At 7 p.m., the Department of Music and the Carolina Center for Jewish studies will host a screening of Defiant Requiem at Hill Hall’s Moeser Auditorium. This feature-length documentary film tells the remarkable story of Rafael Schächter, a brilliant, young Czech conductor who was arrested and sent to Terezín concentration camp in 1941. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for students and UNC faculty/staff.
The First Amendment has protected the right to free speech since the passage of the Bill of Rights. But in an age of hate speech, internet trolls and cyberstalking, where do we draw the lines? In Carolina Conversations: First Amendment Protected Speech, Mark Merritt, vice chancellor and general counsel, will give an overview of how the courts and the University address this important topic. Rumay Alexander, special assistant to the chancellor and interim chief diversity officer, will moderate. The conversation will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Union Aquarium Lounge.
The Kenan Theatre Company will present Rooms: A Dance Drama, created by exercise and sport science faculty member and dance instructor Heather Tatreau. The production uses movement and text to explore issues in the intersection of gender, race and identity and examine how women’s lost histories be given a voice to empower future generations. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Kenan Theatre. General admission is $10, $5 for students. Reserve tickets here.
The next Philosophy @ the Movies evening features the 2010 documentary Waiting for Superman. The movie, which examines different aspects of the American public school system, serves as both a scathing critique of what is going wrong in our school system and a message of hope for how we can work to fix those problems. After the screening, Macy Salzberger of the Department of Philosophy will lead a discussion about the movie. The free public screening begins at 5 p.m. in Caldwell Hall room 213, with pizza.
Carolina Asia Week concludes Saturday with Carolina’s first Asian Cultural Festival, 11 a.m.-4p.m. in the FedEx Global Education Center atrium. The festival will include workshops, dances and displays from 15 of Carolina’s 40+ Asia-related student organizations. Don’t miss this unprecedented showcase of Asia-related activities at UNC.
February 26-March 5
The William S. Newman series of performances continues with three concerts in the next two weeks. First is an afternoon performance of Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano at 3 p.m. Feb. 26. The concert features Nicholas DiEugenio, violin, and Mimi Solomon, piano. At 7:30 p.m. March 3, pianist Stefan Litwin will perform Music by Beethoven and Others. At 3 p.m. March 5, Marc Callahan, baritone, and Thomas Otten, piano, will perform Schubert’s Die Winterreise. All three concerts will be performed in Hill Hall’s Moeser Auditorium and admission to each is $15, $10 for students, faculty and staff.
February 27-March 1
Ted Conover has made a career out of living the lives of others—USDA meat inspectors, Himalayan ice-trekkers, and ambulance drivers in Lagos, Nigeria, to name a few—and capturing those ventures in six nonfiction books and innumerable stories. Conover, the 2017 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence, will participate in two panel discussions and give a free public reading from his work. The reading will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the auditorium of the Genome Sciences Building. The first panel discussion, Responsible Meat: Sourcing in the 21st Century, begins at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in Greenlaw Hall’s Donovan Lounge. The second panel discussion, at 3:30 p.m. March 1 in the Donovan Lounge, will focus on Writing about the “Other”: The Ethics of Documenting.
The 2016 American election was among the most contentious in modern American history, but how does it compare to other elections and how can we place these recent political events in a broader historical perspective? The distinguished presidential historian William Leuchtenburg shares his insights and wide experience in Historical Perspectives and Reflections on the Election of 2016, the next event in the Carolina’s Great Teachers series at Flyleaf Books. The talk will begin at 4:30 p.m. and admission is $20 at the door.
PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Paul Green Theatre. This production will transport audiences to a mid-20th century Illyria where jet-setting socialites encounter mistaken identities and gender masquerades. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, plus 2 p.m. March 11. Tickets are $15-$57 or $10 for students. Call 919-962-7529 or visit playmakersrep.org for more information.
Randy Myer will introduce the new Carolina Angel Network at the next Carolina Innovations Seminar. The talk begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Top of the Hill Great Room. The Carolina Angel Network is a program established in late 2016 to provide support, guidance, and capital for UNC-affiliated companies. Myer, managing director of the network, will discuss the goals of the network, how it functions and criteria for membership and investment. The talk is free, but guests are asked to register in advance.
Carolina will host its fourth annual Clean Tech Summit, an event at the Friday Center that convenes professionals in business, policy and academia for two days of problem-solving to foster leadership and growth in the Southeast’s clean tech industry. This year, Gov. Roy Cooper will deliver the keynote address at 9:15 a.m. Mar. 2. Later that morning, Chancellor Carol L. Folt will moderate a panel on partnerships between universities and the private sector as a way to advance clean tech innovation in the region. A full agenda is available on line at ie.unc.edu/cleantech. The fee is $250, with special rates for one-day participants, students, and representatives from the non-governmental sector.
The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies will host Jewish Food in the Global South, a two-day symposium exploring Jewish food in and of the global South. The symposium will feature dynamic presentations by Jewish foodways and cultural scholars, documentarians, culinary critics and James Beard award-winning chefs. Tickets are $10 general admission, free for students. To register and learn more, visit jewishstudies.unc.edu/events/.
At 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall will host Heroes Tribute: A Celebration of the Music of Philip Glass, David Bowie and Brian Eno. (Originally part of the 10-day Glass at 80 festival, the concert had to be rescheduled because of the recent water emergency.) The UNC Symphony Orchestra will perform Glass’s Symphony No. 4 Heroes. The evening will conclude with songs from David Bowie’s Heroes performed by Merge Records artists and collaborators. Tickets for the original date (Feb. 3) are still valid.
The Ron McCurdy Quartet will perform The Langston Hughes Project – Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz. This kaleidoscopic 12-part jazz poem suite is scored with musical cues drawn from a dozen different musical styles. The multimedia concert, free and open to the public, will be held at 3 p.m. at the Friday Center. Advance registration is requested.
Call 919-962-3000, 866-441-3683, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Deadlines to watch
Feb. 24. Nominations for Honorary Degrees (given at Commencement) facultygov.unc.edu/awards/honorary-degrees/.
Feb. 24. Nominations for University Distinguished Professorships (Kenan, William R. Kenan, Jr. and Burton Craige). To nominate a faculty member, please submit electronic copies (each as an individual PDF or Word attachment) of the required documents to DistProf2017@unc.edu no later than 5 p.m. See provost.unc.edu/policies/ for requirements.
Mar. 3. Email to be included in the March 30 Fellows Market. Faculty Fellows and Academic Leadership Program Fellows with recently published books (Jan. 1, 2016, through March 1, 2017) or art displays, performance videos or digital demonstrations should email the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at email@example.com.
Mar. 24. Nominations for Thomas Jefferson Award (faculty award) facultygov.unc.edu/awards/thomas-jefferson-award/.