The 2014 North Carolina Science Festival, a statewide celebration of science and technology, is themed “Life is Your Lab,” and for two and a half weeks at the end of March and beginning of April, it will certainly feel like that here on campus.
Expanding on its traditional Science and Technology Expo presentation (now in its third year), UNC Charlotte is also offering a seven-event public science lecture series, a four-event film series and a star party. The Expo will close out the Festival on April 13 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM with a greatly expanded set of acts, including robotics, motorsports engineering, rocketry, virtual people, exotic plants and high altitude balloons. The event is for the science-curious of all ages, featuring well over 100 hands-on activities and presentations in chemistry, physics, geology, computer science, engineering and biology developed by the University and a host of industry and community organizations.
All events are free and open to the public.
Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men author Michael Kimmel – considered by many to be the world’s leading researcher and author on men and masculinity – will visit UNC Charlotte on March 11 at 7:00 PM as part of the 2014 Women's and Gender Studies Guest Speaker Series. The talk will occur in McKnight Hall in Cone University Center and is free and open to the public.
“In today’s society, young men may find themselves adrift, as their transition to adulthood has been delayed,” said Lisa Walker, lecture committee member and chair of the sociology department. “Dr. Kimmel has interviewed over 400 young men nationwide, and offers guidance toward a more conscious adulthood.”
Dubbed a male feminist and known for his wit and candid critiques, Kimmel has been a featured guest on the TODAY show, to discuss Guyland, and other national news outlets.