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About 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 and are scheduled for Fridays at 11:15 a.m.  The schedule for the current year is in development and includes:

First up: October 7th: Dr. Steven Grant, U.S. Information Agency (retired), an expert on modern Russian history: topic TBA

Next up: November 4th: Professor Rongmon Bordoloi, NC State: The Webb Telescope

Recent presentations:

Prof. Marc Hetherington, “Why We Can’t Just Get Along: The Partisan Divide in a Period of Intense Polarization”;  Prof. Jonathan Oberlander, “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 speaking on Behind the Scenes at the Ackland; Nancy MacLean, Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke, speaking on Democracy in Chains; Jason West, Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, UNC, speaking on 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 and author of “A Home on the Field” speaking on Immigration: A Perspective of Multi-generational Hispanics in Siler City.

Other previous speakers include many other UNC and Duke faculty including Eric Meyers, Gerhard Weinberg, Jonathan Weiler; William Ferris; Daniel Ariely; Gene Nichol; William Leuchtenberg; Richard Kohn; Klaus Steiner and James Stimson.