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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Calendar for December 20, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Week events

The Carolina community will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a week of events, starting with a banquet and ending with a lecture by former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Jan. 14, University/Community Annual MLK Memorial Banquet, Friday Center

The evening begins with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by the banquet at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30.

Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service/5K, Campus Y

Same-day registration for the race begins at 5:30 a.m., with the race starting at 7 a.m. 

Jan. 16, MLK Unity Dinner, Great Hall

More than 20 different campus organizations will gather for a storytelling and community bridging discussion and dinner at 6 p.m.

Jan. 17, Warriors of Freedom Candlelight Vigil, Stone Center Amphitheater

People will gather at 5 p.m. to remember all the women who have lost their lives in the fight for equality with story sharing and songs, followed by a walk to the Unsung Founders monument.

Jan. 18, MLK Celebration Keynote Lecture/ Awards Ceremony, Memorial Hall

Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will speak at 7:30 p.m. The event is free, but requires tickets, available at the Carolina Performing Arts ticket office on Jan. 3.

Through December 23

Bring the family for an intimate evening of storytelling as PlayMakers legend Ray Dooley embodies Scrooge, Marley, Tiny Tim and other characters in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Catch one of the final five performances at the Kenan Theatre at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday or the 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. Come early, grab some hot chocolate and enjoy live holiday music in the lobby beginning 30 minutes before the show. Tickets start at $15.

PlayMakers is partnering once again with Toys for Tots, so bring a new, unwrapped gift or two to place in boxes in the lobby for children in need in the community.

January 10

Kim Strom-Gottfried, director of ethics education and policy management at Carolina, will explore the question “Am I my brother’s keeper?” in the next Carolina Conversations discussion. The 90-minute program will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Union. Upcoming topics include “Talking About UNC History” in February, “Navigating Unlawful Harassment and Uncomfortable Situations in the Workplace” in March and “What Does it Mean to be a Public University?” in April.

January 12-13

Formed right here in Chapel Hill, Steep Canyon Rangers effortlessly walk the line between festival favorite and sophisticated string orchestra, earning them the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and drawing celebrated comedian/banjoist Steve Martin to them when he needed a backing band. Choose from 8 p.m. shows Friday or Saturday night at Memorial Hall. Tickets range from $25 to $79.

Deadlines to watch

Feb. 19. Last day to nominate candidates for University honorary degrees to be awarded at the 2019 May Commencement ceremony. The awards recognize individuals who have rendered outstanding service to humanity; contributed to knowledge in the world of scholarship; enriched lives through talent and creativity; and supported the University in a way that merits the highest recognition. 

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