Senior Scholars Program for Friday, October 3, 2014
Dr. Michael Marsicano will present “Philanthropy in Action: Key Initiatives on the Horizon,”
Dr. Marsicano is President and CEO of the Foundation for the Carolinas.The Foundation holds over 2,000 charitable funds and ranks as the 11th largest community foundation in the United States. Dr. Marsicano joined the Foundation in 1999 after serving as President and CEO of the Charlotte Arts and Science Council. In 1997 he received the Selina Roberts Ottum Award, given to the top arts administrator in the nation each year.
A native of New York, Dr. Marsicano received his bachelor of science, masters of education, and doctorate in philosophy from DukeUniversity.
Senior Scholars Program for Friday, October 10, 2014
Lee Keesler will present “21st Century Libraries.”
Mr. Keesler, as CEO of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library,is responsible for the Library’s overall direction and performance, and its strategic relationship with MecklenburgCounty. He also serves on the Board of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation, the Library’s new charitable fundraising arm. His lifelong passion for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region is broadly evidenced in more than three decades of commitment to the corporate, non-profit, and community sectors in leadership and volunteer roles.
A native of Charlotte, Mr. Keesler is a graduate of DukeUniversity and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Wake Forest School of Business.
Senior Scholars Program for Friday, October 17, 2014
Dr. James D. Tabor will present “Israel and the United States,” a Great Decisions topic.
Dr. Tabor, who has spoken to Senior Scholars before, is Professor of Christian Origins and Ancient Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Dr. Tabor’s body of work can best be summarized in his TaborBlog description: ”All things biblical, from the Hebrew Bible to Early Christianity in the Roman World and Beyond.” (You can find his blog at http://jamestabor.com/)
Dr. Tabor has combined his work on ancient texts with extensive field work in archaeology in ancient Mediterranean areas, particularly in Israel and Jordan. His degrees include a doctorate in the History of Ancient Mediterranean Religions from the Humanities Division of the University of Chicago, masters degrees from the University of Chicago and PepperdineUniversity, and a bachelor’s degree from AbileneChristianUniversity.
Senior Scholars Program for Friday, October 24, 2014
Dr. Richard Zamoff will present “Understanding the Legacy of Jackie Robinson, More Than A Baseball Player.”
Dr. Zamoff, an associate professorial lecturer in sociology, who joined the faculty at GeorgeWashingtonUniversity in 1982, serves as Director of the Jackie Robinson Project and as faculty advisor to the Jackie Robinson Society.
He offers this synopsis of his program: “While Jackie Robinson is recognized as the first African American in modern Major League Baseball, his role as an informal civil rights leader is rarely discussed. Deeply engaged in a wide range of social issues, he corresponded with American presidents, wrote a newspaper column, and never stopped fighting for equality and social justice. For almost a decade before anyone had heard of Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackie Robinson was the face of the civil rights movement in the United States.”
Professor Zamoff received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Statistics from ColumbiaCollege, his master’s degree in sociology from ColumbiaUniversity, and his doctorate in the Sociology of Education from ColumbiaUniversity.
Senior Scholars Program for Friday, October 31, 2014
Dr. Richard Goode will present“Halloween.” (Attendees, appropriate attire is encouraged.)
Dr. Goode, professor in the English Department at Queens University, serves as the Humanities Chair. He teaches courses in British literature, Shakespeare, Chaucer, film and television, and introduction to mass communication. His many awards include being selected as North Carolina Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Institute for the Advancement of Learning.
Dr. Goode received his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University and his masters and doctoral degrees in Renaissance Literature from the University of Texas at Austin.