Magdalene Odundo, the renowned Kenyan-born sculptural ceramist and professor, will speak about her work at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Asheville Art Museum. Her talk is presented in partnership with UNC Asheville's Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD), which has sponsored Odundo's visit as artist-in-residence in Western North Carolina.
A quintet of great Southern writers, including Ron Rash and Charles Frazier, will speak in July at UNC Asheville's Reuter Center as part of the Summer Authors Speakers Series. The series of talks, produced by the Appalachian Studies Program of the College for Seniors at UNC Asheville's N.C. Center for Creative Retirement, is free and open to the public, 3-4:30 p.m. Sundays. NOTE - THIS IS NOW A TICKETED EVENT.
UNC Asheville recently presented its annual alumni and student leaderships awards at a special ceremony on campus. Chancellor Anne Ponder, Vice Chancellor Bill Haggard, and UNC Asheville National Alumni Council Chair Barbara Baker ('71) made the presentations.
“Recognition: A Cherokee Journey to Forgiveness and Healing,” a talk by Patricia Grant, will take place at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 5 in UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. It is free and open to the public, and lunch is provided.
Award-winning educational researcher Gloria Ladson-Billings will give a talk, “Critical Race Theory and Education," at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. This lecture is free and open to the public.
UNC Asheville’s annual F-Word (Feminist) Film Festival: A Celebration of Images By and About Women But For All Audiences, returns March 21-26 with screenings on campus of “Miss Representation” and three other films, and discussions featuring university faculty, students and distinguished leaders in the community, including Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy. All F-Word Festival events are free and open to the public.
“The Heroic Present: The Gypsy Photographs of Jan Yoors,” a new exhibition hosted by UNC Asheville’s Center for Diversity Education, is now on view through April 16 in the Karpen Hall lobby on the campus. The exhibition features extraordinary photographs taken before and after World War II by an outsider who was welcomed into Roma communities.
Duke University religion scholar Shalom Goldman, together with folksinger Lisa Deaton, will present “Johnny Cash in the Holy Land: Christian Zionism and American Popular Culture,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center Mountain View conference room 417. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville.
“Our Voices, Our Stories, Nuestras Voces, Nuestras Historias,” a new traveling exhibition documenting the lives of immigrants and their journeys to and within Western North Carolina, will take up residence at UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union Gallery during the month of March. The exhibit includes art in different and mixed media, and the voices of immigrants interviewed about their lives and experiences.