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September 2021

Death Row Discussion

September 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

An interesting webinar discussion will include death row inmates, Terry Robinson and George Wilkerson, who are currently serving on death row. The author, Tessie Castillo, has brought these two individuals together to share their personal experiences during their time and raise awareness on the current carceral system. Furthermore, Castillo will explain her reasoning for inviting the inmates to the webinar and hopes to change the narrative of incarcerated inmates.  

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LHM Annual Keynote Address: Julian Castro

September 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The theme for this year’s Latinx Heritage Month is “Heels Pa'lante”. The slang phrase pa’lante is well known throughout various parts of Spanish speaking Latin America. Directly translated, it means to move forward. After the past 18 months of isolation, challenging political climates, and an overwhelming amount of unexpected grief – our committee wanted to focus on how we move forward as a community and as individuals. We are not going back to anything, rather we are gathering to go pa’lante together.    In line with our…

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October 2021

Contemporary Yiddish Performance and Jewish Futures

October 4 @ 5:30 pm

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. The Zoom link will be sent by Eventbrite to registered guests a couple…

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Opening Program: “Being and Belonging: Perspectives in North Carolina”

October 5 @ 5:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Florence & James Peacock Atrium, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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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…

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Spellbinding: The Cinematic Virtuosity of Barry Jenkins (Discussion: “Underground Railroad”)

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Department of English and Comparative Literature will host "Spellbinding: The Cinematic Virtuosity of Barry Jenkins," a discussion of Underground Railroad episodes. 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 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…

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Social Media and Democracy – Helping or Hurting?

October 6 @ 5:30 pm

The UNC Program for Public Discourse will bring together thought leaders from academia and the tech sector to discuss whether social media can promote - or at least co-exist with - democracy. Many greeted social media and its promise to further democratize information with the same positive attitudes applied to much of the early Internet. However, there has since been a dramatic reassessment of its impact on our democracy and its institutions. Over the past five years, concerns have proliferated about how…

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Reimagining Rest: Learning to Cultivate Well-Being

October 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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…

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Family and Friends Focus: Diwali Celebration

October 17 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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The Diwali Celebration is approaching once again this year, from November 2 to November 6. To honor the celebration, also known as the Festival of Lights, Ackland will be exploring the five-day holiday that originated in India and its large cultural presence. Ackland welcomes family and friends to the event to learn about a unique culture and holiday. There will be free family activity kits that include art-making activities which will be available from October 17th to November 7th.

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Mind-Body Medicine and Black Women’s Clubs in the Era of Jim Crow

October 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This virtual lecture will 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. In specific, it will dive into the therapeutic treatments of nervousness, insomnia and indigestion. The discussion will be led by Carrie Street, a PhD candidate at the University of California San Diego, who specializes in the United States history of health, gender…

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Discussion and Q&A: “Adventures in Education, Politics, and Culture”

October 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the Department of English & Comparative Literature in welcoming back Professor Trudier Harris in a webinar discussion on the adventures of Education, Politics, and Culture. The webinar discussion will be held by Bill Andrews through zoom, with a Q&A to follow. Professor Trudier Harris has impressive professional work and experiences within her career. As she was a former UNC Chapel Hill professor, now at Alabama, she is one of the wisest historians of our time. Professor Harris has written…

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