Food for Thought

Enjoy a fine meal and take part in thought-provoking conversations with distinguished Carolina faculty and alumni. Honors Carolina’s intimate Food for Thought dinner events are typically held every month throughout the academic year.

Food For Thought

Spring 2015 Schedule

All Food for Thought dinners are held Wednesdays at 6:30PM in Graham Memorial 011, unless otherwise noted.

Lawrence Mur’ray, Kenan-Flagler Business School
GLOBE: Business Study Abroad Exploring Copenhagen, Hong Kong, and UNC
January 21,

Lawrence Mur’ray serves as Director of the Undergraduate Business Program at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Mur’ray studied at the University of Arizona where he earned his degrees in Political Science and Psychology; afterwards, he received an MPA in Public Administration and Policy. Under Mur’ray’s leadership, UNC’s undergraduate business program has been ranked in the top ten by Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News. His experience is extensive and includes directing MBA admissions at both UNC and Indiana University, managing scholarship budgets of more than $2 million, and overseeing Kenan-Flagler’s Assured Admission Program. Mur’ray is also currently a member of the National Undergraduate Business Symposium.


Jane Danielewicz, Department of English & Comparative Literature
Memory and Memoir: How Our Lives Become Stories
February 4, 2015

Jane Danielewicz is the Hiskey Distinguished Professor in Research and Undergraduate Education and an associate professor in the English Department. Her research focuses on linguistics and literature, writing, and rhetoric. Specifically, she has examined the role of “voice” as a speaker and how it connects to identity. Danielewicz is currently working on her book Autobiographical Actions: Genre and Agency, which explores how autobiographical texts can serve as a medium to solve social problems and understand the world. Danielewicz received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and is the associative director of UNC’s Writing Program.


Robbie Bach, Morehead-Cain Alumni Visiting Distinguished Professor
From Chief Xbox Officer to Civic Engineer
March 3
, 2015

*Please note that this is a Tuesday

Robbie Bach is the 2014-2015 Morehead-Cain Alumni Visiting Distinguished Professor. Robbie joined Microsoft in 1988 and over the next 22 years worked in various marketing, general management and business leadership roles. Starting in 1992, he played an important role in the successful launch and expansion of the Microsoft Office business. In 1999, as Chief Xbox Officer, he led the creation and development of the Xbox business, including the launch of the original Xbox and the highly successful follow-on product, Xbox 360. Robbie retired from Microsoft in 2010 as the President of the Entertainment and Devices Division. Robbie now serves on the national board of governors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and was the chairman of the board from 2009-10. He is also a board member for the United States Olympic Committee, Sonos Inc., Brooks Running Company, the Space Needle Inc., and the local chapter of Year Up. Robbie is a regular guest lecturer at colleges and universities across the country, with an emphasis on marketing and strategy topics and is currently writing a book and blogging on business and civic strategy – see for more information. Robbie received an MBA from Stanford University where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He also majored in economics at the University of North Carolina where he was a Morehead Scholar, graduated with highest honors, and was named a first team Academic All-American on the Tar Heel’s tennis team.


Suzanne Gulledge, School of Education
What’s Schooling Got to do with Getting an Education?
March 4, 2015

Suzanne Gulledge is a professor and chair of the faculty in the School of Education. She holds undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University and is a proud Carolina parent. Her research and teaching is focused on curriculum and instructional design and experiential learning. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the history, foundations, and institutional logics of schooling as she continues to further her own education through teaching abroad in China and Africa and the North Carolina Outward Bound School. She has been distinguished as a Carolina Engaged Scholar and is currently a Faculty Leadership Fellow of the Institute for Arts and Humanities. Dr. Gulledge is currently teaching a first year seminar about the value of a university education.


Daniel Kreiss, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Technological Innovation and Inertia in Political Campaigning
April 1, 2015

Daniel Kreiss is a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC. His research explores the implications of technology on politics. Kreiss is the author of Take Our Country Back: The Crafting of Networked Politics from Howard Dean to Barack Obama and is currently working on his second book, Networked Ward Politics: Parties, Databases, and Campaigning in the Information Age. Kreiss holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication from Stanford and is an affiliated fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.


Jennifer Arnold, Department of Psychology
Mindreading and Language Use: Thinking About Your Conversation Partner While You Talk
15, 2015

Dr. Arnold researches the psychology of language with the goal of understanding the mental steps that underlie one’s ability to speak and understand. People manage to successfully communicate, despite the fact that language is ambiguous, noisy, and by itself is insufficient to fully determine the speaker’s meaning. There are many open questions about the mechanisms by which we use social and contextual knowledge during speech production and comprehension. Much of her research takes on these questions as they apply to reference. She examines questions that relate to processes of utterance planning, disfluency, and the ability for speakers to model the knowledge and perspective of their addressee. On the addressee’s side, how does one use the linguistic input and other cues to the speaker’s intentions? She engages on this topic through her role as Principal Investigator in the Arnold Lab to teaching first year seminars on the psychology of language.


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