I got word of a bunch of October speakers right after I published this list, so I'm adding in the new events and republishing the whole thing.
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Oct. 12: Alixandra Yanus, assistant professor of political science at High Point University, will talk at HPU about the role of gender in voting habits and candidates’ decisions to run for elected office (7 p.m., Francis Auditorium in Phillips Hall).
Oct. 14: Former Olympian John Carlos, The Nation’s Dave Zirin and Wake Forest University professor Melissa Harris-Perry will talk about politics, sports, race, gender and athletic activism at Wake Forest (7 p.m., Wake the Vote Election Hub at 2599 Reynolda Road). Carlos won bronze in the 200 meters at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City and became famous for giving a Black Power salute, along with gold medal winner Tommie Smith, on the medal stand. Zirin is sports editor for The Nation and co-wrote Carlos' 2011 biography.
Oct. 18: Former NASA astronauts and identical twins Mark and Scott Kelly are the second speakers in this year's Guilford College Bryan Series (7:30 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum; tickets are $55 each excluding fees). Both have been in space — Mark flew about four Space Shuttle missions, while Scott commanded the International Space Station — and the two took part in NASA's recent study of twins.
Oct. 19: Photographer María Luisa Amado and filmmaker Joe Jowers will speak and screen their documentary at Guilford College (7 p.m., Art Gallery). Their exhibit of photographs, “Through a Wide Angle Lens: Visions of Panama and the Canal," is on display at the college through the end of the month. Amado is an associate professor of sociology at Guilford; Jowers is an adjunct faculty member at N.C. A&T.
Oct. 19: Mark Rabil, attorney for the late Darryl Hunt, will speak at GTCC (11 a.m., Joseph S. Koury Hospitality and Careers Center auditorium on the Jamestown campus). Hunt directs the Innocence and Justice Clinic at Wake Forest University School of Law and helped free Hunt from prison after 19 years of incarceration. Hunt, who died in March, was falsely accused of the rape and murder of a Winston-Salem newspaper copy editor.
Oct. 24: Planetary scientist and veteran astronaut Tom Jones will speak about rogue asteroids and other threats to Earth at Elon University (7 p.m., McKinnnon Hall). He's the guest of the Liberal Arts Forum and Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series.
Oct. 25: The husband-wife team of former TV executive Dan Gasby celebrity lifestyle maven B. Smith will appear at a luncheon put on by The Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging, and Community Health at N.C. A&T (11:30 a.m., Alumni Foundation Event Center). The two co-wrote a book, "Before I Forget," about their challenges after B. Smith was diagnosed in 2013 with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. For information about attending the event, call (336) 285-2165 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 25: Wake Forest University will host “Election 2016: Debating the Issues," a series of forums over three days. Wake Forest professors will moderate the panels, which will feature both conservative and liberal voices. Topics are Foreign Policy and National Security (4 p.m., Oct. 25), Economic Policy (6:30 p.m., Oct. 25), Immigration Politics (4 p.m., Oct. 26), Education Policy in North Carolina (6:30 p.m., Oct. 26), Voting and Politics in North Carolina (5 p.m., Oct. 27) and Covering Elections – the Intersection of State-Wide Media and Politics (7 p.m., Oct. 27). All sessions will be held in Pugh Auditorium in Benson University Center. For details about the moderators and the panelists, click here.
Oct 27: HPU is bringing award-winning author J.D. Daniels to campus for a Phoenix Reading Series event (7 p.m., Plato S. Wilson Commerce Building Ballroom). His writing has appeared in Paris Review, the Oxford American and other publications. His first collection of essays, "The Correspondence," will be published in January.
Oct. 27: Bill T. Arnold will deliver the sixth annual Reynolds Lecture at Greensboro College (7:30 p.m., Hannah Brown Finch Memorial Chapel). Arnold is the Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky and is an elder in the United Methodist Church. The lecture is sponsored by the college's Reynolds Institute for Church Leadership and examines the relationship between the church and academia.
Oct. 28: The 2016-2017 Tannenbaum-Sternberger Colloquia at Greensboro College will feature Professor James Langer and Assistant Professor Brittany Sondberg (3 p.m., Sternberger Center on the first floor of James Addison Jones Library). Langer and Sondberg are both on the art faculty at the college. They'll speak on free speech and art.
Oct. 28: Wake Forest University will host a day-long symposium on combatting human trafficking (8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center). John Richmond, co-founder of the Human Trafficking Institute and a 1998 Wake law school grad, teamed up with the Wake Forest Law Review to put together the event. For details, including a list of speakers, click here.
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