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September | Lectures

Department of Anthropology and Geography,

Department of History

Cultural Heritage Visiting Scholars Series

What Happened in Selma: Civil Rights, White Supremacy and Historic Preservation in the 21st Century

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 5:15 p.m.

Whose cultural heritage do we preserve, and why? How do the institutions that preserve cultural heritage shape our ideas about the past and influence the present? Join public historian and preservationist Abigail Gautreau to explore these questions and others, drawing on efforts to preserve sites related to the voting rights movement in Selma, Ala., and the interpretation of apartheid in South Africa. Gautreau is assistant professor of public history at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. Her work in public history has embraced people’s diverse experiences and memories of the past, and her current research draws from case studies on heritage creation as political acts from Selma and from Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.

Edwards Building, Room 248
Admission: Free and open to the public
(no ticket required)

The Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values

Tea & Ethics

First Generation College Students:
Challenges and Opportunities

Thursday, Sept. 7, 4:30 p.m.

This panel discussion focuses on the distinctive challenges, pressures and opportunities faced by first-generation college students. Current CCU students, alongside faculty who were the first in their families to graduate from college, will discuss their experiences of college life and campus culture and how these have shaped their perspective on academics, society and life in general.

Johnson Auditorium, Wall 116
Admission: Free and open to the public
(no ticket required)

Multicultural Student Services

Cultural Celebration

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This annual event brings all areas of campus together to celebrate cultural diversity. It highlights the history, music, dance, art and food of many countries and cultures to bring people together in a shared multicultural experience.

Spadoni Park
Admission: Free and open to the public (no ticket required)

Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, 

Edgar Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy,
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Constitution Day with Mary Matalin: Populism, Polemics and Polarization in 21st-Century Politics

Thursday, Sept. 14, 5 p.m.

Mary Matalin, nationally recognized conservative political commentator and former presidential adviser, presents a keynote address titled “Populism, Polemics and Polarization in 21st-Century Politics” in honor of Constitution Day 2017, an annual nationwide celebration to commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution in September 1787.

Matalin served as deputy campaign manager on President George H.W. Bush’s 1992 re-election bid and was later an assistant to President Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney. Matalin is a frequent guest on many network and cable news programs and co-author of All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President (1995), written with her husband, noted political commentator James Carville. In their second joint memoir, Love and War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home (2014), Matalin and Carville consider how they and America have changed over two decades. Matalin co-starred in HBO’s critically acclaimed series K Street, produced by George Clooney, and is the author of Letters to My Daughters (2010), frequent co-host of the nationally syndicated radio program “Both Sides Now” and founding editor-in-chief for Threshold Editions, a conservative publishing division of Simon & Schuster.

Wheelwright Auditorium
Admission: Free and open to the public (no ticket required)

Department of English

The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series

A Fiction Reading by Benjamin Percy

Thursday, Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m.

Two-time Pushcart Prize winner Benjamin Percy gives a reading of his work followed by a signing. Percy is author of novels The Dark Net, The Dead Lands, Red Moon and The Wilding; two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk; and a craft book, Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction. He writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series for DC Comics and James Bond for Dynamite Entertainment. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in Esquire, GQ, Time, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, McSweeney’s and The Paris Review. His other honors include a National Education Association fellowship, the Whiting Writer’s Award, the Plimpton Prize and inclusion in Best American Short Stories.

Johnson Auditorium, Wall 116
Admission: Free and open to the public (no ticket required)

The Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values

Tea & Ethics

Are We Better Off without Religion?
The Harms and Benefits of Religious Beliefs

Thursday, Sept. 28, 4:30 p.m.

Christian Miller, professor of philosophy at Wake Forest University, discusses the effects of religion on society. Questions to be covered include: Can secular thinking and religion coexist? Can religion be damaging to society? Are all attempts at the secularization of society virtuous? Should atheists reconsider the benefits of allowing religious beliefs to flourish?

Wall Boardroom, Room 222
Admission: Free and open to the public (no ticket required)

Department of Politics

Politics and Economics Lecture Series

Madmen, Intellectuals and Academic Scribblers:
The Economic Engine of Political Change with Edward J. Lopez

Thursday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.

Edward J. Lopez, professor of economics, BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism and director of the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise at Western Carolina University, speaks about his book Madmen, Intellectuals and Academic Scribblers (2013). The Politics and Economics Lecture Series is sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation, which supports education and research that facilitates dialogue and sparks innovation, creating opportunities for people to thrive.

Johnson Auditorium, Wall 116
Admission: Free and open to the public (no ticket required)