UNC Asheville faculty will begin intensive work this summer with teams of teachers from Asheville City and McDowell County Schools to help the schools implement new state standards, provide more intellectually rigorous instruction, and support teaching of "big ideas."
Local artists Jeremy Russell and Valeria Watson-Doost, creators of the "Whole Earth Theory" exhibition at UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union Gallery, will be joined by members of UNC Asheville's faculty for a panel discussion, "Boundaries," on the nexus of art and politics at 6 p.m. Monday, March 25 at the Highsmith University Union Grotto on campus.
A comical yet serious presentation – "The Great Pi vs. E Debate" – will be staged at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. The event, UNC Asheville's annual Parsons Lecture, showcases eminent scholars explaining math theories and problems in innovative ways understood by non-mathematicians.
Is Batman psychotic? Does he have PTSD? Why has Batman, born on the eve of World War II, endured and grown as an iconic character and what does that say about us? Travis Langley, author of "Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight" (Wiley, 2012) will probe these questions and more in a talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium.
A panel of area musicians, teachers and others will provide an update on women's experiences in the music business. "Women in Music," part of UNC Asheville's observance of Women's History Month, is co-sponsored by the university's Department of Music and the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program. The event takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in the Highsmith University Union Grotto on campus.
Junior Walk, a West Virginia native who travels the country speaking out against mountaintop-removal mining on behalf of the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union, Alumni Hall. Walk was a 2011 recipient of the Earth Island Institute's Brower Youth Award for Environmental Leadership.
"Spoon | Fed," a new exhibition featuring works on the theme of the overlooked utensil, the spoon, opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Mar. 15 at UNC Asheville's Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Hendersonville.
"An Evening with N.C. Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti," presented by UNC Asheville's Creative Writing Program and the university's Literature Club, takes place on the campus beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, March 25, in Karpen Hall's Laurel Forum.