Senior Scholars Program for Friday, January 9, 2015
Dr. Mark Kelso will present“Political Polarization in America: Fact or Fiction.”
Dr. Mark Kelso, Professor of Political Science at Queens University of Charlotte, will kick off the new semester with a discussion of “Political Polarization in America: Fact or Fiction.” The news media and political pundits have been saying for some time that the U.S. is hopelessly paralyzed due to political polarization. Dr. Kelso will share his views on that subject. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Murray State University and his Ph.D. (also in Political Science) from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Kelso is a regular commentator on political issues, especially those related to campaigns and elections, for local and regional media. He is the 2003 winner of the Joseph W. Grier Distinguished Professor Award and has been named to Who’s Who among American Teachers four times.
Senior Scholars Program for Friday, January 16, 2015
Mr. Charles J. Richardson will present“Mission to Munich, Getting Home With 600 Holes In His Plane.”
Charles J. Richardson managed to survive 35 B-17 bombing missions over Europe during World War II, flying with the 390th Bomb Group. He will be sharing his account of his “Mission to Munich, Getting Home With 600 Holes In His Plane.”
Following the war, Mr. Richardson worked for 30 years with Southern Bearing and Parts Company in Mecklenburg County, starting as a parts distributor and working his way up to general manager. Afterward he spent an additional 15 years managing the parts department for Beck Mercedes. Mr. Richardson has written a book recounting many of his experiences as a flier during the war.
Senior Scholars Program for Friday, January 23, 2015
Peter Reinhart, CCP (Certified Culinary Professional) will present“The Leaven Factor: Bread, Pizza, Gluten-Sensitivity, and God in My Search for a Meaningful Life”
Peter Reinhart, CCP (Certified Culinary Professional), will discuss “The Leaven Factor: Bread, Pizza, Gluten-Sensitivity, and God in My Search for a Meaningful Life.” He is the fulltime Chef on Assignment at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, where he teaches courses on baking, food and culture. He is the author of 10 books and is a winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (as well as James Beard Foundation’s) Book of the Year Award. His most recent book, “Bread Revolution,” was released in October 2014. He is also a product developer and consultant for a number of major international food companies, appears regularly on television and radio shows and is a culinary and keynote presenter at conferences around the world.
Senior Scholars Program for Friday, January 30, 2015
Bill Staton, MBA, CFA will discuss three things every successful investor must do.
Mr. Staton, aka as “The American Money Coach,” maintains that “the average person is a terrible money manager, so terrible in fact that most fail to keep up even with inflation.” In his plain-English, folksy style Mr. Staton will share his investment wisdom based on his 44 years of experience in the financial arena. He is the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for Staton Financial Advisors, LLC.
Senior Scholars Program for Friday, February 6, 2015
Dr. Emily Seelbinder will present“Emily Dickinson, Poetry, and Other Living Things”
Dr. Emily Seelbinder, is a Professor of English and the Chair of the Department of English Drama and Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte. Dr. Seelbinder will discuss “Emily Dickinson, Poetry, and Other Living Things.”