Apr 16, 2021 Great Decisions Topic: Korean Peninsula with Dr. Hye-Sung Kim

Dr. Hye-Sung Kim was born in Korea and received part of her education there. She closely monitors and speaks on Korean issues. Since the Korean War, South Korea has become an economic powerhouse and a critical ally of the US in Northeast Asia and serves as an example of how nations can leverage their middle power status to have an outsize impact on the global agenda. After several unsuccessful leaders of South Korea, President Moon Jae-in has emerged as a effective leader in balancing the dynamics of a threating North Korea, with competing influences of the US and China in this struggle for dominance in the Northeast Asia. Dr. Kim will bring us an up to date look at this important region and its importance to the US.


Dr. Hye-Sung Kim was born in Korea and received part of her education there. She closely monitors and speaks on Korean issues. She will bring us an up to date look at this important region and talks its importance to the US.

Dr. Hye-Sung Kim is Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, Winthrop University

Ph. D-University of Rochester
Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy-Tufts University
MA in Economics-Seoul University

BA in Economics-University of Calgary

Northern Illinois University
Dominican University
University of Rochester

Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte’s economic engine, ranks as the nation’s 6th busiest airport and ranked in the top 5 U.S. “megahubs”. It is American Airlines 2 nd largest hub with over 700 daily flights. In a normal year 50 million travelers would travel though our airport but 2020 was different with Covid-19. However, the low ridership did not halt CLT’s many pronged $2.5 billion master plan for expansion and upgrade which began in 2015 and will conclude in 2035.  Included in the plan is Concourse expansion, a new runway, and the marque item: the massive Terminal Lobby expansion, which is four years away from completion. Mr. Christine will explain how they kept the planes flying when so much else on the ground came to a halt.

Jack Christine is the Chief Operating Officer of the City’s Aviation Department, which owns and operates Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). He is responsible for all aspects of airport development, operations, and facility maintenance.

Mr Christine joined the Aviation Department in 1997 as a planning Assistant. His experience includes time spent working with the department’s planners, planning and development manager and assistant aviation director of development.

Along with his position in the Aviation Department, Christine serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he teaches courses on airport development.

Christine is a 1996 graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in airport Management and Aviation Safety and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition, he is an accredited airport executive through the American Association of Airport Executives.

The Scots-Irish played a significant role in the founding of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The presentation looks at the history of the Scots-Irish, Native Americans, African Americans and Germans living in the area, their interaction with the British government, and the founding of Mecklenburg County and Charlotte.


Originally from London, England, Hugh Dussek has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina, for over twenty-five years. Hugh holds a doctoral degree in history from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a professor at Central Piedmont in Charlotte, where he teaches courses on world civilizations and American history. Hugh serves on the Board of Trustees for The Charlotte Museum of History, and gives presentations in the community and on television about American, British and local history.

The Persian Gulf remains tense as rivalry between the regional powers of Saudi Arabia and Iran continues. The future of security in the Persian Gulf is high on the list of many foreign policy challenges faced by the incoming administration of President Biden. The current disorder in the Persian Gulf derives partly from changes that arose after the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the Arab Spring uprising in 2011While the US may want to step back, but it is still very much involved in the Persian Gulf. What will be the impact of changes in policy from President Trump to President Biden have in the Persian Gulf? To help us understand the politics in the complex region, Dr.Brandon will help us understand the role and importance of US Policy in the region.  

Join us as Dr Pippenger reviews the clinical approach to diagnosing Alzheimer Disease. He will talk about the advances in the diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease in the research setting and how that may affect clinical diagnosis, including through imaging and blood-based biomarkers.  Dr Pippenger will also discuss new treatments under review by the FDA.   


Alzheimer’s  is also a progressive disease, meaning that it becomes worse with time. Alzheimer’s disease is thought to begin 20 years or more before symptoms arise.1-8 It starts with changes in the brain that are unnoticeable to the person affected. Only after years of brain changes do individuals experience noticeable symptoms such as memory loss and language problems. 


Mark A Pippenger, MD, a leading behavioral neurologist at Novant Health Memory Care – SouthPark, has over 20 years of experience in treating patients with neurological diseases that affect memory, thinking, and behavior, which include Alzheimer Disease, dementia with Lewy Bodies, and Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration.  He is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART). Dr. Pippenger is a widely respected medical professional in the Alzheimer’s community and is currently serving on the local board Alzheimer’s Association Board Western Carolina Chapter.


A native of Arkansas, born in Jonesboro, Dr. Pippenger graduated with a degree in zoology from Arkansas State University and a medical degree and residency in neurology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Ark. After a few years of private practice in the mountains of western North Carolina, Dr. Pippenger completed a fellowship in behavioral neurology and dementia at the University of California in Los Angeles. He most recently served on the faculty of UAMS before moving to Charlotte in 2019 to start a memory clinic for Novant Health.


Dr. Pippenger and has always had a love for Irish music. He plays the bodhran, a traditional drum, and actually lived in Ireland in 2006. He is also a member of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas. Dr. Pippenger is married with nine children/stepchildren.

 The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan is a north star that guides our growth to achieve the physical structure we want for Charlotte in 20 years. It is a shared vision of our growth, development and capital investments. It is about where we grow and how we grow. Overall, this Plan has policies that meet our needs for affordable and “missing middle income” housing; achieve our city’s sustainability goals; invest in an integrated mobility network while supporting robust jobs creation and anti-sprawl growth.

Taiwo Jaiyeoba currently serves as Assistant City Manager and Director of Planning, Design and Development with the City of Charlotte.

As Assistant City Manager, Taiwo is a member of the City’s Executive Leadership team and provides support to Planning, Transportation and Charlotte Area Transit Services Departments.

As Director, Taiwo directs a staff of more than 100 employees in a Department responsible for planning activities in the City and unincorporated portions of Mecklenburg County. He oversees a Department with five Divisions: Charlotte Urban Design Center, Long Range & Strategic Planning, Charlotte Regional Transportation Organization (the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization), Rezoning/Annexation and Land Development. He currently oversees the City’s rewrite of a 20-year comprehensive plan (the first since 1975) as well as the City’s Development Code (the Unified Development Ordinance). Recently, Taiwo led his staff to overhaul the City’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) ordinance, the first time in 15 years.

His vision is for an equitable, livable, sustainable and inclusive Charlotte.

Taiwo has more than 26 years of work experience nationally and internationally. Prior to his time at the City of Charlotte, he worked in both public and private sectors: as Director of Planning for the Sacramento Regional Transit District; Director of Planning & Development for the Grand Rapids transit authority; and Senior Consultant and Executive with multinational consulting firms.

Taiwo has managed multi-million dollar federally-funded light rail (LRT), bus rapid transit (BRT) and streetcar projects across the United States, including the Silver Line BRT (the first operating BRT project in the State of Michigan) and the Columbus MAX BRT in Ohio.

Taiwo presents extensively on a variety of planning and development subjects. He was an Adjunct Professor of Community and Transportation Planning with the Grand Valley State University, Michigan. Taiwo is currently a Board member of the Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP), University City Partners (UCP) and the Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte. He is a member of the American Planning Association (APA), Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

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