During National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, UNC Asheville will host a series of special events, including appearances by writers Stephanie Elizondo Griest and Gabriela Garcia Medina, and a talk by Alina Fernandez, daughter of Fidel Castro.
With a bang of the steel pans, the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra will kick off the 2011-2012 season of UNC Asheville’s Cultural Events and Distinguished Speaker Series. This high-energy performance will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Highsmith University Union Grotto. The concert is free and open to the public, but there is limited café-style seating, so early arrival is suggested.
The ASCORE Youth Leadership Committee, a community-wide committee headquartered at the Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville, will commemorate the 1961 desegregation of Pack Memorial Library with a series of special events on Sunday, Sept. 18.
“What does it mean to be both southern and Jewish?” Culinary historian Marcie Cohen Ferris will present a mix of oral history, archival resources and recipes that help answer that question, when she delivers the third annual Sam Hill Lecture in Southern Religious History, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall.
The 2011 UNC Asheville Queer Studies conference will take place March 31-April 2 in various locations on the campus. The conference is dedicated to the investigation of genders and sexualities, and is expected to attract roughly 100 participants from around the country, with workshops, readings, film screenings and performances.
Franklin McCain, one of the original four African-American students to sit in at the white-only Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., will speak at UNC Asheville at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at Humanities Lecture Hall. McCain's talk will be preceded at 6 p.m. by the screening of "Seizing Justice: The Greensboro 4," a documentary produced by the Smithsonian Institution. The events are sponsored by the UNC Asheville Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and are free and open to the public.
Asheville will experience jubilant Afro-Brazilian dance when the vibrant and award-winning Viver Brasil takes to the stage at the Diana Wortham Theater on April 5 and 6. Specializing in bringing to life the beautiful and complex stories of the “orixa,” African sacred energies, Viver Brasil’s style incorporates samba, contemporary Afro-Brazilian dance and carnival. Curtain is 8 p.m. for both shows at the Diana Wortham Theater, at Pack Place in downtown Asheville.
UNC Asheville will hold its Homecoming 2011 celebration from February 23-26. Special events range from the annual homecoming parade and basketball games to a step show and tailgate party. A number of activities are open to the public.