The premiere spring show of the Music on the Porch series will be a tribute to the soul of the late, great David “Fathead” Newman, whose sound was made famous by numerous Ray Charles hits from the 1950s and ‘60s. Connecting in their early 20s, Newman and Charles played together for 12 years. Their recordings from those years have been a major influence on the musical journey of saxophonist (and UNC senior) Eric Przedpelski, who looks forward to sharing some of Fathead’s favorite songs. Przedpelski will be joined by Mark Templeton (piano) and Nat Reeves (bass), who have played together since their youth, and Jake Buchanan (drums). The free concert begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Love House.
Writer and musician Cahal Dallat (mandolin, button accordion and traditional flute) and poet Anne-Marie Fyfe, both from the Glens of Antrim, will present Carolina Two-Step: From Ayrshire to Appalachia via Antrim County. The married couple will tell the story, in words, music and images, of how Scots and Ulster Scots music and poetry not only weathered the rigors of a two-step migration from the rugged Glens (on Ireland’s North Eastern coast facing Scotland’s Ayrshire and Campbelltown) but went on to influence the course of 20th century folk, country and rock music. The concert will begin at 5 p.m. in Wilson Library.
The 6th Faculty Showcase on Teaching, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence and ITS-Teaching and Learning, will be held 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Carolina Club. This event is great opportunity for faculty members to pick up new ideas for their courses, become more aware of campus teaching support resources and to make new connections across disciplines. Participants are welcome to attend a portion of the program or to stay for the entire day. This year’s keynote speaker is Saundra McGuire, a former faculty member at Louisiana State University who has worked in the area of student learning support for more than 40 years. Interested faculty members should register no later than March 23.
Hasan Elahi, artist and associate professor of art at the University of Maryland, and Hannah Feldman, associate professor of art history at Northwestern University, are the keynote speakers for the Art Student Graduate Organization symposium Art, Media and Social Unrest. Elahi will speak on “The New Normal” and describe his Tracking Transience project, which continuously generates databases of imagery that tracks the artist and his points of transit in real-time, created in response to months of FBI interrogation after a false tip. Feldman’s talk centers on the city of Beirut and its art from 1990 to 2006. The talks will begin at 4 p.m. March 24 in 265 Philips Hall. The next day of the symposium will feature a roundtable and graduate student panels, beginning at 9 a.m. in University Room in Hyde Hall.
Blake Atwood of the University of Texas at Austin will discuss his book Reform Cinema in Iran at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Union Art Gallery. A selection of recent additions to the library’s Persian collections will be on view during the program, which precedes the UNC Persian Cultural Society’s celebration of Nowruz in the Great Hall of the Student Union.
Southern Oral History Program field scholars Darius Scott and Rachel Cotterman explore recent findings from Back Ways, a project that examines the relationship between infrastructure development and experiences of racial segregation in the rural American South. Their talk, Tell About the South: Back Ways and Good Roads, will focus on the activities of the North Carolina “Good Roads Movement,” an influential Progressive Era (1890s-1920s) reform project that worked to improve rural roads. The movement was shaped by both appeals to historic agrarian racism and commitments to scientific objectivity. The result was a supposedly unbiased plan that effectively institutionalized inequitable road development. This talk at 12:30 p.m. at the Love House & Hutchins Forum is free and open to the public, but RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org will be appreciated. Light refreshments will be provided.
In conjunction with its April musical production, PlayMakers Repertory Company hosts My Fair Lady: The Vision Series at 6:30 p.m. The Vision Series is a behind-the-scenes preview with director Tyne Rafaeli for theatergoers to share refreshments, learn about the production in process and get a look at the design and vision for the show. This event is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP to the PlayMakers box office at 919-962-7529.
Richard Langston (Zachary Smith Distinguished Term Associate Professor of German, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures) will lead a discussion of “The Painter and the Female Muse: Central European Drawings in Context, Circa 1900” at the next Art for Lunch at the Ackland Museum of Art. Guests may bring their own lunch or pre-order a $9 boxed lunch when you register online at ackland.org/events-programs/adult-programs/. The program is free and begins at 12:20 p.m.
Becky Brown, 2016-17 Visiting Resident Artist at Carolina, who works between painting, drawing, sculpture and installation using found images, objects and texts. Lately, she has been exploring different relationships between pairs of words in the English language. At 6 p.m., Brown will deliver the free public Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture in the Hanes Art Center room 121.
In the 250 years before the Civil War, the Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina was a brutal landscape as well as a protective refuge for Native Americans, African-American maroons, free African Americans and outcast Europeans. Daniel O. Sayers, associate professor of anthropology at American University, will discuss his book A Desolate Place for a Defiant People: The Archeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp at 7 p.m. in the Stone Center as part of the Writers Discussion Series.
The Institute for the Arts and Humanities Academic Leadership Program hosts a public screening of Starving the Beast, winner of the 2016 Tar Heel Award from the North Carolina Film Critics Association. The film, to be shown at 4 p.m. at Hyde Hall, discusses the tension between politics and education budgets. James Moeser will moderate a discussion following the film. It’s free, but registration is required at bit.ly/phd-humanities.
Media critic, author and filmmaker Jean Kilbourne will deliver the keynote address for this year’s Gender-Based Violence Symposium at noon in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium. Named by New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses, Kilbourne has been researching how advertising creates and maintains distorted and destructive ideals of femininity, which exposes a pattern of damaging gender stereotypes. (In preparation for her talk, view Kilbourne’s film Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women at 6 p.m. March 27 in Carroll Hall auditorium.) The keynote will be followed by panel discussions, student presentations and hands-on activities. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be available. Attendance is free and open to the general public. Registration is not required.