Staff Benda Bilili will bring its unique blend of vocals, guitars and tight rhythms to UNC Asheville for an 8 p.m. concert, Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Lipinsky Auditorium. The musicians, paraplegic men and boys who lived and played on the streets around the grounds of Kinshasa zoo in Democratic Republic of the Congo, caught the ear of a visiting Belgian record-producer. The band has now recorded two albums and performed in Europe, Japan and Australia. This is Staff Benda Bilili's first US tour.
Today, NCDC announced the launch of a new website that could help climate scientists estimate the historical intensities of hurricanes around the world faster than before—and the public is invited to help.
Retired Ambassador James Larocco will discuss "The Arab Spring: Is it Summer (or Winter) Yet, And Why Does it Matter?" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 in UNC Asheville's Reuter Center, home of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI at UNC Asheville). Larocco is director of the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Students at the Department of Defense/National Defense University.
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.
UNC Asheville senior Annelise DeJong has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Sri Lanka. DeJong was selected for this prestigious honor on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated capacity for leadership. She will leave in October to begin work in Sri Lanka through the Fulbright Program for U.S. Students, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. DeJong is the 37th UNC Asheville student to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.
Renowned climate scientist Michael E. Mann will discuss his new book, “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars,” at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall. His talk is 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.