Senior Scholars Program for Friday, February 6, 2015
Dr. Emily Seelbinder will discuss “Emily Dickinson, Poetry, and Other Living Things.”
Dr. Emily Seelbinder, a Professor of English and the Chair of the Department of English, Drama and Creative Writing at Queens University at Charlotte, will discuss “Emily Dickinson, Poetry, and Other Living Things.” Dr. Seelbinder received a B.A. in English from Hollins College and a master’s and Ph.D from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been recognized by Queens University as a recipient of the Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award and as a multi-recipient of the Fuqua Distinguished Educator Award.
Senior Scholars Program for Friday, February 13, 2015
Mr. Omar Kazzaz, President of Sea and Sky Shipping, Inc. will discuss “Sectarianism in the Middle East”.A Great Decisions speaker.
Omar Kazzaz, President of Sea and Sky Shipping, Inc., a global logistics supplier located in Charlotte, and an instructor at Central Piedmont Community College, will be the first Great Decisions speaker this semester. He will discuss “Sectarianism in the Middle East,” a most timely subject. Mr. Kazzaz was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and came to the United States for educational purposes in 1985. He received a B.A. in German and Economics from UNC-C in 1990 and an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University in 1992.
Mr. Kazzaz is fluent in Arabic and French, proficient in German and has a basic knowledge of Spanish. He founded Sea and Sky shipping, Inc. in 2004.
Senior Scholars Program for Friday, February 20, 2015
Dr. Margaret Commins will discuss “Brazil’s Metamorphosis.” A Great Decisions speaker.
Dr. Margaret Commins, an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Queens University, will be the second Great Decisions Speaker. She will discuss “Brazil’s Metamorphosis.” Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America and the world’s fifth largest country, both by geographical area and population.
Dr. Commins received a B.S. in History and Political Science from Gettysburg College and an M.A. and Ph.D in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Commins has been part of the Charlotte community for nearly 15 years and is a respected authority in the field of U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America.
Senior Scholars Program for Friday, February 27, 2015
Dr. Owen J. Furuseth will present “From Ellis Island to the Queens City: Hispanic Immigration Geography and Charlotte in the 21st Century”
Dr. Owen J. Furuseth , Associate Provost for Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs and a Professor of Geography at UNC-C , will present “From Ellis Island to the Queens City: Hispanic Immigration Geography and Charlotte in the 21st Century”. He is the primary author of the City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood Quality of Life studies used to identify and track threatened neighborhoods as well as a co-author of “Latino’s in the New South: Transformation of Place.”
Senior Scholars Program for Friday, March 6, 2015
Dr. Nini Bautista, the first nuclear inspector in China, will present “Vignettes of a Woman Who Didn’t Want To Be A Nuclear Safeguard Inspector” or “How One Survived The Gender Bias In The Nuclear World.”