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October 2015

Europe and the Refugee Crisis: A Roundtable Discussion

October 12, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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February 2016

The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations

February 22, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Ben Shneiderman, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland, will deliver the 11th annual OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture on Monday, February 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the Pleasant’s Family Room of Wilson Library. Shneiderman will share insights from his latest book, The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations, a guide for producing high-impact research. Sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and the Office of the…

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Anthony Quainton, ‘Terrorism and the Challenge for Diplomacy’

February 25, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Anthony Quainton has served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic, Nicaragua, Kuwait and Peru. Quainton also served as the director for the State Department’s Office for Combating Terrorism and assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security. President Clinton appointed Quainton as the director general of the Foreign Service in 1997. Since 2003, Quainton has been the distinguished diplomat-in-residence at the School of International Service at American University. Quainton’s lecture is one in a series of lectures for the…

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Why Do Russians Love Putin, or Do They Really?

February 26, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

What explains the surge in President Vladimir Putin’s popular support that followed Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea? To shed light on this question, Dr. Henry E. Hale (George Washington University) will discuss public opinion surveys that interviewed a nationally representative sample of the Russian population in 2012, when support for Putin was much lower, and then reinterviewed the same people in 2015, when Putin’s popularity remained as high as ever after Crimea. This method, which includes the use of an…

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March 2016

Social Media Workshop: “Blogs, Tweets, Classes: How Can Social Media Draw From Teaching?”


This seminar brings together two writers, Jason Antrosio from the Department of Anthropology at Hartwick College, and Jonathan Weiler, Curriculum in Global Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, who have developed successful blogs that have relevance to classes that they regularly teach. The workshop will be an opportunity to hear about their blogs, what they have learned as bloggers, and what it takes to sustain a rewarding digital presence. The workshop will take place on Thursday, February 4, at 3:30 p.m in…

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April 2016

David Garcia: Music of Latin@s and their Predecessors in the United States before 1900

April 12, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Hutchins Lecture: David Garcia Music of Latin@s and their Predecessors in the United States before 1900 What was "Latin music" like in pre-twentieth century America? Was there a "Latin music" or even a Latino identity during this historical period? With the current heated political debates surrounding Latinos, immigration, and national identity, a critical exploration of possible answers to these questions is not merely timely but in fact overdue. Professor David Garcia's lecture will explore ways of understanding the music of…

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Then and Now, Here and There: The Curious Lives of Objects

April 16, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Art Student Graduate Organization invites you to participate in our two-day conference: "Then and Now, Here and There: The Curious Lives of Objects,"  April 15, 5:30-7pm, and April 16, 9am-1pm. 2016 ASGO Symposium The Art Student Graduate Organization (ASGO) will hold its second annual symposium April 15 and 16, titled "Then and Now, Here and There: The Curious Lives of Objects." This interdisciplinary symposium considers the use and translation of objects across temporal, spatial, and cultural borders. Maya Stanfield-Mazzi will present the keynote…

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September 2016

Bebo White, ‘Bitcoin and Blockchain’

September 28, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Hardly a day goes by without a news story about Bitcoin, the best-known and strongest cybercurrency. Opinions on Bitcoin run the spectrum, from those who view it as mainly a vehicle for criminal activity to those who praise its ability to empower people disenfranchised by traditional financial systems. One of the most important legacies of the Bitcoin technology is the introduction of the Blockchain ecosystem. As a network of replicated databases, Blockchain has been proposed to address integrity issues of…

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November 2016

2016 Charleston Lecture in Southern Affairs by Joseph Bathanti

November 17, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

In 1944, Alma Stone Williams, an African American musician from Atlanta, Georgia, attended Black Mountain College for its eleven-week summer session. She already held degrees from Atlanta University and Spelman College (where she had graduated as valedictorian), but that summer she became the first black student to attend Black Mountain College. This occurred ten years before Brown vs. Board of Education and twelve years before Autherine Lucy, another African American woman, matriculated in 1956 at the University of Alabama for…

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December 2016

Asia Week 2017: Heidi Kim, “Asians and Asian Americans at Carolina”

December 20, 2016 @ 12:20 pm - February 20, 2017 @ 1:20 pm

Since the first student from Japan set foot on campus in 1893, Asians and Asian Americans have become an integral part of this university. Join the Carolina Asia Center for a lecture by Heidi Kim, an associate professor of English and comparative literature, who will provide an introduction to this rich history and the unveiling of a week-long exhibit at Wilson Library. Lunch will be served and the exhibit will be on display beginning at 12 p.m. The event will…

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September 2017

Why the Model Minority is a Myth: Debunking Stereotypes of Asian American Students Presented by Jennifer Ho

September 26, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Asian Americans are often believed to be studious, successful, smart, good in science and math- a model minority who excel in education. However, this portrait of perfection is a stereotype, one that despite its positive overtones has damaging ramifications for Asian Americans and other students of color. The model minority myth pits students of color against each other and ignores the reality of systemic racism that Asian American students continue to encounter in and out of academia. We will discuss…

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March 2018

Saving America, Once Again: Comparing the Anti-Trump Resistance of 2017-2018 to the Tea Party of 2009-11

March 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Eight years apart, the election of Barack Obama with a Democratic Congress in 2008 parallels the election of Donald Trump and a GOP Congress in 2016.  At both junctures, grassroots oppositional upsurges emerged nationwide at the edges of the respective major political parties on the losing end.  Between 2009 and 2011, more than 900 local Tea Parties were organized by grassroots conservatives to oppose Obama Democrats and pressure the Republican Party, and eight years later in 2017-18, thousands of center-left…

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November 2018

International and Foreign Affairs Awards Info Session

November 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join representatives from the Office of Distinguished Scholarships, the Center for Global Initiative’s, the Diplomat-in-Residence, and recent scholarship awardees to learn about opportunities to gain experience in foreign affairs and to work and study abroad. Pizza will be provided!

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Krasno Event Series: “Nowhere to Call Home: A Tibetan in Beijing” documentary movie directed by Jocelyn Ford

November 15, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

NOWHERE TO CALL HOME provides a rare glimpse into the world of a Tibetan farmer, torn between her traditional way of life and her desire for her son to have a better future in the city. This documentary is the first film to address gender inequality in Tibet, where the word for woman translates as "inferior birth."  Premiering at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2014, Nowhere To Call Home has been seen worldwide including in China,…

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April 2019

Hacks, Trolls, and Fake News: What’s Russia Got To Do With It?

April 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a panel discussion examining media disinformation and manipulation strategies that have been attributed to and orchestrated by Russia vis-á-vis the U.S. and Ukraine. The panelists will address Russian Twitter bots, the state of media and journalism in contemporary Russia, the mediated participation of non-state actors in the Russia-Ukraine conflict (pro-Russia/pro-Ukraine hacker collectives, etc.), and activities of US extremist groups on Russian social media platforms. Participants: Deen Freelon (UNC-CH), Vasily Gatov (University of Southern California), Tanya Lokot (Dublin City…

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November 2019

Panel Discussion: “US- Taliban Negotiations: Background, Process, and Potential Impact”

November 12, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm

The US and the Taliban have been fighting for 18 years. While there have been a number of diplomatic attempts over the years to end the conflict, it was only in September 2019 that the Trump administration began public negotiations with the Taliban. What prompted the current US administration to engage in dialogue with the Taliban and why would the Taliban agree to talk? How was the connection made between the parties and what specifics were discussed in these meetings?…

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January 2020

Diversity and Student Success in the Graduate School: Advancing Narrative Speaker Series

January 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This talk will address current scholarship on economically challenged college students interwoven with the speaker’s personal journey from the working class as a first- generation college student to doctoral degree holder. We will also discuss how selective institutions can use frameworks such as Dr. Tara Yosso’scultural wealth model to create an environment where students are affirmed in theirbackgrounds and are valued.  For more info on the talk and Dr. Goward, go to:   Shonda Goward, Ed.D. is the Director for Academic Success for the Carolina Covenant, which provides a debt free education to UNC students that qualify. She is an award-winning administrator with nearly 15 years of experience in higher education.   Co-sponsored by:  Carolina F1RSTS, Lookout Scholars, and Carolina Covenant

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