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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

News in Brief for March 20, 2013

‘Cabaret’ comes to Carolina April 3–21

PlayMakers Repertory Company will conclude its Mainstage Season with the Tony Award-winning musical “Cabaret” April 3-21. PlayMakers’ production will be directed by Joseph Haj, the theater’s producing artistic director, who also led PlayMakers’ 2011 hit musical “Big River.” Mark Hartman, music director, has Broadway credits that inlcude “Sondheim on Sondheim,” “Avenue Q,” “Miss Saigon” and “1776.” All performances will be in the Paul Green Theatre in UNC’s Department for Dramatic Art.

Visit for times and tickets. In conjunction with “Cabaret,” PlayMakers will host “The Vision Series – Directors in Conversation,” a behind-the-scenes preview with Haj, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. At the free public event in the Paul Green Theatre, participants will have coffee and hors d’oeuvres provided by series sponsor Jujube Restaurant, learn about the vision for the show and get a sneak peek at the sets and costumes in progress. Call the PlayMakers’ box office at 919-962-7529 to RSVP.

Carolina Women in Business hosts conference

Carolina Women in Business will host its annual conference March 22 at Kenan-Flagler Business School. The theme of the conference is “Unlock Your Potential: Creating Opportunities with Impact.” The day-long conference is open to the Carolina community. Carolina Women in Business will donate a portion of ticket sales to Women for Women International, which supports women in war-torn regions with financial and emotional aid, job-skills training, rights education and small business assistance.Panels will address international women in business, women’s experiences in corporate boardrooms and workplace wellness. Workshops will teach conference participants how to improve their negotiation skills, develop wellness plans and achieve life goals. To learn about the speakers and register, visit

UNC Campus Recreation reopens Rams Head climbing wall

UNC Campus Recreation reopened the Rams Head climbing wall, located in the Rams Head Recreation Center, after being closed for nearly a year. Campus Recreation encourages all UNC community members to break in the program’s new gear. The Climbing Program offers a variety of classes in order to get interested climbers certified to use the walls. Visit for more information.

Water in our World

‘The Water of Life: Artistic Expressions’

In conjunction with the campus-wide theme “Water in our World,” the FedEx Global Education Center is hosting a multi-faceted art exhibition called “The Water of Life: Artistic Expressions” March 19 through July 25 that will explore the transformative power and essential need for water. First-year student Caroline Orr will showcase original oil paintings and Bright Eke, 2013 Hanes Visiting Artist-in-Residence, will collaborate with students to create an art installation to be displayed in the Peacock Atrium. Water images from the Carolina Global Photography Competition will also be displayed.

The exhibition will begin with a reception March 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the FedEx Global Education Center. Allen Anderson and Brooks de Wetter-Smith will present three multimedia works composed by Anderson – “Iceblink,” a piece on Antarctica with photo and video by de Wetter-Smith with live musical accompaniment; “re:turn radius” with photography by Tama Hochbaum and flute performance by de Wetter-Smith; and “Graffito” with electronic music and video by Hochbaum.

Additional upcoming water theme events


Register for the Rotary Peace Conference

Register for the Duke-UNC Rotary Center 10th annual spring conference, “Beyond the Comfort Zone: Challenging Conventional Narratives of Peace.” The conference takes place April 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the FedEx Global Education Center.

Dobro and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar will play March 23 at the Carrboro ArtsCenter as a part of UNC Libraries’ steel guitar symposium. (Photo by: Dale Haussner)

Upcoming events from UNC Libraries

Steel Guitar Symposium

A steel guitar symposium and concert March 23 will feature a lecture on the history and development of the steel guitar by scholars John Troutman and Tim Miller, a musical conversation with Austin-based dobro and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar, and an evening concert by Cashdollar with “diselbilly” guitarist Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun. The afternoon events are free and begin at 1 p.m. at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are $15 in advance from the ArtsCenter Box Office at 919-929-2787, $19 day of the show and $8 for ArtsCenter Friends, UNC students, faculty and staff.

‘The National Library as Patrimony’

Torres Cuevas will discuss the many ways in which the National Library is actively preserving Cuba’s written cultural heritage, as well as provide an overview of the Library’s collections and innovative user services, March 26 in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room in Wilson Library. The program, “The National Library as Patrimony: Preserving Cuba’s Cultural Heritage in the 21st Century” will begin with a reception at 5 p.m. and follow with a discussion at 5:30 p.m.


CABJ presents: ‘What Makes a Scandal?’

The Carolina Association of Black Journalists will host crisis communicator Judy Smith, the inspiration for the hit ABC television drama “Scandal,” on March 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center.

“What Makes a Scandal?” is co-sponsored by the Carolina Union Activities Board, Carolina PRSSA and the Black Student Movement. It is free and open to the public.

Smith, best known in media circles for her expertise as a crisis management adviser, will speak on her experiences as a crisis communicator. Smith has served as a consultant for a host of high-profile, celebrity and entertainment clients over the course of her career including Monica Lewinsky, actor Wesley Snipes, NFL quarterback Michael Vick and the family of Chandra Levy.

A book signing with Smith will follow the lecture.

Program in the Humanities and Human Values

‘Emerging Economies: Alternatives, Opportunities and Risks’

“Emerging Economies: Alternatives, Opportunities and Risks” will be held March 23 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the UNC Center for Leadership Development.
The global economic order has undergone a dramatic transformation in the past 20 years as new markets and sites of production have developed in nations and regions formerly relegated to “developing” status. This seminar introduces participants to the origins of these new economic powerhouses, the opportunities they present, and the limitations and risks still incumbent in doing business in them. The tuition is $125 or $62.50 for teachers. Register at

‘Reputation, Credibility and the Risk of War’

Mark Crescenzi, associate professor of political science, will give the lecture “Reputation, Credibility and the Risk of War” March 27 at 5:30 p.m. at Flyleaf Books. Crescenzi will speak about the impact of a nation’s reputation on the outbreak of war, address the role of the United States’ reputation in its ability to avoid violence in the Middle East and Asia, and discuss the role of reputation and learning in understanding war and violence between Israel and its neighbors. Tuition is $20 at the door, $18 in advance or $8 for members of the UNC General Alumni Association. Find more information at

Carolina Women’s Center hosts Gender Week 2013

“Mapping the Margins” is the theme of 2013’s Gender Week, which runs through March 22. The focus of the week is to reexamine what makes up habits, while having in-depth discussions to illuminate truths about identities and experiences that are often ignored.

Join the center for events such as lectures and film screenings, a Wage Gap Bake Sale, University Awards for Advancement of Women and “Chat with the Chancellor.” For a full list of events, visit

Spring workshops at the Botanical Garden

Visit for more information.

Lectures at the Department of Art


Painter Ghulammohammed Sheikh will give the talk “Visualizing the Ramayana” March 25 at 6 p.m. in 121 Hanes Art Center with a reception following at the Ackland Art Museum. In a career that spans almost 40 years, Sheikh has brought together history, poetry, stories and diverse traditions in his paintings.

His work is displayed in private and public collections which include the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


Artist Yael Rice, Five College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Islamic Art at Amherst College, will give the lecture “Between the Brush and the Pen: On the Intertwined Histories of Mughal Painting and Calligraphy” March 28 at 5 p.m. in 117 Hanes Art Center. Rice previously held the position of assistant curator of Indian and Himalayan Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Left: Ghulammohammed Sheikh’s “King Ravana in the Golden City, Page from the 3rd Book(?) of the Ramayana, c. 1790-1800,” Opaque watercolor and gold, 21.8 x 32.1 cm,
Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ackland Fund.

Left below: Yael Rice’s “Mughal Divan of Hasan Dihlavi of 1602” (Walters Art Museum, W.650, f. 187r), colophon showing the calligrapher ‘Abd Allah Mushkin Qalam at work.