Moonshine: A word that paints a thousand pictures. In fact, according to author and University of North Carolina at Asheville history professor Dan Pierce, life in the Smoky Mountain region for many often brings to mind a vivid image of the lowly moonshiner holding his XXX-labeled stoneware jug, passed out beside his cooper pot still.
With the theme of "Dare to be Different," educators from around the world, including Australia, Azerbaijan, and Canada, among others, in the interdisciplinary fields of management will gather for a four-day experiential conference June 5-8 at UNC Asheville.
With poet Nikki Giovanni delivering the commencement address to a crowd of more than 4,000 on the University Quadrangle, UNC Asheville held its 85th annual commencement ceremony Saturday morning, celebrating the 730 graduates of the Class of 2013. Those honored included the 466 May graduates, the 243 students who received degrees in December, and 21 August graduates.
UNC Asheville presented awards to distinguished alumni Charles Thomas Steele Jr., Lt. Col. Wes Morrison, Barbara Baker, Justin Belleme and Leslie Klein Newman, in a ceremony that also included awards to distinguished faculty and student leaders.
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.
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.