Spotlight: Bizarre Botanicals Focus of Speaker Series

Spotlight: Bizarre Botanicals Focus of Speaker Series

Date Published:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

In the second talk of the new annual speaker series called “Personally Speaking,” UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens director Larry Mellichamp and assistant director Paula Gross will discuss their new work “Bizarre Botanicals: How to Grow String-of-Hearts, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Panda Ginger, and Other Weird and Wonderful Plants.” In the book, the authors take readers on a curious botanical journey of over 75 weirdly wonderful plants that can be grown at home — from pyrotechnic spores that can burst into flame when ignited, to flowers that lure insects to their deaths.

The event begins with a reception at 6:00 PM, Tuesday, Nov. 2, in Atkins Library, followed by the talk and book signing at 6:30 PM.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the J. Murrey Atkins Library partnered to engage the community through the speaker series, which highlights authors who are UNC Charlotte faculty members. It is designed to celebrate campus authors and offer the community a chance to learn more about the authors and their work. Each of the four events this year will feature a presentation by the author, followed by a question-and-answer session, book signing and reception; books will be for sale.

“The partnership between the library and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is a natural one,” says Nancy Gutierrez, dean of the college. “We support the University’s mission to serve as a resource to the greater Charlotte area, and this new speaker series is an excellent way to share with the community the knowledge and expertise of our faculty.”

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the J. Murrey Atkins Library partnered to engage the community through the speaker series, which highlights authors who are UNC Charlotte faculty members.

The series kicked off in September with history professor Christine Haynes speaking to a crowd of around 100 people on the topic “A Book is a Product Unlike Any Other.”

Future authors in the Personally Speaking series include:

  • Feb. 1, Tony Jackson, “The Technology of the Novel: Writing and Narrative in British Fiction,” Location TBD, 6:00 PM
  • March 22, Sean McCloud, “Divine Hierarchies: Class in American Religion and Religious Studies,” Location TBD, 6:00 PM

The events are free and open to the public, but the University requests that you register by calling 704-687-0085 or e-mailing clas-event@uncc.edu.