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Five 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. In September and October of 2018 they will be held on the 4th Friday of the month at the current Shared Learning classroom site: Expand Church, 114 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill. In January, February, and March, they will be held on a day of the month to be announced at our NEW location, Christ United Methodist Church, in Southern Village.  The talks start promptly at 11 a.m. and, with ample time for audience questions, conclude generally before 12:30 pm. The schedule for the current year is being developed with the following dates and speakers secured:

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 11: 00 a.m.

Jack Matlock, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to Russia (1987-1991), who will speak on Russia Policy: What is it? What Should it Be?

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Rob Christensen, political columnist, formerly chief political reporter for the News and Observer, and expert on North Carolina politics, will speak on “North Carolina Politics: Today and Tomorrow” focusing on the upcoming 2018 elections for state and congressional offices.

Some speakers we had last year (2017-2018) were:

Jonathan D. Weiler, Director of Undergraduate Studies at UNCCH and a faculty member in the Curriculum in Global Studies. Title: “The Center Is Not Holding: the Nature and Origins of our Political Divide”

W. Robert Pearson, retired Director General of the United States Foreign Service who previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and had several other posts in the Foreign Service. Title: “Islam & Democracy: Can they Co-exist?”

William Ferris, The Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History at UNC and Senior Associate Director, Center for Study of the American South Title: “The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists”

Other recent lecturers include many UNC and Duke faculty including Daniel Ariely; Gene Nichol; William Leuchtenberg; Richard Kohn; Klaus Steiner and  James Stinson.