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.
I. King Jordan, who made history when he was appointed as the first deaf president of Gallaudet University, will deliver a talk, "The Deaf Community at a Crossroads" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union. Jordan will also speak to smaller groups of students during his visit to UNC Asheville as part of the university's first Disability Awareness Week.
"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," a national traveling exhibition, will open at UNC Asheville's Ramsey Library on October 15. The exhibit examines how President Lincoln viewed the Constitution as applied to three intertwined crises of the Civil War—the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.
"Women in Islam," a panel discussion featuring three prominent Muslim women, will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by two UNC Asheville student organizations, the Muslim Student Association and the Feminist Collective Club.
Lauren Winner, a writer, historian and theologian known for chronicling her own spiritual journeys, will present "The Art of Spiritual Memoir" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in UNC Asheville's Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum.
UNC Asheville's second annual Well-A-Bration, September 13-15, will feature music, a sports expo, healthy cooking and exercise workshops, and a keynote talk by author, activist and sex-advice columnist Dan Savage.