The event attracted men and women of all ages and backgrounds from the Charlotte community as well as Queens' communication students and professors. After an introduction by Queens'
Communication Chair, Dr. Leanne Pupcheck, Rose addressed the audience with thoughts and experiences on current and past events. With a sense of humor in hand, Rose spoke about several of his experiences interviewing the famous and the not-so-famous, and concluded his thoughts by answering several questions from an admiring and curious audience. He even joked about the possibility of owning "just a tiny bit" of an NBA team - referring to his friend Bob Johnson, owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.
Larry Polsky, president of the Learning Society, stated, "We came close to selling out Dana auditorium when Charlie Rose appeared. He met and even exceeded our expectations. His in-depth knowledge of current events combined with his warm, down-home delivery invigorated the audience. We are pleased that Charlie Rose can now join the long list of distinguished speakers that the Learning Society has been able to attract to Queens University of Charlotte."
Rose first entered television journalism full-time in 1974, when he became the managing editor of the PBS series Bill Moyers' International Report. In 1991, Charlie Rose debuted and then gained national syndication in 1993. Guests of Charlie Rose have included the most pre-eminent figures from the worlds of politics, literature and sports, including Nelson Mandela, Yitzhak Rabin, Jean Bertrand Aristide, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Newt Gingrich, Maya Angelou, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.
After the lecture, Rose joined members of the Learning Society for a private reception in Burwell Parlors. Rose, born in Henderson, N.C., was warmly greeted by fellow North Carolinians and enjoyed good food and conversation.
This lecture was made possible by The Learning Society of Queens, as member dues pay for the funding of this series at Queens.