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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Calendar for August 23, 2017

August 24

Ann Millikan, the sister of the late Robert Millikan, Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, has written a symphony in his honor. Celebrate the CD release of Millikan Symphony and hear a free live performance of its violin concerto performed by violinist Jennifer Curtis. The concert at Moeser Auditorium will begin at 8 p.m. on what would have been Millikan’s 60th birthday.

Through August 27

Step into the stark, fluorescent otherworld of death row in Playmakers Repertory Company’s production of Count by Lynden Harris, founder and director of the creative collective Hidden Voices. Since 2013, Harris and the Hidden Voices team have been collaborating with men on death row across the country to create this play that explores the looming reality of execution. Count will be staged in the Kenan Theater at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $15, and University faculty and staff receive a 10 percent discount. Call 919-962-7529 or visit for more information.

August 29

Stephanie Elizondo Griest, assistant professor of creative nonfiction, will be reading from her latest book at 7 p.m. at Flyleaf Books. All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands is a collection of stories that Griest, who is from South Texas, weaves with narratives infused with history, politics and policy within 10 years of travels.

August 31

The Faculty Jazz Trio will give a free concert at 7:30 p.m. in Moeser Auditorium. Enjoy jazz performed by faculty members Stephen Anderson, piano; Jason Foureman, bass; and Dan Davis, drums.

September 1

Downtown Chapel Hill will be buzzing with activity with a pep-rally atmosphere at Tar Heel Downtown, 69 p.m. Come to the plaza at 140 W. Franklin St. and cheer on the Heels the night before the first home game of the 2017 football season. The Marching Tar Heels, the Tar Heel cheerleaders and Rameses will be there. There will be kids’ games and activities, face painting, concessions and a free live concert by Eastern North Carolina country singer Kasey Tyndall. For more information, visit

September 7

Dive into the dreamy multiple worlds of Ghanaian global fusionist Jojo Abot, coupling Afrobeat, jazz, reggae and electronica with fashion, film, literature and performance art. Her ongoing project, FYFYA WOTO (New Birth | New Discovery), examines self as a provocative tool in the discovery, exchange and evolution of identity. Abot will also be touring this fall with Grammy-winning songwriter and rap artist Lauryn Hill. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall. General admission tickets are $20.

September 12

The Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics at the School of Law will host guest lecturer Tim Duane, professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for a noon talk at Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, room 4004. Duane’s topic is The Limits of Presidential Power in Deconstructing the Administrative State. Duane, also a visiting law professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, will explore the scope and limits of executive authority for environmental deregulation and the critical role of Congress in enabling a deregulatory agenda.

Peter Williams, professor of art at the University of Delaware, will speak at 6 p.m. in the Hanes Art Center, room 121, as part of the Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series. A reception will follow the talk. The free public lecture coincides with the Allcott Gallery exhibition Dark Humor: Peter Williams (8 a.m.5 p.m. weekdays, Aug. 31-Sept. 28). Williams is also the author of The N-Word: Paintings by Peter Williams (Rotland Press, 2016), a timely monograph of recent and compelling work by Williams that caustically confronts the recent attacks, killings and murder of black people by police across the United States.

September 13

Meet four advocates working in the field of disability rights who happen to have disabilities themselves at Variations of a Full Life: A Panel Discussion with Disability Rights Advocates. Part of the Community Talk Series presented by the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, the discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. at 101 Renee Lynne Court, Carrboro.

September 13-October 1

When is a cake more than a cake? When it’s a play! Playmakers Repertory Company hosts the regional premiere of The Cake, a paradigm-shifting comedy about food, faith and family loyalty written by Carolina alumna Bekah Brunstetter. In the play, when the daughter of an old friend reappears in Della’s life with a new surprise, the devoutly religious cake-maker is forced to re-examine some of her beliefs. The play runs at the Paul Green Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. with an additional Saturday matinee Sept. 23. Tickets start at $15, and UNC faculty/staff receive a 10 percent discount. Call 919-962-7529 or visit for more information.

Deadlines to watch

Sept. 15. Deadline for submissions to the 18th annual Carolina Global Photography Competition. This amateur competition is open to all students, faculty, alumni and staff of the University and it showcases Carolina’s global activity, educational opportunities, research and service work. For more information, visit

Nov. 30. The Employee Forum’s Professional Development Grant application process is open now through Nov. 30. The grant provides permanent University employees additional funding to help cover professional development opportunities, up to $500 of allowed expenses.  Funding must be for individual benefit, relate to the employee’s position and meet a professional development purpose (not departmental). Application criteria and other relevant information are available at

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