Principal Chief Michell Hicks of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will present a talk, "Cherokee Sovereignty: Issues & Institutions," at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 in UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union, Alumni Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
The UNC Asheville Dance Program will present its annual spring concert with three performances, 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, and 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Bebe Theater, 20 Commerce St. in downtown Asheville.
UNC Asheville's 29th annual Economic Crystal Ball Seminar will be held on Thursday, April 18, at UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. Noted economists David W. Berson and James F. Smith will make forecasts on the business and financial outlook for the coming year. The seminar, sponsored by the UNC Asheville Economics Department and Parsec Financial, begins with a 6:15 p.m. reception, followed by the speakers at 7 p.m., and a question-and-answer period at 8 p.m. The seminar takes place at Lipinsky Auditorium on campus and is free and open to the public.
Dr. Jonathan Shay, a renowned psychiatrist who has specialized in treating veterans of war, will offer three public talks, April 9-11, at UNC Asheville. He also will meet with UNC Asheville's Student-Veteran Alliance as well as students and community members.
The documentary film "The Race to Nowhere – The Dark Side of America's Achievement Culture," will be screened at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union, Room 143. A panel discussion with educators, parents, students and community members will follow.
With the April 15 deadline looming for filing income tax returns, Saturday, April 6, brings one last chance for community residents to get their income tax returns prepared for free by UNC Asheville volunteers as part of the IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. The tax preparation assistance team will be ready to prepare tax returns from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., April 6, in the Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville. (The library is closed March 30 for the Easter holiday.) No appointment is necessary.
UNC Asheville faculty will begin intensive work this summer with teams of teachers from Asheville City and McDowell County Schools to help the schools implement new state standards, provide more intellectually rigorous instruction, and support teaching of "big ideas."
Local artists Jeremy Russell and Valeria Watson-Doost, creators of the "Whole Earth Theory" exhibition at UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union Gallery, will be joined by members of UNC Asheville's faculty for a panel discussion, "Boundaries," on the nexus of art and politics at 6 p.m. Monday, March 25 at the Highsmith University Union Grotto on campus.