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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. They are held on the 4th Fridays in September, October, January, February, and March, at the Shared Learning classroom site: Expand Church, 114 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill. 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 consists of:

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

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”


Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

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?”


Friday, February 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

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”


Friday, March 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Michael Hunt, The Everett H. Emerson Professor Emeritus of History at UNC and expert on US involvement in eastern Asia (especially China and Vietnam), US foreign relations, and contemporary global history.
Title: TBA