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.





 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 11  

Aaron Mitchell Houck, J.D., Ph.D. College of Arts and Sciences,

Queens University of Charlotte

Topic: "Making Predictions About Politics: A Cure for Polarization?"

Description:  Can making bets about the future prevent nasty disagreements about politics? In this presentation, Dr. Aaron Houck, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Queens University of Charlotte, will make the case that making and tracking predictions about politics can help citizens establish empirical common ground with each other—and perhaps alleviate the problems of ideological polarization.

Dr. Houck will provide suggestions for how to choose topics for predictions, how to make predictions, and how to assess your predictions. Come learn a fun method for evaluating how accurate your worldview is (or isn’t!).


Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, August 2015–.

DAVIDSON COLLEGE, Davidson, NC. 2013–2015
Assessment Coordinator, Davidson Next, July 2014–August 2015
Adjunct Visiting Lecturer, Department of Political Science, August 2013–May 2014.

Associate Director, Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC Charlotte, February 2008–June 2009.

Research Assistant, June 2007–February 2008.
ROBINSON, BRADSHAW & HINSON, P.A., Charlotte, NC. 2005–2007
Associate Attorney, Real Estate Department, September 2005–June 2007.


DUKE UNIVERSITY, Durham, NC. 2009–2014
Ph.D., Political Science, September 2014.

M.A., Political Science, May 2012.
Honors: James B. Duke Fellow, University Scholar.
Dissertation: “Judicial Review, the Long-Run Game: Endogenous Institutional Change at the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Committee: Jack Knight (chair), John Aldrich, Guy-Uriel Charles, David Rohde, Georg Vanberg.

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Cambridge, MA. 2002–2005
J.D., June 2005.

DAVIDSON COLLEGE, Davidson, NC. 1998–2002
B.A., Economics and Political Science, cum laude, May 2002.
Honors: John M. Belk Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Omicron Delta Epsilon.


Houck, Aaron M. 2019. “Failure to Launch: False Starts in Designing the Political Capstone as a True Ending to the Major.” Journal of Political Science Education DOI: 10.1080/15512169.2019.1598873

Abramson, Paul R., John H. Aldrich, Abraham Diskin, Aaron M. Houck, Renan Levine, Thomas J. Scotto, and David Sparks. 2018. “The Effect of National and Constituency Expectations on Tactical Voting in the British General Election of 2010” in The Many Faces of Strategic Voting, (John H. Aldrich, André Blais, and Laura Stephenson, eds.), University of Michigan Press.

Houck, Aaron M. and Brian P. Smentkowski. 2018. “Brett Kavanaugh,” Encyclopædia Britannica.

Houck, Aaron M. and Brian P. Smentkowski. 2018. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Encyclopædia Britannica.




Friday, October 4  

Cheryl Russo, MD Cardiologist
Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute
Atrium Health Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute

Topic: Cardiovascular Care: The Essentials And The Extraordinary

Description: This presentation will address the continuum of cardiovascular care. Prevention measures will apply to all patients while state of the art procedures could be applicable to more than one would predict. We'll discuss new approaches to common cardiovascular diagnoses.

Doctor Russo is a native of Upstate New York, born in the Finger Lakes region and growing up in Buffalo. Her undergraduate education was in the SUNY system, after which she obtained a Masters in Molecular Biology at University of Buffalo while working at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She attended medical school at Syracuse, SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Training brought her south, both residency in Medicine and fellowship in Cardiology were obtained at Duke. She came to Charlotte after training and has been with the Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute for over 14 years as an Adult Cardiologist. Dr. Russo sees general cardiology patients with some focus on women with heart disease and prevention efforts.

Her husband is a hematologist/oncologist in Charlotte, Justin Favaro. They have two school age children and really enjoy raising our family in Charlotte.

Friday, November 1 - Speaker Details coming soon!




Friday, November 8 


Major General Kate Leahy
Commanding General, 108th Training Command (IET), Charlotte

Topic: "The Role Of The United States Army Reserve
In The Community Since 9-11"


Major General Kate Leahy graduated from Providence College, Rhode Island, in 1985 and was commissioned as a Military Intelligence officer.

During her first assignment with the 7th Infantry Division (Light) at Fort Ord, California, MG Leahy served as a collection platoon leader; S-4 Logistics Officer; Battalion S-1; and Chief, Technical Control and Analysis Element, with the 107th Military Intelligence Battalion.

In 1991, Major General Leahy left active duty and was assigned to the Military Intelligence Group-Europe, Heidelberg, Germany, as a Troop Program Unit Soldier. She deployed in support of Operation Provide Promise to Naples, Italy; was later mobilized in support of Operation Joint Endeavor; and served with the 7th Army Reserve in Schwetzingen, Germany.

In 1997, Major General Leahy was accessed into the Active Guard Reserve Program, and assigned as an assistant professor of military science at the University of Rhode Island. Subsequent assignments included Unit Training Officer for the 96th Regional Support Command, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Operations Officer, Office of the Chief Army Reserve, Washington DC. In 2004, she was selected for deputy command of the 501st Military Intelligence Brigade, Korea. Following Korea, she served as the Reserve Advisor to the U.S. Army Forces Command G-2, and then returned to OCAR as the Secretary of the General Staff.

In 2008, Major General Leahy deployed to Baghdad as the Chief of the Joint Document Exploitation Center-Iraq. Upon her return, she was selected for inspector general duty and served as the Army Reserve Command IG. In April 2012, she assumed brigade command of the Military Intelligence Readiness Command's Training Support Command, where she served for two years. In Sept. 2014, MG Leahy was promoted to her current rank, and assigned as the Deputy Commander of the 81st Regional Support Command, headquartered at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. She was subsequently assigned as the Director of Intelligence (J-2), U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Florida, from 2015-2017.

From Miami, MG Leahy was assigned as the Deputy Commander for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs and Director of the Army Reserve Engagement Cell in Wiesbaden, Germany from August 2017 until her most recent selection to command the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), headquartered in Charlotte, NC.

Major General Leahy's military education includes the Military Intelligence Basic and Advanced courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. Her awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster; Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters; Department of the Army Staff Badge; the Knowlton Award and Army Parachutist Badge.

What's Going On At Queens University of Charlotte?

Queens University Calendar 

 Tip: scroll down the right side, below the calendar, to find events open to the "General Public"


Alternate Venue: Queens University Sports Complex (MAP)

Four times a year we meet at the Queens University Sports Complex. The dates for the venue change are shown in the Senior Scholars Scrolling Calendar. A reminder is given at the prior meeting and highlighted in the weekly email. This location is slightly smaller than PUMC, so plan to come early to be assured of a seat.

September 27 - Lunch Bunch -

See BG Metzler at the Lunch Bunch table

Locations to be announced


Friday, October 25 


Joseph B. Kuhns III, Ph.D.
Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Topic: 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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Friday, October 18 - Speaker Details coming soon!