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.
A panel of area musicians, teachers and others will provide an update on women's experiences in the music business. "Women in Music," part of UNC Asheville's observance of Women's History Month, is co-sponsored by the university's Department of Music and the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program. The event takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in the Highsmith University Union Grotto on campus.
Junior Walk, a West Virginia native who travels the country speaking out against mountaintop-removal mining on behalf of the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union, Alumni Hall. Walk was a 2011 recipient of the Earth Island Institute's Brower Youth Award for Environmental Leadership.
"Spoon | Fed," a new exhibition featuring works on the theme of the overlooked utensil, the spoon, opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Mar. 15 at UNC Asheville's Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Hendersonville.