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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.
World-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author
November 17, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Belk Theater with Virtual Viewing Option
New York Times Best-selling Author of The Body: A Guide for Occupants
February 23, 2021 at 7 p.m.
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.
Review the 2020-2021 season brochure for complete details.
The Learning Society expands the reach of our semiannual series far beyond the auditorium.
In 2019, the Learning Society joined efforts with the Provost Office for the first time to use Michelle Alexander’s acclaimed book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, for the university Common Read, 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 Michelle Alexander’s book. In various classes, students were challenged to critically analyze, dialogue with one another, and share insight on The New Jim Crow, as well as provide a written reflection on their findings. The culmination of the Common Read was Michelle Alexander’s visit to campus for the student-led discussion where students had the opportunity to engage directly with Alexander.
If you would like more information about the Learning Society membership, please contact Kathy Jirak, membership coordinator, at 704-688-2837 or firstname.lastname@example.org.