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 26th annual Economic Crystal Ball Seminar will be held on Thursday, April 8, at UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. Noted economists David W. Berson and James F. Smith will make forecasts on the 2010 business and financial outlook.
UNC Asheville will host a talk on "Catching Up or Leading the Way" by distinguished educator Yong Zhao at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. Zhao is author of the acclaimed book by the same title, which addresses global education. The event is free and open to the public.
Registration is now open for Effective Teacher Training, a required course for teaching and substituting in some North Carolina public school systems, including Buncombe County and Asheville public schools. The course, offered by UNC Asheville's Professional Education Program, will be held on the UNC Asheville campus.
UNC Asheville will host a talk by internationally recognized psychology scholar and media personality Philip Zimbardo at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at UNC Asheville's Reuter Center. In his talk, "The Lucifer Effect in Action: My Journey from Evil to Heroism," Zimbardo will discuss his study of how high pressure situations can force good people to do bad things.
UNC Asheville will host a talk on "Defending the Rule of Law: The Guantanamo Bay Detainees" by civil rights attorney Frank Goldsmith at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union, room 221. Goldsmith, an expert on international humanitarian law, is representing one of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
UNC Asheville is taking advantage of the growing trend in online and teleconference education to improve access to classes for across the state. This spring the university will offer a 300-level education course for lateral entry teachers worth three credit hours.
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.
What do human rights abuses look like? How do they feel? What difference do they make to our lives? These and other questions will be examined at the Second Annual Visualizing Human Rights Anti-Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union. The event will bring together visual and performance artists to put a human face on human rights in an effort to reach beyond traditional academic approaches. The event is free and open to the public; lunch will be provided.
UNC Asheville’s Amnesty International Student Chapter will hold its sixth annual Human Rights Film Festival November 9-13. Five films will be shown at 7 p.m. in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union. Each film will be followed by a discussion led by a UNC Asheville professor, student or community member. The festival, which has become the largest of its kind in the Southeast, is free and open to the public.