UNC Asheville will host its annual Head Start Holiday Party from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Highsmith University Union, Alumni Hall, on the campus. Donated gifts are already wrapped and individually labeled for the 108 preschoolers in the Pisgah View and Barnardsville Head Start centers who are expected to attend.
Award-winning sitar player Soumitra Lahiri and tabla player Samir Chatterjee will perform together in concert, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. The concert offers a rare opportunity in Western North Carolina to hear top-level Indian musicians. The duo will perform Indian classical music blended with modern influences.
Some 500 high school students from across Western North Carolina will explore an array of career opportunities in the fields of health care, health education and more at the 12th annual Health Careers Education Awareness Conference, "Navigating Your Journey to a Health Career," at UNC Asheville's Wilma Sherrill Center on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011.
During National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, UNC Asheville will host a series of special events, including appearances by writers Stephanie Elizondo Griest and Gabriela Garcia Medina, and a talk by Alina Fernandez, daughter of Fidel Castro.
With a bang of the steel pans, the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra will kick off the 2011-2012 season of UNC Asheville’s Cultural Events and Distinguished Speaker Series. This high-energy performance will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Highsmith University Union Grotto. The concert is free and open to the public, but there is limited café-style seating, so early arrival is suggested.
The ASCORE Youth Leadership Committee, a community-wide committee headquartered at the Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville, will commemorate the 1961 desegregation of Pack Memorial Library with a series of special events on Sunday, Sept. 18.
“What does it mean to be both southern and Jewish?” Culinary historian Marcie Cohen Ferris will present a mix of oral history, archival resources and recipes that help answer that question, when she delivers the third annual Sam Hill Lecture in Southern Religious History, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall.
The 2011 UNC Asheville Queer Studies conference will take place March 31-April 2 in various locations on the campus. The conference is dedicated to the investigation of genders and sexualities, and is expected to attract roughly 100 participants from around the country, with workshops, readings, film screenings and performances.
Franklin McCain, one of the original four African-American students to sit in at the white-only Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., will speak at UNC Asheville at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at Humanities Lecture Hall. McCain's talk will be preceded at 6 p.m. by the screening of "Seizing Justice: The Greensboro 4," a documentary produced by the Smithsonian Institution. The events are sponsored by the UNC Asheville Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and are free and open to the public.