Thinking Matters Talks Provide Look at Compelling Topics

Cannibalism; honey bees; race, religion and murder; climate change; and raising African orphans will be featured in this year’s Thinking Matters Talks as part of New Student Convocation Day on Monday, Aug. 22.

The UNC Charlotte community is welcome to attend the talks, which are scheduled from 2:15 to 3 p.m. With these talks, faculty members will engage the audience around these thought-provoking and compelling topics.

New Student Convocation is a ceremony attended by faculty, first-year course instructors and students to officially welcome and induct new undergraduate students into the UNC Charlotte community of learners. During the convocation ceremony, students will learn about UNC Charlotte’s history, mission, values, and academic expectations. Just as graduation marks the completion of a course of study, Convocation marks the beginning of the new students’ academic journey at UNC Charlotte.

For majors within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ New Student Convocation Day activities, the college has arranged the Thinking Matters Talks and a welcome from Dean Nancy A. Gutierrez. Also scheduled are visits to the students’ major departments and sessions on advising essentials and to meet advisors.

Thinking Matters Talks

  • Cannibalism: A Topic to Sink Your Teeth Into, Carol Higham, Fretwell 100
  • Honey Bees and Humans, Stanley Schneider, Woodward 106
  • Race, Religion, and Murder: Dangerous Intersections in American Society, Julia Robinson, Fretwell 113
  • When Climate Changes, Everything Matters: Brian Magi, McEniry 124
  • Madonna, Malawi, and Making a Difference: Raising African Orphans, Andrea Freidus, Rowe 130



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