Past Events

  • Emel Mathlouthi

    Voice of the Tunisian Revolution

    Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 7:00pm

    Lipinsky Auditorium

    Event Survey Opening performance by the UNC Afropop Ensemble Free ice cream from The Hop! Follow this event on Facebook "Mathlouthi's sound borrows from tradition and infuses it with forward-thinking electronica in a manner that excites the ears and the mind. It's her voice and her words, however, that excite the heart." -City Reveal, Iowa Emel Mathlouthi is a songwriter, composer, guitarist, and singer who is bringing a powerful brand new sound to Tunisian music. Endowed with an... Read More
  • Salman Rushdie

    Public Events, Private Lives: Literature + Politics in the Modern World

    Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 7:00pm

    Kimmel Arena

    General admission to this lecture is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided. Doors will open at 6 p.m. the evening of the lecture, and guests will be admitted on a first-come/first-served basis. Backpacks and outside food or drink are not permitted in the Kimmel Arena. A limited number of ticketed arena floor seats will be reserved for UNC Asheville faculty, staff and students. Visitor, Faculty/Staff and Non-resident student parking lots will be available for this... Read More
  • Terry Bellamy

    MLK Week Keynote Speaker

    Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 7:00pm

    Lipinsky Auditorium

    Creating a Culture of Inclusion free and open to the public Asheville native Terry Bellamy was elected to the Asheville City Council in 1999 and, in 2005, became Asheville’s first African American mayor. During her eight-year tenure as mayor, she shared her vision for a unified community that worked together to address challenges and took advantage of opportunities for the future. While she was in office, Asheville received numerous accolades and recognitions. Prior to leaving office,... Read More
  • DJ Rekha

    Ambassador of Bhangra

    Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 7:00pm

    Justice Gym

    All Tickets $6 No hard-soled shoes or backpacks allowed in Justice Gym  "I want to thank DJ Rekha who's been spinning a little East Room Bhangra for everybody mixing a hip-hop beat with the sounds of her heritage; making a uniquely American sound that may not have been heard in the White House before." -President Obama British-born, New York City-based, DJ Rekha is a DJ, curator, record label owner and educator. Called the “Ambassador of Bhangra” by the New York Times and named one of the... Read More
  • Building on a Legacy

    UNC Asheville Center for Diversity Education 1995-2015

    Friday, November 6, 2015 - 12:00pm

    Multiple Locations

    Since 1995, the Center for Diversity Education (CDE) has celebrated diversity and helped foster conversations and respect among cultures. Originally founded at Asheville's Jewish Community Center and later moved to UNC Asheville, the CDE now enters its 20th year. Join us for "Building on a Legacy: UNC Asheville Center for Diversity Education, 1995-2015," a celebration that looks back with gratitude at the challenges of the past and looks forward with courage to the opportunities of the future... Read More
  • Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    Genealogy, Genetics and African-American History

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 7:00pm

    Kimmel Arena

    General admission to this lecture is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided. Tickets from last year's rescheduled lecture will not be required and may be discarded. Doors will open at 6 p.m. the evening of the lecture, and guests will be admitted on a first-come/first-served basis. Backpacks and outside food or drink are not permitted in the Kimmel Arena. A limited number of ticketed arena floor seats will be reserved for UNC Asheville faculty, staff and students, as... Read More
  • A Moving Sound

    Original Music from Taiwan

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 7:00pm

    Lipinsky Auditorium

    Opening Act: UNC Asheville Percussion Ensemble Fusing traditional Taiwanese influences with a global sensibility, award winning ensemble A Moving Sound built a worldwide following through their joyous mix of original music and dance. Featuring the distinctive timbres of the erhu (Chinese fiddle) and zhong ruan (lute), and the transcendent vocals of Mia Hsieh, A Moving Sound has devised a unique and compelling style that is all their own – a Taiwanese whirlwind that veers between the... Read More
  • Installation of Chancellor Mary K. Grant

    UNC Asheville's Seventh Chancellor

    Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 10:00am

    Kimmel Arena

    Mary K. Grant, Ph.D., was appointed UNC Asheville’s seventh chancellor in August 2014 and began leadership of UNC Asheville in January 2015. Previously, she served for 12 years as president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), in North Adams, Massachusetts.  The Installation of UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary K. Grant will be followed by a celebratory picnic reception and concert on the Quad. Join the UNC Asheville community for special events and activities the entire week of... Read More
  • Alsarah & the Nubatones

    East-African Retro Pop

    Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 7:00pm

    Lipinsky Auditorium

    “….effectively blends ancient traditions with fresh ideas, and dogged study with lived experience...” -Chris Martins, SPIN Called “The New Star Of Nubian Pop” by The Guardian, Alsarah is a Sudanese singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist. Residing in Brooklyn, NY, she is a self-proclaimed practitioner of East-African retro-pop. The Nubatones started out as dinner conversation between Alsarah and percussionist Rami El Aasser in his living room, digging thru archives of old music from North... Read More
  • Bolokada Conde

    West African Djembefola

    Friday, April 10, 2015 - 7:00pm

    Lipinsky Auditorium

    Arts Fest 2015 Headliner Bolokada Conde is a Master Djembefola (master drummer), expert of Malinke Rhythms and one of the world’s best djembe players. Bolokada was a young musical prodigy who became a sensation in the Sankaran region of Guinea, West Africa. As a master folklorist, he became the premier djembe player in all the major village celebrations in the region for many years. Join Bolokada Conde and local drummers and dancers for an evening of high energy rhythms. Bolokada is the... Read More

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