Personally Speaking

  Discover the Stories Behind the Books Through 2018-19
“Personally Speaking” Published Authors' Series

As 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 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. Please register for each event separately by clicking on the book title below.

The 2018-18 Personally Speaking conversations are


PLEASE NOTE: The dates for the final three talks will be announced in the Fall. 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, spark discussion and showcase our outstanding faculty.”
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.
Personally Speaking is only one of the intellectual engagement opportunities we offer our community. Together, we can bring these experiences to Charlotte well into the future. How?

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Thank you for supporting Personally Speaking. If you are interested in becoming a philanthropic partner with naming opportunities by hosting an author's conversation, email us or call 704-687-0085.
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More About the 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 fallen 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.