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Several times each academic year, Shared Learning presents experts from academia, journalism, and other professions who give talks geared towards a literate adult audience. These are free and open to the public and are scheduled for Fridays at 11:15 a.m.

NEXT SCHEDULED LECTURE: March 22, 2024: Pump Your Brain Up, Professor Heather A. Boger, Department of Neuroscience, Medical University of South Carolina [see site home page [, for details]

PREVIOUS LECTURE(S): February 9, 2024: Treasures of North Carolina Dialects: A Linguistic Legacy, Professor Walter Wolfram, William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor at NC State University.  The inaugural lecture of the Liberman Public Lecture Series.

Presentations from previous years —

March 3, 2023: Prof. William J. Evans, Division of Geriatrics, Duke University Medical Center and Department of Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology, University of California, Berkeley: Biomarkers: The Determinants of Aging That You Can Control.

February 3, 2023: Prof. Neil S. Siegel, the David W. Ichel Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Duke Law School, “Sustaining the Legitimacy of the Supreme Court.”

January 13, 2023:  Prof. Klaus Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor of History and Political Science, UNC:What to do about Beijing?  China as a Cause of Transatlantic Tension and Global Concern

December 2, 2022: Prof. Rongmon Bordoloi, NC State University: “How the Webb Space Telescope Ushers in a New Era of Space Exploration

October 7, 2022: Dr. Steven A. Grant, U.S. Information Agency (retired), an expert on modern Russian history.  His talk is titled “Dueling Russias: Understanding Today’s Headlines on the War in Ukraine.”

Other recent Lecturers included:  Mark Hetherington, speaking on “Why We Can’t Just Get Along: The Partisan Divide in a Period of Intense Polarization”; Prof., Jonathan Oberlander, “Unfinished Journey: Health Care Reform in the Biden Administration and Beyond”; Prof. Klaus Larres, “Uncertain Allies: The U.S. and the Threat of a United Europe”; Prof. Brian Strahl, “Epigenetics and the Histone Code or Things Mom Didn’t Have to Teach Me”; Katie Ziglar, Director of the Ackland Art Museum, “Behind the Scenes at the Ackland”; Nancy MacLean, Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke, “Democracy in Chains”; Jason West, Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, UNC, “Global Climate Change: What it Is, Why it Matters, and What We Should Do About It”; Paul Cuadros, Assoc. Prof. of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC, “Immigration: A Perspective of Multi-generational Hispanics in Siler City.”