Upcoming Presentations/Outings

We are excited to return to in-person programming but are happy to be able to accommodate those who may not be able to come to the building. Each program/seminar, where appropriate, will have an in-person option as well as a link to join the session via Zoom!  We are dedicated to providing our faculty the engaging content and information that we always provide but are happy to provide multiple formats in which to engage! If you would like assistance with Zoom please contact at Jill Hammond at jhammo9@clemson.edu or 864-656-3990.  You also may click HERE for easy instructions for joining a Zoom presentation.

Upcoming Presentations/Outings


 June 2024 Events

June 1, 2023 (Thursday) 10:00am-11:30am, Hybrid Seminar, Dr. Tom Kuehn, Florence: Bruneleschi’s Dome and Its Context. Florence is one of the most touristed cities in the world, and the most notable structure in its skyline is the enormous cathedral, the Duomo. As the name implies, it is the dome that dominates one’s sense of the building and the city. There are stories behind that large and beautiful structure, not the least being how it was possible to construct such a dome without the benefit of structural steel and other materials.  And behind those stories there are others that relate the Duomo to its city.  These are the accounts to be unpacked in an examination of the cathedral, its location within the city, and the people who designed the building and paid for it.

June 6, 2023 (Tuesday) 10:00am – 11:30am, ZOOM ONLY SEMINAR, Dr. Ken Addison from Oxford University, Resolving the Global Environmental Crises of the Anthropocene. It is widely recognised that we are currently experiencing global climate and biodiversity emergencies – and before we can resolve them in the sense of agreeing a course of action leading to a solution, we also need to resolve and understand the processes that drive these crises. They are widely attributed to anthropogenic causes framed within what is becoming known internationally as the Anthropocene Epoch of the current Quaternary Period of the Cenozoic Era of geologic time. The cause and extent of the crises are not widely appreciated so we will begin by outlining the principal drivers over time and then summarise the current and forecast extent of climate and biodiversity disturbance from stable and resilient states. We will then chart the role in resolving the crises of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), culminating in their most recent Conferences of the Parties, respectively (CoP27 in Sharm-El-Sheikh, November 2022) and (CoP15 in Montréal, December 2022).

June 9, 2023 (Friday) 10:00am – 11:30am, Hybrid EC Trivia Morning with Dr. Skip Eisiminger.  Skip has designed a wonderful interactive opportunity for Emeritus Faculty.  The first Trivia contest will be held face-to-face at the college and on-line.  After Debbie or Jill, our bursars, collects $2 from each contestant, Skip will read two sets of ten questions like the following: What do these have in common? Woody and Arlo; Cronkite and Rather; polo and barrel racing? [Answers: folk singers or father-son; former news anchors, not two men; sports involving horses, not two sports. I’ll be the final arbiter on what constitutes a correct answer, but I’ve always been a latitudinarian especially when there’s no cash on the barrel head.] There will be two rounds like these which Skip calls “The Warm-up Rounds.” No money will be exchanged in these rounds, but there will be a winner of each.  These will be followed by two “Money Rounds,” twenty questions each, and in these rounds, the questions will look like this: In what war was MASH set? What former SC governor was nicknamed “Pitchfork”? What is the Spanish term often used in English for a small grocery? [Answers: Korean; Ben Tillman, bodega]. If there’s a tie in any of these two rounds, I’ll read a tie breaker like: How many bones are in the adult human body? The answer closest to 206 will split the pot.  If the Trivia Morning is fun and you want to continue having the event, Skip will host Trivia Morning, on the first Friday of each month.

 June 13, 2023 (Tuesday) 10:00am – 11:30am, THIS EVENT IS ZOOM ONLY, Memoir Interest Group Meeting with Marty Duckenfield. In the past months, we have been sharing a multitude of stories about experiences during our lives in the sixties, (including the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, and Civil Rights); musical memories, and random memories from our childhood—like our first beer! In March we shared more of those plus a new category: Life Changers —an individual, especially if a nonfamily member—whose path crossed yours and added a new dimension to your life. We look for new ways to remember and to write.  We welcome new attendees to our group, as always.

June 16, 2023 (Friday) 9:30am – 10:00am, LIVE, IN-PERSON ONLY Harmonica and Health with Vince Jackson. Some people are finding post-Covid their breathing has been affected and they no longer have the lung capacity they once did. Doctors have said for many years playing a wind instrument helps improve lung capacity and stamina. As someone who has played the harmonica for 14 years, I can testify to the results I see playing each week. The recent appearance of Sir Rod and the Blues Doctors at the EC spurred interest in harmonica playing, so a group formed to learn to play the instrument. We are meeting each month on the 3rd Friday at 9:30 am. The cost of the class is $20 per person, one-time fee benefiting the Emeritus College. If you have an interest in recovering lung capacity, as well as enjoying music, please consider EC harmonica instruction each month. The 30-minute classes are available to anyone interested. All you will need is a 10-hole diatonic harmonica, Key of C, which can be purchased online or at your favorite music store.  You do not need to read music, in fact it is better if you do not. Harmonica is not difficult to play, and you can enjoy those tunes that constantly run through your head. Let me know of your interest and begin enjoying healthy fun EC ! Contact me if you have questions: vincejackson529@att.net.

  June 16, 2023 (Friday) 10:00am – 11:30am, LIVE, IN-PERSON ONLY The Coffee House Music Sessions with Vince Jackson and Dave Scherrep.  The Emeritus College Coffee House music sessions continue Friday, June 16th beginning at 10:00 am in the EC seminar room. If you have not joined us yet, bring your favorite musical instrument and join the jam. We are all levels of talent from beginner to professional with a lot of musical knowledge and shared interacting with your fellow musicians. Bring along some of your favorite tunes for everyone to enjoy. We play it all from classical to country, folk to rock, and many genres in between. If you would just like to be in the “audience” you are welcome to listen but must applaud loudly. See you there. Email me if you have questions. vincejackson529@att.net.

June 20, 2023 (Tuesday) 1:30pm-2:30pm, Hybrid Seminar, Moments and Memories 2 with Vicki Gillis, Kathy Headley, Del Kimbler, Dori Helms and Debbie Jackson.  The feedback from the faculty on the Moments and Memories book distributed at Emeritus Day has been so positive and faculty are asking how their moments and memories might now be collected and recorded.  Please join the emeritus faculty team as they discuss the next volume of the Emeritus College faculty can continue to contribute their stories for volume 2.

 June 22, 2023 (Thursday) 2:30pm – 3:30pm, Hybrid Meeting, SC Prison Education Interest Group Meeting with Elaine Richardson. Dr. Nancy Paxton-Wilson and Noah Reynolds related the current activities of Clemson faculty and students in their work with prisons and incarcerated individuals.


Upcoming Events in July


July 7, 2023 (Friday) 10:00am – 11:30am, Hybrid Meeting, Dr. Skip Eisiminger, EC Trivia Morning.

July 18, 2023 (Tuesday) 10:00am – 11:30am, Hybrid Meeting, Dr. Ken Marsh, Global Food Security

July 19, 2023 (Wednesday) 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Hybrid Meeting, SC Prison Education Interest Group Meeting with Elaine Richardson.

July 21, 2023 (Friday) 9:30am – 10:00am, LIVE, IN-PERSON ONLY Harmonica and Health with Vince Jackson.

 July 21, 2023 (Friday) 10:00am – 11:30am, LIVE, IN-PERSON ONLY The Coffee House Music Sessions with Vince Jackson and Dave Scherrep.

 July 25, 2023 (Tuesday) 10:00am – 11:30am, THIS EVENT IS ZOOM ONLY, Memoir Interest Group Meeting with Marty Duckenfield.