This is an archive of signature events that tied into Carolina’s Human Heart and its themes in the 2016-17 year. For a full archive of past events, click here.

Look for the color-coded diamonds next to each event to see what themes they relate to: Social JusticeAn Enlightened CitizenryTolerance and UnderstandingGlobal Engagement, Food and the Environment, and Storytelling.

You can find all events here, and search by theme, location and keywords.

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Signature Events

September 15 – 5:30 p.m. – Kenan Theatre

An Evening with Kwame Anthony Appiah: “Ethics Among the Humanities.” Kick-off to Carolina’s Human Heart. 

September 20 – 5:30 p.m. – Memorial Hall

A Conversation with NPR’s Nina Totenberg: The Supreme Court and the Presidency, the 2016-17 Frey Lecture. ♦︎

September 29 – 5:00 p.m. – Gerrard Hall

2016 Lambeth Lecture. Reforming Our Criminal Justice System: A conversation between Hon. Alex Kozinski and Hon. Thomas W. Ross. 

October 4 – 7:30 p.m. – Genome Sciences Building

Jill McCorkle will deliver the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Lecture. 

October 6 — 12:30 p.m. — Graham Memorial, Room 039

‘The Brexit Shock: Why it happened, and what now?’ A panel discussion featuring political science professors Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks. 

October 6 – 6:30 p.m. – Hyde Hall

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities hosts a discussion on the 2016 election and humanistic issues in the current political climate with U.S. Congressman David E. Price. 

October 10 – 6:00 p.m. – Ponysaurus Tap Room, Durham

Join the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and Andrew Reynolds to look at how micro-breweries involve communities for civic engagement. 

October 13 — 6:00 p.m. — University Room, Hyde Hall

The Parr Center for Ethics hosts the Voting Rights Forum for a public discussion about voter disenfranchisement in the United States. 

October 14-15 – Studio Six, Swain Hall

Process Series: Your Desires in Fragments – A translation by Adam Versenyi of Ramon Griffero’s Play. 

October 14-16 – Multiple Venues

“Islam and Religious Identity: The Limits of Definition” is the annual Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies Conference. 

October 19 – November 6 – Paul Green Theatre

PlayMakers Repertory Company crowns its 40th Anniversary with a fresh look at The Crucible. 

October 21-23 – Multiple Venues

The 50th Chapel Hill Colloquium in Philosophy. 

October 27-28 – Hyde Hall

The Art of Emergency: Aesthetics and Aid in African Crises conference. 

October 27 – 4:30 p.m. – Wilson Library

Bernard E. Powers will deliver the Hutchins Lecture, to discuss “Manners, Memory and Murder in America’s Holy City.” 

October 28 – 7:30 p.m. – Kenan Music Building

Celebrating Congo featuring Kinobe, Jaja Bashengezi, and Mack el Sambo General. 

October 29 – 7:30 p.m. – 21c Museum Hotel

Launch of Southern Cultures’ fall issue, 21c Fiction. 

October 30 – 2:00 p.m. – Carolina Inn

“October Has Come Again—Again.” A panel of established and emerging writers will offer thoughts and observations about the state of “Southern literature.”

November 1-10 — Hanes Art Center

An exhibit of John Allcott’s illustrations, with a reception on Nov. 1 and Nov. 4. 

November 2 – 4:30 p.m. – Flyleaf Books

The Program in the Humanities hosts a Humanities in Action event, The 2016 North Carolina State Elections, with Ferrel Guillory. 

November 4 and 6 – Sonja Haynes Stone Center

The Process Series presents The Black Pioneers Project, performances adapted from interviews by Southern Oral History Project interns of the earliest cohorts of African American students who attended UNC between 1952-1972. 

November 7 — 6:00 p.m. — Hyde Hall

“Indigenous Foodways: A Path Toward Healing,” a Food for All discussion as part of American Indian Heritage Month. 

November 7 — 7:00 p.m. — Friday Center

A film screening and discussion of Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald, a film about Jewish philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, who joined forces with African-American communities during the Jim Crow South. 

November 9 – 12:00 p.m. – Hyde Hall

Ethics Around the Table with Ariana Vigil: “What responsibility does the U.S. have toward Central American migrants?” 

November 11-12 – Wilson Library

The UNC Bluegrass Symposia, which includes an exhibit opening in Wilson Library, a concert and a symposia featuring a panel discussion, academic papers and a keynote. 

November 14 – 7:00 p.m. – Sonja Haynes Stone Center

Ange-marie Hancock delivers the 24th Annual Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture, “Scaling Up Stories for Justice – a Role in Black Lives Matter for Every Sector of Our Community.” 

November 17 — 1:00 p.m. — Graham Memorial Hall

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities invites the public to hear UNC alum Park Cannon ’14 talk about her career as the youngest queer woman of color member of the Georgia House of Representatives. 

November 17 – 4:30 p.m. – Wilson Library

The 2016 Charleston Lecture will be delivered by 2012-2014 NC Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti. 

November 18-19 – Kenan Theatre

The sixth annual Long Story Shorts One Act Festival featuring plays written by graduating members of the Writing for the Screen and Stage Minor. 

November 20 — 2:00 p.m. — Ackland Art Museum

Enjoy live music at the Ackland Art Museum’s galleries, with music by UNC Music student and Kenan Scholar, Renée McGee. It will be accompanied by projected images from the Ackland’s collection. 

November 22- December 11 — Paul Green Theatre

The regional premiere of The May Queen by Molly Smith Metzler produced by PlayMakers Repertory Company. 

December 2-3 — Multiple Venues

“Feminisms Here and Now: Communicating Alongside | Across | Against” is a conference organized by graduate students of UNC’s Department of Communication. 

December 2 — 3:00 p.m. — Begins at UNC Visitor’s Center

The UNC Visitor’s Center gives a Priceless Gems tour highlighting places on UNC’s campus with connections to famous writers and literary connections. 

December 3-4 – FedEx Global Education Center

Great Cities of India, a Dialogues Seminar from the Program in the Humanities in collaboration with the Carolina Asia Center. 

December 5 — 3:30 p.m. — FedEx Global Education Center

Khatharya Um will discuss the “From The Land of Shadows: Remembering Violence and the Violence of Remembering.” 

December 8 – 7:30 p.m. – Memorial Hall

The China Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Maestro Long Yu, will perform including the U.S. premiere of Four Spirits for Piano and Orchestra, commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts for music assistant professor Clara Yang. 

December 13 — 7:00 p.m. — Silverspot Cinema, Chapel Hill

Eric Muller and Heidi Kim lead a pre-show lecture with the Program in the Humanities before a special screening of the Broadway musical Allegiance starring George Takei. 

January 11-15 – Kenan Theatre

Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis, adapted for the stage by Brian Mertes, explores Wilde’s infamous account of lost love and betrayal, taking us into his journey of transformation from the depths of despair to transcendent heights of forgiveness and understanding. 

January 17 — 7:30 p.m. — Memorial Hall

The annual MLK Celebration Keynote Lecture provides an opportunity to hear from national thought leaders on the importance of social justice, unity, action, and/or service. This year, esteemed journalist and executive producer Soledad O’Brien will deliver the lecture. The Keynote Lecture program will also include two special presentations: MLK Scholarships and MLK Unsung Hero Awards. 

January 20 — 7:30 p.m. — Kenan Theatre

PlayMakers Repertory Company presents a professional-quality, bare bones 90-minute production of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure as part of their Mobile Shakespeare program, to make his plays available, enjoyable and accessible to all. 

January 27 — April 9 — Ackland Art Museum

Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett, curated by American studies professor Bernie Herman, ends its traveling exhibition at the Ackland Art Museum. 

January 27 – 8:00 p.m. — Hill Hall

Topeng Losari mask dancer Nani performs as part of the Carolina Performing Arts’ Sacred/Secular: A Sufi Journey series. 

February 8 — 7:00 p.m. — Sonja Haynes Stone Center

Brenda E. Stevenson delivers the 13th Annual African American History Month Lecture with a talk titled “When Do Black Female Lives Matter? Contested Assaults, Murders and American Race Riots.” 

February 10-12 — Swain Hall, Studio 6

Spoken Word/Spoken Justice: A festival of spoken word performance from the UNC Process Series. 

February 10 — 8:00 p.m. — Memorial Hall

Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson present share musical moments and poetry readings followed by a selection of Glass songs featuring lyrics by 13th-century Sufi poet Rumi. 

February 13 — 7:00 p.m. — Friday Center

Jeffrey Shandler will explore the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive—the largest collection of videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors—which includes hundreds of interviews conducted entirely or partially in Yiddish. 

February 16 — 7:00 p.m. — Graham Memorial

Conductor and musicologist Leon Botstein will deliver the lecture “Sounding Forms: What Music and Its Practice Reveal about Modern European History” for the Mary Stevens Reckford Memorial Lecture in European Studies. 

February 16 – 7:30 p.m. – Historic PlayMakers Theatre

Carolina Performing Arts and PlayMakers Repertory Company collaborate for a staged reading: The Who and the What by Ayad Akhtar. 

February 17 — 3:30 p.m. — Dey Hall

Local experts in English, Linguistics, American Studies, and Speech and Hearing Sciences about the conflicts and coexistence of language diversity and linguistic standardization in academia. 

February 21 – 6:00 p.m. – Varsity Theatre

Join the Program in the Humanities and the General Alumni Association in walking the Carolina Blue carpet at the Varsity Theatre for an Oscars Preview Event, with insight from film experts Dana Coen and Rachel Schaevitz. 

February 25 — 7:30 p.m. — Hill Hall

Spectrum Concert: UNC music students and faculty celebrate the grand opening of Moeser Auditorium. 

February 28 — 7:30 p.m. — Genome Sciences Building Auditorium

Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Ted Conover will deliver the Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence Reading. 

March 1 – 4:30 p.m. – Flyleaf Books

This talk will explore these differences which have important ethical and practical implications for contemporary Europe as it contends with an unprecedented flow of immigrants. 

March 3-4 — Hyde Hall

Ancient Foodways Conference: this conference, social and natural scientists grapple with the task of integrating multiple threads of material data involving food with the behaviors that generated them in past societies. 

March 4-5 — FedEx Global Education Center

The Jewish Food in the Global South symposium will explore the historical trends and current cultural practices surrounding “Jewish” food in and of the American South. 

March 6 – 4:30 p.m. – Davis Library

The Center for the Study of the American South presents the Chandler Lecture in Southern Business History, delivered by Trevon D. Logan and Caitlin Rosenthal. 

March 8 – 5:00 p.m. – Hyde Hall

Sharon Cameron, William Kenan Jr. Professor Emerita at Johns Hopkins University, will deliver a lecture on “Tolstoy, Bresson, and the Ground of the Ethical.” 

March 18 — 9:00 a.m. — FedEx Global Education Center

Archaeologist Jennifer Gates-Foster will discuss how life in Egypt changed during the era of Greek and Roman rule (4th century BC-7th century AD). 

March 22 – 6:30 p.m. – Graham Memorial

Scottish Tales and Tunes: An evening of traditional Scottish Gaelic oral stories and music with Michael Newton. 

March 28 — 5:30 p.m. — FedEx Global Education Center

Janet Browne of Harvard University will deliver the 2017 Polanyi Lecture entitled, “Rethinking Darwinian Revolution.” 

March 30 — 3:30 p.m. — Greenlaw Hall

James McMichael will give the Armfield Poetry Reading. 

March 31 – April 2 — Person Recital Hall, Hill Hall

The music department and Carolina Center for Jewish Studies will bring a symposium about the Defiant Requiem, titled “Performing Commemoration: Musical Reenactment and the Politics of Trauma.” 

April 5-29 — Paul Green Theatre

PlayMakers presents My Fair Lady. Be transported by glorious music and cheer Eliza on as she grabs her chance for reinvention, breaking barriers and changing the lives of Henry Higgins and everyone she meets along the way. 

April 5 — 12:30 p.m. — Hyde Hall

A Difficult Conversations event: Gender Equity in Higher Education, hosted by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and the Parr Center for the Ethics. 

April 6-7 – Multiple Venues

The department of African, African American and diaspora studies will host their annual Global Africana Conference, “Black Feminist Futures: Re-envisioning Gender & Sexuality in Global Black Communities.” Keynote Speakers will be Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Faye Harrison. 

April 7 — All Day — UNC campus

Arts Everywhere will launch UNC’s first annual campus-wide arts celebration with various events and activities including pop-up performances, exhibits, hands-on activities, installations, and behind-the-scenes tours of campus art spaces. 

April 12 – 4:30 p.m. – Flyleaf Books

The Program in the Humanities hosts a Humanities in Action event to discuss how Latino immigration transformed the rural South. 

April 14 – 7:00 p.m. – Chapel Hill Public Library

Future Imperfect: What Science Fiction Film Tells Us About Now is a special lecture series at Chapel Hill Public Library held in partnership with the UNC Program in the Humanities as part of the NC Science Festival. Each event will have a talk punctuated with clips from Sci-Fi cinema. 

April 20 – 7:30 p.m. – Memorial Hall

UNC hosts the signature concert of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín. 

April 21 — 5:30 p.m. — FedEx Global Education Center

Martha Nussbaum will give the keynote lecture as part of the Maynard Adams Symposium. 

May 5-6 – 8:00 p.m. – Swain Hall, Studio 6

The Process Series presents Leaving Eden by Mike Wiley, an original drama with regional music exploring the stories of people currently living in North Carolina Mill towns that boomed in the 20th century and closed down at the start of the 21st.