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As part of the Emerging Scholars Lecture Series, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies will host “Contemporary Yiddish Performance and Jewish Futures” with Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler, a 2021 graduate of the Folklore MA program at UNC. This talk examines the music of Yiddish-speaking Jewish partisans and ghetto resisters, as sung for a modern audience by the Boston Worker’s Circle community chorus, A Besere Velt (“A Better World”). Registration is required. Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m. Register.

The Black Entrepreneurship Initiative will host a series of events for the first ever “Secure the Bag” Week. From assistance with securing an internship to guidance on applying for funding as an entrepreneur, participants will find valuable information that will serve them well in their careers. Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m. Ace the Resume & Cover Letter with Sherrod and University Career Services, Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m. Finding an Internship & Building a LinkedIn Account, Oct. 6, 6:30, Securing Funding as a Black Entrepreneur & Networking Social (food provided), Oct. 7, 7 p.m. BEI General Interest Meeting, Oct. 8, 5 p.m. BEI Instagram Live Q&A (@BEIATUNC). All events, Rams 1 Multipurpose Room.

Join “In Person: CGSF Carolina Connections,” a social hour to meet with fellow first-generation college peers at the Graduate School Student Center. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and learn about the backgrounds and stories of your peers. Registration required. Oct. 5, 4–5 p.m. Register.

The Carolina Asia Center will host “Global Careers for LGBTQ Folk,” a panel discussion about the key roles that members of the LGBTQ+ community have in today’s society. As they exhibit strength in society and the workplace, they face certain challenges in their daily lives because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. This panel will discuss the pride in the LGBTQ+ community and the inherent opportunities as students pursue their future careers, along with ways to tackle the obstacles that they may come across. Panelists include Lacy Ferrell (historian of West Africa, University of Central Washington, member of AHA Committee on LGBTQ Status in the Profession), Anna Kiry (MA, Eastern European and Russian Studies, UNC, active in NGOs promoting LGBTQ rights in Eastern Europe) and Camilo Ramirez (UNC alum, worked for WRI, HRC and Brookings). Co-led by Professor Honing Lau, scholar of law and LGBTQ rights and Willie Person Mangum, professor of law at UNC with expertise in Asia. Oct. 5, 4–5:30 p.m. Register.

A program celebrating the opening of “Being and Belonging: Perspectives in North Carolina,” an art exhibition at the FedEx Global Education Center, will include remarks by each of the featured artists. “Being and Belonging” brings together 13 artists of Latin American heritage from across North Carolina whose work evokes questions of identity, environment and home. Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and English will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibition is organized by UNC Global in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of the Americas. Additional support is provided by Arts Everywhere, Department of Art and Art History, Latina/o Studies Program, Curriculum in Global Studies and the Carolina Latinx Center.  Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m. FedEx Global Education Center, Florence and James Peacock Atrium.

Join the Carolina Latinx Center for this panel discussion as they welcome back prestigious UNC alumni who will share stories about their current positions in life after graduating from Carolina. Oct. 5, 6:30–8 p.m. Register.

The Department of English and Comparative Literature will host “Spellbinding: The Cinematic Virtuosity of Barry Jenkins,” a discussion of Underground Railroad. Across his three feature films to date (Medicine for Melancholy, Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk), Barry Jenkins has devised a new cinematic vocabulary for the portrayal of the Black experience in the United States. With sumptuous imagery and hypnotic soundscapes, Jenkins has embraced aesthetic beauty as a strategy for addressing the past and present injustices that bear on the lives of marginalized characters. His 2021 miniseries, The Underground Railroad, is adapted from Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. A haunting, atmospheric account of two runaway slaves in the Antebellum South, the series is Jenkins’ most daring directorial work yet. The discussion will take place with editor Joi McMillon, cinematographer James Laxton and supervising sound editor Onnalee Blank. Join for a conversation about how these artists work together to make such intensely affecting sounds and images, saturated with emotion and keyed to social consciousness. Oct. 5, 7–8 p.m. Register.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs will host a virtual dialogue with Koji Tomita, Ambassador of Japan to the United States. He will discuss U.S.-Japan relations – the strong foundations of the alliance and the promise of future cooperation. Registration required. Oct. 6, 3:30–5 p.m. Register.

The UNC Program for Public Discourse will host “Social Media and Democracy,” an Abbey Speaker Series event bringing together thought leaders from academia and the tech sector to discuss whether social media can promote — or at least co-exist with — democracy. The event will be moderated by Yascha Mounk, contributing editor at The Atlantic. Oct. 6, 5:30 p.m. Register.

The Black Student Movement will host a “Mental Health Awareness Town Hall” as a safe space for Black college students and CAPS professionals to have an open conversation about mental health. Oct. 6, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Meeting ID: 953-4449-9244.

Ethics and Policy will host “Ethics and our Idols,” a discussion led by Christi Hurt and Melinda Manning. This conversation will consider the ethics of purchasing products created by artists or athletes who have engaged in interpersonal violence. Do our choices of books, movies, sports merchandise and other purchases constitute an endorsement of support for people whose personal behavior has been demonstrably harmful? What are the positive and problematic considerations in ethical consumerism? Join for this relevant and thought-provoking discussion and an extensive opportunity for audience Q&A. Oct. 7, 12–1:30 p.m. Register.

NC ACE Women’s Network will host the first seminar in the “Reimagined: Women Leading Through Hard Times” series. “Reimaging Rest: Learning to Cultivate Well-Being” focuses on self-care, which has become a familiar phrase. Messages everywhere exhort women to take time for themselves; usually, that time is presented as a day at the spa or an evening of wine and peaceful silence. For many of us, those are nice ideas but unlikely options. What would it look like to think differently about taking care of ourselves, our colleagues, our treasured relationships, of our communities themselves? Join us as we think together about prioritizing wellbeing– personally, professionally, and institutionally.  Oct. 7, 4–5 p.m. Register.

Ethics and Policy will host “Leading and Healing in the Aftermath of 9/11,” a panel discussion featuring Chancellor Emeritus, James Moeser. This conversation will explore the implications of the 9/11 attacks on college campuses by looking at dilemmas and decisions following the attack and the ongoing opportunities and challenges. Oct. 14, 5–6:30 p.m. Register.

The Latinx Connect virtual conference aims to move us beyond “celebrating” Latinxs during Hispanic Heritage Month and instead calls for critical conversations about identity, advocacy, activism, empowerment, and justice for the Latinx community, which faces numerous disparities in U.S. society, particularly at the intersections of Latinx identity (e.g. Afro-Latinxs, Indigenous Latinx, queer and Trans* Latinxs, undocumented Latinxs). The goal of the free, virtual, three-day conference is to provide a space for students, educators, community leaders, and political advocates to dialogue about Latinx identities, cultures, and contemporary issues. Workshops will foster discussion and conversations about the broad array of social justice issues that affect Latinx people, investigate social barriers faced by Latinx communities, and outline actionable steps to foster equity and justice. The focus on identity will allow us to complicate what it means to be Latinx/o/a/e or Hispanic. Oct. 14–16. Register.

Ethics and Policy will host “Ethics Bowl,” a lively discussion between UNC Ethics and Policy interns and interns from the Parr Center regarding paying college athletes and universal basic income. Oct. 15, 3–4:30 p.m. Register.

In honor of the last day of Latinx Heritage Month, the Carolina Latinx Center and Mi Pueblo will host an LHM finale with live dance performances, desserts, and drinks — alfajores, chocoflan, loteria & dominos. UNC Latinx organizations and special guests will be present to share in the festivities. Oct. 15, 5–8 p.m. The Pit.

The Ackland Museum will host Family and Friends Focus: Diwali Celebration to honor the five-day Indian Festival of Lights and its large cultural presence. Family and friends are welcome to learn about this unique culture and holiday. There will be free family activity kits that include art-making activities through Nov. 7. Oct. 17, 1–5 p.m. Ackland Museum (101 S. Columbia St, Chapel Hill).

Carrie Street will deliver the lecture “Mind-Body Medicine and Black Women’s Clubs in the Era of Jim Crow,” which promises to explore the ways that African-American women have managed their anxiety throughout history. As this discussion will focus on the historical context of African-American wellness, it will include the history of medicine, race and health. Specifically, it will dive into the therapeutic treatments of nervousness, insomnia and indigestion. Carrie Street is a PhD candidate at the University of California San Diego, specializing in the U.S. history of health, gender and race. Street also teaches at Appalachian State University. Oct. 18, 12–1 p.m. Register.

The Frank Porter Graham Speaker Series will feature Dr. Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, MD, MPH, presenting “Equity in Autism Diagnoses and Treatment: What will it Take?” Dr. Broder-Fingert will discuss the history of autism diagnoses and ongoing efforts to improve the diagnostic process and treatment as evaluated through a health equity lens. Oct. 20, 3:30–5 p.m. Register.

The Department of English & Comparative Literature will welcome back former UNC Professor Trudier Harris in the discussion “Adventures in Education, Politics and Culture.” Bill Andrews will host the discussion, with a Q&A to follow. Professor Harris, now at Alabama, is one of the wisest historians of our time, having written 10 books, many focusing on the history of African-American literature. These include “Martin Luther King Jr., Heroism and African American Literature,” “African American Literature” and “Saints, Sinners, Saviors: Strong Black Women in African American Literature.” She has lectured in the United States, Poland, Germany, France, Canada, Jamaica, Spain, Italy, England, Northern Ireland and South Africa. Oct. 27, 6–7:30 p.m. Register.

University Libraries will host “Off the Shelf: Author Talk with Warren Eugene Milteer Jr.,” Milteer is an assistant professor of history at UNC-Greensboro and will be discussing his book, Beyond Slavery’s Shadow: Free People of Color in the South. His book highlights the intense struggles for minorities during the colonial and Civil War period in America. Specifically, the racial groups such as “negroes,” “mulattoes,” “mustees,” “Indians” or simply “free people of color” in the South faced much discrimination even when they gained freedom. The talk will dive into the resiliency and perseverance people of color had during this time period, in order to survive and provide for their families. Additionally, it will examine the basic human rights and privileges that were stripped from them. Oct. 28, 12–1 p.m. Register.

Ethics and Policy will host “Integrity in Action,” a conversation with Kim Strom. What can we learn from the morally courageous? The colleague who reports unethical behavior in his team. The lawyer who protects a privilege despite punishment for doing so. The bystander who calls out child maltreatment. Using cases such as these to inform and inspire, this presentation will unpack the motivations and measures used by people engaged in moral courage. Oct. 28, 5–6 p.m. Register.

Ethics and Policy will host “Building Community as a Foundation of Ethical Leadership,” with University Ombudsman Dawn Osborne-Adams. As we live through unprecedented times, when so much that is deeply impacting our lives is completely out of our control, it is of utmost importance that we increase our capacity to demonstrate care for those within our spheres of influence. Research shows that employees define and experience their workplace culture by what happens at the team and unit level, despite any existence of broad, organizational initiatives. Come join this interactive workshop, as we examine how ethical leadership and community building are inextricably linked and as we take time to consider how we steward a culture of care in our respective workplaces. Oct. 29, 12–1:30 p.m. Register.

Genna Rae McNeil, Professor Emerita of History at UNC-Chapel Hill and a scholar of African-American and U.S. Constitutional history, will deliver the 2021 Dr. Sonja Haynes Stone Lecture. Prof. McNeil is widely known for her American Bar Association prize-winning Groundwork: Charles Hamilton Houston and the Struggle for Civil Rights, recognized as the definitive biography of Houston, Thurgood Marshall’s forerunner, law school dean, and mentor.  Professor McNeil has served as a visiting professor at Brooklyn College and Howard University School of Law. As historian of record, she submitted with Howard Law faculty to the Supreme Court of the United States two amicus curiae briefs in the landmark case of the Regents of the University of California v. Allan Bakke. With a particular interest in public history pertaining to African American attorneys, Professor McNeil has served as a consultant to the Damon J. Keith Collection of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and she was the historian of record for “Marching Toward Justice,” the inaugural exhibition of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, D.C., an exhibit curated by Robert Smith. Nov. 9, 7–9:30 p.m. Register.