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HAVEN (Helping Advocates for Violence Ending Now) provides students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows with skills and tools to better support someone who has experienced sexual or interpersonal violence or stalking. The three-hour training emphasizes the importance of listening, responding compassionately and connecting survivors to resources on campus and in the community. Graduate students are welcome to attend either the staff and faculty or student workshops. Faculty/Staff Training: Jan. 13, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., location TBD. Student Training: Jan. 21, 6-9 p.m., location TBD. Register.

Carolina Public Humanities‘ Foreign Language Lunches provide a welcoming environment to polish your foreign language speaking skills. Join UNC faculty discussion leaders for a lunch where participants are encouraged to speak only in a foreign language. All participants will receive a short foreign language article prior to the lunch hat will serve as the foundation for the discussion. French: Jan. 13 (with Hannelore Jarusch, Teaching Professor Emeritus, UNC Romance Studies). Italian: Jan. 28 (with Amy Chambless, Teaching Associate Professor of Italian). All lunches are 12–1:30. $25 (includes lunch). Location TBD. Register.

The Standard Safe Zone is a four-hour training designed to introduce concepts, terminology and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Jan. 21, 1–5 p.m., Student Union 3206AB. Register.

The Center for Jewish Studies will present a lunch seminar featuring Yaron Shemer (Dept. of Asian Studies), who will present on “Witnessing, Steadfastness and Agency: The National Cartoon Figures of the Israeli Srulik and the Palestinian Handhala.” Each semester, the Center hosts informal lunch seminars to discuss academic topics related to the field of Jewish Studies. The lunch seminars are for Carolina’s faculty and graduate students and interested undergraduates. Reservations are required as lunch will be provided. Reading materials are often sent in advance of the lunch seminar. Lunch will be provided so reservations are required. Jan. 22, 12:15 p.m. Pettigrew Hall, first floor. RSVP.

The Carolina Asia Center will present “Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China.” Focus is on the Feminist Five who were jailed by the Chinese government for their activism, auguring in a movement against patriarchy. Journalist and scholar Leta Hong Fincher argues that the popular, broad-based movement poses a unique threat to China’s authoritarian regime today. Jan. 22, 5:30–8 p.m., FedEx Global Education Center Atrium & Auditorium.

The Center for Jewish Studies will present the Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Event: What Might We Remember on Holocaust Remembrance Day? In the case of the Nazi Holocaust of European Jewry, the injunction to remember usually implies that those who remember something about it are more likely to be on guard against its recurrence that those who carry no such memory, but what that something might be has never been spelled out. The community lecture will be presented by Professor David Engel of NYU. Jan. 27, 5:30–7 p.m., Hill Hall, Moeser Auditorium.

Diversity and Student Success in the Graduate School’s Carolina Cultivation Advancing Narratives Speaker Series will present “Whose Culture has Capital? Let’s Talk About Class in the Academy” with Dr. Shonda Goward. This talk will address current scholarship on economically challenged college students interwoven with the speaker’s personal journey from the working class as a first-generation college student to doctoral degree holder. Jan. 27, 12–1 p.m., Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library.

The POLI 203 Speaker Series will feature Kirk Bloodsworth, an honorably discharged U.S. Marine who was wrongfully convicted of killing a young girl and sentenced to death in Maryland. He was the first person in the U.S. to be exonerated from death row based on DNA testing and is now the Executive Director of Witness to Innocence, an organization that supports exonerees from death row and brings attention to the issue of innocence. Jan. 29, 5:30–7 p.m., Genome Sciences Building, Rm. 100.

The Black Student Caucus will host “Untangling the Roots: The Politics of Black Hair,” a panel discussion and spoken word event. Jan. 29, 5:30–7:30 p.m., School of Social Work Auditorium (325 Pittsboro Street). Register.

The School of Law‘s Faculty Speaker Series will feature Monica C. Bell (Yale Law School), who will speak on criminal justice; welfare law; housing, race and the law; qualitative research methods; and law and sociology. Jan. 30, 12–1 p.m., Van Hecke-Wettach Hall.