College of Arts & Sciences

30 Brave Minutes

30 Brave Minutes

Have you listened to 30 Brave Minutes? It's a podcast produced by the College of Arts & Sciences. In each episode a panel of distinguished guests discusses a thought provoking topic. Check it out!  

 UN Promise Panel

College Affordability & NC Promise

January 1, 2018

Panel: Dr. David Ward (Academic Affairs), Lois Williams (Enrollment Management), and Jodi Phelps (University Communications & Marketing).

Listen to the podcast.  Transcript coming soon. 


 Podcast Panel on the Life in the Military

Life in the Military

December 1, 2017

Panel: Dr. Weston Cook (History), Mike Clawson and Jasmine Coleman (Military Outreach), and Lewis Whitley (Mathematics & Computer Science).

Listen to the podcast.  Read to the transcript

 Hurricane Matthew Panel

Hurricane Matthew

November 1, 2017

Panel: Dr. Dan Barbee (Political Science & Public Administration), Dr. Robert Schneider (Political Science & Public Administration), Morgan Jones (Office of Advancement), Dr. Dennis Swanson (Livermore Library).  

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The Reformation

October 1, 2017

Panel: Dr. Ray Sutherland (Philosophy & Religion), Dr. Charles Beem (History), Dr. Josh Busman (Music), and Dr. Richard Gay (Art).  

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Sustainability Participants


September 1, 2017

Panel: Dr. Rachel Smith (Chemistry & Physics), Dr. Andrew Ash (Biology), Jay Blauser (Office of Campus Sustainability), and Nathan Phillippi (Geology & Geography).  

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Mysteries of the Human Body Podcast Participants

Mysteries of the Human Body

August 1, 2017

Panel: Dr. J. Porter Lillis (Sociology & Criminal Justice), Dr. Robert Poage (Biology), and Eric Freeman.

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 Leadership Panel Photo


July 1, 2017

Panel: Brittany Bennett (Health Physical Education & Recreation), Dan Kenney (UNCP Chancellor's Office), Barry O'Brien (School of Business), Christie Poteet (Community & Civic Engagement), and Dr. Joe West (Political Science & Public Administration)

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 Social Work Panel

Social Work in Rural Areas

June 1, 2017

Panel: Dr. Yale Kodwo-Nyameazea, Joe Davis, and Dr. Summer Gainey (Social Work)

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 Crime and Punishment Panel Photo

Crime & Punishment

May 1, 2017

Panel: Dr. Mario Paparozzi, Dr. Renee Lamphere, Judith Paparozzi, and Robert McDonnell (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

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 Soil Panel Participants


April 3, 2017

Panel: Dr. Kaitlin Campbell (Biology), Dr. Deborah Hanmer (Biology), and Dr. Daren Nelson (Geology & Geography).

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 Creativity Podcast Participants


March 15, 2017

Panel: Jessica Pitchford (English, Theatre, & Foreign Languages), Carla Rokes (Art), Aaron Vandermeer (Music), Holden Hansen (English, Theatre, & Foreign Languages), and Terence Dollard (Mass Communication).

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 Trees on UNCP Campus

K-12 Education

February 15, 2017

Panel: Dr. Serina Cinnamon (History) and Dr. Naomi Lifschitz-Grant (Art).

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Holiday Podcast Panel

The Holiday Season

December 7, 2016

Panel: Dr. Siva Mandjiny (Chemistry & Physics), Dr. Jane Haladay (American Indian Studies), Dr. David Nikkel (Philosophy & Religion), Dr. Motti Inbari (Philosophy & Religion), and Michael Berntsen (English, Theatre & Foreign Languages).

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 Podcast on Elections Guests

Presidential Elections

November 22, 2016

Panel: Dr. Mark Thompson (History), Dr. Emily Neff-Sharum (Political Science & Public Administration), and Mary E. Sandell (Mass Communications).

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Healthcare Podcast participants

Future of Healthcare

October 27, 2016

Panel: Dr. Cherry Beasley (Nursing), Dr. Ben Bahr (Biology, Chemistry & Physics), Dr. Shilpa Regan (Psychology), and Dr. Chancellor Robin G. Cummings.

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Storytelling Panel


September 28, 2016

Panel: Dr. Ashley Allen (Psychology), Dr. Ryan Anderson (History), Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs (American Indian Studies), and Dr. Roger Ladd (English, Theatre and Foreign Languages).

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