UNC Asheville will host a talk by noted author Nathan McCall at 7 p.m. Friday, April 23, at the YMI Cultural Center, located at 39 S. Market Street in downtown Asheville. His talk, "Race, Community and Gentrification: What Will We Do with Them?" will address the process of renovation and displacement of poorer residents accompanying the influx of affluent people into deteriorating areas and its effect on race relations. The event is free and open to the public.
UNC Asheville's Center for Jewish Studies will host a reading and talk by poet Emily Warn at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in UNC Asheville's Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall. Warn will read and discuss her latest poetry collection, "The Shadow Architect." The event is free and open to the public.
UNC Asheville's History Department will host a talk on early 20th-century African American writer James Baldwin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in UNC Asheville's Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall. Magdalena J. Zaborowska, a noted author and Baldwin biographer, will discuss Baldwin's extended stays in Turkey, where he wrote some of his most important works. The event is free and open to the public.
UNC Asheville will host a lecture on queer theory in Latin American literature by noted scholar and author David William Foster at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in UNC Asheville’s Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall. The lecture, “Of Gay Caballeros and Other Noble Heroes,” will discuss deconstructing the assumptions of heteronormativity. The event is free and open to the public.
UNC Asheville's Center for Jewish Studies will host an evening with acclaimed Jewish author Howard Schwartz at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at UNC Asheville's Reuter Center. Schwartz will give a talk on "Tales of the Great Jewish Mystics," which is his most popular program. Following the talk, UNC Asheville's Hillel student organization will host a havdalah ceremony and dessert reception. Events are free and open to the public.
UNC Asheville will host a panel discussion on “Celebrating Advocacy: Asheville YWCA Working to Empower Women and Eliminate Racism” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, in UNC Asheville’s Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
UNC Asheville will host an evening with acclaimed Civil Rights leader and songstress Bernice Johnson Reagon at 7 p.m. Friday, March 19, in UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. Reagon, who has been selected to give the May 2010 UNC Asheville Commencement Address, will engage the audience in her signature "song-talk" style. The event is free and open to the public; American Sign Language interpretation will be provided.
WILL BE HELD AS SCHEDULED -- UNC Asheville will host a screening of the Emmy-Award nominated documentary "The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo" followed by a discussion with acclaimed actress Andie MacDowell at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. The event is open to the public; donations will be accepted at the door to benefit OurVoice and Helpmate.
UNC Asheville will host a reading by Affrilachian poet Frank X Walker at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. “Affrilachian,” a term coined by Walker, refers to an African-American who lives in Appalachia, and challenges the idea of a homogeneous all-white landscape in the Appalachian region.
CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER -- Child prodigy turned professional musician Esperanza Spalding will perform with her jazz ensemble at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Spalding, 25, is a composer, bassist, multi-lingual vocalist who has been called “the future of jazz and instrumental music.”