Bringing Arts & Culture to Querencia

For our Members, Querencia has earned a reputation for offering diverse and engaging activities for all generations. Special events such as our Speaker Series set out to elevate our club conversation with meaningful topics through evenings of intellectual dialogue in a fun and engaging group setting. They are designed to provoke open dialogue and improve actions taken in the real world. Notable past speakers have included Mike Mulligan, Head of the Thatcher School, Pat McCrory, former South Carolina Governor, and Dinesh D’Souza, author, filmmaker and political commentator.

Querencia is more than a Fazio Signature Golf Course and a Beach Club. We are a community of diverse offerings and amenities which bring our members together.

Q Speakers from left to right: Dr. Bill Cook, former Governor Pat McCrory, Michael Mulligan, Dinesh D´Souza, Dr. Mark Liponis

Dr. Mark Liponis
December 14th & 15th – Inflammation and Immunity & How Should I Eat?
Asone of the country’s leading experts in preventive and holistic health at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts, Mark is responsible for establishing the clinical standards and cultivates its 360-degree approach to providing comprehensive integrative medical care.
Governor Pat McCrory
January 4th – US Politics Today: An Insider’s Perspective
Governor McCrory is a businessman, politician and radio host who was the longest serving mayor in Charlotte’s history, serving seven terms from 1995 to 2009, and served as the 74th Governor of North Carolina from 2013-2017.
Professor Bill Cook
January 17th – 19th – Great Cathedrals of the World, Rise of Humanism, Dante
Dr. Bill Cook is an accomplished professor, author, and humanitarian. He is the founder and president of Bill Cook Foundation, a charitable organization seeking to help some of the world’s poorest children to get the best education possible. The Foundation works in some of the world’s poorest countries and with the most disadvantaged children including orphans, refugees, and victims of discrimination.
Michael Mulligan
February 11th & 12th –What Every Teen Needs, What Every Parent Should Know,
and What Every School Should Do & How Colleges Fail Our Children and How Schools Fail Our Colleges
Throughout his 30 year career, he has contributed to the excellence, advancement, and success of boarding schools, most notably at the America’s top prep school – The Thacher School in Ojai, California. Michael Mulligan has been dealing with adolescents his entire career and has amazing insights into the teenage brain – and stories of first hand experiences to back them up.
Dinesh D´Souza
February 21st & 23rd – The Roots of Our Cultural Divide & Fake News and Fake History: How People Come to “Know” things that aren’t True
Dinesh D’Souza is a bestselling author and filmmaker. His films, 2016: Obama’s America and America: Imagine A World Without Her, are respectively the #2 and #6 highest political documentaries of all time. D’Souza’s film Hillary’s America, is widely credited with contributing to Hillary Clinton’s defeat in 2016, and quickly joined his first two films in the top 10 political documentaries of all time.
Ignacio Felix Cota
Thursday, February 28th – The 1769 Portolá Expedition and the Birth of Alta California
A Querencia Member and oceanographer who started abalone culture and its preservation. A shipowner in the Pemex marine transportation industry, Mexico’s surfing pioneer, and an author. Ignacio is a direct descendant of the old Californios and Chairman of the binational initiative to rescue the legacy of the founders of the Californias.
Danielle Pletka
Saturday, March 16th – America, Trump, and the Reality of Foreign Policy 
Danielle Pletka is senior vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she oversees the Institute’s work on foreign and defense issues.
Friday, March 29th
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Dr. Brian Hare
April 1 – Survival of the Friendliest, from Dogs to Democracy
Dr. Brian Hare is an associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University in North Carolina, and founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center.
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Vanessa Woods
April 2 – Bonobos and Human Behavior
Vanessa Woods is a New York Times bestselling author, and Duke University research scientist who is interested in learning what bonobos can tell us about becoming a more peaceful species.
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Seth Shostak
April 20 – The 21st Century: How Everything Will Change 
April 22 – Could the Aliens Be Here? UFOs, Crop Circles, and Unsavory Abductions

Dr. Seth Shostak is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, and the Director of the Institute’s Center for SETI Research. He has published several books and papers on galaxies and the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
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If you would like to learn more about Querencia’s unique programs like the Speaker Series, musical performances and cultural events,  please contact us.