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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Calendar for March 8, 2017

March 8

Rahshaan D. Maxwell, associate professor of political science, will deliver a lecture on The Integration of Muslims in Europe: How Important is Religion? at 4:30 p.m. at Flyleaf Books. The integration of Muslims is one of the most challenging issues in Europe today, with some skeptics proposing that Muslims’ conservative religious values and practices are incompatible with progressive and secular norms in contemporary Europe. This talk will question those assumptions by exploring the extent to which difficulties in Muslim integration reflect common challenges among immigrant communities of any type. To register and purchase tickets for this Humanities in Action event, visit

Two outstanding talents – Mark Padmore, tenor, and Jonathan Biss, piano – team up for a 7:30 p.m. performance at Moeser Auditorium. Venerated for his searingly emotional interpretations, Padmore (left) was named 2016 Vocalist of the Year by Musical America. With an international career in opera, concert and recital, his extensive discography includes a Gramophone Award for his recording of Schubert’s Winterreise. Biss (right)  is a world-renowned pianist who shares his deep musical and intellectual curiosity in the concert hall and beyond. He performs a diverse repertoire including Mozart and Beethoven, the Romantics and contemporary composers. NPR Music named Biss’s album of Schubert and Kurtág one of the best albums of the year. To see the full performance program and buy tickets visit

March 9

Storytellers and Sociopaths: Thoughts on How We Define Reality from Post-Obama Appalachia is the topic of the Hutchins Lecture to be given by novelist Robert Gipe. In the 4:30 p.m. talk, Gipe will explore the connections between the rich storytelling tradition, grinding economic challenges, hard political choices, despair and hope experienced by people in the southeast Kentucky coalfields. Gipe will read from his previously published fiction, and he will address the creation of the Higher Ground community performances, a series of oral history-based theater events in Harlan County, Kentucky, which have been running from 2003 to the present. This lecture, to be held in 039 Graham Memorial Hall, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Ronald D. Cohen, emeritus professor of history at Indiana University Northwest, will examine Depression Folk: Grassroots Music and Left-Wing Politics in 1930s America. In his 5 p.m. talk, Cohen will cover the complex cultural history of folk music in America, detailing the musicians, government agencies and record companies that had a lasting impact during the 1930s and beyond. The Down Hill Strugglers, an old-time string band based simultaneously out of Kentucky, Louisiana and New York, will perform at 6 p.m. The book talk and concert will take place in Wilson Library’s Pleasants Family Assembly Room. For more information contact Liza Teril at

March 20

Paul Lerner, history professor at the University of Southern California, will discuss Consuming Temples: German Jews and Consumer Culture on Both Sides of the Atlantic at 5:30 p.m. in Dey Hall’s Toy Lounge. Lerner will focus on department stores in pre-Nazi Germany and advertising, malls and amusement parks in post-war America, showing how Jewish immigrants from Germany and Austria shaped American consumer culture in the 20th century. Concentrating on several key figures, this lecture will follow the paths of architects, designers and publicists who brought European notions of planning and Freudian psychoanalysis overseas and helped create modern American urban and commercial culture. Contact the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at for more information.

Through March 19

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 for more information.

Through March 26

The John and June Allcott Undergraduate Gallery will exhibit Subject to Change, an exhibit featuring the work of several undergraduate art award winners. These artists including Caroline Coppola, Isys Hennigar, Daphne Rodgers, Lana Jordan, Tracie Hayes, Nim Breitenfeld, Emily Yue, Brenda Miller Holmes and Kenly Cox. For more information, contact Beth Grabowski at

March 20

Bill Corcoran, president of American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) will give a talk on Crisis in the Middle East: How Refugees and Families Cope and Look to the Future at 5:30 p.m. at Flyleaf Books. In his speech, Corcoran will discuss the challenges and needs of Syrian refugees and poor Palestinian families in Gaza. From lack of clean water to out-of-school youth, several issues afflict these communities and can continue to do so for generations to come. As an expert in refugee aid and development in the Middle East, Corcoran will highlight the ways others can respond to ensure a safe, secure and dignified future. To register and buy tickets, visit