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Coach Adair Featured Speaker for in!Genius Event
Release: 04/02/2013
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – College of Charleston women’s basketball head coach Natasha Adair will be one of nine featured speakers at an event hosted by the College of Charleston bringing together artists, scientists, scholars and industry professionals for a night of free thinking and free stuff Tuesday April 9 at the Sottile Theatre.

The one hour long event will start at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception in the Cistern Yard. The presentation and reception are free and open to the public. An RSVP is required for the reception by sending an e-mail to

In her first year as a head coach and first year at the College of Charleston Adair guided the women’s basketball team to their third highest win total in the last 23 years of the program and earned a spot in the Women’s Basketball Invitational post-season tournament.

Adair will talk about her background, growing up being insecure about being one of the tallest kids in her class, the influence of her mother and father, how she got to where she is and the success she is having with the CofC women’s basketball team.

Other featured speakers include:

Joe Carson: Physics and astronomy professor who has discovered several planets (one of which was noted by Time magazine) and has helped his own students make out-of-this-world discoveries (will be joined on stage by fellow exoplanet researchers seniors Thea Kozakis and Laura Stevens).

Steve Cody: Member of the College’s Communication Advisory Council, managing partner and co-founder of Peppercomm, a public relations/marketing firm headquartered in New York City and stand-up comedian.

Jimmy Freeman ’11: One of the first graduates of the College’s Call Me MISTER Program and a teacher at a Title I school in Goose Creek, S.C.

Naomi Gale and Ghazi Abuhakema: Two professors – one Israeli and one Palestinian – teaching and talking about the culture of the Middle East.

Alix Generous: Biology student with Asperger syndrome who presented original research on coral reefs to United Nations delegates last fall in India.

Edward Hart ’88: Music professor and renowned composer who will talk about the inspiration of place in conjunction with some of his performed pieces.

Brian Rutenberg ’87: Award-winning abstract artist living and working in New York City.

Levi Vonk: International studies student who works closely with migrant workers and migrant law.

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