Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning extends beyond the classroom and is open to the public during our lecture series events, which usually include a period of time set aside for Q&A. To learn about offering Lifelong Learning events in your community, please email chess-events@charlotte.edu.

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Personally Speaking  

The Personally Speaking series, which is offered four evenings a year, simplifies access to the eclectic range of in-depth College of Humanities & Earth and Social Science topics. Each speaker is selected by a committee of  peers to present information about recently published research, focusing especially on the personal interests and motivations for the study. These events are ideal opportunities for members of the community to learn about the relevance of the research in their own lives–and to ask questions during the Q&A. Every evening is also a unique opportunity to network and discuss the topic with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other community members during a light reception preceding the event.  Open to the public at no charge, the series is co-sponsored by the J. Murrey Atkins Library, a natural and long-term partner for this exciting opportunity to learn from the experts.

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Witness in Residence Initiative

Each semester, the College invites a speaker to be featured during the Anabel Aliaga-Buchenau Witness in Residence Initiative, which encourages students to examine multiple viewpoints of issues pertaining to human rights and social justice in the United States and globally.  After spending time in one or more of the College’s themed course classes, the speaker presents to the entire campus community, including members of the general public. Open to the public at no charge. Sponsored by The Anabel Aliaga-Buchenau Witness in Residence Initiative, with generous donations from the community and from the  Dean’s Office of the College of Humanities & Earth and Social Sciences.

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Talking Policy in the Queen City

Talking Policy in the Queen City is a perennial event organized by the Public Policy graduate program to encourage campus and local community members to learn and ask questions about important urban issues. The event brings together University faculty and regional government officials to promote respectful discusions in an open and honest environment. The event includes a poster session, which allows graduate students to present the interdisciplinary nature of their work related to the topic, and is open to the public at no charge. It is sponsored by the UNC Charlotte Public Policy Doctoral Program, the Dean’s Office of the College of Humanities & Earth and Social Sciences and other College departments. The program is also supported by the Pam Fawcett-Brandon and William P. Brandon Endowment for the Graduate Public Policy Program.

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Loy H. Witherspoon Lectures

The Loy H. Witherspoon Lecture Series is organized by faculty of the Department of Religious Studies to honor their colleague Loy H. Witherspoon, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Dr. Witherspoon offered twenty years of distinguished service to UNC Charlotte and the series honoring him is also the oldest and most prestigious endowed lecture series at UNC Charlotte. Even after retiring as Professor Emerritus, Dr. Witherspoon continued to teach UNC Charlotte students. Hundreds of his friends and colleagues contributed to the fund that made this the first named, endowed lecture series at the University, while his lectures have been published each year through a gift from Dr. William Pfischner. Open to the public at no charge.

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Each year, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte joins organizations across the nation by recognizing Constitution and Citizenship Day with a special presentation for students and community members. The federal holiday was formally established in 2005, to recognize the signing of the US Constitution on September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, PA. It is an extension of the original holiday, Citizenship Day, which was signed by President Harry S. Truman in 1952 and other state-level observances before that. Open to the public at no charge.

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Lifelong Learning in Senior Communities

Lifelong learning continues for residents of our two partner senior communities, which host faculty speakers most months of the academic year. For more information: clas-events@charlotte.edu