Spring 2016 Schedule
All “Food for Thought” dinners are held Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in Graham Memorial 011 (Basement Level), unless otherwise noted.
“Art vs. Aid in African Conflict”
Wednesday, January 27
Featuring Dr. Chérie Rivers Ndaliko, Department of Music
Dr. Chérie Rivers Ndaliko is an interdisciplinary scholar who studies radical arts interventions in conflict regions of Africa through ethnomusicology, film studies, and cultural theory. Her work centers on film and music as catalysts of movements of socio-political transformation as well as on the ethics and aesthetics of humanitarian aid in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In this context she devotes particular attention to youth and gender politics. She is also a composer and pianist who holds a B.M. in film scoring from the Berklee College of Music, an A.M. from Harvard University in Ethnomusicology, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in African Studies.
“Do Businessmen/Businesswomen Make Good Political Leaders?”
Wednesday, February 10
Featuring Dr. Ritchie Kendall, Department of English and Comparative Literature
Dr. Ritchie Kendall is Assistant Dean for Honors Carolina and an associate professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1973, his M.A. from Harvard University in 1975, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1980. His research interests include English literature from 1485 to 1660, and he is currently completing a book that studies the representation of the emerging economic activity of London in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries in literature.
“Global Public Health Policy”
Wednesday, March 2
Featuring Dr. Benjamin Meier, Department of Public Policy
Dr. Benjamin Meier is an associate professor of Global Health Policy in the Department of Public Policy and in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. He received a B.A. in biochemistry from Cornell University in 1998, studied public, international, and comparative law at Cornell Law School in 2001, and received his Ph.D. in sociomedical sciences from Columbia University in 2009. His research interests include health and human rights, global health governance, water policy, and public health law. In addition to academia, he has worked for the World Health Organization and several global health institutes.
“Ideal Beauty: Then and Now”
Wednesday, March 9
Featuring Dr. Tania String, Department of Art
Dr. Tania String is an associate professor of Art History in the Department of Art. She was a professor at the University of Bristol before she came to UNC in 2010. She researches and studies the art and culture of Early Modern Europe, focusing on Henry VIII’s England. She is currently studying issues of gender and masculinity in Renaissance art. In addition, she has been a historical consultant for BBC and has curated two exhibitions with the National Portrait Gallery in London.
“Peer Popularity: Is It Still Affecting Your Lives Today?”
Wednesday, April 6
Featuring Dr. Mitch Prinstein, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Dr. Mitch Prinstein is the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and a member of the Clinical Psychology Program. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Emory University in 1992, his M.A, and Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Miami in 1994 and 1997, and completed an internship and fellowship at Brown University. His research investigates how adolescents’ interpersonal experiences are associated with depression, self-injury, and health risk behaviors. He is also dedicated to professional development in psychology.