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 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.

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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

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Assistant Professor of Geography & Earth Sciences at UNC Charlotte

Summer Break

June 1 - September 12

See you in September!

Friday, May 31

Mark Peres, JD

Professor of Leadership Studies

Johnson & Wales University

Topic: Charlotte, Citizenship and What Matters Most



Mark will share personal thoughts about citizenship, the city of Charlotte, and the values and actions that inform a good life. He will draw on history, literature, philosophy and the arts for the audience to consider what it means to live active and meaningful lives in community.
Mark is a professor of leadership at Johnson & Wales University who teaches courses on moral philosophy and living well. His courses include Creative Leadership, Global Ethics, The Good Life and How to Change the World. He is chair of the faculty council and a former teacher of the year.


Mark hosts a podcast called On Life and Meaning. The podcast explores devotions. Mark asks guests about their talents, motivations and higher purposes. Guests include artists, writers, philosophers, civic leaders and creators.


He also the founder and former editor of Charlotte Viewpoint, a magazine about the civic and cultural life of the Charlotte region. He has participated in several leadership development programs, including American Leadership Forum and Leadership Charlotte.


Mark had previous careers in financial advising, business and law. He received an A.B. degree in history from Rollins College and J.D. from The Florida State University College of Law.


Reservations accepted starting April 26


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



September 13

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