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October 12 and 19

Get fit for free this fall on Thursdays at the Student Recreation Center. These 30-minute fitness classes for faculty/staff members, which begin at 1:15 p.m., are designed to introduce participants to new class formats. To join, come to the SRC and let the front desk know you’re here for the employee class. You’ll be asked to sign a waiver. No membership is necessary. If you have questions, please contact Kyle Harmon at

October 13

Come to the Student Union auditorium at 11:30 a.m. for an hour of amateur footage from the Southern Historical Collection. Selections include film of former slaves and events such as weddings, vacations, protests and more. Get tips on storing and labeling your home movies. Popcorn, drinks, bingo and prizes.

October 13-14

Enjoy a free concert at 4 p.m. as part of the Fred and Gail Fearing Jazz for a Friday Afternoon series in Moeser Auditorium, Hill Hall. The UNC Jazz Combos will give a concert along with the Jamey Aebersold Visiting Jazz Artist, trombonist Andre Hayward. The same musicians will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in Moeser Auditorium. This is a scholarship benefit concert, with tickets $10 general admission or $5 for students or UNC faculty/staff. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

October 16

Join the Department of Music for a concert featuring both the UNC Wind Ensemble, conducted by Evan Feldman, and UNC Symphony Band, conducted by Arris Golden, at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall. For this scholarship benefit concert, tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students or UNC faculty/staff. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 919-843-3333.

Gregor Thuswaldner of North Park University will present the lecture Between Utopia and Reality: Stefan Zweig’s Europe at 5:30 p.m. in Dey Hall’s Toy Lounge. The talk will be followed by a screening of Farewell to Europe, a 2016 film about Zweig (18811942), the cosmopolitan writer, known for his pacifistic attitude and idea of a transnational Europe, who spent his last decade in self-exile from his war-torn home.

October 18-November 5

The latest production from PlayMakers Repertory Company is playwright Kate Hamill’s fresh, comic take on Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. This eminently theatrical adaptation follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters – sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne – as they learn to navigate gossipy late 18th-century England after their father’s sudden death. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Paul Green Theatre. Tickets start at $15, and faculty/staff have a 10 percent discount. Call 919-962-7529 or visit

October 19

Learn all about lab safety and how to dispose of hazardous waste correctly at the Lab Safety Fair, 10 a.m.2 p.m. in the west lobby of Koury Oral Health Sciences Building. The fair features a series of 30-minute classes, exhibits, vendors and prizes.

October 24

Come see the documentary Footprints of Pan-Africanism and stay for a discussion with filmmaker Shirikiana Aina at 7 p.m. at the Stone Center. The free event is part of the Diaspora Film Festival. The film revisits the era of Ghana’s emergence into independence, when Africans on the continent and in the diaspora participated in building a liberated territory.

October 25

Developing Landscapes, currently on display in the Allcott Gallery in Hanes Art Center, is a selection of work from alumni of the Market Photo Workshop, a school of photography and project space based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The selected photographs engage the South African landscape as a complex accumulation marked by Apartheid-era policies of segregation and forced removal and post-1994 negotiations of belonging. From noon to 1 p.m., the gallery will also be the home of a lunchtime discussion about the exhibit with associate professor Carol Magee, photographer Uche Okpa-Iroha and curators assistant professor Jina Valentine and lecturer Gesche Würfel. The exhibit continues through Nov. 2, 8 a.m.5 p.m. Monday-Friday, with a closing reception 57 p.m. Oct. 26.

Join artist Ben Alper at 5:30 p.m. at the Sloane Art Gallery as he talks about the inspiration and creative working process behind his first three publications: AdriftA Series of Occurrences and A New Nothing. Alper, a UNC MFA alum, is active in important trends in contemporary photography – independently publishing his own photobooks and creating collaborative projects using social media.

JoAnna Klein, contributing writer to The New York Times, will speak on how to communicate science in an engaging, informative way. The free talk and reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Pleasants Room of Wilson Library.

Deadlines to watch

Oct. 20. Deadline for untenured assistant or associate professors, research assistant or associate professors, and clinical assistant and associate professors to apply for Junior Faculty Development Awards paid from IBM and R.J. Reynolds Industries funds.

Nov. 6. Nominations due for the 2018 Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award, to be presented at the 2018 University Day ceremony. This award was established in 2010 to recognize outstanding service by a member of the voting faculty. 

Nov. 30. Deadline to apply for the Employee Forum’s Professional Development Grant. 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). 

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