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Best Speakers And Lectures Coming To Charlotte This Fall

August 6, 2012 8:00 PM

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Numerous lectures are given each year in Charlotte, many by nationally and internationally-known figures. The regional universities, including UNC-Charlotte, Queens University, Davidson College and Central Piedmont Community College, are especially active in bringing speakers to town by hosting many programs open to the general public. Other lecture series take place at regional museums, churches and community centers on a wide range of topics from art and history to current affairs and personal growth.

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Architecture + Film Series: Sketches of Frank Gehry
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Wells Fargo Auditorium
420 S Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 353-9200

Date: August 17

The local chapter of the American Institute of Architects hosts this monthly series of discussions focused on contemporary architecture at the stunning Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, itself an architectural treasure. Programs include a film and discussion as well as a reception with appetizers, drink choice and access to the Bechtler’s galleries. The following program, on September 21, features a discussion of Herzog and de Meuron.

Local Foods: Farm to Fork
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
1801 Yorkmont Road
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 357-1269

Date: September 8

The Mecklenburg County Extension Service’s “Ask a Master Gardener” series continues with extension agent Kristin Davis speaking on the benefits of local foods and the Center for Environmental Farming Farm to Fork 10% Campaign. The campaign asks North Carolina residents to pledge to spend 10% of their food budget on locally-produced foods. The talks take place inside the Greenery Shed near the front entrance of the farmers market.

Related: A Guide to Charlotte Area Farmers Markets

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Contemporary Architecture + Design Series: Matthias Pliessnig
Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts
500 S Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 337-2000

Date: September 20

Matthias Pliessnig, a Philadelphia-based furniture designer known for pushing the boundaries of wood, will speak at the Uptown Mint in this series that focuses on innovative design and architecture. Pliessnig’s work is included in the Mint’s exhibit, “Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art and Craft” on display September 1, 2012 through January 6, 2013. The ticket price includes a reception after the presentation.

Related link: Best Art Museums in Charlotte

Lee Bierer: Countdown to College
Lower Providence Community House
9735 Community House Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 905-8334

Date: September 23

The historic log cabin community house located off Rea Road in South Charlotte hosts an annual lecture series with monthly events from March through October. September’s program focuses on steps to take in preparing for college. In October, Susan Kooiman of the Peppermint Forest gives suggestions on unique ways to decorate for Christmas.

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The Learning Society of Queens University: Carly Fiorina
Queens University of Charlotte
Dana Auditorium
1900 Selwyn Ave
Charlotte, NC 28274
(704) 688-2200

Date: September 27

Named the city’s best lecture series by Charlotte Magazine, the Learning Society presents programs twice each year bringing national leaders to the Queens campus. The Fall 2012 program features Carly Fiona, former chairman and chief executive officer of the Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) from 1999 to 2005, years that included the dot-com bust and the worst technology recession in 25 years. She also helmed the Compaq Computer merger, acknowledged as the most successful in high-tech history. The Spring 2013 lecture on February 20 will be by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent for the health and medical unit at CNN.

BB&T Distinguished Leaders in Action Series: J. Michael “Mike” McGuire
Queens University of Charlotte
Ketner Auditorium at Sykes Learning Center
1900 Selwyn Ave
Charlotte, NC 28274
(704) 688-2200

Date: November 28

J. Michael “Mike” McGuire is a national managing partner of Industry and Market Development with Grant Thornton, a global audit, tax and advisory organization serving public and private companies in over 100 countries. McGuire formerly managed Grant Thornton’s Carolinas Practice division and has advised clients in every kind of capital markets transaction, from angel investing to Initial Public Offerings. He is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship and leadership.

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