Two must-see events offer timely dialogue on criminal justice reform and environmental preservation


This article is brought to you in partnership with The Learning Society of Queens University of Charlotte. All opinions are our own.

The Learning Society of Queens University of Charlotte is known for bringing inspiring speakers and thoughtful discourse to the Charlotte community for more than 30 years. The 2019-20 speaker line-up is no different and tickets are on sale now! Tickets start at just $25.

A conversation with Michelle Alexander moderated by Michael Barbaro

New York Times best-selling author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m. at Belk Theater

Best known for: Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar who will speak about racial injustice in the modern legal system and how mass incarceration has come to replace segregation.  

Why attend: Criminal justice reform is currently a hot topic of discussion in national, state and local politics. Michael Barbaro, host of The New York Times’ “The Daily” podcast, will join Michelle Alexander on stage and facilitate the conversation. Charlotteans will gain a more-nuanced understanding of the racial and ethical challenges facing the criminal justice system through Alexander’s extensive research and Barbaro’s talent for breaking down complex subject matter. 

How to attend:  Tickets are now on sale on

Jean-Michel, Céline and Fabien Cousteau

Legendary family of ocean explorers, environmentalists and filmmakers.

When: Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. at Belk Theater

Best known for: The Cousteau family is best known for their work educating the world about our shared home — the water planet. Jean-Michel is the son of French ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau and he and his children, Céline and Fabien, have devoted their lives to preserving the planet’s marine life and raising awareness of ecological issues through their non-profit Ocean Futures Society

Why attend: This is an incredibly unique opportunity to hear from a legendary family of ocean explorers and environmentalists in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in April 2020.  Learn about our shared need to act responsibly and preserve the underwater ecosystems that are so intricately tied to all life on earth. 

How to attend: This event is expected to sell out, so go ahead and secure your seat today. Tickets are available on

The 2019-20 Learning Society events are presented to the community by Wells Fargo and Queens’ Wells Fargo Center for Community Engagement. 


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