Metro Atlanta Events

Events are listed in chronological order.

Writers & Scholars Series: James May

Sponsored by the Department of English

Date: Thursday, Sept. 15
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Campbell Hall, Frances Bailey Graves Auditorium
Cost: Free
Description: Poet James Davis May will give a reading from his work. He is the author of Unquiet Things, published by Louisiana State University Press in 2016 as part of the Goat Island Poetry Series, an imprint edited and founded by the late Claudia Emerson. His poems have appeared in The Missouri Review, New England Review, The New Republic and The Southern Review. A book signing will follow the event.

Saturday Sisters

Sponsored by Women Alone Together
Discussion and Potluck
Special Guest: Nancy Kriseman, LCSW, author of "The Mindful Caregiver"

Date: Saturday, Sept. 17
Time: 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: The Club Room, Park Place on Peachtree, 2660 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta
Cost: Free (Please bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch.)
Description: Caregiving can be enormously challenging, terrifically rewarding and potentially draining. Caregivers often wonder how they will navigate the tumultuous waters of caregiving and not lose themselves completely. Through her book, "The Mindful Caregiver," Kriseman provides inspiration, encouragement and guidance for finding ease in the caregiving journey. By emphasizing both mindfulness and the spiritual dimension, caregivers can reap the gifts of caregiving, appreciate the special moments and find strength during the challenging times.
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Monday, Sept. 12. To register or for more information, go to

Fall Luncheon with President Kiss

Sponsored by the Atlanta and Decatur Chapters
Past, Present & Future: Reflecting on a Decade as President of Agnes Scott
Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 21
Time: 11:45 a.m.
Location: Rebekah Scott Hall, Katharine Woltz Reception Room
Cost: $24 per person
Description: Join us for a special combined chapter luncheon to hear Elizabeth Kiss, who has been president of Agnes Scott College for a decade. President Kiss will reflect on our journey to the SUMMIT from 2006 to 2016 and beyond.
R.S.V.P., acceptance only, by Wednesday, Sept. 14, by registering and paying online at You can also mail a check for $24 per person payable to Agnes Scott College to Kim Vickers, Office of Alumnae Relations, Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Ave., Decatur, GA 30030. Please note on the check that it is for the fall luncheon. Unfortunately we are unable to accept registrations at the door; this is a pre-pay event.

After Hours Readers

"Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande and "Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife" by Mary Roach

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 21
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Anna I. Young Alumnae House
Cost: Free
Description: “American medicine, Being Mortal reminds us, has prepared itself for life but not for death. This is Atul Gawande’s most powerful – and moving – book.” – Malcolm Gladwell
"What happens when we die? Does the light just go out and that's that―the million-year nap? Or will some part of my personality, my me-ness persist? What will that feel like? What will I do all day? Is there a place to plug in my lap-top?" In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die.
R.S.V.P. to Lockey McDonald ’92 at

A Local Lens on the Challenges of Poverty

Sponsored by the Greater Decatur Alumnae Chapter

Date: Thursday, Oct. 6
Time: 10 a.m. coffee and registration, 10:30 a.m. program
Location: Anna I. Young Alumnae House
Cost: Free (Donations of new or gently used scarves, gloves, caps, socks, umbrellas and ponchos will be gladly accepted.)
Description: Homelessness is complex. Helping those facing homelessness establish healthy lives and stable homes is a challenge faced daily by Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM). Marlene White, executive director of DCM, will report on the extent of homelessness in our community as well as on the measurable inroads and positive long-term outcomes her agency is achieving. Those wishing can take action to help those who are subject to winter weather by bringing new or gently used scarves, gloves,  aps, socks, umbrellas or ponchos.
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Thursday, Sept. 29, by registering online at or by calling our reservations line at 404.471.5400.

Book Group

Sponsored by Women Alone Together®
"Middlemarch" by George Eliot
Discussion led by Jim Diedrick, professor of English

Date: Thursday, Oct. 13
Time: 6 p.m. registration; 6:30 p.m. salad served
Location: The Colonnade, 1879 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atlanta
Cost: This event includes “dutch treat” dinner (inclusive price averages $27 per person and payment is collected on-site.)
Description: By the time the novel appeared to tremendous popular and critical  acclaim in 1871, George Eliot was recognized as England’s finest living novelist. It was her ambition to create a world and portray a whole community— tradespeople, middle classes, country gentry—in the rising provincial town of Middlemarch, circa  830. Vast and crowded, rich in narrative irony and suspense, Middlemarch is richer still in character, in its sense of how individual destinies are shaped by and shape the community and how it enlarges the reader’s sympathy and imagination. It is truly, as Virginia Woolf famously remarked, “one of the few English novels written for grown-up people.”
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Monday, Oct. 10, by emailing the book group leader at The Women Alone Together® Book Group meets monthly at the same time and location. The November 10 discussion of Untying the Moon by Ellen Malphrus will be led by the author.

The Dalton Gallery Fall Exhibition

Sponsored by the Margaret Virginia Philip '61 Art Endowment Fund
root, knot, blow & kiss

Date: Opening Reception, Thursday, Oct. 13 (Show runs from Thursday, Oct. 13- Saturday, Dec. 3)
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Dalton Gallery, Dana Fine Arts Building
Cost: Free
Description: The third of this quadrennial exhibition series, this special exhibition  considers our donor’s particular interests in underrepresented and outsider artists, as well as the themes of regionalism and storytelling. For more information, please visit for updates and for all arts and cultural events on campus.

Reader's Connection

Sponsored by the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter
"The Master" by Colm Tóibín
Discussion led by Christine Cozzens, Charles A. Dana Professor of English and director of the Center for Writing and Speaking

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 19
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Room 121, Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta
Cost: Free
Description: Beautiful and profoundly moving, "The Master" tells the story of novelist Henry James, a man born into one of America’s first intellectual families, who leaves his country in the late nineteenth century to live in Paris, Rome, Venice and eventually London. The novel, based on James’s life, covers the period following his disastrous play opening in London and the soul searching that followed, including his sojourn in Ireland, Colm Tóibín’s home.
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Wednesday, Oct. 12, by registering online at or by calling our reservations line at 404.471.5400.

Writers & Scholars Series: Richard Blanco

Sponsored by the James T. & Ella Rather Kirk Fund and the Department of English

Date: Thursday, Oct. 20
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Campbell Hall, Frances Bailey Graves Auditorium
Cost: Free
Description: Celebrated poet Richard Blanco, the keynote speaker of the 45th Writers’ Festival, will return to Agnes Scott as the Kirk Writer-in-Residence.
He will conduct a one-week creative writing seminar and give a public reading from his work. Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant and gay person to serve in the role. Born in Madrid to Cuban-exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of three poetry collections: "Looking for the Gulf Motel," "Directions to the Beach of the Dead" and "City of a Hundred Fires," and two memoirs: "The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood" and "For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey." A book signing will follow the event.

Kirk Concert & Master Class Series Presents Jerico Vazquez, Piano

Sponsored by the James T. & Ella Rather Kirk Fund and the Department of Music

Date: Thursday, Oct. 27
Time: 7:30 p.m. (Master Class on Friday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m.)
Location: Presser Hall, Maclean Auditorium
Cost: Free
Description: Jerico M. Vasquez is artist-in-residence/associate professor of music and coordinator of the keyboard program at Shorter University in Rome, Ga. Recent performances include numerous solo recitals in the southeast United States and the Philippines, a concerto performance with the Rome Symphony Orchestra (2015) and collaborative performances with the Balkan String Quartet and many vocalists. Vasquez has won numerous competitions, including the UCSB Concerto Competition, the Pillsbury Foundation Competition, the Santa Barbara Performing Arts Foundation Competition and the Léni Fe Bland Foundation Competition. He is also the recipient of the Ojai Festival’s prestigious Charlotte and Alvin Bronstein Award, Capitol Record’s Nat King Cole Memorial Scholarship and the University of California Regents Scholarship. For more information, visit

Arts Connection

Sponsored by the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter
Tour of the wareHOUSE: The Private Art Collection of Sue and John Wieland

Date: Thursday, Nov. 10
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Undisclosed (Address will be shared with those who attend.)
Cost: Free
Description: Sue and John Wieland began collecting art in the mid-1980s. A short while later, they decided to focus their purchases on art that features a house, a reflection of John’s business as a homebuilder in the Southeast. Their earlier acquisitions concentrated on artists working in the United States. In 2005, when Rebecca Cochran joined them as curator, their collecting expanded to include both national and international artists. For many years, the art hung in the corporate offices of John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods. In 2010, the Wielands created the wareHOUSE, where the majority of the artwork now resides. Alumnae will be given a private tour by curator Rebecca Cochran, and the tour is limited to 30 people.
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Wednesday, Nov. 2, by registering online at or by calling our reservations line at 404.471.5400.

Third Annual ASC Trivia Night at Manuel's Tavern

Sponsored by the Greater Decatur Alumnae Chapter

Date: Friday, Nov. 11
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free to participate; but bring cash for drinks and snacks
Location: Manuel’s Tavern, 602 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta
Description: Work in teams to answer trivia questions about your alma mater. Bring a group or join a team of feisty Scotties when you arrive. The Decatur Chapter will supply a round of appetizers, and there will be one check per table, so bring cash not credit cards. Pull out those yearbooks and get ready to compete because the winning team will receive fun prizes and bragging rights.
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Thursday, Nov. 3, by registering online at or by calling our reservations line at 404.471.5400.

Engaging the Future After Loss

Sponsored by Women Alone Together®
Special Guest: Ron Greer, pastoral counselor

Date: Saturday, Nov. 12
Time: 10 a.m.–noon
Location: Anna I. Young Alumnae House
Cost: $15 (includes morning coffee and light breakfast)
Description: The path of grief for those who have suffered a loss is often painful and lonely, especially during the holidays. You are invited to join us for this annual seminar as we focus on the process of engaging the future after loss.
R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Monday, Nov. 7. Mail a check for $15 per person, payable to Women Alone Together, to P.O. Box 11866, Atlanta, GA 30355. Please note the date of event on your check. For more information, go to

Winter Seminar 2017

Sponsored by the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter
China: Politics, Society and Economy
January classes will be led by Mary Brown Bullock '66, China scholar, president emerita and trustee of Agnes Scott College
February classes will be led by Li Qi, associate professor of economics

Dates: Thursdays, Jan. 5–Feb. 23
Time: 9:45 a.m.–noon
Location: Homes of Ruthie McManus Mansfield ’75 in January and Libby Rhett Jones ’73 in February
Cost: $100 per person (nonrefundable) The eight sessions are a single unit.
Info: To request a registration brochure, contact the Office of Alumnae Relations at 404.471.6323 or alumnae@agnesscott. edu. Seminar brochures will be mailed prior to Nov. 1 so registration can begin on that date. Space is limited, and registrations are processed in the order received. Confirmation will be sent via email. Winter Seminar proceeds help fund an Atlanta Chapter student scholarship. For more information, contact Mary Jones Underwood ’75 at or 404.364.0793 or Henny Leland Whelchel ’76 at or 404.255.7987.