Through April 22
Acclaimed playwright Mike Wiley returns to PlayMakers with singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett for a musical journey across time, unearthing the cycles of history in a small North Carolina town. In Leaving Eden, cotton is king in the 1930s, pork processing keeps the town alive in 2016 and black and Latino citizens are the town’s economic backbone past and present. So why do they remain its most vulnerable to violence and hatred? As high-stakes elections loom during both time periods, the young, as ever, have a lot to fight for—and a lot to learn. For tickets, visit playmakersrep.org or call 919-962-7529. Faculty and staff get a 10 percent discount on tickets.
Tucker Carlson, a veteran political commentator with stints at CNN, PBS, MSNBC and FOX News, will give the 2018 Roy H. Park Distinguished Lecture for the UNC School of Media and Journalism at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Hall. Carlson’s remarks will be followed by a moderated conversation with associate professor Daniel Kreiss and several MJ-school students.
Innovate Carolina presents the premier annual innovation experience at Carolina, the UNC Innovation Showcase, at 5:30 p.m. at the Friday Center. The showcase will celebrate 40 standout innovators as they share how they’re solving important problems and bringing breakthrough ideas to market.
Public Humanities will host the 2018 E. Maynard Adams Symposium for the Humanities at Wilson Library at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature a keynote address by Jeremy Waldron, law professor at New York University. Waldron is a leading international expert on issues such as torture, hate speech, theories of human equality and the concept of loyal opposition. The Adams Symposium is free and open to the public.
John Harris, director of the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture at Franklin Pierce University, will speak at 2:30 p.m. in Reeves Auditorium at the N.C. Botanical Garden. His talk, In the Footsteps of Spring: Retracing Naturalists Edwin Way Teale and John K. Terres, will offer highlights from the wild places that he revisited from Teale’s 1947 odyssey of 17,000 miles, recorded in the book North with the Spring. Harris will sign copies of his book, Returning North with the Spring, at a reception following the lecture. The event is free, but preregistration is required.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long will speak at Wilson Library at 4 p.m. as part of the Coastal Resilience Center’s Natural Hazards Resilience Speakers Series. Long will discuss lessons learned from the 2017 hurricane season and share a vision for emergency managers moving forward.
The April Carolina Conversation, “What does it Mean to be a Public University?” will be held at 4 p.m. in the Aquarium Lounge in the Student Union. The gathering will explore the topic of public higher education through an engaging, participatory dialogue from a range of perspectives. Please join the conversation. All you need to bring is an open mind.
Susan Hassol will give the Earth Week keynote address at 5:30 p.m. in the Genome Science Building, room 100. Hassol is an award-winning climate change communicator, analyst and author known for her ability to translate science into English. A reception will be held prior to the address from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the University’s Three Zeros environmental initiative.
The School of Media and Journalism, in collaboration with Duke Energy, presents Break Through: Communicating in a Crisis, a workshop to provide training, education and networking for public information officers and others responsible for communicating with the public during emergencies. The free workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Carroll Hall. For more information about the public panel discussion, please contact Michael Penny.
A Grammy nominee with her own inimitable brand of country music, Raleigh native and UNC alumna Tift Merritt will perform at Memorial Hall at 8 p.m. The singer has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris in a proud tradition that reaches back to Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry. Tickets start at $25. To purchase tickets, visit carolinaperformingarts.org or call ticket services at 919-843-3333.
Carolina Hazards and Resilience Planners will hold a Climate Change and Resilience Symposium from 12:15 to 5 p.m. in the Genome Science Building, room GS200. CHRP is joining forces with the Carolina Climate Change Scientists, merging with their 5th Annual UNC Climate Change Symposium. The keynote speaker will be Susan White, executive director of North Carolina Sea Grant, North Carolina Space Grant and UNC Water Resources Research Institute.