2019-2020 Personally Speaking

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The 2019-2020 Series Included:

The Eternal Present of Sport: Rethinking Sport and Religion by Daniel A. Grano

The Eternal Present of Sport considers the importance of religious images and ideas in contemporary sport controversies – including performance enhancement, the head-trauma crisis, and pay-for-play in collegiate athletics. Many people believe that sport is “religious” insofar as it provides an escape from politics. Grano pushes back against this assumption, arguing instead that religion is a source of crisis and change in sport. More >>

The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance by Steven G. Rogelberg

Most companies and leaders view poor meetings as an inevitable cost of doing business. But managers can take heart: Now researchers clearly understand key drivers that make meetings successful. In The Surprising Science of Meetings, Steven G. Rogelberg draws from his extensive research to share proven practices and techniques that can help managers and employees enhance the quality of their meetings. More >>

Shakespeare and Ecofeminist Theory by Jennifer A. Munroe with Rebecca Laroche

Through fresh, detailed readings of Shakespeare’s poetry and drama, Shakespeare and Ecofeminist Theory is a wholly original study articulating the ways in which we can better understand the world of Shakespeare’s plays and the relationships between men, women, animals, and plants that we see in them. More >>

Available NOW on YouTube: American Cities and the Politics of Party Conventions by Suzanne M. Leland with Eric Heberlig and David Swindell

The final Personally Speaking presentation of 2019-20, American Cities and the Politics of Party Conventions by Suzanne M. Leland with Eric Heberlig and David Swindell, originally set for March 24, was moved due to COVID-19 considerations. It now is available on UNC Charlotte’s YouTube channel. The City of Charlotte is in the spotlight, having hosted the 2012 Democratic Convention and the center of the ongoing debate about the 2020 Republican National Convention amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In early June, Republican officials announced plans to move most of the August convention elsewhere after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper told President Donald Trump in May that continued concerns about the coronavirus meant he could not guarantee that delegates and guests could fill Charlotte’s Spectrum Center in August. As of early August, the official convention was on again in Charlotte, as President Donald Trump cancelled convention activities in Jacksonville, Fla. Against this backdrop, American Cities and the Politics of Party Conventions examines the decisions by contemporary American cities to bid on and host one of the quadrennial major political party conventions, the planning that goes into the decision to bid on conventions, and the logistical efforts necessary for those that actually win the bid. More >>

Past Personally Speaking Series

“We offer this series to engage the community in conversations about relevant topics considered in books written by our faculty,” said Nancy A. Gutierrez, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. “Not only is this a way for us to connect with the community, but it also is a way to share knowledge and spark discussion.”

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