Check out the events that tie into Carolina’s Human Heart and its themes. Events will be added and updated throughout the year. (If you have an event you would like to include, email

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. For an archive of past events, click here.

Signature events are in a larger type.

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Ongoing Events

Through 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. ♦︎

Through April 30 — Wilson Library

Charles Scott and the Integration of Varsity Sports at UNC: A small exhibit of photos, newspaper articles, documents from the University Archives and old basketball programs places Scott’s career in context by looking at the integration of the student body at Carolina and of Chapel Hill in the 1960s. ♦︎♦︎♦︎

Through May 14 — Wilson Library

World on Fire in Flames of Blood: Narratives of the Russian Revolution: Eyewitness accounts, propaganda publications, handwritten refugee journals, photographs, and literary representations of one of the most influential world events of the last century. ♦︎


March 1-19 — Paul Green Theatre

PlayMakers presents Twelfth Night. The Bard’s riotous romp affirms the power of love to transform loss into hope, with every word, wink and wooing a sheer delight. ♦︎

March 1 — 11:15 a.m. — Phillips Hall

Willie J. Griffin presents a colloquium on the role of the mid-twentieth century Black Press played in spurring the modern Civil Rights Movement forward. ♦︎♦︎

March 1 — 3:30 p.m. — Greenlaw Hall

“Writing about the ‘Other:’ The Ethics of Documenting” Panel discussion with Hanes Writer-in-Residence Ted Conover. ♦︎♦︎

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 1 — 7:30 p.m. — Person Recital Hall

Guest Artists Recital with Stephanie Tingler, soprano, and Martha Thomas, piano. ♦︎

March 2 – 4:30 p.m. – Love House & Hutchins Forum

The Center for the Study of the American South hosts a discussion of the current state and politics of the death penalty. This program is offered in conjunction with the new Process Series production Count. ♦︎♦︎

March 2 – 5:00 p.m. – Campus Y

The Parr Center for Ethics and the Campus Y, Maryse Mitchell-Brody will present “Working Ourselves Out of a Job: Liberation and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex.” ♦︎♦︎

March 2 — 5:00 p.m. — Peabody Hall

Cynthia Hahn will discuss “Relics and Reliquaries, Discourses of Power and Containment” as part of the Art History Colloquium series. ♦︎♦︎

March 2 — 6:30 p.m. — FedEx Global Education Center

Tarik Amer discusses the making of spy Max Otto von Stierlitz (“Shtirlits”) as a persistent icon of popular culture. ♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎

March 2 — 7:00 p.m. — Carolina Student Union

Mariposa & the Saint: From Solitary, a Play Through Letters. ♦︎♦︎♦︎

March 2 — 7:30 p.m. — Memorial Hall

Shahid Nadeem’s spellbinding play Dara tells the dramatic story of Dara Shikoh—eldest son of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan—who was imprisoned and executed by his younger brother Aurangzeb. ♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎

March 2 – 7:30 p.m. – Hill Hall

The UNC Symphony Orchestra presents a concert with Carolina Choir and the winners of the annual UNC Concerto Competition: Luke Boehm (bass-baritone), Shafali Jalota (soprano), and Hannah Lohr-Pearson (cello). ♦︎

March 3-4 — Swain Hall, Studio 6

The Process Series presents Count by Lynden Harris/Hidden Voices, a performance based on writings and conversations with prisoners throughout the U.S. ♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎

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 3-26 — Hanes Art Center

“Subject to Change” exhibit featuring work by the art department’s undergraduate award winners. ♦︎

March 3 – 1:00 p.m. – National Humanities Center

The National Humanities Center presents the second conference in the series examining the relation between rock and roll and literature. ♦︎

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

Taylor Livingston leads a Priceless Gems Tour, “Digging in Our Heels, Angels on Campus: The Herstory of Women on Campus.” ♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎

March 3 — 4:00 p.m. — Murphey Hall

“Whose Classics? Diversity, Representation, and the Ancient World Today” features snapshot talks by classics faculty and graduate students which offer glimpses of the diversity of the ancient Mediterranean world and the courses in the classics department. ♦︎♦︎♦︎

March 3 – 7:30 p.m. – Hill Hall

This William S. Newman Series Artists Concert features world-renowned piano professor Stefan Litwin. ♦︎

March 3 – 8:00 p.m. – Memorial Hall

Steve Earle performs, as a tie-in to the National Humanities Center’s Novel Sounds conference♦︎

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 4 – 9:15 a.m. – TBD

Gerhard Weinberg will discuss America’s engagement in World War I in an Adventures in Ideas seminar. ♦︎♦︎

March 4 — 11:00 a.m. — Fetzer Gym

The American Indian Center encourages you attend this year’s powwow and explore the rich culture of Indigenous Peoples in North Carolina, many of which are also part of the UNC campus community. ♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎

March 5 — 3:00 p.m. — The William and Ida Friday Center

The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, featuring the Ron McCurdy Quartet. ♦︎♦︎♦︎

March 5 – 3:00 p.m. – Hill Hall

Schubert’s Die Winterreise performed by Marc Callahan, baritone, and Thomas Otten, piano, part of the William S. Newman Series and Moeser Favorites Series. ♦︎

March 5 – 8:00 p.m. – Memorial Hall

As part of the “Glass at 80” celebration, Heroes Tribute: A Celebration of the Music of Philip Glass, David Bowie, and Brian Eno, featuring a Merge Records Group and the UNC Symphony Orchestra. ♦︎

March 6-10 — Hanes Art Center

Reliquarium (pine boxes) is an installation of paintings which imagines the transition into death as an absurd, tempestuous process. This exhibit part of the art department’s MFA Thesis Exhibition, featuring work by Wayne Marcelli. ♦︎

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 – 12:15 p.m. – FedEx Global Education Center

What Diversity Sounds Like hosts a discussion for students about dialects and implicit social biases. ♦︎♦︎♦︎

March 8 — 4:30 p.m. — Flyleaf Books

This talk will question those assumptions by exploring the extent to which difficulties in Muslim integration reflect common challenges among immigrant communities of any type, and explore the ramifications of thinking about the Muslim community in either religious or immigration terms. ♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎

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 8 – 7:30 p.m. – Hill Hall

Mark Padmore, tenor, and Jonathan Biss, piano, perform. ♦︎

March 9 – 5:00 p.m. – Murphey Hall

The AIA Triangle Society presents a lecture by Professor Jennifer Gates-Foster of UNC-Chapel Hill. ♦︎

March 9 — 5:00 p.m. — Wilson Library

Ronald D. Cohen, author and professor emeritus of history at Indiana University Northwest, will deliver the talk “Depression Folk: Grassroots Music and Left-Wing Politics in 1930s America.” Following the lecture, old-time string band The Down Hill Strugglers will perform. ♦︎

March 10 – 7:00 p.m. – Person Recital Hall

Marissa Martins and Mac McClure will perform a recital of Spanish music. ♦︎♦︎

March 11 — 9:00 a.m. — FedEx Global Education Center

A Dialogues Seminar from the Program in the Humanities about how past and present climate changes have influenced human beings and the natural environment. ♦︎♦︎

March 13 — 7:00 p.m. — Silverspot Cinema

Join the UNC Program in the Humanities at Silverspot Cinemas for a pre-movie spaghetti dinner and discussion before a screening of The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. ♦︎

March 17 – 6:30 p.m. – The William and Ida Friday Center

Lisbeth Firmin shares her inspiration behind her urban artwork which explores the relationship between people and their urban environment. ♦︎

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 19 — 2:00 p.m. — Ackland Art Museum

Gospel singer Mary D. Williams will perform as part of the Ackland’s Music in the Galleries series, tying into the Fever Within exhibition. ♦︎

March 20 – 1:25 p.m. – Greenlaw Hall

Lisa Yarger will discuss “Lovie: The Story of a Southern Midwife and an Unlikely Friendship.” ♦︎

March 20 — 5:30 p.m. — Dey Hall

Paul Lerner will discuss the intertwined histories of German Jews and consumer culture, focusing on department stores in pre-Nazi Germany and advertising, malls, and amusement parks in post-war America, showing how Jewish immigrants from Germany and Austria shaped American consumer culture in the 20th century. ♦︎♦︎

March 20 – 5:30 p.m. – Flyleaf Books

Bill Corcoran, an expert in refugee aid and development in the Middle East, will highlight the ways we can respond to ensure a safe, secure and dignified future.  ♦︎♦︎♦︎

March 21 — 12:30 p.m. — Hyde Hall

The Parr Center hosts Ethics Around the Table, with Rachel Shaevitz of the Program in Humanities and Human Values. ♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎

March 21 – 7:30 p.m. – Person Recital Hall

Christopher Hutton, cello, from Furman University will perform a solo cello recital. ♦︎

March 22 — September 17 — Ackland Art Museum

Los Trompos is a large-scale, interactive installation of much-larger-than-life spinning tops (trompos) in a variety of colors and shapes. Los Trompos will be at the Ackland through Sept. 17.

March 22 — 4:00 p.m. — Dey Hall

“The Piety of Personal and the Personality of Power.” The talk will address the “post-truth” regime associated with the Trump phenomenon, avoiding traditional theories of identification and ideology in favor of an affect-based approach necessitating a rethinking of the nature of the person. ♦︎♦︎

March 22 — 5:30 p.m. — Ackland Art Museum

Lynne Cooke will deliver a guest lecture at the Ackland Art Museum, to tie into the Fever Within exhibition. ♦︎

March 22 — 6:00 p.m. — Back Bar, Top of the Hill

In this Humanities Happy Hour event, Charles Kurzman will discuss why American fears of Islamic terrorism are often exaggerated. ♦︎♦︎♦︎

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 23-24 — 7:30 p.m. — Memorial Hall

A program performed by the Martha Graham Dance Company features work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui inspired by Sufi poetry and accompanied by Turkish traditional music, in connection with Sacred/Secular: A Sufi Journey♦︎♦︎

March 23 — 5:00 p.m. — Dey Hall

Edouard Louis will deliver the lecture, The End of Eddy, which will focus on the language of violence as well as the social, literary and artistic effects of violence in literature. ♦︎

March 23 — 6:00 p.m. — Caldwell Hall

“For Their Eyes Only: Ag Gag Laws, Body Cam Laws, & the Right to Know,” a detailed examination and short talks on these laws, with a panel discussion and audience Q&A. ♦︎♦︎

March 24-25 — Caldwell Hall, Graham Memorial Hall

African, African American, & Diaspora Studies Undergraduate Research Conference will include the Dunbar-Stone lecture and research presentations by students. ♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎

March 24 — 4:00 p.m. — Phillips Hall

Hasan Elahi and Hannah Feldman will give keynote addresses at the third annual Art Student Graduate Organization Symposium. ♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎

March 24 — 5:00 p.m. — Caldwell Hall

Catharine Newbury will discuss “Infra-Politics in Rwanda: Rural Activism Before and After the Genocide,” for the Dunbar-Stone Lecture, which also opens the Africna, African American & Diaspora Studies Undergraduate Research Conference. ♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎

March 24 – 7:30 p.m. – Hill Hall

Guest artist Karen Walwyn, piano, gives a masterclass and recital. ♦︎

March 26 – 2:00 p.m. – Person Recital Hall

The music department presents the third annual concert featuring the department’s 1842 Pleyel piano. ♦︎

March 26 – 6:00 p.m. – Hill Hall

New Music for Marimba by Juan Álamo. ♦︎

March 27 – 1:25 p.m. – Greenlaw Hall

Victor Bouveron will give a talk as part of the department of American studies colloquium series. ♦︎

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 28 — 6:00 p.m. — Hanes Art Center

Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture with Becky Brown, who works between painting, drawing, sculpture and installation using found images, objects and texts. ♦︎

March 28 — 7:30 p.m. — Hill Hall

Sonolumen is a multimedia electro-acoustic-video excursion into the concrete and abstract. ♦︎

March 29 — 4:30 p.m. — Flyleaf Books

This talk will trace the history of the Rohingya people in Myanmar, and provide context for an often overlooked contemporary ethnic conflict and refugee situation. ♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎

March 29 — 5:00 p.m. — Davis Library

The opening reception for the Student Action with Farmworkers’ “More Than One Story | Más que una historia” exhibition.  ♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎

March 30 — April 1 — TBD

The 23rd annual Carolina Conference for Romance Studies. ♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎

March 30 — April 2 — Swain Hall

Capriccio is a moving collage of dream-images. This devised performance explores the works and methods of U.S. artist Joseph Cornell. Part of the Swain Studio Six Performance Series. ♦︎

March 30 — 3:30 p.m. — Greenlaw Hall

James McMichael will give the Armfield Poetry Reading. ♦︎

March 30 — 4:30 p.m. — Hyde Hall

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities invites you to learn about the faculty support opportunities they offer, and to celebrate the recently published books and digital demonstrations of Faculty Fellows and Academic Leadership Fellows with a wine reception. ♦︎♦︎

March 30 — 5:30 p.m. — Love House & Hutchins Forum

Triangle-based quintet Counterclockwise String Band performs at the Love House for Music on the Porch. ♦︎

March 30 – 7:00 p.m. – The Sonja Haynes Stone Center

Writer’s Discussion Series and African Diaspora Lecture by Daniel O. Sayers. ♦︎♦︎

March 30 — 7:30 p.m. — Hill Hall

Hear the 360ᵒ Jazz Initiative Ensemble perform in its annual concert. The ensemble features UNC jazz faculty and original compositions from the ensemble and from the winners of the 2016 Call for Scores. ♦︎

March 31-April 1 – Hyde Hall

The history department presents a conference, “Culinary Nationalism in Asia.” ♦︎♦︎

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.” ♦︎♦︎♦︎

March 31 — 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. ♦︎

March 31 — 8:00 p.m. — Memorial Hall

In “Sounds of Kolachi,” a supergroup of vocalists and instrumentalists from Karachi (formerly known as Kolachi) mixes classical, avant-garde, jazz and rock music. ♦︎♦︎


April 1 — 8:00 p.m. — Carmichael Arena

The Carolina Union Activities Board (CUAB) presents their annual Jubilee concert featuring 2 Chainz. ♦︎

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 5 — 4:30 p.m. — Flyleaf Books

This talk will focus on how immigrant rights in the United States are dependent on place. ♦︎♦︎♦︎

April 5 – 6:00 p.m. – Hanes Art Center

Stephen J. Campbell will discuss “The Force of Images in Fifteenth Century Italy: Andrea Mantegna” as part of the Bettie Allison Rand Lecture Series. ♦︎♦︎

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 6-10 – Kenan Theatre

The Kenan Theatre Company concludes its season with Orange Light, a documentary theatre piece by Howard Craft that follows the tragic Hamlet, NC chicken plant fire. ♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎

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 7 — 3:00 p.m. — Begins at UNC’s Visitor’s Center

A distinctive walking tour on the African-American history of the University, with emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. ♦︎♦︎♦︎

April 7 — 4:00 p.m. — FedEx Global Education Center

Join the LGBTQ Representation and Rights Initiative’s discussion on “Being Out in North Carolina,” a conversation with current and former out NC LGBTQ Elected Officials. ♦︎♦︎

April 8 — 10:15 a.m. — North Carolina Museum of Art

This seminar will provide historical and cultural context for North Carolina Museum of Arts’ exhibition, “Ansel Adams: Masterworks,” which features The Museum Set, a collection of photographs spanning five decades and chosen by Adams himself as the best work of his career. ♦︎♦︎

April 10 — 3:30 p.m. — Bull’s Head Bookshop, UNC Student Stores

Chérie Rivers Ndaliko discusses her new book, Necessary Noise: Music Film and Charitable Imperialism in the East of Congo♦︎♦︎♦︎

April 11 — 5:30 p.m. — Sonja Haynes Stone Center

Mary Beth Maxwell and Dorian T. Warren will discuss ‘Social and Economic Inequality in America’ as part of the department of public policy’s Carolina Forum. ♦︎

April 12 — 7:30 p.m. — Memorial Hall

Sanam Marvi, Pakistan’s next inspiring diviner of South Asia’s humanist, folk and Sufi texts, performs as part of the Sacred/Secular: A Sufi Journey series. ♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎

April 20-22 — TBD

The Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies hosts the 17th annual Czech Studies Workshop. ♦︎♦︎♦︎

April 20 – 7:30 p.m. – Memorial Hall

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

April 21-22 — FedEx Global Education Center

The First Annual Maynard Adams Symposium on the Humanities focuses on the power of anger and resentment in our private lives and public conflicts. ♦

April 21 — 3:00 p.m. — Begins at UNC Visitor’s Center

Using traditional storytelling, the Native Narrative campus tour will give participants an accurate and complete story of the American Indian presence on Carolina’s campus. ♦︎♦︎♦︎

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

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

April 26-30 — Kenan Theatre

PlayMakers presents a PRC2 show, Mr. Joy. A Harlem community takes stock when a Chinese immigrant’s shoe repair shop curiously doesn’t open one morning. An array of customers including indomitable 11-year-old Clarissa and “gangsta granny” Bessie come to realize what the shop owner has meant to their lives. 


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. 

May 6 — 9:15 a.m. — TBD

This year’s annual Uhlman Seminar will focus on Jewish culture as revealed through entertainment: music, film, folklore, humor, and the storytelling components present in all of these arts. 

May 17 — 6:00 p.m. — Top of the Hill

Michael Newton will discuss Scottish culture and heritage in North Carolina for Humanities Happy Hour.