James Bohman, author of Democracy Across Borders: From Demos to Demoi, will discuss “The Emergence of Mass Democracy,” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, in UNC Asheville's Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Chris Bashinelli, traveling public TV host, will provide the keynote address as UNC Asheville presents a series of International Education Week events from Nov. 11-15. International Education Week promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment, and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. The week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.
Holocaust survivor and scholar Walter Ziffer will discuss his personal encounters with genocide in his talk, “From Mozart to Murder: A Holocaust Survivor Muses About Radical Evil,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. A local resident, Ziffer will relate his personal experiences to attempts by scholars to explain the human capacity for monstrous atrocities.
Gershom Gorenberg, author of The Unmaking of Israel and senior correspondent for The American Prospect, will give a talk, “The Second Israeli Republic: Why It’s Needed and How to Get There,” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in UNC Asheville's Sherrill Center, in the Mission Health Mountain View Conference Room. He will describe the development of Israeli democracy. He will also discuss policies he feels places it in danger, and his proposals to preserve and renew the Israeli republic.
African desert rocker Omara “Bombino” Moctar will kick off his U.S. tour with a performance in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Bombino arrives in Asheville after touring France, Italy, the U.K and Scandinavia; his U.S. tour will culminate in Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Amber Munger, a human rights activist living in Haiti, will compare and contrast the work of Haitian grassroots organizations with that of international development agencies in a talk, “Nothing About Us Without Us.”
"In Search of Lost Causes,” an exhibit of Iranian poster art will be on view October 1-November 8, in UNC Asheville's Ramsey Library, Blowers Gallery. An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 17 in the Glasshouse greenhouse connected with Ramsey Library, and will include a lecture and film screening. All events are free and open to the public.
Guobin Yang, a leading analyst of online activism in China, will present a talk, “Communication and Community in Contemporary China” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16. Yang’s lecture is part of the 3rd annual China Symposium at UNC Asheville, which explores the complexities of contemporary Chinese society.
“Teaching About India,” a one-day conference on September 13, will bring some 50 scholars from around the country to UNC Asheville. The conference, focusing on incorporating the study of India across university curricula, will take place in UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum.
"People and Places of Nepal," an exhibition of watercolor paintings in the plein air style by Dhwoj Bahadur Gurung, will open with a reception from 3-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, in the Blowers Gallery at UNC Asheville's Ramsey Library. Both the reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.