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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. 

2020-2021 Season

Doris Kearns Goodwin, “Election 2020: Where Do We Go From Here”

World-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Doris Kearns Goodwin


November 17, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Virtual Event

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An Evening with Bill Bryson

New York Times Best-selling Author of The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Bill Bryson


April 27, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Belk Theater

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2020-21 season programs presented to the community by Wells Fargo Center for Community Engagment

Presentation of Wells Fargo Center for Community Engagment

 

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Membership

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.

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The Student Experience

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. 

Author Michelle Alexander with Queens University Students

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

Contact Us

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

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