Metro Atlanta Events

Tour of the Atlanta BeltLine

Sponsored by the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter

Date: Thursday, March 3
Time: 9:30 a.m., bus will begin loading; 10 a.m. bus will depart promptly; 1 p.m. bus will return to MARTA station (There will be a rest stop midway.)
Location: Meet and park at Inman Park MARTA station
Cost: $25 per person for private guided bus tour. Participation is limited to the first 30 enrollees.

Join us on a private guided bus tour of the Atlanta BeltLine and see all that is already flourishing. First conceived as a 1999 master’s thesis by Georgia Tech student Ryan Gravel, the Atlanta BeltLine evolved from an idea to a grassroots campaign of local citizens and civic leaders to a robust new vision of an Atlanta dedicated to an integrated approach to transportation, land use, green space and sustainable growth—ultimately connecting 45 intown neighborhoods. The Atlanta BeltLine is already here—with four trail segments open and six spectacular new or renovated parks open for public enjoyment as well.

R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Wednesday, Feb. 2, by registering and paying online at alumnae.agnesscott.edu/beltline. 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.

Joseph R. Gladden Jr. Public Lecture
Franz Boas in Porto Rico: Retention and Reinvention of Puerto Rican Folklore
Speaker: Rafael Ocasio, Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish

Date: Thursday, March 3
Time: 5 p.m. (with reception following)
Location: Frances Bailey Graves Auditorium, Campbell Hall
Cost: Free

Rafael Ocasio, Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish, is a Latin Americanist and a specialist in revolutionary and counterrevolutionary Cuban literature. He is the author of two books on the Cuban dissident writer Reinaldo Arenas. Ocasio is currently working on the manuscript for Franz Boas in Porto Rico: Retention and Reinvention of Puerto Rican Folklore, an edited, critical anthology of oral folklore documented by that reputable anthropologist in Puerto Rico in 1915. The Gladden Award is given every year to a member of the Agnes Scott faculty whose scholarly activities are especially noteworthy. Recipients give a public lecture on a topic related to their scholarly work. The Gladden Public Lecture Series is named for Joseph R. Gladden Jr., chair of the Board of Trustees from 1992 to 2002.

Kirk Concert and Master Class Series presents Ani Cordero ’96, singer-songwriter

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

Date: Thursday, March 3
Time: 7:30 p.m. (Master Class on Friday, March 4, at 2 p.m.)
Location: Maclean Auditorium, Presser Hall
Cost: Free

Raised by Puerto Rican parents in both Atlanta and San Juan, Cordero is now a longtime resident of Brooklyn. She is a staple of the global music scene. Recently, she’s appeared as drummer and backup vocalist with the legendary Os Mutantes, as a founding member and drummer of Pistolera and as the front woman for her bilingual art rock band, Cordero. In April 2014, Cordero released her new album Recordar: Latin American Songs of Love and Protest, revisiting songs from the 1930s to the 1970s that highlight influential artists who provided the soundtrack for social change. On top of all that, she is an Agnes Scott College alumna; her visit coincides with the 2016 Gladden lecture by Professor Rafael Ocasio.

Mary Brown Bullock ’66: My Three-Year China Adventure

Sponsored by the Greater Decatur Alumnae Chapter

Date: Thursday, March 10
Time: 10:30 a.m. coffee and registration; 11 a.m. program
Location: Frances Bailey Graves Auditorium, Campbell Hall
Cost: Free

Mary Brown Bullock ’66 is an educator and scholar of United States-China relations and president emerita and trustee of Agnes Scott College. She served as the founding executive vice chancellor of Duke Kushan University in Kushan, China, from 2012 to 2015. Come hear about her experience building, from the ground up, a brand new university in China.

R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Thursday, March 3, by registering online at alumnae.agnesscott.edu/mbb or by calling our reservation line at 404.471.5400.

Book Group
Creating Well-Being: Four Steps to a Happier, Healthier Life by Pamela A. Hays
Discussion led by Jenny Hughes, Charles Loridans Professor of Psychology

Sponsored by Women Alone Together®

Date: Thursday, March 10
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.

Hays presents scientifically supported guidance for people who want to replace stress and painful emotions with a sense of well-being and contentment. With empathy and unfailing good humor, the author outlines a four-step process that has proven successful in her professional clinical psychology practice as well as in her own life. She invites readers to step onto the path of well-being by recognizing their stressors, avoiding negative thought traps, re-examining their thinking and taking action wherever possible.

R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Monday, March 7, by emailing the Book Group leader at info@womenalonetogether.org.

After Hours Readers

Date: Wednesday, March 16
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Anna I. Young Alumnae House
Cost: Free

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 informal group is open to all, and discusses fiction and nonfiction works. There are no dues. If you are interested in joining or learning about the group, contact Lockey Allen McDonald '92 at lockeymcd@comcast.net.

Reader’s Connection: The Other Typist by Susanne Rindell
Discussion led by Peggy Thompson, Ellen Douglass Leyburn Professor of English

Sponsored by the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter

Date: Wednesday, March 30
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Room 121, Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta
Cost: Free

Rose Baker is a typist in a police precinct on the Lower East Side. Every day Rose transcribes the confessions of the gangsters and murderers that pass through the precinct. But when the captivating Odalie begins working at the precinct, Rose finds herself falling under the new typist’s spell. As the two girls’ friendship blossoms and they flit between the sparkling underworld of speakeasies by night and their work at the precinct by day, it is not long before Rose’s fascination for her new colleague turns to obsession.

R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Friday, March 25, by registering online at alumnae.agnesscott.edu/typist or by calling Ruthie McManus Mansfield ’75 at 404.231.9285.

Alumna Reading at 45th Annual Writers’ Festival: Charleen McClure ’10

Date: Friday, April 8
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Winter Theatre, Dana Fine Arts Building
Cost: Free

Charleen McClure was born to Jamaican parents in London, England, and grew up in Atlanta, Ga. She is a Fulbright scholar and a graduate of Agnes Scott College, where she received a B.A. in English literature. She has received fellowships from The Watering Hole, VONA and the U.S.A. Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Muzzle, Mosaic, FreezeRay, Kinfolks Quarterly and African Voices. She currently lives in New York City.

Piano Recital: Jiawen Wang ’15

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Date: Sunday, April 10
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Maclean Auditorium, Presser Hall
Cost: Free

Book Group: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Date: Thursday, April 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 “dutch treat” dinner (inclusive price averages $27 per person) and payment is collected on-site.

Arts Connection
Herbert Creecy: Retrospective

Sponsored by the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter

Date: Wednesday, May 4
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: MOCA-GA, 75 Bennett St., Suite M-1, Atlanta
Cost: $8 (nonmember), $5 (seniors 65+) and free (members)

The most renowned artist of Abstract Expressionism in the South was Herbert Creecy (1939–2003). Born in 1939 in Norfolk, Va., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. His Atlanta education began at E. Rivers Elementary School in Buckhead and continued until he graduated from the Atlanta School of Art. In 1964 he studied in France under English artist and printmaker Stanley William Hayter, who influenced and taught printmaking to many famous artists, including Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollack, Salvador Dali, Joan Miró and Marc Chagall. In Barnesville, Ga., Creecy maintained his home and studio in an old cotton factory. Creecy exhibited his work in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, London and Italy. His art resides in many museums and institutions.

R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Wednesday, April 27. Your guests are welcome. Non-museum members can register and pay online at alumnae.agnesscott.edu/creecy or mail a check for $8 or $5 per person, payable to Agnes Scott College, to Kim Vickers, Office of Alumnae Relations, Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Ave., Decatur, GA 30030. Museum members can register by emailing their member numbers to Kim Vickers at kvickers@agnesscott.edu.

International Students’ Reception

Sponsored by the Greater Decatur Alumnae Chapter

Date: Thursday, May 12
Time: 4:30–6 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Anna I. Young Alumnae House

Join us for the Decatur Chapter’s 28th annual party for international students and 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 with a recognition and presentation at 5 p.m.

R.S.V.P. acceptance only by Thursday, May 5, by registering online at alumnae.agnesscott.edu/international or by calling our reservation line at 404.471.5400.