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One of the goals of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is to extend intellectual inquiry and engagement into the local, national, and global communities. One avenue for doing so is through the college’s programs and events offered to the university community and the broader community.

Among its efforts to share its knowledge with the community, the college offers the Personally Speaking series, a public lecture as part of the Anabel Aliaga-Buchenau Witness in Residence Initiative, the Witherspoon Lecture, the Levine Lecture, the Bertha Maxwell Roddy Lecture, and the Barnhardt Seminar on Ethics and the World of Business, along with numerous other community conversations presented by the college and its academic units. Through these community events, the college offers speakers of national, international and local stature to educate, challenge and engage the community.




The Personally Speaking 2019-20 series marks its 10th season by taking you on often unpredictable, sometimes uncomfortable, but always interesting journeys that range from politics to business and from sports to feminism.

Four UNC Charlotte scholar/researchers will lead conversations about books they have written and how they came to write them during the annual series presented by UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, J. Murrey Atkins Library and UNC Charlotte Center City.

The events are open to the public without charge, but registration is required. Doors will open at 6 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City for a reception, with the program beginning promptly at 7 p.m. The author’s presentation will be followed by a dessert reception and book-signing. Please note the change in times for the reception and the program.



the Center for the Study of the New SouthNew South

The Center for the Study of the New South promotes discourse and dialogue on a rich and diverse constellation of topics and ideas relating to the New South. Known as the period of regional history from the end of the Civil War to the modern era, the New South offers a bold tapestry of history, culture, social movement and political issues ripe for reflection and study.

The Center invites the community to join conversations around current issues such as a series of discussions on "Growing Up Southern," sports in the New South, Southern foodways, race and civil rights in the New South, "Growing Up As An Immigrant in Charlotte," and other timely topics. The Center partners with community organizations to broaden its reach and to build collaboration and knowledge.


CTICharlotte Teachers InstituTE

Through intensive, long-term seminars led by UNC Charlotte and Johnson C. Smith University faculty, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers learn new content, work collaboratively with other teachers, and develop new curricula for their students. Teachers serve as leaders in the institute and choose seminar topics they deem most important and engaging for current CMS teachers and their students.

In addition to its eight annual seminars, CTI presents special events open to all teachers including “Evening for Educators” and “Teachers as Scholars” where CTI Fellows share the new curricula they developed in their seminars. CTI also offers community programs open to the public such as the popular “Exploding Canons” cultural collaboration series. In 2013 CTI and its partners were recognized by the Council of Great City Schools with the Shirley S. Schwartz Urban Education Impact Award. CTI programs are made possible by a joint commitment of resources from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Johnson C. Smith University and UNC Charlotte, and through the generosity of private funding institutions.


EthicsCenter for Professional and Applied Ethics

The Center for Professional and Applied Ethics provides leadership in 21st-Century ethics education and research in the Greater Charlotte region and beyond. The Center collaborates with a diverse range of on- and off-campus constituencies.

The Center engages students and faculty in ethics-related educational events, research collaborations, and outreach activities. One of its signature events is the Barnhardt Seminar on Ethics and the World of Business. It invites members of the off-campus professional community to partner on specific ethics-related projects and provides ethics-related educational programming to the campus and the general public through numerous lectures, conversations and programs. It aims to increase awareness of the ethical importance of public practices and policies.



UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

For over 50 years, the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens has been a botanical and horticultural center of learning and expertise and a living classroom for the campus commuity and broader community. The web of life is complex, with its foundation built upon the many plants covering our Earth. Nowhere else in Charlotte can you explore this foundation as deeply as the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens can build understanding of the role of plants in human life, while also offering the calm and balance the world of plants provides. As the green heart of the community, the Botanical Gardens presents the science, culture and diversity of the plant kingdom in an inclusive, inviting space. With open access, along with varied classes, plant sales, experts, and cozy spots to escape and dream, the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens is a treasure worth exploring.





Integrated Network for Social Sustainability

The Integrated Network for Social Sustainability, or INSS, works to encourage a greater appreciation for social aspects of sustainability with a particular focus on engineering and its allied professions. At heart, INSS sees sustainability as an integrated concept, rather than as separate environmental, economic, and social sustainabilities, in that each of these elements is inseparable from the others. Social elements remain underappreciated in this model, and INSS partners work for greater inclusion of these in planning and practice. 

INSS seeks to create opportunities for dialogue and collaboration through conferences, working groups and other opportunities; maintain an online space for sharing resources and ideas, and build connections among diverse people and groups struggling with sustainability-in-practice, among other goals. Members formed this open network as a way to connect people engaging with social sustainability in dialogue with one another to accelerate the rate of understanding.