Internet
Sponsored by the Greater Decatur Alumnae Chapter

Speakers: Steve Vogel and Amy Lovell ’90
Date: Thursday, March 12
Time: 11 a.m. meet in the Observatory, dutch-treat lunch in Evans Dining Hall to follow
Location: Delafield Planetarium, Bradley Observatory 
Cost:
Free
Description: Amateur radio has been around for more than a hundred years, with more folks involved than ever before. What is it all about? Who are these “hams” and what do they do? What does Agnes Scott College have to do with it? Come and learn from Agnes Scott alumna spouse Steve Vogel W4PSV and Professor of Astronomy Amy Lovell ’90 KK4ZII. We’ll also learn about Flat Agnes’ trip to the stratosphere!
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Thursday, March 5, by registering online at alumnae.agnesscott.edu/HAMradio or by contacting Mary Rinaldi Winn at 404.471.6374.

BOOK GROUP: All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
Sponsored by Women Alone Together®

Date: Thursday, March 12
Time: 6 p.m. registration, 6:30 p.m. salad served
Location: The Colonnade, 1879 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atlanta
Cost: This event includes a dutch-treat dinner (inclusive price averages $27 per person), and the restaurant accepts cash or check. No credit cards.
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Monday, March 9, by emailing the book group leader at bookgroup@womenalonetogether.org. Payment for dinner is collected onsite.

Creating Happiness and Meaning: Positive psychology applied to your life
Sponsored by Women Alone Together®

Speaker: Jennifer Hughes, Charles Loridans Professor of Psychology
Date: Saturday, March 14
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Anna I. Young Alumnae House
Cost: $15 (includes coffee and muffins)
Description: Join us and learn about how people can lead happier, more engaged and more meaningful lives. The fields of clinical and counseling psychology have done a good job over the past 50 years of helping people to feel less miserable when they are miserable, but there is a new field of psychology that goes beyond getting back to normal and focuses on enhancing happiness and life meaning.
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Monday, March 9. Mail a check for $15 per person, payable to Women Alone Together, to P.O. Box 11866, Atlanta, GA 30355. Please note date of event on your check. For more information, go to www.womenalonetogether.org.

After Hours Readers: Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Date: Wednesday, March 18 
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Anna I. Young Alumnae House
Cost:
Free
Description: The After Hours Readers group is composed of alumnae of all ages and others interested in great books. It meets every other month, generally on the third Wednesday. The group discusses fiction and nonfiction works and is open to all. There are no dues. If you are interested in joining or learning about the group, contact Lockey McDonald ’92 at lockeymcd@comcast.net.

READERS CONNECTION: The Circle by Dave Eggers
Sponsored by the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter
Discussion led by Lara Denis, professor of philosophy and director of the ethics program

Date: Thursday, March 19
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Room 121, Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta
Cost: Free
Description: When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful Internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. Come explore the questions this novel raises about technology, ethics, privacy, democracy and the limits of human knowledge.
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Thursday, March 12, by registering online at alumnae.agnesscott.edu/circle or by calling Ruthie McManus Mansfield ’75 at 404.231.9285.

The Prints of Mary Wallace Kirk, Class of 1911
Sponsored by the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter, the Department of Art & Art History and The Dalton Gallery

Description: Alumna, author and little-known artist, Mary Wallace Kirk graduated from Agnes Scott in 1911. She also was one of the founding presidents of the Alumnae Association and served on our Board of Trustees for six decades. Join us as we celebrate her life and legacy at a show featuring her intricate etchings, which depict small and humble cabins in a Southern landscape.

Arts Connection event featuring opening reception with talk by Marianne Bradley ’74

Date: Thursday, March 26
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: The Dalton Gallery, Charles A. Dana Fine Arts Building
Cost: Free
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Wednesday, March 18, by registering online at alumnae.agnesscott.edu/kirkart or by calling the alumnae office at 404.471.6323.

Gallery Talk with Dr. William Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art

Date: Wednesday, April 8
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The Dalton Gallery, Charles A. Dana Fine Arts Building
Cost: Free

Closing Reception during Alumnae Weekend

Date: Saturday, April 18
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Location: The Dalton Gallery, Charles A. Dana Fine Arts Building
Cost:
Free

Alumna Reading at 44th Annual Writers’ Festival

Speaker: Jennifer Bartell ’05
Date: Friday, March 27
Time: 2 p.m. reading, reception and book signing to follow
Location: Winter Theatre, Dana Fine Arts Building (reception in The Dalton Gallery, Dana Fine Arts Building)
Cost: Free
Description: After graduating from Agnes Scott College, Jennifer Bartell ’05 earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Her poetry has been published in pluck!, Blackberry: a magazine, Jasper magazine, decomP, Fall Lines, Composite {Arts Magazine} and forthcoming in Kinfolks Quarterly. Her nonfiction has appeared in “The Art of Medicine in Metaphors” and is forthcoming in the second edition of “The Limelight” (Muddy Ford Press). A 2014 Callaloo Fellow, she teaches at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., and lives in Johnsonville, S.C.

BOOK GROUP: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Sponsored by Women Alone Together®

Date: Thursday, April 9
Time: 6 p.m. registration, 6:30 p.m. salad served
Location: The Colonnade, 1879 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atlanta
Cost: This event includes a dutch-treat dinner (inclusive price averages $27 per person), and the restaurant accepts cash or check. No credit cards.
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Monday, April 6, by emailing the book group leader at bookgroup@womenalonetogether.org. Payment for dinner is collected onsite.

Tour of Oakland Cemetery
Sponsored by the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter

Date: Thursday, April 30
Time: 10 a.m. tour (rain or shine), 11:30 a.m. dutch-treat lunch at Six Feet Under
Location: Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atlanta, meet at the Visitor’s Center (bell tower)
Cost: Tour for under 65: $10, over 65 and students: $5
Parking: There is free parking on the street and in a lot at the end of MLK Jr. Drive, across from the entrance gates to the cemetery.
Description: Oakland Cemetery is a garden cemetery founded in 1850. It is the final resting place of many of Atlanta’s settlers, builders and most noted citizens, such as Bobby Jones, Margaret Mitchell and Maynard Jackson. It is also a showplace of sculpture and architecture and a botanical preserve with ancient oaks and magnolias. You can learn more at oaklandcemetery.com.
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Wednesday, April 22, by registering and paying online at alumnae.agnesscott.edu/oakland. You can also mail a check for the cost of the tour per person, payable to Anne Beebe, and send to Anne Diseker Beebe ’67 at 2774 Andrews Drive NW, #3, Atlanta, GA 30305.

International Students’ Reception
Sponsored by the Greater Decatur Alumnae Chapter

Date: Thursday, May 14
Time: 4:30-6 p.m. (new time to accommodate Phi Beta Kappa students)
Location: Anna I. Young Alumnae House 
Cost:
Free
Description: Join us for the chapter’s 27th annual party for international students, their families and friends. Again this year, the chapter will honor the memory of friend and professor Ayşe Ilgaz Carden ’66 as it celebrates the college’s amazing international students and extends chapter membership to graduating seniors. The chapter will salute soon-to-be international graduates, their families and friends with a recognition and presentation at 5 p.m.
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Thursday, May 7, by registering online at alumnae.agnesscott.edu/AyseCarden or by contacting Mary Rinaldi Winn at 404.471.6374.

BOOK GROUP: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Sponsored by Women Alone Together®

Date: Thursday, May 14
Time: 6 p.m. registration, 6:30 p.m. salad served
Location: The Colonnade, 1879 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atlanta
Cost: This event includes a dutchtreat dinner (inclusive price averages $27 per person), and the restaurant accepts cash or check. No credit cards.
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Monday, May 11, by emailing the book group leader at bookgroup@womenalonetogether.org. Payment for dinner is collected onsite.

After Hours Readers: How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill

Date: Wednesday, May 20
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Anna I. Young Alumnae House
Cost:
Free
Description: The After Hours Readers group is composed of alumnae of all ages and others interested in great books. It meets every other month, generally on the third Wednesday. The group discusses fiction and nonfiction works and is open to all. There are no dues. If you are interested in joining or learning about the group, contact Lockey McDonald ’92 at lockeymcd@comcast.net.