Past Events

  • 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.

    ... 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... 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... 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... Read More


  • Heartbeat

    Amplifying Youth Voices

    Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 7:00pm

    Lipinsky Auditorium

    Based in Jerusalem, Heartbeat is an international non-profit organization uniting musicians, educators, and students to build mutual understanding and transform conflict through the power of music. Founded in 2007 under a Fulbright-MTVu award, Heartbeat creates opportunities and spaces for... Read More


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