Current News

Joel Achenbach

November 9, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.

Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College
Surviving the Age of Fake News, Pseudoscience, Bunk and Nonsense
Joel Achenbach

Achenbach has been a staff writer for The Washington Post since 1990, and for the last 10 years has been at the national desk, focusing on science and politics. He writes the longest-running blog of any major newspaper in the U.S. He has been a monthly science columnist for National Geographic magazine for which he has written seminal cover stories about the “War on Science.”

Achenback is also a commentator for National Public Radio and the author of six books. He has taught journalism at Georgetown University as well as at his alma mater, Princeton University.

Heather McGhee with Garry Civitello

February 8, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.

Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College
A Better America: Facing Prejudice Honestly
Heather McGhe

McGhee is president of Demos, a public policy organization working towards political and economic equality. She appears frequently on “Meet the Press” and “Hardball,” and writes for The New York Times, The Nation and The Hill. Recently, while McGhee was a guest on C-SPAN, she and North Carolinian Garry Civitello inspired millions when Garry called in to the show to proclaim, “I am a racist. Help me,” and McGhee responded to his honesty with compassion. She contacted him after the program and later visited him in Asheville. The two will reunite for the Pauley session where they will continue their powerful conversation and offer insight into how we can combat prejudice in our daily lives.

McGhee, a graduate of Yale University who holds a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, will also provide an analysis of institutional racism in our country.


Dr. Terri Phoenix

March 20, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.

Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College
L-G-B-T-I-Q-A and You: Exploring Gender, Identity and Sexual Orientation
Terri Phoenix

Phoenix examines just what the LBGTIQA acronym means and what experiences it represents, exploring this diverse community and the contemporary issues that surround it. Phoenix is Director of the LGBTQ Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. T has served on the Executive Board of the National Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, as Chair of the Board for Safe Schools North Carolina, and on the N.C. ACLU transgender advisory board.

Terri identifies as a transmasculine queer person. Recently, T was featured on Frank Stasio’s “The State of Things” on WUNC, describing Phoenix's life’s journey.