“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.
Duke University religion scholar Shalom Goldman, together with folksinger Lisa Deaton, will present “Johnny Cash in the Holy Land: Christian Zionism and American Popular Culture,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center Mountain View conference room 417. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville.
“Our Voices, Our Stories, Nuestras Voces, Nuestras Historias,” a new traveling exhibition documenting the lives of immigrants and their journeys to and within Western North Carolina, will take up residence at UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union Gallery during the month of March. The exhibit includes art in different and mixed media, and the voices of immigrants interviewed about their lives and experiences.
Celebrated novelist and poet Sandra Cisneros takes the stage in Asheville on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m., at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. An Evening with Sandra Cisneros is free and open to the public and will include a book-signing and reception.
Natasha Tretheway, one of America’s most acclaimed poets and a compelling speaker, will offer a reading and talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
Pianist Kimberly Cann will perform in a free concert at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. The concert will feature works by Debussy, Liszt, Beethoven and the 20th Century composer Margaret Bonds, one of the first black classical performers and composers to gain recognition in the U.S.
Norman Fischer, a poet and Zen Buddhist priest, will present a poetry reading and lecture on two consecutive evenings at UNC Asheville. Fischer’s work focuses on Zen’s application to Western culture and on the relationship between Buddhist and Jewish practice; his appearances are sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville.
UNC Asheville will host “Come Together and Create,” a two-day showcase and celebration of local performing artists, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21. These performances, part of the university’s Martin Luther King Jr. Week, will take place in the Carol Belk Theatre on the campus.
“Are You Ready to Fix Racism? (or are you still pretending it doesn’t exist?),” a presentation by damali ayo, will highlight a series of events at UNC Asheville to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Week. Her talk begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium and is free and open to the public.