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. ♦︎


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

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

April 3-7 — Hanes Art Center

A one-week exhibit of Lamar Whidbee’s MFA thesis, “Dear Son…” ♦︎

April 3 — 6:00 p.m. — Caldwell Hall

Join the Parr Center for Ethics for a discussion about the ethics of gun control in the United States. ♦︎

April 4 – 4:30 p.m. – Hyde Hall

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities Academic Leadership Program hosts this free film screening and discussion open to the faculty, students, staff, and the public. The 2016 documentary Starving the Beast focuses on the struggle at colleges where political and market-oriented forces push to disrupt and reform. ♦︎

April 4 — 7:00 p.m. — Silverspot Cinema

Carolina’s Public Humanities partners with Silverspot Cinema for a national screening and day of dialogue featuring George Orwell’s 1984. Rachel Schaevitz will introduce the film and Dr. Lloyd Kramer will lead a community discussion on how films and the humanities help us think about and analyze public issues. ♦︎♦︎

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 6-7 — Multiple Venues

The 2017 Boundaries of Literature Symposium will include a free lecture on “Expertise and the Everyday: The humanities and ordinary life” and a graduate student seminar, “Who Knows Who Knows? Zadie Smith’s ‘The Embassy of Cambodia’ and Wiki Truth.” ♦︎♦︎

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 6 – 6:00 p.m. – Greenlaw Hall

Author Lara Naughton will visit campus for a reading and book signing. She will also give a workshop in Hyde Hall on April 7. ♦︎

April 6 – 7:30 p.m. – Person Recital Hall

The Composition Studio, taught by music professor Allen Anderson, will present new music. ♦︎

April 7-9 – UNC-Chapel Hill

The Parr Center for Ethics hosts the fifth annual National High School Ethics Bowl. ♦︎

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 – 3:00 p.m. – Caldwell Hall

The philosophy department’s inaugural 2017 Balter Distinguished Lecture will welcome Nina Emery to present a paper as part of their annual Speaker Series. ♦︎

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 7 – 8:00 p.m. — Hill Hall

UNC Opera will perform Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with UNC Baroque Ensemble. ♦︎

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 9 – 1:30 p.m. – Person Recital Hall

Join Robert Anderson’s bass studio for a fun afternoon filled with bass music. ♦︎

April 9 – 3:00 p.m. — Hill Hall

UNC Opera will perform Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with UNC Baroque Ensemble. ♦︎

April 9 – 7:30 p.m. – Hill Hall

Brent Wissick, Clara Yang, Donald Oehler and Nicholas DiEugenio will play Romantic Quintets of Brahms and Schumann as part of the Moeser Series. ♦︎

April 10-14 — Hanes Art Center

A one-week exhibit of Emily J. Smith’s thesis, “Succumb.” ♦︎

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 11 — 7:00 p.m. — FedEx Global Education Center

Padraic Kenney will discuss Poland and democracy as part of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies’ Endowed Lecture. ♦︎♦︎

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 12 – 5:00 p.m. – Wilson Library

Captain Michael John, U.S. Navy (ret.) will deliver the 2017 Coates Lecture. His talk, “A Carolina Narrative of Service to Nation: Yesterday and Today” celebrates the Wilson Special Collections Library exhibition Doing Our Bit: UNC and the Great War♦︎

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 13 – 5:30 p.m. – Love House & Hutchins Forum

River Kings 2.0, with Alfred Banks and Marco Pavé, perform at the Center for the Study of the American South’s Music on the Porch Series. ♦︎♦︎

April 13 — 6:00 p.m. — Hanes Art Center

Zara Anishanslin will discuss “Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Hidden Histories of the British Atlantic World” as part of the art history colloquium. ♦︎

April 13 – 7:30 p.m. – Kenan Music Building

UNC Percussion Ensemble, directed by Juan Alamo, will perform its spring concert alongside guest artist Nathan Daughtrey, marimba. ♦︎

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 17 – 7:00 p.m. – Person Recital Hall

Mark Sparks, principal flute with the St. Louis Symphony, will give a masterclass and recital. ♦︎

April 17 – 7:00 p.m. – William and Ida Friday Center

Lewis Gordon will discuss “On the Study of Jews of Color,” and will conclude with reflections on why it is important to recognize and celebrate the tapestry of Jewish diversity. ♦︎♦︎

April 17-21 – John and June Allcott Library 

A one-week exhibit of Luke Firle’s sculptures, titled “It’s Gonna Be Something.”

April 18 – 7:30 p.m. – Hill Hall

Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov’s electric performances have established him as a forerunner in the new generation of classical instrumentalists. ♦︎

April 18 – 3:30 p.m. – Dey Hall

Tiffany Stern discusses “Signing Plays and Playing Songs – Ballads and Plays in the Time of Shakespeare.” ♦︎♦︎

April 19 – 3:30 p.m. – Greenlaw Hall

Tiffany Stern leads a seminar, “Dumb Shows and the Invention of Stage Directions.” ♦︎♦︎

April 19 – 6:00 p.m. – Back Bar, Top of the Hill

Frederico Castelloes will discuss what happened in Brazil after the Olympics for Humanities Happy Hour. ♦︎

April 20-22 — TBD

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

April 20-23 – Swain Hall

The Four Underwear Models of the Apocalypse is a dance/theatre piece incorporating costumes, masks, and puppets depicting the end of the world in underpants. ♦︎

April 20 – 3:30 p.m. – Bull’s Head Bookshop

Paulette Ramsay will give a talk for the Stone Center’s Writer’s Discussion Series.

April 20 – 5:30 p.m. – Hamilton Hall

Miriam Cooke’s lecture, “Islamic State, Women and Violence,” will focus on media and artists’ representation of sexual violence in the 21st century Arab world. 

April 20 – 5:30 p.m. – Hanes Art Center

Join the Sloane Art Library and the Art and Museum Library and Information Student Society (AMLISS) for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, focusing on art and feminism. ♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎

April 20 — 7:00 p.m. — Dey Hall

The Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies presents Zamatovi Teroristi (Velvet Terrorists) as part of its Central Europe Film Series. ♦︎♦︎

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 – 12:20 p.m. – Peabody Hall

Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote discusses “Kiowa Painters: Innovation in Art and Dance, 1928-1940” as part of the Art History Colloquium. 

April 21 — 2:00 p.m. — Wilson Library

“What is Digital Humanities?” is a workshop to discuss the topic and launch The Bibliography, Filmography, and Webography on Gender, War and the Western World since 1600. ♦︎♦︎♦︎

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 — 3:30 p.m. — Dey Hall

Petr Roubal will examine the deep and often troubling change of Central European cities after the fall of state socialism by using Prague as its case. ♦︎♦︎

April 21 – 4:15 p.m. – Person Recital Hall

William Cheng will give a lecture titled “The Prince and the Pauper: The Purpose of Sounding Great” as a part of the Carolina Symposia in Music and Culture series. 

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 21 – 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 21 – 8:00 p.m. – Hill Hall

The Carolina Bluegrass Band, directed by Russell Johnson, performs. 

April 28 – 3:00 p.m. – Hanes Art Center 

The UNC art department celebrates the achievements of their students at the Spring 2017 Art Department Honors Symposium.

April 22 – 8:00 p.m. – Hill Hall

Come out for Charanga Carolina’s spring concert, directed by David Garcia. 

April 23 – 2:00 p.m. – Person Recital Hall

The UNC Guitar Ensemble, directed by Billy Stewart, performs. 

April 23 – 3:00 p.m. – Meymandi Hall, Raleigh

UNC Wind Ensemble joins the Triangle Wind Ensemble for Tradewinds: A Collaborative Concert, both conducted by Evan Feldman. 

April 23 – 7:00 p.m. – Hill Hall

The University Band, directed by Jeff Fuchs, performs. 

April 24 — May 14 — Hanes Art Center

“Site  Unseen” is a exhibition featuring works by UNC art department seniors. 

April 24 — 10 a.m. — Polk Place, UNC campus

A studio art majors seminar hosts a public postcard event to members of the North Carolina General Assembly. 

April 24 – 6:00 p.m. – FedEx Global Education Center

The What Diversity Sounds Like organization hosts a discussion, “Don’t End a Sentence With a Preposition: Where Do Such Rules Come From?” ♦︎♦︎♦︎

April 25 – 7:30 p.m. – Memorial Hall

Evan Feldman and Arris Golden conduct the UNC Wind Ensemble and UNC Symphony Band. 

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. 

April 26 — 7:30 p.m. — Person Recital Hall

The University Chamber Players perform. 

April 27 – 6:30 p.m. – FedEx Global Education Center

The Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies hosts Susan Rupp to discuss “Boldness of Spirit, Submission to Necessity: Russian State and Society during the First Cholera Pandemic, 1829-1832.” ♦︎♦︎

April 28 – 4:00 p.m. – Hill Hall

The UNC Jazz Combos will perform in a concert along with Alexis Cole, vocalist. This is part of the Fred and Gail Fearing Jazz for a Friday Afternoon series. 

April 28 – 8:00 p.m. — Person Recital Hall

UNC Baroque Ensemble and Consort of Viols, directed by Brent Wissick. 

April 29 – 9:00 a.m. – FedEx Global Education Center

Russia: Then & Now – A Dialogue Seminar will discuss the legacies of the Russian Revolution, within and outside of Russia, then and now. ♦︎♦︎

April 29 – 4:00 p.m. – Hill Hall

Vocalist Alexis Cole will give a jazz masterclass. 

April 29 – 8:00 p.m. – Hill Hall

The UNC Jazz Band closes out the 2016-17 concert season alongside Alexis Cole, vocalist. 




May 1-15 — Alumni Building

“Keep Out of Reach of Children” is an exhibition on the effects of inequality on the lives of children. ♦︎♦︎♦︎♦︎

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.