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January 2021

Virtual: Clouding: Shape and Sign in Asian Art

January 20, 2021 - February 13, 2022
Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

From January 20, 2021-February 13, 2022, the Ackland Art Museum will be exhibiting a year-long installation that explores the diverse forms and functions of clouds in the arts of Asia. This exhibition will juxtapose works of art in different media and from different time periods spanning the Bronze Age to the present. Clouds have long held a significant place in human imagination and thought. Clouds elude straightforward perceptual and symbolic identification. The diversity of forms of clouds in Asian arts…

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July 2021

Beads of Distinction: Yoruba Royal Caps from the Collection of Rhonda Morgan Wilkerson

July 14 - December 26
Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

The Yoruba peoples of southwestern Nigeria and adjacent regions have developed a rich and vibrant tradition of beadwork designs, especially after the introduction of glass beads through European trade from the late eighteenth century. The small, brilliantly colored beads were often used to decorate the regalia that denotes and celebrates the powers of the ruler (oba). This included headgear for non-ritual, minor occasions and daily wear, such as the five beaded caps in this installation, dating from the late nineteenth…

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August 2021

UNC Global Hosts Exhibition Featuring NC Artists of Latin American Heritage

August 18 - December 8
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
Being and Belonging: Perspectives in North Carolina

Being and Belonging: Perspectives in North Carolina, an exhibition featuring the work of 13 artists, will open at the FedEx Global Education Center (GEC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Aug. 18, 2021. The exhibition, organized by UNC Global in conjunction with the Institute for the Study of the Americas, will be on display through Dec. 8.  Being and Belonging brings together artists of Latin American heritage from across the state of North Carolina whose work evokes questions of identity, environment and home. The artwork represent a range of mediums, including print, paint and ceramics. …

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December 2021

LDOC Russian Game Night

December 1 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Celebrate the last day of classes and the end of the semester with the UNC Russian Flagship Program! Destress before finals and enjoy Russian board games!

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Can Art Prevent War? A Discussion about the Power of Cultural Diplomacy

December 1 at 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

At this free virtual panel, Ackland director Katie Ziglar speaks with Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs and former diplomat Barbara Stephenson about the power of cultural diplomacy, meditating on the provocative question, “Can Art Prevent War?” Questions about the power of art in global affairs come implicit with the display of nearly seventy objects on view in the Museum’s current exhibition Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society.…

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Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Information Session

December 2 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support students taking less commonly taught language and area studies coursework. This program provides both academic year and summer fellowships to graduate  and undergraduate students at the intermediate level and above. Come learn about FLAS Fellowships offered by the area studies centers at UNC-Chapel Hill. This information session will allow students (or eligible prospective students) to ask their questions about the fellowship or about the process of applying at UNC. If you are…

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Book Talk: Waleed Ziad in Conversation with Rustin Zarkar

December 2 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The remarkable discoveries of over 300 new varieties of local copper currency from the Sakra region in northwestern Pakistan, covering a 700-year period, have opened up new vistas in the study of Gandhara in late antiquity. This monograph introduces the native Sakra copper coinage, which can be dated from ca. 500 to 1100, corresponding to the Nezak, Turk Shahi, Hindu Shahi, and Ghaznavid periods. Waleed Ziad is assistant professor and Ali Jerrahi Fellow in Persian Studies in the Department of…

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Global Fashion in the Age of Jane Austen

December 2 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Presented by Jane Austen & Co., fashion historian Hilary Davidson will talk about the Indian textile trade and influences of eastern fashion in English Regency dress. Sign up. Sponsors: Carolina Public Humanities and UNC English and Comparative Literature Department.

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Rediscovering the Regiment: Tradition and Transformation in the Habsburg Army, 1867-1914

December 3 at 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

In the armies of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Europe, much of military life centered on the regiment. As cultural institutions and combat formations, army regiments not only provided soldiers with a sense of belonging, but also served as focal points for local, regional, and even national patriotisms. Despite the regiment’s centrality to military culture, though, scholars of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have rarely analyzed the meaning of regimental tradition or the dynamics of regimental identity formation. This…

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Jane Austen & Co. Presents ‘From Xo Ho to Mi Li: Horace Walpole and China’ with Peter Sabor

December 16 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Jane Austen & Co. presents the third event in the “Asia & the Regency” series. Among the many eighteenth-century European authors who took an interest in China without crossing or approaching its borders was Horace Walpole. The furthest east that he ever travelled was to Naples, during his Grand Tour of Europe in 1739-41. He did, however, begin reading about China from an early age. In 1735, as an eighteen-year-old undergraduate at King’s College, Cambridge, he acquired the opulent, four-volume…

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