Speaker Date Topic
Douglas Hicks, Dean, Oxford College Campus, Emory Mar 26, 2019 12:00 PM
Oxford College's Unique Place in Emory and Metro Atlanta
Oxford College's Unique Place in Emory and Metro Atlanta

Douglas A. Hicks is dean of Oxford College of Emory University and the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Religion.  As dean, Hicks serves as the chief officer of Oxford College, one of the nine academic units of Emory University.  He also holds an appointment as an affiliate professor in the Candler School of Theology at Emory.

Hicks joined Oxford College from Colgate University, where he served as provost and dean of the faculty. From 1998 to 2012 he was professor of leadership studies and religion at the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies and the founding director of the university’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement.  He is the author of four books and editor of five additional volumes on religion, ethics, and leadership.  He received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV), the commonwealth’s highest recognition for professors.

He received an AB degree magna cum laude with honors in economics from Davidson College, an MDiv summa cum laude from Duke University, and MA and PhD degrees in religion from Harvard University.

Hicks serves on the Board of Directors of the Arts Association in Newton County and the Board of Directors of the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Agnes Scott College.

Dr. Paul Wolpe, Bioethics, Emory University Apr 02, 2019
AI and Ethical Algorithms: The need for ‘Deep Ethics’
AI and Ethical Algorithms: The need for ‘Deep Ethics’

Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, Raymond Schinazi Distinguished Research Professor of Jewish Bioethics, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Biological Behavior, and Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University.  Dr. Wolpe also serves as the first Senior Bioethicist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), where he helps formulate policy on bioethical issues and safeguarding research subjects. He is Senior Advisor to the American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB), the premier scholarly journal in bioethics, is Editor-in-Chief of AJOB-Neuroscience, the leading journal in neuroethics, and he sits on the editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals in medicine and ethics. Dr. Wolpe is a past President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, a Fellow of the Hastings Center, and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest medical society. 

Dr. Wolpe publishes widely in sociology, medicine, and bioethics, and has contributed to a variety of encyclopedias on bioethical issues.  Trained as a social scientist – a rare background for a ethicist -- Dr. Wolpe’s work focuses on the social, religious, ethical, and ideological impact of medicine and technology on the human condition, focusing particularly on genetics and neuroscience.  Dr Wolpe is considered one of the founders of the field of neuroethics, which examines the ethical implications of neuroscience.  He is also the founder of BEINGS, “Biotechnology and the Ethical Imagination: A Global Summit,” which brought together thought leaders from the top biotechnology producing countries of the world, representing a wide array of disciplines and approaches, to try and produce a set of internationally accepted ethical principles and policy standards for human cellular biotechnologies, such as CRISPR.  The Consensus Document is due to be completed by January, 2016.

Dr. Wolpe also writes about other emerging technologies, and his general bioethics scholarship includes areas such as death and dying, clinical medicine, alternative medicine, and bioethics in extreme environments such as space.  He is a sought after consultant on business ethics and the ethics of philanthropy (Dr. Wolpe was named one of Trust Across America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior).  He is the author of the textbook Sexuality and Gender in Society, and edited and is a key author of the end-of-life guide Behoref Hayamim: In the Winter of Life.

Dr. Wolpe sits on national and international non-profit organizational boards and working groups, and is a consultant to academic institutions and the biomedical industry.  He has twice testified to President Obama’s Commission on the Study of Bioethical Issues in Washington, DC, on ethical issues in synthetic biology and in neuroscience. A dynamic and popular speaker internationally, Dr. Wolpe has been chosen by the website Faculty Row as a “SuperProfessor” and by The Teaching Company as a "Superstar Teacher of America," and his courses are distributed internationally on audio and videotape.  He won the 2011 World Technology Network Award in Ethics, has recorded a TED Talk, and was profiled in the November, 2011 Atlantic Magazine as a “Brave Thinker of 2011.” Dr. Wolpe is a frequent contributor and commentator in both the broadcast and print media, having been featured on 60 Minutes and with a personal profile in the Science Times of the New York Times.

Bill Torpy, Metro Columnist, AJC Apr 09, 2019 12:00 PM
“Making Friends and Influencing People at City Hall”
“Making Friends and Influencing People at City Hall”

Bill Torpy is the metro columnist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writing about just about anything to do with life in Atlanta, so long as it's interesting. He joined the newspaper in 1990 and has covered politics, government and countless stories about police, courts and the justice system. The Chicago native graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., and previously worked for the Daily Southtown in Chicago.

INVOCATION: Richard Maddox
Mohamed Massaquoi, Entrepreneur Apr 16, 2019 12:00 PM
Easter/Passover Program - The Power of Resets
Easter/Passover Program - The Power of Resets
A Charlotte, North Carolina native, Mohamed Massaquoi was the second-round pick for the Cleveland Browns in the 2009 NFL draft, where he recorded two 100-yard receiving games his rookie year, the first Browns rookie to have two or more such games in a season since Kevin Johnson in 1999.
Before joining the NFL, Mohamed earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree in only 3.5 years from the University of Georgia, where he was named the 2008 team captain, selected as a first-team All-Southeastern Conference and Academic All-SEC member.
Since retiring from the NFL, Mohamed has worked as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. In Spring 2017, while riding ATVs with friends, Mohamed was involved in an accident that resulted in the amputation of most of his left hand. Most recently following the accident, Mohamed is an entrepreneur and a speaker focusing on the power of resetting.
Mohamed is a member of the 2018 UGA 40 under 40 class. He has studied at the Harvard Business School, completing their Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports program led by Anita Elberse. Mohamed is currently enrolled in Harvard’s Program for Leadership Development, which functions as their alternative executive MBA.
Hon Andrew Staunton, Con Gen, United Kingdom Apr 23, 2019 12:00 PM
Consular Corps Luncheon - "The Transatlantic Relationship Beyond Brexit"
Consular Corps Luncheon - "The Transatlantic Relationship Beyond Brexit"
Andrew Staunton took up his appointment in Atlanta as Her Majesty’s Consul General in June 2018.  Andrew is the senior UK government representative in the Southeast United States responsible for relations with the states of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama.  He leads a team which works to promote UK-US trade and investment, support British nationals, conduct public diplomacy on key issues, and build scientific and research co-operation. He also sits on the Marshall Scholarship selection committee.
Before taking up his posting in Atlanta, Andrew served four years as Deputy Head of Mission and Economic Counsellor at the British Embassy in Athens. He was also Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Dublin from 2009 to 2013. Throughout both of these postings, Andrew’s main focus was on the economic crises in Greece and Ireland, boosting bilateral relations, promoting the UK’s interests, and working on a range of issues linked to the European Union. Prior to this, Andrew worked in the Foreign Office as Deputy Director responsible for Security.  Andrew joined the UK’s diplomatic service in 1987. He has also served overseas in China, France, Romania and Canada.

Andrew was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He is accompanied in Atlanta by his wife, Rebecca. They have two adult children, both living in the UK.
5th Tuesday Social and Networking Meeting Apr 30, 2019 6:00 PM
Junior Achievement Discovery Center
Junior Achievement Discovery Center

Kiwanis 5th Tuesday Meeting!

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 from 6 til 8 PM

JA Chick-Fil-A Discovery Center,

275 Northside Drive, Bldg C, 3rd floor Atlanta 30314

A special evening for our club where we can tour the JA Discovery Center with our member Kym Franklin-Estis!
Wine, refreshments, and light appetizers will be provided.
This will be in place of our regular luncheon this Tuesday so mark your calendars to come to JA Discovery Center at 6 PM instead of Loudermilk at noon.

Free for Regular/Corp Members      $15 for Associate/Satellite/Emeritus/Hon Members

~RSVP Deadline Tuesday, April 23rd~

Sign up on the Event Board or email Karen Losin – kiwanisclubatlanta@gmail.com

Doug Ammar, Exec Dir., Georgia Justice Project May 07, 2019 12:00 PM
INTRODUCTION: Marbury Rainer
Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele, Co-Executive Director May 21, 2019 12:00 PM
Highlander Research and Education Center Mission

Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele grew up in Texas, Germany, and North Carolina. He once had the opportunity to live and learn alongside human rights organizers and community leaders from the Assembly of the Poor in Northeast Thailand. That experience transformed Allyn’s understanding of the power and purpose of education. Since 2002, Allyn has worked as a school teacher, a college educator, a neighborhood organizer, and a pastor, although he still cannot always tell the difference between all of those roles.


Allyn’s first visit to the Highlander Research and Education Center was in 2007 for Highlander’s 75th Anniversary weekend. In 2010, Allyn received an invitation to participate in Highlander’s leadership programming. The staff and board invited him to join Highlander’s Board of Directors, where he worked closely with Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, who in 2016 invited him to join her in applying to be Highlander’s most recent Co-Executive Directors.


Allyn is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and he has served congregations in Alaska and Tennessee. His interests include pastoral care, institutional change, dystopian science fiction, the problems of historical memory, and sculpture. Allyn earned degrees from Wofford College and Vanderbilt Divinity School, where he met his spouse, Erin, an Episcopal priest. They live in Western North Carolina with their enormous dog, Johann.