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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.

Upcoming Events

SOLD OUT: An Evening with James Comey

Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation (2013-2017)
James Comey

March 26 at 7 p.m. │  Belk Theater

Tickets start at $25

Author of "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership"

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Presented to the community by:

Wells Fargo




Join the Learning Society


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. Complete membership details including benefits and impact are available in the 2018-2019 Season Brochure.

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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.

In November 2017, TOMS Founder and Chief Shoe Giver, Blake Mycoksie, sparked a number of on campus activities, breathing new life into Queens’ motto, “Not to be served, but to serve.” Veteran broadcast journalist Dan Rather’s visit in February 2018 prompted weeks of study and discussion on public discourse and the evolving field of journalism.

Blake Mycoskie

Blake Mycoskie, Toms Founder and Chief Shoe Giver, spent time with Queens students before his lecture.


J.D. Vance


A Conversation with J.D. Vance

New York Times Best-Selling Author of "Hillbilly Elegy"

Author J.D. Vance spoke to a sold out crowd on October 23, 2018.


Presented to the community by:

Bank of America

Contact Us

If you would like more information about the Learning Society membership or sponsorship, please call Julia Walton, director of the Learning Society, at 704-688-2838, or email

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