Note: Senior Scholars does not meet when public schools are closed due inclement weather.
New Members: Meet & Mingle with us on the 1st Friday of Each Month.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
(Limited number of seats still available)
7 PM at the BELK THEATER 130 N. Tryon St.
An Evening with Dan Rather
Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist, Dan Rather will be speaking about his views on patriotism as relates to his newly released book: “What Unites Us”
For more than 50 years, former CBS News anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent Dan Rather has been the embodiment of the intrepid broadcast journalist. From the Kennedy assassination-where he was the first to break the news that the president had been killed-to the Indian Ocean tsunami, he has covered every major story of our time, with distinction and a fierce dedication to hard news. For his unparalleled devotion to his craft, he was named the 2012 recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement, and has received additional, countless prestigious awards such as the Peabody, Sigma Delta Chi, CPJ Benjamin Memorial and Emmy Awards.
Venue Change 2/3/18: Due to unprecedented and overwhelming demand for tickets to An Evening with Dan Rather on February 20 at 7pm, The Learning Society at Queens has decided to move the event from the Knight Theater to the larger Belk Theater.
Senior Scholars can purchase tickets from CarolinaTix at 704-372-1000 or online at Carolinatix.org. Tickets price is $45, discounted to $36 for Senior Scholars, using the promo code provided at meetings.
Thursday, February 22, 2018 Field Trip
The Islamic Center of Greater Charlotte
7025 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC
Participants will leave Providence UMC at 10 a.m.
Dress code for both male and female visitors should be modest, such as long sleeves, and either long skirts or trousers. Neither men nor women should wear shorts or sleeveless tops. In most mosques, visiting women are not requested to cover their hair, although the gesture is welcome.
Contact John Ferguson with questions
Friday, February 23, 2018, Dr Kandi Deitemeyer
Changes at Central Piedmont Community College
Dr. Kandi W. Deitemeyer became the fourth president of Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in January 2017. She came to CPCC with an extensive and diverse background in community college administration. Her career has spanned 24 years in higher education, with 22 of those serving in community college systems in NC, KY, and FL.
Dr. Deitemeyer’s credentials include an associates of arts from Polk Community College in Florida, and from the University of South Florida a BA in mass communications and public relations, a master’s degree in counselor education and a doctorate in educational leadership.
As CPCC’s top executive her principle leadership tenet is student success and transforming and improving lives. She brings to CPCC a demonstrated focus on excellence, regional development and building collaborative relationships which impact opportunities for students and communities.
Friday February 23 Lunch Bunch 11:30 a.m.
5 restaurants to select from:
Brio Tuscan Grille
1900 Mexican Grill
Napa on Providence
Sign up completed 2/16.
Friday, March 2, 2018 TRAVEL TALKS
Sign-up for Travel Talks
Who should sign-up for TRAVEL TALKS: Senior Scholars who love to travel, learn about travel and share experiences.
About the TRAVEL TALKS meetings: After a short getting-to-know session, selected travel industry professionals may talk for 15-20 minutes, Senior Scholar travelers may be asked to share their experiences and advise. Topics to be included will probably cover travel options, travel destinations, and 'tips and tricks', etc.
Meetings will be held monthly, Sept-May, 11am-Noon. The day and location is to be determined.
Friday, March 2, 2018, Dr John Cox
UNCC Associate Professor of International Studies
Director, Center for HGHR Studies
Saudi Arabia in Transition
Dr Cox’s areas of expertise are the Holocaust, modern genocide, racism, working-class & labor history, and resistance. He as written three books: Circles of Resistance: Jewish, Leftist, and Youth Dissidence in Nazi Germany , and To Kill a People: Genocide in the Twentieth Century .
John earned his Ph.D. in History at UNC-Chapel Hill . He came to UNC Charlotte in 2011, after teaching History for five years at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he founded and directed a Holocaust & human rights studies center.
His is currently analyzing anti-Nazi resistance within Buchenwald and the post-war memory and political uses of that resistance; Jewish participation in the fight against Franco in Spain; and an analysis of the relationship of capitalism to genocide.
Dr. Cox directs UNCC’s Department's, Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights (HGHR) Studies , and administers our minor in HGHR Studies. Dr. Cox’s Great Decisions postponed. His chapter is in the 2017 book
Friday, March 9, 2018, Dr. Joseph Ellis
Associate Professor, Department of History and Political Science, Wingate University
The Waning of Pax America
Dr Ellis loved politics from a young age, and majored in political science as an undergrad. He interacted with professors, met political leaders, and worked on the ground floor of politics. But teaching was his first love. His research and teaching interests are in comparative politics, primarily Eastern European and Russian politics. More specifically he studied the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and took students to those locales on W’International. Prior to Wingate University, Dr Ellis taught for four years at the University of Tennessee, and at Temple University.
Friday, March 16, 2018, Tim Lord
North American and Southeastern United States Native American History – 14,000 years
Using a timeline Mr. Lord explains the cultural periods representing 14,000 years humans have occupied North America; more specifically the Southeastern United States. He will show artifacts from each of the cultural periods. Attendees will leave with a much better understanding of the scope of time and evolution of projectile points, tools and pottery
Friday, March 23, 2018, Daniel P. Gitterman
Chair of the UNC Department of Public Policy
Calling The Shots: The President & Executive Orders
Professor Gitterman received a B.A. from Connecticut College, an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University. He was an Exchange Scholar at the Harvard University Ph.D. program in Health Policy and completed a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Mark Kelso is currently Professor of Political Science at Queens University of Charlotte, and chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Studies. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Murray State University and his Ph.D. in political science from Vanderbilt University. He teaches a variety of courses at Queens, including European Politics, Campaigns and Elections, Environmental Politics and Constitutional Law. His research interests include environmental policy, electoral behavior and political leadership.
Friday, April 13, 2018, Dr Margaret Cummins
Department of Political Science & Sociology
Latin American Immigration
Margaret M. Cummins is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Queens University, where she teaches courses on Latin American politics, U.S.-Latin American relations, international political economy, and immigration politics. She holds a PH.D. in political science from UNC Chapel Hill. Her research interests include political economy of international trade and finance, U.S. policy toward Latin America, and the politics of immigration reform in the United States.
Friday, April 20, 2018, Dr Tom Hachett
The Most Interesting Street in Charlotte
Dr. Tom Hanchett is a community historian in Charlotte, NC, consulting with community groups and with Levine Museum of the New South. Previously he served as Staff Historian for 16 years at Levine Museum where he curated the permanent exhibition Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers (named best in the Southeast by the South East Museums Conference), and a string of national-award-winning temporary exhibitions including COURAGE about the Carolina roots of the Brown v Board Civil Rights case.
Tom’s writings range widely on urban history and Southern culture: a book about Charlotte’s neighborhoods, Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class & Urban Development in Charlotte(UNC Press); an essay exploring the history of US shopping malls; a monthly newspaper column Food From Home; and more. Educated at Cornell University, University of Chicago, and UNC Chapel Hill, he plays fiddle.
In May 2009, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra named Warren-Green its 11th music director, effective with the 2010–2011 season. Warren-Green is now in his 8th season with the Charlotte Symphony. Founded in 1932, and led by internationally renowned Music Director Christopher Warren-Green, the Charlotte Symphony is the largest arts employer in the region, supporting 59 full-time musicians from diverse backgrounds.
Core programming runs from September through May each season and includes Classical, Pops, edgy altsounds, and family-focused Lollipops series, among other special performances with notable soloists. Annual favorites Magic of Christmas and Handel's Messiah delight during the holidays each season, and we also serve as the soundtrack to our community's ballet and opera productions.
Over the last 30 years Christopher Warren-Green has been personally invited to conduct for the Royal Family on many occasions. In April 2005, he conducted the Service of Dedication and Prayer following the marriage of TRH the Duke and the Duchess of Cornwall. He also led the London Chamber Orchestra during the marriage ceremony of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey in 2011, which was broadcast to a global audience of 2 billion. Other notable occasions have included HM The Queen's 80th birthday celebrations at Kew Palace, and with the Philharmonia Orchestra he conducted HM The Queen's 90th birthday concert at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane as well as HRH The Prince of Wales' 60th birthday concert in Buckingham Palace. Warren-Green is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and has recorded extensively for Sony, Phillips, Virgin EMI, Chandos, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, and Signum Classics.
He also serves as Principal Conductor of the London Chamber Orchestra.
Friday, May11, 2018, Dr Jacob P. Wobig
Assistant Professor in Political Science, Wingate University
China & America
Dr. Wobig completed his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska. His dissertation was on international treaties by regional intergovernmental organizations to support democracy in their member-states. Prior to grad school he was an attorney in Lincoln, Nebraska where his practice was split between insurance defense and issues of administrative and constitutional law. Dr Wobig’s research examines why some states have democratic governments and others do not, and why some states generally protect human rights and others do not.