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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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November 2021

International Symposium on the Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems: Implications for Natural Resource Management in Asia

November 6 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Human and natural environmental systems are closely linked to each other via the impacts of human actions on the environment, with the resulting changes in the environment having impacts (often not anticipated and unintended) that feedback to the social system. These feedbacks can amplify or dampen the initial impacts of the human activity and influence the sustainability of the socio-environmental system. Therefore, traditional research that solely focuses on either social system impacts on the environment or environmental system changes on…

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Europe Today: The Old World in a New Era

November 13 at 9:15 am - 3:45 pm

Carolina Public Humanities and The Center for European Studies present an Adventures in Ideas seminar featuring Konrad H. Jarausch, A. Dirk Moses, and Serenella Iovino This seminar will be held in person and runs from 9:15 am to 3:45 pm Saturday, November 13. Topics include: The European Model: A Lesson for us All? Konrad H. Jarausch, Lurcy Professor of European Civilization The Legacy of Colonialism and Racism in Europe Today A. Dirk Moses, Frank Porter Graham Distinguished Professor of Global Human…

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