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. 

2019-2020 Season

A Conversation with Michelle Alexander

New York Times Best-selling Author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander

November 19, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Belk Theater

Michael Barbaro, host of the New York Times' "The Daily" podcast, will moderate the event.

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An Evening with Jean-Michel, Céline and Fabien Cousteau

Legendary family of ocean explorers, environmentalists and filmmakers

Jean-Michel, Céline and Fabien Cousteau

March 17, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Belk Theater

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2019-20 season programs presented to the community by:

Wells Fargo



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, compellingand sometimes provocativespeakers.

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 2019-2020 season brochure for complete details.

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The Student Experience

A Learning Society guest speaker spends as much time conversing with students as presenting at the evening community lecture. The on-campus student discussion before the public program has become a signature student experience at Queens.

Last season, the impact of the Learning Society was further enriched and expanded by student activities in the weeks surrounding each speaker’s visit. Faculty incorporate related assignments and discussions into coursework, and campus organizations create hand-on opportunities for student engagement.

Queens’ students spent the month of October 2018 exploring economic opportunity through the perspectives of first generation college attendees, historians and healthcare providers to prepare for Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance’s visit to campus. During the spring 2019 semester, students focused on ethical leadership and filled Belk Chapel to ask questions of former FBI director James Comey during the on-campus student lecture.

Former FBI Directory James Comey and Queens University students, faculty and staf

James Comey, FBI Director, 2013-2017, spent time with Queens students before his lecture.

Contact Us

If you would like more information about the Learning Society membership, please contact Kathy Jirak, membership coordinator, at 704-688-2837 or jirakk@queens.edu.

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