James Meena, Opera Carolina’s General Director and Principal Conductor since 2000, will present an update on Opera Carolina and its upcoming season.
Mo. Meena made his professional debut in 1980, conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony. His professional opera debut was in 1983 with the Pittsburgh Opera where he was Associate Conductor. In 1986 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Toledo Opera and in 1988 he was appointed Resident Conductor of the Toledo Symphony. Concurrently in 1997 he was appointed Conductor of the Cleveland/San Jose Ballet. He has also had an active career as a guest conductor of opera and concerts in the U.S. and abroad.
Senior Scholars Program for Friday, May 8, 2015
Former Ambassador Mark Erwinwill discuss “Cuba Revisited”.
Mark is the President of Erwin Capital, Inc., a family owned investment company, located In Charlotte. President Bill Clinton first appointed him to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. He was later asked to serve as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of the Seychelles and the Federal Islamic Republic of Comoros. As a member of the Council of American Ambassadors, Erwin was recently asked to travel to Cuba to assess the current condition. His talk to Senior Scholars, “Cuba Revisited,” is based on his trip.
Senior Scholars Program for Friday, May 15, 2015, a Great Decisions Topic, will meet atBelk Chapel on the Queens Main Campus
Anne M. Tompkinswill discuss “Human Trafficking.”
Until recently, Ms. Tompkins served as United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, which encompasses the 32 westernmost counties in the state.
Ms. Tompkins supervised an office of over 100 employees, including 41 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handle a high volume of cases that include white collar crime, gang violence and organized crime, narcotics and firearms trafficking, crimes on the Cherokee Indian reservation, child exploitation, public integrity and civil rights violations, national security and human trafficking cases. Ms. Tompkins is an experienced trial lawyer with 22 years of prosecutorial and private experience. In April, she joined the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft.
Senior Scholars Program for Friday, May 22, 2015
Queens University of Charlotte is one of America’s top regional educational institutions. U.S. News & World Report ranked Queens No. 18 among universities in the South for 2014. In July 2011, Senior Scholars and Queens entered into a strategic alliance with significant benefits to both parties. Come hear a member of Queens’ senior leadership provide an update on recent accomplishments of the university and future plans.
Senior Scholars Program for Friday, May 29, 2015
Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick of Portland, Oregon, and De Hugh Kirkpatrick of Charlotte, will talk about their joint past and the interesting story they have uncovered.
Jimmie Lee and De Hugh, age 65, were classmates at Myers Park High School and reconnected nearly 50 years after their graduation. Both men learned that De’s great-great-grandfather, also named Hugh, owned Jimmie Lee’s great-great-great-grandfather, a slave named Sam. Together, they began examining their families and the county where they grew up. They will talk about their joint past and the interesting story they have uncovered.
Senior Scholars Spring Luncheon Friday, June 5, 2015, 11:30AM
Join us for the Salad Days of Summer!
On our final meeting for the 2014-2015 year, Friday, June 5, we will have a completely social gathering, our Spring Luncheon. This is the time to renew friendships made during the year, meet others you'd like to know and make summer plans to get together.
We will be having kabobs from the grill and a make-your-own-salad bar with lots of goodies. The complete menu will be at the table in the back of the meeting room where you can purchase your ticket, beginning May 1. The price as usual is $15 per person. Deadline to buy a ticket is May 29.
On June 5 we will start to gather at the Queens Sports Complex on Tyvola Road at 11:30 a.m. We hope you will all plan to attend.