The Learning Society | Queens University of Charlotte

The Learning Society

Timely dialogue, events and education


Since 1988, the Learning Society has brought leading thinkers and doers to our doorsteps. Renowned authors, journalists, physicians, scientists, artists, economists, politicians, government leaders, scholars, historians, entrepreneurs, business executives, environmentalists and social activists—these and more have shared their knowledge and life experience with Queens students and the greater Charlotte community. Thanks to our members’ commitment and generosity, the semiannual series extends far beyond the auditorium. The guest lecturer’s impact at the podium is magnified by weeks of student engagement and immersion in the speaker’s topic, viewpoint and background.

2021-2022 Season

An Evening with Dr. Lisa Genova

Neuroscientist and #1 International and New York Times bestselling Author of Still Alice and Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting

Lisa Genova

October 20, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Sandra Levine Theatre at the Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for the Arts and Civic Engagement

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A Conversation with Mark Hyman, Moderated By Carla Hall

Best-selling author of "Food Fix: How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities, and Our Planet - One Bite at a Time" & healthcare expert

Mark Hyman

April 20, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Belk Theatre at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

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2021-22 season programs presented to the community by Wells Fargo Center for Community Engagment

Presentation of Wells Fargo Center for Community Engagment




Thanks to our members’ commitment and generosity, The Learning Society has thrived for three decades, broadening our worldview through face-to-face, unfiltered dialogue with diverse, compelling—and sometimes provocative—speakers.

Your annual Learning Society membership gives you access to the leading minds of our times, while funding unique learning experiences for our students. Membership is for two individuals and coincides with Queens’ academic calendar running July 1 through June 30. 

Click here to view the 2021-2022 season brochure for complete details.

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The Student Experience

The Learning Society expands the reach of our semiannual series far beyond the auditorium.

The Learning Society joined efforts with the Provost Office to use world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, for the university Common Read prior to her Learning Society lecture. The Common Read is a cross-campus, multidisciplinary experience that connects students, staff and faculty in a shared intellectual experience, inspiring curiosity and sparking conversation.

Through the generosity of members of The Learning Society, every undergraduate student was provided a complimentary copy of Goodwin’s book. In various classes, students were challenged to critically analyze, dialogue with one another, and share insight on Leadership in Turbulent Times, as well as provide a written reflection on their findings. The culmination of the Common Read was Doris Kearns Goodwin’s virtual visit for the student-led discussion where students had the opportunity to engage directly with Goodwin.

Author Michelle Alexander with Queens University Students

Michelle Alexander, Author of The New Jim Crow, with Queens University of Charlotte students and staff.

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If you would like more information about the Learning Society membership, please email or call 704-688-2837.

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