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Opening Reception: NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green and Artist Judith Ernst Installation

October 9, 2019 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

A new art piece is on display in the FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through July 2020.

North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green and renowned artist Judith Ernst will discuss their collaborative public art project and honor the 100th anniversary of W.B Yeats’s seminal poem, “The Second Coming,” at an opening reception on October 9, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Florence and James Peacock Atrium of the FedEx Global Education Center.

Opening the evening will be Katie Bowler Young, director of Global Relations, followed by Terry Rhodes, interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, who will provide welcoming remarks. The program will then feature an overview of the installation by Ernst and a poetry reading of an excerpt from Green’s new poem, “Flowing Beneath the Center,” which she wrote in response to Yeats’s poem as part of the project. Green is the first African American Poet Laureate for North Carolina and a professor of documentary poetry in the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Ernst is an award-winning artist specializing in ceramics.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Parking is available in the McCauley Deck underneath the FedEx Global Education Center starting at 5 p.m. Please contact Ingrid Smith, manager of global events and exhibitions, to register and to also receive a ParkMobile app code for complimentary parking for the evening.

Sponsors include the Center for European Studies, Global Relations, UNC Global, English and Comparative Literature, and the Creative Writing program.

Additional Information on UNC-Chapel Hill’s New Weeknight Parking Policy

As of August 15, 2019, there is a $1 weeknight fee for many campus parking lots that were previously free, in effect from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Monday-Friday (no fee applies for the weekend, Friday at 5:00 p.m. through Monday at 7:30 a.m.).  These weeknight fees can be paid using the ParkMobile app or with a credit or debit card or four quarters at a designated weeknight pay stationPaylots and meters operate as usual during weeknight hours. More information can be found on the Transportation and Parking website.

Exhibition and event contact: Ingrid Smith, manager of events and exhibitions, UNC Global,

Media contact: Katie Bowler Young, director of Global Relations,


October 9, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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FedEx Global Education Center, Florence and James Peacock Atrium
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States