Spring Reunions 2009 – Enrichment Seminar Audio

Spring Reunions 2009
Enrichment Seminar Audio

All lectures presented in MP3 format.

Worried Sick:  A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America
with Nortin M. Hadler, M.D., professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology, attending rheumatologist at UNC Hospitals and author of numerous books. Based on extensive review of major worldwide health studies, Dr. Hadler urges that we should adopt an attitude of skepticism and arm ourselves with information to distinguish good medical advice from persuasive medical marketing in order to make the best decisions about our own personal health and to have a wiser perspective on health-policy issues. Listen.
Old News, New Media
with Leroy Towns, professor of the practice of journalism and mass communication and research fellow in the Program on Public Life, formerly a political reporter, press secretary to a Kansas governor and chief of staff for a U.S. senator from Kansas. Do you Twitter? The Internet has changed our world, especially in the way we get news. Newspaper circulation is down, television markets are dwindling and many fear that our communities will be left without a way of getting important news. This session will explore our wired world.  Stay tuned, plug in and prepare to be surprised. Listen.
Thomas Wolfe in the 21st Century
with Joseph M. Flora, professor of English at UNC since 1962 who has spent much of his career thinking and writing about Vardis Fisher (a contemporary writer and good friend of Wolfe) and Thomas Wolfe.  Carolina alumni of the 20th century may wonder what this new century holds for Thomas Wolfe '20. Will he disappear from college syllabi? Will the Tom Wolfe who graduated from Washington and Lee be the Tom who wins the laurels? Or will Chapel Hill's Tom triumph? Professor Flora will address and trace the trajectory of Wolfe's reputation. Listen.
The More Things Change…
with Hodding Carter, university professor of leadership and public policy at UNC, former president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, author of two books and contributor to 12 others and numerous magazines and newspapers.  Professor Carter will explore the historical perspective of our recent presidential election, especially focusing on the era from the Johnson administration of the ‘60s with the signing of the voting Rights Act and other civil rights legislation, through the years of the GOP's successful Southern strategy and up to the election of President Barack Obama. Listen.