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RACE RELATIONS UNC Asheville upcoming events’ focus

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Date(s) - 01/16/2018 - 03/01/2018
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A series of UNC Asheville events during spring semester will delve deeply into race relations, nationally and locally. The events, free and open to everyone except where indicated, are presented by many different university offices and programs.


  • Jan. 16 – Marshall – This 2017 movie profiles NAACP attorney and then Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Presented by UNC Asheville’s Office of Multicultural Affairs at 6 p.m. in Highsmith Union, The Grotto.
  • Jan. 18 – Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Alexander will offer a “Moderated Q&A” as the keynote presentation for UNC Asheville’s Martin Luther King Jr. week. Presented by UNC Asheville with support from Biltmore Farms, the Blue Ridge District of United Methodist Church, Blue Ridge Public Radio and Our State magazine. 7 p.m. in Kimmel Arena. Doors open at 6 pm.
  • Jan. 26 – Confederate Monuments: Their History and Their Future – This panel discussion will be moderated by historian Darin Waters, and the panelists will include activists and educators as well as historians: Deborah Miles, Sasha Mitchell, Steven E. Nash, Dan Pierce and Asheville City Council member Sheneika Smith. Presented by the More Than a Month committee of OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville. 2 p.m. in the Reuter Center.…


  • Feb. 2 – Asheville Race Relations, Black-White, Past and Present – The panelists for this discussion will include local leaders Marvin Chambers, Tracey Green-Washington, Keynon Lake and Buncombe County Commissioner Al Whitesides. Presented as part of OLLI’s Fab Friday lunch & learn series – purchase lunch in the OLLI Café or bring your own. 11:30 a.m. in the Reuter Center.…
  • Feb. 28 – Nikole Hannah-Jones – Ending Racial Inequity in our Schools: What Actually Works – Award-winning New York Times Magazine investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones focuses on civil rights and racial segregation in housing and schools. Her talk is presented as a benefit for the Asheville City Schools Foundation; tickets are $25, and $75 for the talk and a special 6 p.m. reception. 7 p.m. in Lipinsky Auditorium.


  • March 1 – NASA Pioneer Christine Darden – Asheville’s own Christine Darden is featured in the book, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. She served as a leading mathematician, data analyst and aeronautical engineer for NASA in the mid-20th century, and she will deliver UNC Asheville’s Department of Mathematics 2018 Parsons Lecture. 7 p.m. in Lipinsky Auditorium.…

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