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.
Fall 2015 Schedule
All Food for Thought dinners are held Wednesdays at 6:30PM in Graham Memorial 011, unless otherwise noted.
September 2, 2015
Dr. Matthew Andrews is an American historian interested in the relationships between sports, American history, and culture. In particular, he is interested in how sports reflect and affect American politics, race and gender identities, and social reform movements. Dr. Andrews teaches both US history and American sports history courses. He received his BA from UCLA and his PhD from UNC.
September 30, 2015
Dr. Michal Osterweil’s research focuses on contemporary social movements and their knowledge production. Her dissertation focused on the theoretical-practice and political imaginaries of the Italian “Global Justice Movement” and related transnational networks, in particular those affiliated with Zapatismo. She has also published on World and Regional Social Forums, as well as other actors active in contemporary anti-capitalist movements. She is interested in the “new political imaginary” being developed at the intersection of the Counter-Summits, World Social Forum and Zapatista movements.
In addition to her research, she is committed to cultivating new knowledge production practices in the university community and beyond. She has been involved with UNC’s Social Movement Working Group since its inception, as well as various research/working groups in the University Program in Cultural Studies, and is dedicated to involving her students (as well as neighbors and friends) in inter- and transdisciplinary projects aimed at solving social and political ills of our day.
The Math and Science of Connections
October 7, 2015
Dr. Peter Mucha is a faculty leader of the Social Network Analysis Center (SNAC) at UNC where he conducts research on networks and their diverse applications in many different fields. By using mathematical and statistical methods, Mucha’s research groups develops and applies computational tools for studying diverse networks in real-life scenarios including epidemiology, neuroscience, political science, psychology, and statistics. Most people are familiar with the concept of a network in terms of hyperlinked web pages or online social networks, and online networks are indeed an area of broad interest (including some of our own work), but networks can be successfully applied to a much wider variety of connected systems.
Dr. Mucha studied engineering physics at Cornell University and earned an M.Phil.in physics at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge through a Churchill Scholarship. He continued his education at Princeton University where he earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in applied and computational mathematics.
Money and the Brain: Neuroeconomics Insights about Financial Decision Making
November 11, 2015
Dr. Camelia M. Kuhnen is a pioneer in the groundbreaking field of neuroeconomics, which combines insights from neurosciences and psychology to better understand financial and economic decision-making and how observed behavior deviates from so-called “rational” models of behavior. Through this interdisciplinary work, Dr. Kuhnen has published diverse research on topics ranging from the microscopic genetic drivers of behavior to macroscopic corporate finance studies in areas such as executive compensation. Dr. Kuhnen earned a bachelor degree in finance and one in brain & cognitive sciences from MIT and completed her Ph.D. in finance at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She served as the 2014-2015 president of the Society of Neuroeconomics and is a Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Engagement: Arts Awareness in an Impatient World
November 18, 2015
Emil J. Kang serves as Executive Director for the Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he serves as artistic and executive director of the University’s first major multi-disciplinary performing arts program, Carolina Performing Arts (CPA). In addition, Kang serves as Professor of the Practice in the Department of Music and has taught courses in performing arts management, artistic entrepreneurship, the creative process. He currently teaches a class on ‘understanding the world through music.’
Kang has previously held executive positions with many orchestras including the Detroit Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the American Composer Orchestra, and 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.