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Three events in the next eight days underscore UNC Charlotte’s growing intellectual and economic contributions to the region. TIAA Lecture Series – April Rinne, an “advisor and guide” on “The sharing economy (think car sharing) and the Urban Economy,” 2 pm March 24, Cone University Center. Address by Black Lives Matter co-founder Alecia Garza – 7 pm March 28, Cone University Center. Analytics Frontiers Conference – Latest updates in high-tech big-data analysis, featuring experts Tom Davenport, David Kiron and dozens more. March 30, Ritz-Carlton Charlotte. Here are additional details of each event. April Rinne and “The Sharing Economy in the Urban Millennium” Thought leader April Rinne, an expert on shareable cities, will discuss “The Sharing Economy in the Urban Millennium” at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in the Cone University Center McKnight Hall. This presentation is for the University’s TIAA Lecture Series. Rinne is an advisor and guide on the sharing economy, the concept of a peer-based sharing of access to goods and services, coordinated through community-based resources. Examples include car sharing, the rental of apartments/houses and even the sharing of one’s talents and skills. “Within the sharing economy, my main areas of focus are what it means for cities, policymakers, the future of travel and tourism and emerging markets,” wrote Rinne on her website. “The sharing economy is full of hard questions and unknowns. My goal is to show and help others discover how the sharing economy can create a more inclusive, resilient, robust future — and figure out what to do when not everyone’s goals can be met.” Details, reservations (free but requested) Alecia Garza’s address On...