Presenters   (What they have shared with us, or what we’ve been able to uncover.)

Jim Auchmutey spent almost 30 years as a writer and editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in stories about the South and its history and culture. He was twice named the Cox Newspapers chain's Writer of the Year and was honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, the Associated Press and the Sigma Delta Chi journalism society.

Jim has written extensively about food.  He has co-authored two cookbooks, including the first devoted solely to barbecue sauces and rubs, The Ultimate Barbecue Sauce Cookbook.

Jack Barsky’s life marks him as one of a kind.  He was born in Germany, became a chemistry professor, was recruited by the KGB, spent 10 years in the United States spying for the Russians, and ended up a United States citizen and information technology executive.Jack’s story was featured in May of 2015 on CBS 60 Minutes.  His memoir “Deep Undercover” was released in March of 2017.  The book has been translated into German, Swedish and Polish.  Jack has appeared frequently on US cable stations such as CNN, FOX and MSNBC as well as on foreign TV including such countries as Germany, Poland, Japan, Turkey and France.  In his 6th career as a public speaker Jack has had appearances across the United States as well as in Germany, Ireland and Poland.  His book has been optioned to produce a TV series under the working title “An American Citizen”.  Jack lives with his wife Shawna and daughter Trinity in Atlanta Georgia.

Living a Double Life

Jack will discuss his life as a double agent for the Soviet Union and then the U.S.

Tom Dell has been playing rock and roll and r&b since the late 1950’s and teaching “The Origins of Rock and Roll” for Emory OLLI, Central Dekalb Senior Center, and Brenau BULLI program for several years.  

Origins of Rock & Roll

The presentation, a humorous and informative look at the music that is all about the dance floor and the boudoir will look at the people and music behind what we know as Rock and Roll from the beginning of the 20th century up through the 1960’s.

Sal DePasquale: MBA, Mercer University, 1996: Masters of Criminal Justice, University of South Carolina, 1991; a retired security analyst with a focus on root causes of crime and international antagonisms. His work over 30 years in security for government agencies and corporations involved extensive studies in history and social psychology.  He has taken this research and transformed it into OLLI classes on history and contemporary conflicts.

Root Causes of conflict and crime. 

A key theory in criminology is the Theory of Social Control.  The theory suggests that grievances at the heart of a dispute must be confronted and addressed, because they will not merely go away.  How do we identify grievances, particularly those rooted deep into history and not immediately evident in a contemporary events.  Examples will include Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Iran's seizure of the US Embassy, and the 911 attack.

Elizabeth Deschenes Instructor Emory Continuing Education ( Osher )

Elizabeth is retired from a corporate career with such companies as PricewaterhouseCoopers and Accenture.  She has earned graduate degrees in clinical psychology and business.  She most recently has been pursuing the elusive goal of obtaining a PhD.  She has been an instructor since 2015 for the Osher Program ( Olli) at Emory University Continuing Education.  She teaches a variety of subjects related to psychology, but has spent the last few years focused on Russian and espionage studies using literature and film as a medium.

Mark Grand is a software and data architect with over 30 years of experience in IT, software development and architecture.  His areas of specialization include blockchain technology.  Mark has advised numerous organizations on how to use blockchain technology.

Business between Strangers: The history of money and the future of blockchain.

The evolution of money has allowed us to go from family/tribal cooperation to a global economy.  By doing for record keeping what money does for commerce, blockchain technology will transform business and other forms of cooperation.

Bruce Holland is a long-time active Mensa member, from next door (Coastal) South Carolina Mensa and a good friend of Mensa in Georgia.

Trivia Bruce’s trivia contests are recognized far and wide for their thought-provoking questions and the enjoyment of the participants.  We welcome him once more to treat us.

David Markus: B.A. State University of New York, 1979, J.D. Emory University, 1982. Member of the Georgia Bar 1982 to Present. Loc Sec Mensa in Georgia 1994-95. While his earlier experience was defending various individuals who were far more into alcohol than he was, he has done extensive  research into drinking red wines and has developed a short list of favorite red wines that he will share with the group in an irreverent manner.

Non-Pretentious Red Wine Tasting

In this presentation participants will be able to taste the red wines and will observe non-cutting edge technology that will enhance their experience.

Liz Randolph on the topic of the parenting a single child versus parenting twins.  It is more complicated than just doing everything twice.

Kevin Riley is the Editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a position to which he was named in January 2011.

-During his time in Atlanta, he has led a rejuvenation of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution with an emphasis on investigative journalism.  The newspaper was named a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize in 2017.  The AJC’s coverage of Atlanta City Hall recently won the American Society of News Editors’ First Amendment Award and the University of Florida’s Freedom of Information Award.

-  Kevin is also an award-winning podcaster, receiving the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award in 2018.  His podcast recounted his experience as a jury foreman in a double-murder case.

- Earlier this year, Kevin testified before U.S. House Committee on The Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law on the future of local media.

- Kevin was a judge for the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes, and he was named one of “Atlanta’s 55 Most Powerful” people by Atlanta Magazine.

- A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Kevin is a graduate of the University of Dayton and is married to Tracy, his wife of 33 years.  They have three children.

Cindy Smith started doing family history when she was 12.  In 7th grade a representative from the DAR came to visit her class and told them, "Talk to your grandparents, your aunts and uncles, and your elderly relatives because they won't be around forever."  She took this to heart and made a trip to Virginia to visit her Grandma (Dad's side), then made a trip to Florida to visit her aunt (Mother's side), and wrote a lot of things down.   She’s been doing genealogy ever since. 

Double Helix: Geneology and DNA

(This two hour presentation comes in two parts, one on Genealogy in general, the other on DNA)

  (Genealogy) Daughters and Sons:  Research, Documentation, and Lineage Societies:  American Style!  Is America a melting pot, a salad bowl, or Heinz 57?  Or all of the above?  To get into most lineage societies like the Daughters of the American Revolution or United Daughters of the Confederacy or the complementary Sons organizations requires doing research and providing documentation.   Documentation proves that your research has validity, so documentation is key.   Even if you don't want to get into lineage organizations, family history is fascinating and important.   You cannot see the future clearly unless you understand your past.   Who you are is a decision you must make for yourself, but your ancestors have a lot to do with who you are, and knowing who they are and understanding their world can help you understand yourself and your world better.