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Chuck Collins

September 12, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.

Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College
chuck collins
Reversing Wealth Inequality: The Case for Restoring Progressive Taxation and Bringing Wealth Home.

Collins is one of the foremost writers, researchers, and activists on economic inequality and its harmful effects. Born into the upper 1%, at the age of 26 he gave away his $500,000 inheritance and joined a commune. He has since devoted his life to bridging the economic divide by pioneering efforts to bring together billionaires, investors and business leaders to speak out against practices that create economic inequality.

Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., and is the cofounder of Wealth for the Common Good, a network of business leaders, high-income individuals and partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation. He writes for a variety of publications and is the author of nine books, including one with Bill Gates, Wealth and Our Commonwealth. His latest book is Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality.

Dr. Barbara Fredrickson

October 4, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.

Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College
Barbara Fredrickson
Happiness: A Fresh, Researched-based Perspective on Age-Old Topics

Fredrickson is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Using biology, psychology and sociology, her cutting-edge research has influenced scholars and practitioners worldwide to show how positive emotions evolved for our human ancestors and how that evolution shaped people's health and well- being.

Emotions such as love, joy and gratitude broaden our minds and open us to new possibilities; negative emotions do the opposite. In addition to publishing extensive scientific articles, she has authored Positivity (2009) and Love 2.0 (2013) Her work has been featured in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, CNN, PBS, U.S. News & World Report, and USA Today among many others

Joel Achenbach

November 9, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.

Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College
Surviving the Age of Fake News, Pseudoscience, Bunk and Nonsense
Joel Achenbach

Achenbach has been a staff writer for The Washington Post since 1990, and for the last 10 years has been at the national desk, focusing on science and politics. He writes the longest-running blog of any major newspaper in the U.S. He has been a monthly science columnist for National Geographic magazine for which he has written seminal cover stories about the “War on Science.”

Achenback is also a commentator for National Public Radio and the author of six books. He has taught journalism at Georgetown University as well as at his alma mater, Princeton University.

Heather McGhee with Garry Civitello

February 8, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.

Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College
A Better America: Facing Prejudice Honestly
Heather McGhe

McGhee is president of Demos, a public policy organization working towards political and economic equality. She appears frequently on “Meet the Press” and “Hardball,” and writes for The New York Times, The Nation and The Hill. Recently, while McGhee was a guest on C-SPAN, she and North Carolinian Garry Civitello inspired millions when Garry called in to the show to proclaim, “I am a racist. Help me,” and McGhee responded to his honesty with compassion. She contacted him after the program and later visited him in Asheville. The two will reunite for the Pauley session where they will continue their powerful conversation and offer insight into how we can combat prejudice in our daily lives.

McGhee, a graduate of Yale University who holds a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, will also provide an analysis of institutional racism in our country.


Dr. Terri Phoenix

March 20, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.

Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College
L-G-B-T-I-Q-A and You: Exploring Gender, Identity and Sexual Orientation
Terri Phoenix

Phoenix examines just what the LBGTIQA acronym means and what experiences it represents, exploring this diverse community and the contemporary issues that surround it. Phoenix is Director of the LGBTQ Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has served on the Executive Board of the National Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, as Chair of the Board for Safe Schools North Carolina, and on the N.C. ACLU transgender advisory board.

Terri identifies as a transmasculine queer person. Recently, she was featured on Frank Stasio’s “The State of Things” on WUNC, describing her life’s journey.