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* * International Theater Festival
* * Rent a rower to do odd jobs
* * Student Chancellor’s Award nominations due Feb. 11
* * Creating sustainable enterprises
* * Lectures, seminars, symposia
* * Griffey to give master vocal class 
* * Summer camp opportunities
* * Mindful movement
* * Readings
* * UNC rises to third on Peace Corps’ annual rankings
* * Play tells tale of black Civil War soldier
* * Campus Recreation
* * Alumnus Percy featured in new documentary
* * Musician Jim Dickinson to be remembered in presentations

International Theater Festival

Works from Africa, Europe and Canada make up an International Theater Festival presented through April 2 by Carolina Performing Arts. The performances, all in Memorial Hall, will include:

* *Feb. 9–13 – The National Theatre of Scotland’s “Black Watch”;
* *March 1–2 – Canadian circus-theater company Cirque Éloize in “iD”;
* *March 17–18 – French-Canadian company Ex Machina in Robert Lepage’s “The Andersen Project”; and
* *April 1–2 – South Africa’s Cape Town-based Handspring Puppet Company in “Woyzeck on the Highveld.”

Besides purchasing tickets to individual performances, attendees may buy a discount pass for four shows, the Festival 4-Pass, for $80. Purchase tickets online (www.carolinaperforming arts.org), at the Memorial Hall Box Office or by phone at 843-3333.



Rent a rower to do odd jobs

The men’s crew team is responsible for 90 percent of its annual operating budget of more than $100,000. As part of its fundraising, the team offers the Rent-A-Rower program in which crew members provide labor in exchange for a donation. Assistance includes anything from help with yard work to odd jobs around the house to serving food at a party. Their fee is $15 per hour per rower.

For information or to schedule a rower, e-mail rentarower@gmail.com with name, phone number, job description and the number of crew members needed.



Student Chancellor’s Award nominations due Feb. 11

Nominations are due Feb. 11 for the 2011 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Student Activities and Leadership. Information and nomination form are online: www.unc.edu/chancellorsawards/nom.html. For more information, contact Tammy Lambert (966-3128 or lambert2@email.unc.edu).



Creating sustainable enterprises

Gary Nelson, a principal investigator for several programs at the School of Social Work, is hosting a public engagement speaker series on Creating Sustainable Enterprises. Free and open to the public, the sessions in February and March will be held Mondays at 5:30 p.m. in Room 500 of the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building:

* *Feb. 21 – How Community Institutions and Major Employers Are Responding to Sustainability;
* *March 14 – The Rise of the Fourth Sector and Social Enterprise;
* *March 21 – State of Community Report and Identifying our Local Challenges; and
* *March 28 – A Participatory Model of Sustainable Development.

For information on the Feb. 21 session, refer to ssw.unc.edu/node/1589.



Lectures, seminars, symposia

* *Feb. 10 – Belgian political theorist Chantal Mouffe will deliver the 2011 Mary Stevens Reckford Memorial Lecture in European Studies, titled “An Agonistic Approach to the Future of Europe.” Sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, the talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Hanes Art Center’s auditorium. http://bit.ly/fzzwfg

* *Feb. 11 – Mouffe also will participate in a workshop for faculty and graduate students, “Space, Hegemony and Radical Critique,” which will be held in the Hyde Hall Incubator from 2 to 4 p.m. E-mail srsharma@email.unc.edu for info.

* *Feb. 11–12 – The Program in the Humanities and Human Values will present a seminar on “Music and Politics in the 20th Century,” in which four professors will examine four distinct intersections of music and politics: the role of jazz in the Weimar Republic; the musical collaboration of Kurt Weill and Carolina’s own Paul Green; popular protest music in America; and a look at Nigeria’s political firebrand and international superstar Fela. The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue through 1 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Center for School Leadership Development. Registration is required, with fee. See adventuresinideas.unc.edu or call 962-1544.

* *Feb. 14 – The Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Department of Peace, War and Defense will sponsor a free public lecture with Edmund Hull, the former U.S. ambassador to Yemen, at 2 p.m. in 008 Gardner Hall. Hull’s talk is titled “High-Value Target: Countering Al Qaida in Yemen.” For more information, e-mail Jennifer.boyle@duke.edu or call 613-9301.

* *Feb. 15 – Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh will give a free, public lecture at 4:30 p.m. in Gerrard Hall. Hersh, who reports on U.S. foreign policy and national security for The New Yorker magazine, will discuss the Obama administration’s continuing war effort in Afghanistan, among other topics, in his talk, “A Report from Washington on the Obama/Bush Foreign Policy.” His visit is sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Center for Global Initiatives and the Global Research Institute.

* *Feb. 15 – Jude Tallichet, fabricator of appropriated Americana, will give a talk at Hanes Art Center’s auditorium at 6 p.m. as part of the Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

* *Feb. 16 – NC TraCS will sponsor an initial meeting of a comparative effectiveness research interest group at 4 p.m. in Room 219 of the Brinkhous-Bullitt Building. E-mail kelley_cardone@med.unc.edu for information.

* *Feb. 17 – Rebecca Walker will give a presentation on “Moral Frameworks for Animal Research” as part of NC TraCS Research Ethics Grand Rounds, to be held at noon in Room 219 of the Brinkhous-Bullitt Building. For information, e-mail wwhipple@unc.edu.

* *Feb. 18–19 –The Program in the Humanities and Human Values will present a seminar “Composing, Creating, Communicating without Words” at the Center for School Leadership and Development, beginning at 1 p.m. and continuing through 1 p.m. on Feb. 19. The seminar will explore the diverse ways humans communicate without using language or its clues. Registration is required, with fee. See adventuresinideas.unc.edu or call 962-1544.

* *Feb. 22 – The Institute for the Arts and Humanities will host a conversation, “Civil Discourse in American Society,” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Hyde Hall University Room. The panel is part of a series on American citizenship that will lead up to the March 16 Weil Lecture on American Citizenship, to be delivered by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. iah.unc.edu/calendar/civildiscourse

* *Feb. 23 – UNC’s Working on Women in Science (WOWS) initiative will sponsor a talk by Cherry Murray, dean of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, titled “Life in the Fast Lane.” The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in Carroll Hall’s auditorium. http://bit.ly/gBxHWR

* *Feb. 25 – “The Promise of Health Equity – Advancing the Discussion to Eliminate Disparities in the 21st Century” is the theme of the 32nd Annual Minority Health Conference that will be held at the Friday Center, presented by the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Bonnie Duran, known for her studies of Native Americans, will deliver the William T. Small Jr. Keynote Address, which will also be webcast with a Q and A with Duran: http://bit.ly/eIFdWk.



Griffey

Griffey to give master vocal class

The Carolina community is invited to sit in on a master vocal class Feb. 16 with Grammy Award-winning tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, the music department’s artist-in-residence. It will be held at 4 p.m. in Hill Hall’s auditorium.



Summer camp opportunities

* *Registration is open now for Carolina’s Faculty-Staff Recreation Association (The Farm) day camps, held in sessions for children ages 4–6, 6–9 and 9–12. For information, see http://bit.ly/gFvfJy. Membership in The Farm is required to attend the camps; see www.unc.edu/uncfarm/membership.html.

* *Registration is open for Nature Explorers Summer Camp at the North Carolina Botanical Garden for children ages 4–9 (non-members’ registration begins Feb. 15). Six sessions of day camps will feature small group sizes and will be taught by experienced environmental educators. ncbg.unc.edu/pages/120

* *Registration is also open for the Morehead Summer Science Camp (online registration for non-members begins Feb. 14). Sessions are available for Grades K–1, Grades 2–3, Grades 4–5 and Grades 6–8 and offer hands-on discovery, science-themed crafts and active indoor and outdoor recreation. http://bit.ly/gRrKeP



Mindful movement

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is offering classes in yoga and tai chi this spring. Yoga at the Garden is led by Joanne Marshall on Sundays; the next session will begin Feb. 13 from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Fee is $10 ($5 for garden members) and drop-ins are welcome.

An eight-week course in tai chi for new practitioners will begin March 5 with instruction by Isabel Lisa Marcusson. Fee for the series is $165 ($150 for garden members) with registration required. See ncbg.unc.edu/pages/123.



Readings

* *Feb. 10 – N.C. Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers will read and discuss her work at 3:30 p.m. in Greenlaw Hall’s Donovan Lounge.

* *Feb. 18 – Isabel Wilkerson, former national correspondent and bureau chief at The New York Times and the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, will discuss her new book, “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration,” at 5:30 p.m. in the FedEx Global Education Center’s Mandela Auditorium. A book signing will follow at 6:30 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required: http://bit.ly/i72bH8.

* *Feb. 22 – English professor and poet Alan Shapiro will read from his works in progress at 12:30 p.m. in Greenlaw Hall’s Donovan Lounge.

* *Feb. 22 – Anjail Rashida Ahmad, director of the creative writing program at N.C. A&T, will read from her poetry at 2 p.m. in Wilson Library’s Pleasants Family Assembly Room. The event is sponsored by the University Library’s Diversity Committee.



UNC rises to third on Peace Corps’ annual rankings

With 94 undergraduate alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, the University is now No. 3 in the rankings of large schools producing Peace Corps volunteers, tied with the University of Michigan. Since its inception, 1,145 Carolina alumni have served in the Peace Corps.

Peace Corps volunteers work in 77 countries in the areas of education, youth and community development, health and HIV/AIDS, business information and communication technology, agriculture and environment.



Play tells tale of black Civil War soldier

As part of the seventh annual African American History Month celebration by the history department, actor and playwright Mike Wiley and a small ensemble of actors will perform his play “Freedom from the Rubble: A Colored Civil War Soldier Speaks” on Feb. 16.

The free performance will be held at 7 p.m. in the Stone Center’s auditorium.



Campus Recreation

* *Feb. 13 – A Valentine’s Day Couples Challenge will offer couples an assortment of physical and mental challenges as they compete against other couples in an “Amazing Race”-styled event. The race will begin at 4 p.m. at the Rams Head Recreation Center. Register by Feb. 11 at campusrec.unc.edu. For information, e-mail ajstern@email.unc.edu.

* *Feb. 19 – An All-Star Basketball Competition will offer a 3-point contest, slam dunk competition, skills challenge and free-throw contest that will begin at noon at the Rams Head Recreation Center. Register by Feb. 15 at campusrec.unc.edu. For information, e-mail ajstern@email.unc.edu.

* *Feb. 23 – A Show of Strength and Endurance is an annual competition designed to test muscular strength and endurance. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center. Register between Feb. 14 and 22 at campusrec.unc.edu and e-mail ajstern@email.unc.edu with questions.



Walker Percy

Alumnus Percy featured in new documentary

Filmmaker Win Riley will present his new work “Walker Percy: A Documentary Film” on Feb. 17 in Wilson Library’s Pleasants Family Assembly Room. The event also will feature a Q and A with Riley and Percy scholar Linda Hobson. Percy, a doctor, writer and philosopher, graduated from Carolina in 1937 and is best known for “The Moviegoer,” which won the National Book Award. The free program will begin at 5:45 p.m., preceded by a 5 p.m. reception. http://bit.ly/i0mUoj



Dickinson

Musician Jim Dickinson to be remembered
in presentations

Three events on Feb. 15 will pay homage to Jim Dickinson, the late Memphis musician and record producer who worked and performed with artists in the 1960s and 1970s like The Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder, Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan.

At 2:30 p.m., Dickinson’s widow, Mary Lindsay Dickson, will present “The Search for Blind Lemon: Jim Dickinson’s legacy,” using music, photos and text from the memoirs her husband wrote before his 2008 death.

And at 3:45 p.m., musician and record producer Chris Stamey will conduct a Skype interview with Jody Stephens, of the band Big Star, and John Fry, founder of Ardent Studios in Memphis. Stamey will discuss Dickinson’s work, share audio and video recordings and will appear with a string quartet.

At 8 p.m., Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers will appear at historic Playmakers Theatre. Tickets are available at Memorial Hall Box Office (843-3333 or memorialhall.unc.edu). http://bit.ly/frVyNm

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