For Immediate Release
January 29, 2009
Public Information Office
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UNC Asheville Celebrates Black History Month with a Variety of Programs
UNC Asheville will celebrate Black History Month throughout
February with a host of special events. Among the highlights will be
the opening of UNC Asheville's Intercultural Center, a Step Show
featuring groups from across the Southeast and film screenings.
• "The People Could Fly," an exhibition of 12 watercolor
paintings by Hendersonville artist Costanza Knight, will be on view
at UNC Asheville's Blowers Gallery February 1-28. The exhibition was
inspired by a traditional African-American folktale of the same
name. The watercolor paintings depict slaves who escape their bonds
by calling upon their native African magic and literally fly away
from the plantation. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
• Therapist Caroline Simpson will discuss "Relationships: An
Afrocentric Perspective" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at UNC
Asheville Highsmith University Union, room 104. In her talk, Simpson
will compare the notions of intimacy and sexuality in Africa and
America. Simpson, who holds a doctorate in counseling psychology
from Auburn University, works in the Counseling and Psychological
Services Center at Western Carolina University. She incorporates
multicultural and humanistic counseling approaches into her work
with students. The talk is free and open to the public.
• Asheville photographer Andrea Clarke will discuss "Visions in
Black and White: Asheville's East End, A Community on the Cusp of
Urban Renewal" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at UNC Asheville's
Humanities Lecture Hall. From 1969-1971, Clarke documented the
changes in her neighborhood as the City removed hundreds of
buildings on and around Valley and Southside streets during an
ambitious urban renewal project. The talk is UNC Asheville's 2009
Mill's Distinguished Lecture. It is free and open the public.
Click here for a list of other events with Clarke.
• Mindy Fullilove, professor of clinical psychiatry and public
health at Columbia University, will give a talk on "Root Shock 2009"
at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture
Hall. Fullilove argues that following urban renewal, residents have
"root shock," long lasting emotional traumatic stress which can have
a negative impact on the entire community for decades. In her talk,
Fullilove will argue that political and economic displacement is a
leading problem in 21st century America. She will discuss current
challenges faced by communities and why the public must address this
problem. The event is free and open to the public. Fullilove's visit
is supported by the Buncombe County Public Libraries.
Click here for a list of other events with Fullilove.
Espie will give a talk on "The Classical Tradition: Reconciling
Classical Education with the History of Black Education in America"
at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, UNC Asheville's Intercultural
Center, lower level of Highsmith Union. A reception will follow her
talk. The free event is sponsored by Eta Sigma Phi.
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