Friday, November 2, 7:30 PM
David Bashor Memorial Organ Concert Series
Providence United Methodist Church (in the Sanctuary)
Maurice Durufle's Requiem w. the Chancel Choir

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Assistant Professor of Geography & Earth Sciences at UNC Charlotte

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June 1 - September 12

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Friday, September 13

Tommy Tomlinson

WFAE - FM, ESPN, Charlotte Observer


Topic: How The Book Came To Be: A Discussion of "The Elephant In The Room"  

 Tommy will talk about the genesis of his memoir, why he decided to write it, and what
he hopes readers take from his story about life as an overweight man in America. 


Tommy Tomlinson is the author of the memoir The Elephant In the Room (Simon & Schuster), about life as an overweight man in a growing America.

He is also the host of the podcast ?SouthBound? in partnership with WFAE, Charlotte?s NPR station.

He has written for publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Garden & Gun, and many others. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. His stories have been chosen twice for the ?Best American Sports Writing? series (2012 and 2015) and he also appears in the anthology ?America?s Best Newspaper Writing.?

He has taught at Wake Forest University as well as at other colleges, workshops and conferences across the country.

He?s a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.


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Friday, September 20

David Goldfield, Ph.D

Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History

University of North Carolina Charlotte

 Topic: ?The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good? 


There was a time in our history ? in the two decades after World War II ? when our government and our citizens worked together to build a great nation. How and why that happened, and how and why that partnership frayed from the 1970s to the present ? and the consequences of that break ? will be the focus of my presentation.

Dr. David Goldfield is the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, a position he has held since 1982. A native of Memphis, he grew up in Brooklyn and received his degrees at the University of Maryland.

He is the author or editor of sixteen books including two, Cotton Fields and Skyscrapers (1982) and Black, White, and Southern (1991), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in history. His most recently published books are America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation (2011), Still Fighting the Civil War (2013), and The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good (2017). Goldfield is also the Editor of the Journal of Urban History, and serves as Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, as an Academic Specialist for the U.S. State Department, and as an expert witness in voting rights cases.

He is Past President of the Southern Historical Association (2012-2013). Dr. Goldfield serves on the Advisory Board of the human rights organization, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, and on the Board of the North Carolina Civil War and Reconstruction History Center.

His hobbies include reading southern novels, watching baseball, and listening to the music of Gustav Mahler and Buddy Holly.


Friday, September 27

Jacob Wobig, Ph.D, J.D.

Associate Professor

Political Science and Public Administration Department

Wingate University

Great Decisions Topic: Nuclear Negotiations Back to the Future

I grew up in a small ranching town in western Nebraska called Valentine, and I attended the University of Nebraska - Lincoln to study political science and international relations. After graduating in 2001 I went to the University of Iowa College of Law, where I became Editor in Chief of the Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems. My interest in politics was already firmly entrenched by this time and through undergrad and law school I worked as a volunteer in about half a dozen campaigns for local and statewide offices (ask me sometime about my story about the Dean Scream). After law school I worked briefly for the Saunders County Attorney in Wahoo, Nebraska before becoming an associate at the Lincoln law firm Baylor, Evnen, Curtiss, Grimit and Witt.

Research Interests:
International and comparative human rights, international law, democratization and
democratic consolidation, political violence.

2013      Ph.D. Department of Political Science, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
2004     J.D. University of Iowa College of Law
2001     Bachelor of Arts, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Friday, October 25

Joseph B. Kuhns III, PhD

Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Homicide Causes and Correlates: Exploring the Available Scientific Evidence

This presentation will examine the primary causes and correlates associated with homicide trends in Charlotte and elsewhere. Much of the presentation will draw attention to the role of drugs and alcohol in faciliating homicide offending and victimization. 

2000 PhD. - Criminology, University of Albany

1990 M.A. - Criminology, University of South Florida (Thesis)

1986 B.A - Criminal Justice, University of South Florida


JULY 2016 Full Professor University of North Carolina at Charlotte / Criminal Justice & Criminology

2010 - 2016 Associate Professor (Graduate Coordinator - 2010-2012) University of North Carolina at Charlotte / Criminal Justice & Criminology

2003 - 2010 Assistant Professor University of North Carolina at Charlotte / Criminal Justice & Criminology

1995 - 2003 Senior Policy Analyst (GS-14); Social Science Analyst (GS-13) United States Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services


(* indicates projects with current / former students) Kuhns, Joseph B. (2018). Preventing burglaries at self-storage facilities in Charlotte, North Carolina. A chapter in Scott, M. & Clarke, R. (Eds); Successful POP Case Studies, New York, NY: Routledge


(* indicates projects with current / former students) Johnson, D. Maguire, E.R. & Kuhns, Joseph B. (2018). Can community policing reduce perceived disorder: Findings from a quasi-experiment in Trinidad and Tobago; Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 2


Google Scholar Link (* indicates publications with current / former students) Research Gate Link Books, Edited Books and Peer Reviewed Technical Reports and Monographs

2018 * Kuhns, Joseph B., Cambareri, Josie, Messer, Shannon & Stephens, Darrel. Independent Investigations of Officer - Involved Shootings: Current Practices and Recommendations from Law Enforcement Leaders in the United States and Canada;; Major Cities Chiefs Association (

2016 * Kuhns, Joseph., Doliver, Diana, Bent, Emily & Maguire, Edward R. Understanding firearms assaults against law enforcement officers in the United States. Washington DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Bureau of Justice Assistance

2015 Kuhns, Joseph B., Maguire, Edward R & Leach, Nancy R. Health, safety and wellness program case studies in law enforcement. Washington DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

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