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

Friday, May 3rd    7:30 PM

Musical Program in the Sanctuary
David Bashor Memorial Organ Concert Series
Providence United Methodist Church - Sanctuary

Friday, April 19

Venue Change - Queens University Sports Complex

Susan Evans, MD

Atrium Health

Topic: Critical Care Decisions: Serving Changing Needs

The discussion will focus on how medical decision-making is impacted by emotional, ethical, financial and political influences, not just the clinical environment. Critical care is at the crux of all of these forces. The audience will be encouraged to think about the influence they have on the direction this precious resource.

Friday, May 17

Prof. Allan DiDanto, PHD

Discipline Chair, CPCC

 Critical Thinking


Friday, May 24

Beth Elise Whitaker, PH.D

Associate Professor

Political Science and

Public Administration Department

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Great Decisions Topic: Global Migration

Dr. Beth Elise Whitaker is an associate professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte who works on migration and security issues in Africa. She has done extensive research on the politics of African migration, including attitudes toward immigration, comparative refugee policy, and diaspora engagement in homeland politics. She has conducted fieldwork in Kenya (2005-2006, 2015, 2016), Tanzania (1996-1998, 2003), and Botswana (2005). With a grant from the Minerva Initiative of the U.S. Department of Defense, Whitaker and colleagues launched the Resources and Conflict Project to examine how rebel groups? illicit funding strategies influence the dynamics of civil conflict. As a Fulbright Scholar in Kenya, she conducted research on U.S.-African counter-terrorism cooperation.

Whitaker is co-author with John F. Clark of Africa?s International Relations: Balancing Domestic and Global Interests (Lynne Rienner, 2018) and her articles have appeared in Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, African Studies Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, International Migration Review, Third World Quarterly, and Journal of Refugee Studies, among others.

From 2010 to 2012, Whitaker served as chair of the African Politics Conference Group, a network of political scientists who study Africa. She worked previously at the Brookings Institution and the American Council on Education and has consulted for the U.S. Department of State, the Social Science Research Council, the United Nations Foundation, and Save the Children Fund. She received her Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Friday, May 31

Mark Peres, PHD, J.D.

Johnson & Wales University


Friday, September 13

Tommy Tomlinson

WFAE - FM, ESPN, Charlotte Observer


Friday, September 20

David Goldfield, PHD

Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History,

Department of History



Friday, May 10

Jack Scheff, PHD


Climate Change


What's Going on at Queens University?

Queens University Calendar

Improved Version:  March 2019

Coordinated by BG Metzler and Ruth McDevitt

Tuesday, March 26   7 pm


Belk Theater

Former FBI Director James Comey


James Comey led the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. His tenure was tested by new forces within and outside America's borders. He oversaw the federal response to mass shootings in San Bernardino in December 2015 and at Pulse nightclub in Orlando the following June, at the time the deadliest in the country's history. He also worked to address key leadership agility, and diversity issues within the Bureau.

Prior to his service at the FBI, Comey worked as a federal prosecutor in New York and Virginia as well as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. deputy attorney general in the administration of President George W. Bush. In the private sector, he has worked at law firms and as the general counsel of Lockheed Martin, the world's largest defense contractor, and Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund.

Comey is the 2017-2018 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy at Howard University. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond School of Law and a Hertog Fellow in National Security Law at Columbia Law School.

A native of the New York metropolitan area, Comey attended the College of William & Mary and the University of Chicago Law School. He and his wife Patrice have five children and live in northern Virginia.

                                                                                                                                        Presented By:

Ticket Sales: Sold Out


Friday, March 29

Dr. Loren Fauchier

Director of Global Education

Providence Day School

Vice President

Global Education Benchmark Group

Great Decisions Topic: Decoding US-China Trade

Dr. Loren Fauchier is currently the Director of Global Education at Providence Day School in Charlotte, and the Vice-President of the Global Education Benchmark Group, a consortium of 150+ independent schools in the U.S., Canada, Britain and Turkey.

He was the 2014 recipient of the NAIS Global Citizen Award. Before coming to Providence Day, he taught 17 years at Queens University of Charlotte in the Department of Political Science and International Studies and before that at the University of Washington.

He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University program in Nanjing, China, and completed his doctoral research in China. He frequently travels to China with students. He currently participates in a working group of educational leaders who seek to create schools of the future based on global competencies and self-learning.

Friday, April 5

Rabbi Judith Schindler 

Associate Professor

Philosophy & Religion Department
Sklut Professor of Jewish Studies

Queens University

Antisemitism: Then and Now

What is antisemitism? What are its origins? Does the antisemitism differ from its ancient and medieval forms? How can we best combat it?  Rabbi Schindler will address the challenge of hatred aimed at Jews today from the college campus to the streets to Paris to the tragedy of Pittsburgh. We will explore sources of antisemitism from religious texts to Nazi ideology to white supremacy today.

 Rabbi Judith Schindler, Director, Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte

Rabbi Judith Schindler is the Sklut Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte. She was named Rabbi Emerita of Temple Beth El in Charlotte, North Carolina after serving as Senior Rabbi from 2003-2016 and as Associate Rabbi from 1998-2003. Prior to coming to Charlotte, she was an Associate Rabbi at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York.

 She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University in 1988 (magna cum laude), her Master’s from the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles in 1993, and her rabbinic ordination at the Hebrew Union College in New York in 1995.

 Rabbi Schindler serves on the Executive Committee of the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice, is co-chair of the Clergy Council of MeckMin (Charlotte’s interfaith organization), is co-chair of the Rabbinic Council of the Association of Reform Zionists of America and is a Trustee of the Reform Pension Board. She is past Co-Chair of the Women’s Rabbinic Network and served on the Board of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing.

 On behalf of Temple Beth El, Rabbi Schindler envisioned and led the creation of four social justice documentaries being utilized across the country. “Souls of Our Students: Appreciating Differences” and “Souls of our Students: A Transgender Focus” address diversity in schools. “Souls of Our Teachers” addresses urban education and “Souls of our Neighbors” explores the value of creating affordable housing. Three of the documentaries earned Telly Awards. Rabbi Schindler has contributed chapters and articles to more than ten books and is currently researching and co-authoring a book on recharging congregations through civic engagement and moving the religious community from volunteerism to advocacy.

 Among the many awards she has received, Rabbi Schindler was named Charlotte Woman of the Year in 2011. She received the 2008 Humanitarian Award from the Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice, the 2008 Mecklenburg Ministries Interfaith Clergy Award and was selected as one of Charlotte’s USA 20: Celebrating Dynamic Women in 2010.

 When she is not working she enjoys yoga and sitting in bleachers and watching her two teenage boys play sports.

Friday, April 26

Judge Eric Levinson

Topic: TBD


Vincent Carr
Associate Professor of Organ
Indiana University

Friday, April 12

Margaret Commins, Ph.D

Associate Professor,

Political Science & Sociology Department

Queens University

Great Decisions Topic: The US and Mexico Partnership Tested

Dr. Margaret Commins teaches courses in Latin American politics, U.S.-Latin American relations, international political economy, comparative politics of developing countries and immigration politics. She also enjoys teaching in the general education program.

Her research interests include the political economy of international trade and finance, U.S.policy toward Latin America, immigration, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.. She has presented and published papers on the political economy of U.S. support for free trade in Latin America and the pedagogy of teaching about immigration.

Ph.D., M.A., Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A., History and Political Science, Gettysburg College


Susan Evans, MD


  • Associate Professor of Surgery - Acute Care Surgery, Carolinas Medical Center
  • Vice Chair of Research - Department of Surgery, Carolinas Medical Center
  • Chief, Surgical Critical Care Section - Carolinas Medical Center
  • Medical Director of Surgical Trauma ICU - Carolinas Medical Center
  • Co-Director of Critical Care Executive Committee - Carolinas Medical Center 



Degree                                                             Dates                                          Institution

B.S. – Nutrition & Food Science         1988-1992                           University of California

                                                                                                         Berkeley, CA

M.S. – Kinesiology                              1992-1995                           University of Colorado

                                                                                                         Boulder, CO

M.D.                                                      1995-1999                           University of Cincinnati

                                                                                                         Cincinnati, OH

Resident – General Surgery              1999-2004                          University of Florida

                                                                                                         Jacksonville, FL

Fellow –Trauma & Surgical               2004-2006                         University of Pennsylvania

                Critical Care                                                                    Philadelphia, PA

MBA –Physician Executive                Pending 5/2020                 Auburn University

             Critical Care                                                                       Philadelphia, PA 




Associate Professor of Surgery – Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC, 1/2014-present

Adjunct Associate Professor of Surgery - University of North Carolina, 1/2014-present

Assistant Professor of Surgery – Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC, 9/2006-2012

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery - University of North Carolina, 9/2006-12/2013 



COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES                                                                                   


AAST – Critical Care Committee, 2015-present

SCCM – Surgical Section – Vice Chairman, 2019-2020

SCCM – Surgical Section – Secretary/Treasurer, 2018-2019

SCCM – Surgical Section – Patient Safety Committee, Chair, 2012-2018

SCCM – Online Testing Committee, Member, 2012-2015

SCCM – Graduate Medical Education Committee, Editorial Board, 2011-2013

SCCM – Graduate Medical Education Committee, Chair, 2010

SCCM – Graduate Medical Education Committee, Member, 2008 - 2010


Friday, May 3rd


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, April 26

Lunch Bunch

Locations TBA


Mr. Frank Dominguez, General Manger and Content Director,

WDAV, Davidson

About the Series

The organ concert series at Providence UMC - inaugurated in 2016 - is named in memory of Dr. David Bashor, a member of the Chancel Choir for over thirty years, who served for over a decade as chair of the organ committee. Though many people were actively involved in the new organ project, David?s vision and dedication to this endeavor are largely responsible for the beautiful organ that now graces the Sanctuary. For his efforts Providence UMC will be forever grateful; we are delighted and honored to name the organ concert series in his memory.

About the Organ
The Sanctuary of Providence UMC is home to the Robinson Family Organ, which is Parkey OrganBuilders op. 14, incorporating the rebuilt Aeolian-Skinner organ (op. 1472) originally housed in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Removed from the Kennedy Center, restored and re installed at Providence UMC in 2013, the Robinson Family Organ is the central instrument in the music ministry of the church where it leads congregational singing, accompanies the multiple choirs of the church, and presents itself in solo capacities depending on the needs of the services and the community.