Food for Thought

Spring 2017 Schedule

All “Food for Thought” dinners are held Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in Graham Memorial 011 (Basement Level), unless otherwise noted.

Professor Eleonora Magomedova, Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages and Literatures

February 8

Eleonora Magomedova is a senior lecturer in Russian language and conversation. She presents a unique perspective on the subject as she was born in the former U.S.S.R. Recently, she has taught classes focusing on Russian culture and literature and has earned many recognitions including the Tanner Award. She is known for her ability to connect with students and for her sense of humor.

Fall 2016 Schedule

Professor Emil Kang, Department of Music

September 7, “Engagement: Arts Awareness in an Impatient World”

Emil J. Kang serves as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Arts. In this cabinet level position, Kang is responsible for programming arts events, activities and installations across campus, creating clear and well-coordinated communications about opportunities in the arts, and ensuring the arts are well-represented in all major campus initiatives, including the master plan, strategic framework, and capital campaign. Kang also serves as as Executive Director for the Arts with Carolina Performing Arts and as a Professor of the Practice in the department of music.

Prior to coming to Chapel Hill, Kang served as President and Executive Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). Kang has also held positions with the Seattle Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, and served as an Orchestra Management Fellow with the League of American Orchestras. In 2012, President Barack Obama nominated Kang to the National Council on the Arts. Kang’s nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate and he is currently serving a six year term, expiring in 2018. Kang currently serves on the boards of EMCarts (NY) and the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the UNC School of the Arts.  He also serves on the selection committee of the Institute of International Education’s Artist Protection Fund. He has an active consulting practice and serves as a grant and peer reviewer across the country.

Kang has been a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and completed the Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management program at Harvard Business School. Born in New York City, and trained in violin studies from a young age, he holds a degree in Economics from the University of Rochester in New York.

Professor Diane Pozefsky, Department of Computer Science

September 21

Diane Pozefsky’s work at IBM transformed IBM’s networking technology to allow networks to change and adapt more easily. In the early nineties, as corporations moved toward TCP/IP networks, Pozefsky developed the AnyNet technology, which broke the barriers between IBM’s proprietary technology (SNA) and TCP/IP, allowing programs designed for one type of network to work on the other and allowing users to build networks that employed either or both technologies. In the late nineties, Pozefsky changed her focus to building networks for the 1998 Nagano Olympics and the IBM Corporation. Throughout her career, Pozefsky was an active author and inventor, publishing more than 25 papers and filing more than 20 patents.  She was also active in supporting women in IBM and in the promotion of National Engineers Week.

Pozefsky received her A.B. from Brown University and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation, Building Efficient Pass-Oriented Attribute Grammar Evaluators, was done under the supervision of Mehdi Jazayeri.

Pozefsky lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Mark; they have one daughter, Lauren, who is an environmental specialist with the federal government. Outside of work, Pozefsky enjoys travel and has visited all seven continents.

Professor Karin Yeatts, Department of Epidemiologyp_circle_faculty_yeatts

October 26, “Public Health Hot Topics”

Air pollution, climate change-related health effects and respiratory disease have been the three major themes of Dr. Yeatts’ research. As one of few faculty members in the Department of Epidemiology who focus on respiratory disease and air pollution, she has led multiple large interdisciplinary teams to investigate research questions related to those topics.

Her teaching philosophy is based upon the principle of active learning. She designs and teaches courses that focus on collaborative and experiential learning.”

Professor Carol Hee, Kenan-Flagler Business School

November 1, “Squaring the Circle: Can a Consumerist Culture Achieve True Sustainability?”

Carol Hee teaches courses in sustainable enterprise and environmental strategy. Her research interests concern how companies can reduce costs, minimize risk and gain competitive advantage by implementing strategies guided by environmental and social concerns.

Dr. Hee received an honorable mention in the Dr. Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Sustainability in Business Curricula for 2010. Presented by the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, the prize encourages efforts to expose business students to state-of-the-art environmental sustainability knowledge.

She joined UNC Kenan-Flagler after working at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a science writer and systems analyst.  She assisted in the improvement of its scientific information management system, wrote for the EPA web site, and edited such influential works as the Air Quality Criteria for Particulate Matter and Perchlorate Environmental Contamination: Toxicological Review and Risk Characterization.

She earned her PhD from UNC’s Department of Marine Sciences for research concerning the global carbon cycle and factors controlling the storage of carbon in marine sediment; MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler; and BS in biology from the University of Scranton, where she minored in biochemistry and philosophy.