UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ Personally Speaking series offers the community a chance to meet UNC Charlotte researchers/scholars and learn about their work. They will lead conversations about their books and how they came to write them.
The first two events will take place online. Details about the two spring semester presentations will be announced later in the fall.
These are free events.
Follow each link to learn more and to register. Registration is required.
Drones and Support for the Use of Force by James Igoe Walsh with Marcus Schulzke. Personally Speaking talk
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Combat drones offer an unprecedented ability to reduce the costs of conflict by increasing accuracy, reducing the risks to civilians, and protecting military personnel from harm. The advantages should make drone strikes more popular than operations involving ground troops. Yet many critics believe drone warfare will make political leaders too willing to authorize wars, weakening constraints on the use of force.
Why do African leaders cultivate ties with some foreign powers and not others? How do civil conflicts in African countries at times expand to engulf entire regions of the continent? Why have leaders enhanced the capabilities of international organizations like the African Union while undermining the authority of bodies such as the International Criminal Court?
Falling Felines and Fundamental Physics by Gregory J. Gbur. Personally Speaking talk
February 23rd, 2021
The question of how cats always land on their feet has long intrigued humans. Attempts to understand the cat‑righting reflex have provided crucial insights into puzzles in mathematics, geophysics, neuroscience, and human space exploration. There is an explanation, but the finer details still inspire heated arguments. And, as with other cat behavior, the more we investigate, the more surprises we discover!
The People of the River: Nature and Identity in Black Amazonia, 1835-1945 by Oscar de la Torre. Personally Speaking talk
March 2021 (exact date to be announced later)
Prior to abolition, enslaved and escaped blacks found in the tropical forest a source for tools, weapons, and trade. But it was also a cultural storehouse within which they shaped their stories and records of confrontations with slaveowners and state authorities. After abolition, the black peasants’ knowledge of local environments continued to be key to their aspirations.Subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap