February Critical Issues Luncheon - Black History Month Observance with Dr. Darin Waters
Feb
28
11:45 AM11:45

February Critical Issues Luncheon - Black History Month Observance with Dr. Darin Waters

In observance of Black History Month, our featured speaker will be Dr. Darin Waters, assistant professor of history and special assistant to the chancellor at UNC Asheville.  Prof. Waters’ family roots in Western North Carolina date back more than 150 years.  His topic will be "Life Beneath the Veneer: Reflections on the Early History of African-Americans in Asheville and Western North Carolina."

Dr. Darin J. Waters is an Assistant Professor of History and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Outreach and Engagement at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he teaches courses in American history, North Carolina History, Appalachian History, African American and Brazilian History.  He also specializes in the history of race relations in both the United States and Latin America.

Dr. Waters received his doctorate from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012.  Dr. Waters’ research focuses on the history of African Americans in Asheville and Western North Carolina.  More recently, Dr. Waters has written about issues surrounding the construction of the nation’s collective historical memory, exploring the impact that that memory has on the present.  In his role as Special Assistant to the Chancellor of UNC Asheville, Dr. Waters works closely with community leaders and organizations to strengthen old and build new partnerships for and with the university.   For the past three years, he has successfully organized three major conferences on the history of African Americans in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia.  The conference has grown to become a major annual event for the university.  Dr. Waters is also the co-host of The Waters and Harvey Show, a weekly radio program that airs on WCQS the local NPR/Public radio station in Asheville.

TIME:  11:45am – 1:30pm (food service begins at 11:45; program begins at 12:15)
LOCATION: The Country Club of Asheville. (Click link for map)
COST is $25 for LAF members, $30 for all others, payable at the door.  Check or cash only.
Please RSVP to Nancy Williams at 828-250-2353 or events@leadershipashevilleforum.com (email preferred), and specify which event you will be attending.

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January Event
Jan
24
11:45 AM11:45

January Event

Dr. Jim Smith - Tax reform

Tax Reform: Who Wins, Who Loses, Who Knows?

The Trump administration has chalked up its first major legislative victory by  passing a sweeping federal tax reform bill.  Republicans say it will boost the economy and bring more jobs.   Democrats call it a huge Christmas gift to the wealthy and predict it will balloon the national deficit.

At LAF’s January 24th Critical Issues event, noted economist Dr. James F. Smith will present his non-partisan analysis of the new law and tell us when we'll find out who the winners and losers are.

TIME:  11:45am – 1:30pm (food service begins at 11:45; program begins at 12:15)
LOCATION: The Country Club of Asheville. (Click link for map)
COST is $25 for LAF members, $30 for all others, payable at the door.  Check or cash only.
Please RSVP to Nancy Williams at 828-250-2353 or events@leadershipashevilleforum.com (email preferred), and specify which event you will be attending.

 

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Nov
15
to Nov 30

The Continuing Battle Over Redistricting in North Carolina

The Continuing Battle Over Redistricting in North Carolina

Election maps drawn by the North Carolina General Assembly have been the subject of numerous court challenges.  Now, the legislature wants to redraw some of the state’s judicial districts, as well.

At LAF’s November 15th Critical Issues luncheon event, Bob Phillips, the executive director of Common Cause North Carolina, will discuss why his organization– and others – are critical of both plans.  They say it’s not a partisan issue but one of basic fairness.

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Bob Phillips is a native North Carolinian who has worked as a local television journalist, communications director for the Office of Lieutenant Governor, and, since 2001, executive director of Common Cause North Carolina. His work with CCNC helped North Carolina become the first state to pass full judicial public finance reform, to adopt comprehensive lobbying and ethics laws and to become one of the country's highest states in voter participation. In recent years, Phillips has focused on promoting a statewide campaign called End Gerrymandering Now in North Carolina. CCNC is currently partnering with Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on a project to educate the public on potential reforms. Phillips is a native of Charlotte, has lived in the Triangle for the past 35 years and enjoys spending time in the Blue Ridge mountains and on Ocracoke Island.

TIME:  11:45am – 1:30pm (food service begins at 11:45; program begins at 12:15)
LOCATION: The Country Club of Asheville. (Click link for map)
COST is $25 for LAF members, $30 for all others, payable at the door.  Check or cash only.
Please RSVP to Nancy Williams at 828-250-2353 or events@leadershipashevilleforum.com (email preferred), and specify which event you will be attending.

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Sep
14
5:30 PM17:30

Science and Sundaes!

Join us for LAF's Second Annual Ice Cream Social and Science Museum Visit!

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Sponsored by McGuire, Wood and Bissette and catered by Ultimate Ice Cream.

Create your own sundae by choosing from eight flavors of ice cream and lots of different toppings, then visit the new Asheville Museum of Science just across the street. This event is FREE to LAF members, but is limited to the first 50 respondents.

RSVP by Friday, September 7th to Myra Ramsey at mramsey79@charter.net or 253-3038.

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