Subject: Saudi Arabia in Transition (Great Decision - 2017)
Degrees: Ph.D. in History at UNC-Chapel Hill
Dr. Cox’s areas of expertise are the Holocaust, modern genocide, racism, working-class & labor history, and resistance. His first book (Circles of Resistance: Jewish, Leftist, and Youth Dissidence in Nazi Germany) was published in 2009, and his To Kill a People: Genocide in the Twentieth Century was published in February 2016. 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 current research projects analyze 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
Friday, January 26, 2018 -Dr. Julia Robinson
Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, UNC Charlotte
Degrees: Ph.D., Michigan State University
Julia Robinson, Ph.D. joined the UNCC’s Department of Religious Studies in 2005. She teaches courses in African American Religion, Religions of the African Diaspora, and racial violence in America. She has authored 3 books:
Race, Religion, and the Pulpit: Reverend Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit
Overcoming Race in the Faith: Black Presbyterians in the New South
Corruptions in Christianity: Dismantling Racial and Religious Violence in Global Contexts
Trained as a historian and religious studies scholar, she is interested in the ways in which religion has often been used to justify acts of racism, racial violence, and terrorism in local and global contexts.
Friday, February 2, 2018 -Kathy Joy
Founder & Executive Director, Body & Soul Senior Fitness
Subject: A Fitness Do Over
Kathy Joy is founder and Executive Director of Body & Soul Senior Fitness The mission of Body & Soul Senior Fitness is to help senior adults live confident, independent and productive lives through physical activity, social interaction and ongoing education programs.
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 9, 2018, Peter Reinhart
Chef, Johnson & Wales University
How the Search for the Perfect Pizza Turned Into a Quest for Self-Discovery
Peter Reinhart is an American baker, educator and author. He is most known for writing Bread Revolution, American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza, The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking and The Bread Baker’s Apprentice. Four of his books have been nominated for James Beard Awards, with three of them winning, including the "Book of the Year" in 2002 for The Bread Baker’s Apprentice.
Reinhart is considered to be one of the most respected baking educators in America He is also the founder of Brother Juniper's Bakery in Santa Rosa, California (since closed). Currently, he serves as full-time Chef on Assignment at Johnson & Wales University.
Friday, February 16, 2018, Ella Scarborough
Chair, At-Large, Board of County Commissioners
Understanding How Local Government Works
Ella Butler Scarborough is one of the three, At-Large, County Commissioners on the Mecklenburg Board. She serves on the Economic Development Committee. She is also one of the vice chairs of the Economic Development Committee for the National Board of County Commissioners.
Ms Scarborough was the first female African American City Council member (District and At-Large, 1987-1997). A graduate of South Carolina State University (Library Science Education), she also holds a master's in Organizational Leadership from the University of Charleston West Virginia.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
7 PM at the Knight Theater
The Learning Society Presents:
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”
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.
Friday, February 23, 2018, Dr Kandi Deitemeyer
Chanages 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.