Tuesday, May 8, 2018
2018-19 Personally Speaking book covers

The Personally Speaking lecture series taps into the critical and imaginative thinking of UNC Charlotte faculty researchers and takes their scholarship beyond classrooms to share with the greater community.

For the 2018-19 academic year, Personally Speaking will present five published scholars from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences who will lead conversations about books they have written and how they came to write them.

As in its eight previous seasons, Personally Speaking in 2018-19 will take its attendees into often unexpected, sometimes uncomfortable, but always interesting and educational stories that range from current politics to history to mystery.

“From its inception, Personally Speaking was designed not only to showcase our faculty and their scholarship but also to demonstrate the breadth of expertise they represent. Our faculty authors are known to tantalize, challenge and educate students, faculty colleagues and the public with their stories behind the stories captured in their books,” said Nancy Gutierrez, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Two books related to today’s political and governmental realities will kick off the season: In the first, historian David Goldfield looks at post-World War II when an activist federal government guided the country toward the first real flowering of the American Dream. The second book, by political scientist Mary Layton Atkinson, examines the reaction of the public when exposed to a seemingly endless and often contentious legislative process.

Each event will be open to the public without charge and will begin at 6:30 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City (320 E. 9th St., Charlotte 28202). A reception and book signing will follow. Registration is required. RSVP here.

The lineup for the 2018-19 Personally Speaking series is:

Tuesday, Sept. 25

David Goldfield, History, The Gifted Generation: When Government was Good 

Thursday, Nov. 1:

Mary Layton Atkinson, Political Science and Public Administration. Combative Politics: The Media and Public Perceptions of Lawmaking 

January to March 2019

Janaka Bowman Lewis, English and Women’s and Gender Studies, Freedom Narratives of African American Women: A Study of 19th Century Writings 

Karen Cox, History, Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South 

Bryn Chancellor, English, Sycamore … A Novel (Harper Collins, 2017)


J. Murrey Atkins Library and UNC Charlotte Center City cosponsor Personally Speaking with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.