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Unless otherwise noted, all lectures begin at 7 p.m. in the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center on the Sandhills Community College campus. All lectures are free and open to the public.


Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022

Dr. Marcia Chatelain

"Hungering for Change: Food Justice and Civil Rights"

Dr. Marcia Chatelain received the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in History for her book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, which shows how the McDonald's fast food chain became a great generator of Black wealth, and explores the intersection of race, inequality, food and consumer capitalism in America. 


Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University, Dr. Chatelain is a frequent lecturer on race, culture, women’s issues and economic justice.  She is also author of South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration.  She has served as a National Endowment for the Humanities faculty fellow. National Endowment for the Humanities, and more recently an Andrew Carnegie Foundation fellow.  Dr. Chatelain holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri and a Ph. D. from Brown University.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Dr. Mark Stoler
“George C. Marshall: Soldier and Statesman of the American Century"


Professor of History (Emeritus) at the University of Vermont, Dr. Stoler is author of the acclaimed biography, George C. Marshall: American Statesman of the American Century, and is co-editor of several volumes of The Papers of George Catlett Marshall. Arguably the country’s foremost Marshall scholar, he has written or co-authored nine other books on U.S. diplomatic and military history, including Allies and Adversaries: the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In addition to teaching at UVM, Stoler has served as a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval War College, the University of Haifa in Israel, the U.S. Military History Institute, Williams College, and Washington and Lee University.

A Fulbright scholar, Stoler has won numerous awards for for distinguished books on military history, documentary editing, excellence in teaching and public service awards. His Marshall biography has been on the reading list for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and he has served in leadership roles with numerous historical and foreign relations organizations.

To our knowledge, this will be the Sandhill’s first serious lecture about George Marshall, who wintered in Pinehurst for 15 years and has a local park named for him.


Wednesday, November 9, 2022

John Hood

"History is Always About the Future"

John Hood helped establish the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina conservative think tank, in 1990. He served as its president for two decades and then chaired its board of directors.  Hood currently serves as president of the John William Pope Foundation, an influential Raleigh-based grant maker.

Since 1986, Hood has written a syndicated column on politics and public policy for North Carolina newspapers in some 50 communities. He is a frequent commentator for radio and television stations, teaches at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and serves on the faculty and as board chairman of the N.C. Institute of Political Leadership. The author of nine books, Hood receives his undergraduate degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill and his master’s degree in liberal studies from UNC-Greensboro.


Thursday, February 9, 2023
Dr. Karen Sullivan

“The Gut Brain Connection: New Approaches to Mental Health”

Dr. Karen D. Sullivan is the founder of the Pinehurst Neuropsychology Brain and Memory Clinic and the I CARE FOR YOUR BRAIN education program.

Prior to this, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department. She received her doctoral degree at Boston University and completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the VA Boston Healthcare System, through Harvard Medical School and the Boston University School of Medicine.

In 2019, Dr. Sullivan released her Interactive Stroke Recovery Guide and her I CARE FOR YOUR BRAIN Facebook Live lectures have reached tens of thousands of people across the world with her message of evidence-based brain health.


Thursday, March 16, 2023
Prof. James E. Coleman
"Wrongful Convictions are a Serious Public Safety Issue"

James E. Coleman is the John S. Bradway Professor of the Practice of Law, Director of the Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility, and Director of the Wrongful Convictions Clinic at Duke Law School.

His experience includes 15 years in private practice in Washington, D.C., the last 12 as a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. In private practice, Coleman specialized in federal court and administrative litigation; he also represented criminal defendants in capital collateral proceedings and was an active participant in his firm’s pro bono program. Coleman also has had a range of government experience during the early part of his career, including stints as an assistant general counsel for the Legal Services Corporation, chief counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, and deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of Education.

During his career, Jim has been active in the American Bar Association, where he served as Chair of the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities and of the ABA Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project, and has served on various state commissions focused on wrongful convictions, the death penalty, and criminal justice generally.

A native of Charlotte, Coleman is a graduate of Columbia University (J.D. 1974) and Harvard University (A.B. 1970)

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Pete Pearson

"Global Initiative Lead: Food Loss and Waste"

Pete Pearson is the Director of Food Waste for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Washington D.C. His work focuses on food waste prevention and food recovery, helping businesses understand the intersection of agriculture and wildlife conservation.  Pearson has led national and local sustainability programs including retail grocery projects across 2,000 grocery stores in 37 states. He has lengthy experience as an operations analyst and project manager with companies including Hewlett-Packard, Accenture and Albertsons. He is co-founder of the Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and is a partner with Transcend Productions, a film production company specializing in documentary story telling.


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