Gain a fresh perspective on economic opportunity with these 5 events by Queens University of Charlotte


This piece is brought to you in partnership with Queens University of Charlotte.

You may know Queens University of Charlotte as a renowned leader in higher education. But did you know it’s also a beacon of culture in our community, committed to the life-long pursuit of learning while offering new perspectives for all?

This fall, Queens students, faculty and staff are having in-depth conversations around economic opportunity and social capital, as a result of Charlotte’s 50th out of 50 ranking in the 2013 study about economic mobility among the largest U.S. cities. Queens’ learning experience begins broadly with topics discussed in J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy” and then narrows to localized reflections through Pamela Grundy’s “Color & Character”.

You, the community, are invited to take part in these five (mostly free!) opportunities, as Charlotteans learn from each other and gain a fresh perspective.

1. The Economic Opportunity Perspective Series

Tell me more: This three-part series features Queens’ academic faculty and community members who have enlightening perspectives on economic mobility and social capital. The series is free, but RSVP is required.

When is it? First three Thursdays in October at 6 p.m.

  • October 4 – First Generation College Attendees’ Perspective on Community
  • October 11 – Healthcare Providers’ Perspective on Education and Resource Stability
  • October 18 – Historians’ Perspective on Wealth and Racial Segregation

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2. A Conversation with J.D. Vance

Tell me more: J.D. Vance is best known for his #1 New York Times best seller “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family in Crisis”. Come join the conversation where he will chronicle his family’s story of social, regional and class decline, and his own upward mobility and personal struggles. The evening is moderated by Richard Reeves of The Brookings Institution. Tickets start at just $25 at

When is it?  Tuesday, October 23 at 7 p.m. at the Knight Theater.

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3. On The Table CLT Discussion

Tell me more:  On The Table CLT is a day for Mecklenburg County residents to come together as small groups to talk about ways to make our community more connected, dynamic and opportunity-rich. This year’s topic is The Legacy of Segregation and Its Continued Impact and Queens is a host site.

When is it?  Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m.

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4. Hear from West Charlotte Alums

Tell me more: Come listen to a panel of engaged community members who graduated from West Charlotte their Charlotte-centric educational experiences. Jesse Cureton, Chief Consumer Officer for Novant Health and Madge Hopkins, former Vice Principal of West Charlotte will be on the panel. The event is free, but RSVP is required.

When is it? Tuesday, October 30 at 6 p.m.

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5. Learn Lessons from the Past & Lessons for the Future: Meet 2018 Common Read Author Pamela Grundy

Tell me more: At a time when race and inequality dominate national debates, the story of West Charlotte High School illuminates the possibilities and challenges of using racial and economic desegregation to foster educational equality. Meet Pamela Grundy, the author of the inspiring book Color & Character: West Charlotte High School and the American Struggle over Educational Equality. The event is free, but RSVP is required.

When is it? Wednesday, November 7 at 6 p.m.

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