2018-19 Personally Speaking Author Series
As has been the case in our eight previous seasons, Personally Speaking in 2018-19 will take you on often unexpected, sometimes uncomfortable, but always interesting journeys that range from politics to fiction and from history to mystery.
Five UNC Charlotte scholar/researchers will lead conversations about books they have written and how they came to write them during this 9th year of 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.
2018-19 Personally Speaking conversations
- David Goldfield, The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good (Bloomsbury 2017)
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, UNC Charlotte Center City
- Mary Layton Atkinson, Combative Politics: The Media and Public Perceptions of Lawmaking (University of Chicago Press 2017)
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, UNC Charlotte Center City
- Janaka Bowman Lewis, Freedom Narratives of African American Women: A Study of 19th Century Writings (McFarland & Company)
6:30 p.m. UNC Charlotte Center City
- Karen L. Cox, Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South (University of North Carolina Press 2017)
6:30 p.m. UNC Charlotte Center City
- Bryn Chancellor, Sycamore: A Novel (Harper Collins 2017)
6:30 p.m. UNC Charlotte
PLEASE NOTE: The dates for the final three talks will be announced in the fall of 2018. Watch this website and your email for updated information.
“We offer this series to engage the community in conversations about relevant topics considered in books written by our faculty,” said Nancy A. Gutierrez, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. “Not only is this a way for us to connect with the community, but it also is a way to share knowledge and spark discussion.”
Each conversation will begin at 6:30 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. Ninth Street (Charlotte 28202) and will be followed by a reception and book signing. The series is open to the public without charge, but registration is required.
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More About the 2018-19 Series
The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good by David Goldfield:
The federal government was instrumental in the great economic, social, and environmental progress of the post-World War II era. Examining the presidencies of Truman, Eisenhower, and Johnson shows how the nation's leaders persevered to create conditions for the most gifted generation in U.S. history.
Combative Politics: The Media and Public Perceptions of Lawmaking by Mary Layton Atkinson:
From the Affordable Care Act to No Child Left Behind, politicians often face a puzzling problem: Although most Americans support the aims and key provisions of these policies, they oppose the bills themselves. Why does the American public so often reject policies that seem to offer them exactly what they want?
Freedom Narratives of African American Women: A Study of 19th Century Writings by Janaka Bowman Lewis:
Stories of liberation from enslavement or oppression have become central to African American women's literature. An examination of the collective free identity of black women and their relationships to the community focuses on education, individual progress, marriage and family, labor, intellectual commitments and community rebuilding projects.
Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South by Karen L. Cox:
Strange, fascinating, and sobering, Goat Castle tells the true story of a local feud, killing, investigation, and trial in Natchez, MS, showing how a true crime tale of falling southern grandeur and murder obscured an all-too-familiar story of racial injustice.
Sycamore: A Novel by Bryn Chancellor:
Evocative and atmospheric, Sycamore is a coming-of-age novel, a mystery, and a moving exploration of the elemental forces that drive human nature -- desire, loneliness, grief, love, forgiveness, and hope -- as witnessed through the inhabitants of one small Arizona town.