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Grace-Marie Turner and Richard Kirsch

Thursday, November 3, 2016 • 7:30 p.m.

Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College
ObamaCare and the Future of Our Healthcare: A Debate
grace-marie turner and richard kirsch

Kirsch, arguing the “pro” side, is a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, a presidential policy adviser, and a frequent commentator. He is author of Fighting for Our Health Care, a firsthand account of the passage of the 2010 health care reform law, and Senior Adviser to Health Care for America Now

Turner, arguing the “con” side, is president of the Galen Institute which she founded in 1995 to promote informed debate over free-market ideas of health reform. She has been a policy adviser who testifies regularly before Congress, is published in hundreds of newspapers, has served on the Medicaid commission, and has spoken at the London School of Economics, Oxford University and the Gregorian University at the Vatican.

Susan Southard

Thursday, February 9, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.

Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College
Nagasaki and Beyond: The Ethics of Collateral Damage
Susan Southard

Southard is the author of Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, which was just awarded the 2016 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, an international award for literature that promotes peace, social justice, and global understanding. It also received which the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize administered jointly by the Columbia and Harvard Schools of Journalism. In addition, Nagasaki was named a Washington Post “Best Book of the Year” and the best history book of 2015 by Financial Times. It is based on 12 years of research, primarily oral history interviews with five nuclear survivors. Ms. Southard recently was invited to address the United Nations.

Abdullah Antepli

Thursday, March 2, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.

Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College
New Frontiers in Civil Rights: A Muslim View
Abdullah Antepli

A native of Turkey, Antepli was Duke University’s Muslim chaplain from 2008 to 2014. Currently he is a member of the Duke Divinity School faculty and also teaches at its Islamic studies center. He is the University’s Chief Representative for Muslim Affairs, engaging faculty, students and staff through seminars and panels, providing a Muslim voice and perspective to the discussion of spirituality and social justice. He has served previously at Wesleyan University and Hartford Seminary. Imam Antepli has worked in a variety of faith-based humanitarian and relief efforts around the world.

Joe Romm

Thursday, April 20, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.

Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College
Almost Everything You Know About Climate Change is Outdated
joe romm

An MIT-educated Ph.D. physicist, Romm has been termed “one of the most influential energy and environmental policy makers of our era” and is regarded by many as the nation’s top climate blogger. He has helped lead the current administration’s technology policy formulation. As deputy secretary for the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency, he has worked extensively with businesses to develop and use hybrid vehicles, hydrogen and fuel cells, biofuels, and other clean energy technologies. Dr. Romm is author of The Hype About Hydrogen: Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate (2004).