May 6, at 9:30 a.m. prior to regularly scheduled program
May 6, 2016- Great Decisions Topic
Dr. Sebastian Cobarrubias, Assistant Professor in the Department of Global International and Area Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will present a Great Decisions talk on International Immigration.
His research interests include border and migration policy, immigrant rights, social movements, global economic restructuring as well as critical uses of cartography.
Dr. Cobarrubias earned a doctorate in geography from UNC-Chapel Hill and taught geography and international studies there previously.
May 13, 2016
Rabbi Judy Schindler has led as senior rabbi at Charlotte’s Temple Beth El since 2003. In July of this year she will leave her position to focus on social justice and academic pursuits at Queens University’s new Center for Peace and Social Justice.
The center is designed to promote social justice advocacy and link the lessons of the Holocaust to human rights. Rabbi Schindler will be the new director.
She received her bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Tufts University, her master’s from the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, and her rabbinic ordination at the Hebrew Union College in New York in 1995. Rabbi Schindler’s additional casework has been at York University in England, Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Jerusalem campus of the Hebrew Union College.
May 20, 2016
Dr. Rhett Brown, Wingate University president since 2015, will present an Update on the University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Wingate College in 1989 and an MBA from Wingate University in 2001. He holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Alabama. He served in Saudi Arabia during the first Persian Gulf War.
Dr. Brown served Wingate University in various positions before being named president. As Vice President for Student Life and Enrollment Services from 2009 to 2015, he helped to increase the university’s enrollment 32 percent.
May 27, 2016
John Silva, managing director and the chief economist for Wells Fargo, will present an Economic Forecast. Previously, he was senior economist for the U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee and chief economist for the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Prior to that Mr. Silva was chief economist of Kemper Funds and managing director of Scudder Kemper Investment Inc.
He holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Northeastern University in Boston and a master’s degree in economics from Brown University. He is a Certified Business Economist and serves as a member of the Blue Chip Panel of Economic Forecasters and also serves on an informal advisory group for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. Great Decisions is a series of eight programs, selected each year by the Foreign Policy Association in New York. The FPA was founded in 1918 as the League of Free Nations. It was formed by 141 distinguished Americans to support President Woodrow Wilson's effort to achieve a just peace. The Association was reconstituted in 1923 as the FPA with a commitment to the careful study of all sides of international questions affecting the U. S. Eleanor Roosevelt and John Foster Dulles were among the incorporators.
Senior Scholars recruits local authorities to present a program on each of the topics selected annually by the Foreign Policy Association.
For 2016, there will be a new arrangement for ordering Great Decisions books. The books will be available in electronic format for your Kindle or your Kindle app on your various computers, pads and phones from Amazon. The cost for the electronic version will be about $13.
Pat and Bill Thomas will be in the hallway before the meetings to take your order, or you may e-mail Bill at email@example.com.