Upcoming Speakers

November 2018

Tuesday, November 27
6pm to 7pm
Justin Driver

Judicial decisions assessing the constitutional rights of students in the nation’s public schools have consistently generated bitter controversy. From racial segregation to unauthorized immigration, from antiwar protests to compulsory flag salutes, from economic inequality to teacher-led prayer: these are but a few of the cultural anxieties dividing American society that the Supreme Court has addressed in elementary and secondary schools. "The Schoolhouse Gate" gives a fresh, lucid, and provocative account of the historic legal battles waged over education and illuminates contemporary disputes that continue to fracture the nation.

Justin Driver maintains that since the 1970s the Supreme Court has regularly abdicated its responsibility for protecting students’ constitutional rights and risked transforming public schools into Constitution-free zones. Students deriving lessons about citizenship from the Court’s decisions in recent decades would conclude that the following actions taken by educators pass constitutional muster: inflicting severe corporal punishment on students without any procedural protections; searching students and their possessions without probable cause in bids to uncover violations of school rules; random drug testing of students who are not suspected of wrongdoing; and suppressing student speech for the viewpoint it espouses.

 

Wednesday, November 28
12pm to 1pm
Joy Moore

As the mother of Wes Moore, who spoke at the Clinton School about his best-selling memoir on overcoming the obstacles that face a fatherless, young black man, Joy Moore is constantly asked: “How did you do it?”

Joy’s answer is “presence.” Specifically, seven different ways of being a force in a child’s life, ensuring that they feel your influence. We can’t always be physically there for our children, but the power of presence can help us be a voice in the back of their minds that guides them through difficult times.

In “The Power of Presence,” Moore explores seven pillars of presence—heart, faith, mind, courage, financial freedom, values, and connectedness—that all parents can use to positively influence their children. Using compelling stories from women who have been there and practical advice on everything from savings accounts to mindfulness, this book is a compassionate look at what it takes to raise great kids, even in less than ideal circumstances.

Thursday, November 29
6pm to 7pm
Kathy Izard

Starting with a single question: “Where are the beds,” The Hundred Story Home leads you on an inspirational journey that ends with over one-hundred formerly homeless people living in homes of their own.

Author, Kathy Izard, was enjoying a comfortable existence when she came face-to-face with the reality that while her dedicated service at the community soup kitchen might be feeding her soul, it would never solve the bigger needs of the homeless population. Confronting the question of where are the beds? Izard realized that she had been called to take on what seem like an insurmountable task—to build housing for Charlotte’s homeless.

Woven together with this uplifting story of a call to social action is Kathy’s personal struggle with faith, forgiveness and fulfillment. In telling her story, Izard invites you to consider rewriting your own. What’s calling you? As crazy as it seems, it may be crazier not to try.