30 Brave Minutes

30 Brave Minutes, the College of Arts and Sciences podcast

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


Information Literacy Panelist

Information Literacy and the Library of Tomorrow

April 2, 2018

Panel: David Young (Catalog Librarian), Dr. Dennis Swanson (Dean of Library Services), Roger Cross (Collection Development and Serials Librarian), and Robert Arndt (Reference and Instructional Services Librarian).

21st-Century Media Panel

21st-Century Media

March 1, 2018

Panel: Dr. Emilia Bak, Dr. Judith Curtis, George Harrison M.B.A. (Mass Communication) and Justin Smith (Office of the Chancellor).

Great Books Panel

Great Books

February 8, 2018

Panel: Dr. Abby Mann, Dr. Autumn Lauzon, Dr. Melissa Schaub, and Dr. Charles Tita (English, Theatre & Foreign Languages).

College Affordability Panel

College Affordability & NC Promise

January 1, 2018

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

Life in the Military Panel

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).

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).  

Reformation Panel

The Reformation

October 1, 2017

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

Sustainability Panel


September 1, 2017

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

Mysteries of the Human Body Panel

Mysteries of the Human Body

August 1, 2017

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

Leadership Panel


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).

Social Work Panel

Social Work in Rural Areas

June 1, 2017

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

Crime & Punishment Panel.

Crime & Punishment

May 1, 2017

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

Soil panel photo


April 3, 2017

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

Photo of the Creativity panel


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).

Spring blooms on trees.

K-12 Education

February 15, 2017

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

The Holiday Season panel.

The Holiday Season

December 7, 2016

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

Presidential Elections panel.

Presidential Elections

November 22, 2016

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

Healthcare panel.

Future of Healthcare

October 27, 2016

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

Storytelling panel.


September 28, 2016

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