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301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

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April 2018

Film Screening: ‘Nobel Nok Dah’ and Discussion with Co-Director Emily Hong

April 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Nobel Nok Dah, a film by Emily Hong, Miasarah Lai and Mariangela Mihai, offers an intimate view into the lives of three refugee women from Myanmar (Burma), whose migratory paths cross in Thailand and eventually meet when they resettle to central New York. Drawing upon methods of feminist oral history and ethno-fiction, the film traces glimmers of subjectivity that complicate any singular narrative of the refugee experience. As camera movements follow the textures of everyday life and work, a weaving…

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The Savoy Family Cajun Band

April 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The Savoy Family Cajun Band will perform in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center at 7:00 pm on April 20, 2018. The band hails from southwest Louisiana, where they explore French influence on southern music and its multiethnic results. Each member of the Savoy family is a talented musician, and bandleader Mark was recently awarded the National Heritage Fellowship. Mark and his wife Ann have traveled the world playing in venues such as the Smithsonian Institution,…

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Film Screening: ‘Aftermath: Puerto Ricans Rebuild After Maria,’ and Reception

April 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Aftermath: Puerto Ricans Rebuild After Maria is a collaborative work by students in the Documentary Multimedia Storytelling course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that explores the environmental landscape and ongoing health ramifications in Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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May 2018

Film: ‘Truth Underground’ (US, 2016)

May 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Three spoken word poets struggle through poverty, discrimination, PTSD and abandonment to prove the power of the word in this documentary film from North Carolina. This film screening is part of the Southern Culture Movie Series for international scholars and students, sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Summer School and organized by the Writing Center, International Student and Scholar Services and the Media Resources Center. All screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open…

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‘Talking Black in America’ (US, 2017)

May 31, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This film showcases the history and symbolic role of language in the lives of African Americans and its impact on the speech and culture of the U.S. This film screening is part of the Southern Culture Movie Series for international scholars and students, sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Summer School and organized by the Writing Center, International Student and Scholar Services and the Media Resources Center. All screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. and are free…

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June 2018

Southern Culture Movie Series: ‘Granny’s Got Game’ (2013)

June 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Granny’s Got Game is an inspiring documentary film about a senior women’s basketball team in North Carolina. These fiercely competitive women in their seventies battle physical limitations and social stigma to keep doing what they love. This film screening is part of the Southern Culture Movie Series for international scholars and students, sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Summer School and organized by the Writing Center, International Student and Scholar Services and the Media Resources Center. All…

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Southern Culture Movie Series: ‘Nobel Nok Dah’ (2015) ‘This Is My Home Now’ (2015)

June 28, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This double feature will showcase two short documentary films, Nobel Nok Dah (2015) and This is My Home Now (2015). Nobel Nok Dah offers an intimate view into the lives of three refugee women from Burma, whose migratory paths cross in Thailand and eventually meet when they resettle to central New York. This Is My Home Now documents the lives of four Montagnard youths whose families have come to the United States in the past decade from Asia. They live in two worlds—that…

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July 2018

Southern Culture Movie Series: ‘Un Buen Carnicero’, ‘Collards in the Cafeteria’ and ‘Wok Next Door’

July 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This film screening is part of the Southern Culture Movie Series for international scholars and students, sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Summer School and organized by the Writing Center, International Student and Scholar Services and the Media Resources Center. Un Buen Carnicero (A Good Butcher) goes behind the courtesies of the butcher’s counter on the eve of Independence Day to explore the complex realities of immigrant life while celebrating America’s freedom and questioning its convenience. Collards in…

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Southeast Asian Approaches Film Series: ‘The Ugly American’ (1963)

July 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

In conjunction with the 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Programs in the Humanities for School Teachers on “Contested Territory: America’s Role in Southeast Asia, 1945–75,” there will be free public film screenings hosted by the Carolina Asia Center. In The Ugly American, American ambassador Harrison MacWhite (Marlon Brando) travels to a Southeast Asian country on a peacekeeping mission. Torn between rival factions, the turbulent nation is on the brink of civil war. But MacWhite’s powers of analysis allow him to…

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Southern Culture Movie Series: ‘First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee’ (2014)

July 26, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

In this documentary, the eastern band of Cherokee take extraordinary steps in a fight to revitalize the Cherokee language in the mountains of North Carolina. This film screening is part of the Southern Culture Movie Series for international scholars and students, sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Summer School and organized by the Writing Center, International Student and Scholar Services and the Media Resources Center. All screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open…

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September 2018

Anniversary Reception: The Center for European Studies and the Transatlantic Masters Program

September 6, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Please come celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Center for European Studies, and the 20th anniversary of the TransAtlantic Masters Program. A reception will follow a keynote lecture by Caroline Vicini, European Union Deputy Ambassador to the U.S. Vicini is currently the deputy head of the EU delegation to the U.S. Prior to joining the delegation, Vicini served as chief of protocol, with the rank of ambassador, at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm, Sweden. She has also served as…

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Child Development in a Global Context

September 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Join us as Dr. Aisha Yousafzai, Associate Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, presents a public talk on "Child Development in a Global Context: Integrating Developmental Science and Implementation Science to Enhance Child Wellbeing." An estimated 250 million children living in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are unable to meet their developmental potential in the first five years of life. Child survival rates have slowly improved in this population; however, attention to children's healthy development has…

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‘Reminders of Home: Persian Art Connecting Homeland and Diaspora,’ Exhibition Opening Reception

September 21, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The exhibition Reminders of Home: Persian Art Connecting Homeland and Diaspora will be on display August 22 to December 8, 2018 at the FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A free public reception celebrating the exhibition will take place on September 21, 2018, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the FedEx Global Education Center. Welcoming remarks by Carl Ernst, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies…

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October 2018

‘Bad Genius’ (Thailand, 2017)

October 10, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Southeast Asian Approaches present free movie screening of popular Thai heist thriller Bad Genius (2017). The movie follows Lynn, an intelligent high school student who develops an elaborate plan to help other students cheat. Things eventually get out of hand as family and relationships get in the way.

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November 2018

Charles Nelson, ‘Sensitive Periods in Human Development’

November 2, 2018 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Please join the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies for the Fourth Annual Ann Rankin Cowan Lecture on Friday, November 2 at 3 p.m. in the FedEx Global Center Nelson Mandela Auditorium. This year’s speaker is Charles Nelson, a renowned neuroscientist who studies the effects of early experience on brain and behavioral development. He is well-known for his work with the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, studying the development of orphans who have suffered extreme neglect, and co-authored a book, Romania’s Abandoned…

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Wolfgang Ketterle, ‘New Forms of Matter with Super Cold Atoms: Superfluids and Supersolids’

November 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Why do physicists freeze matter to extremely low temperatures? Why is it worthwhile to cool to temperatures which are a billion times lower than that of interstellar space? In his talk, Wolfgang Ketterle, a Nobel laureate, will discuss new forms of matter, which only exist at extremely low temperatures. Of special interest are superfluids which can flow without dissipation. Recently, he and his team have observed a supersolid which is gaseous, liquid and solid at the same time. The Heidelberg…

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Wolfgang Ketterle, ‘New Forms of Matter with Super Cold Atoms: Superfluids and Supersolids’

November 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Why do physicists freeze matter to extremely low temperatures? Why is it worthwhile to cool to temperatures which are a billion times lower than that of interstellar space? In his talk, Wolfgang Ketterle, a Nobel laureate, will discuss new forms of matter, which only exist at extremely low temperatures. Of special interest are superfluids which can flow without dissipation. Recently, he and his team have observed a supersolid which is gaseous, liquid and solid at the same time. The Heidelberg…

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Canceled: Rainer Weiss, ‘Probing the Universe with Gravitational Waves’

November 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Rainer Weiss, 2017 Nobel laureate and professor emeritus at MIT, will give a lecture at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14 at the FedEx Global Education Center titled “Probing the Universe with Gravitational Waves.” The observation of gravitational waves from the mergers of compact binary sources opens a new way to learn about the universe, as well as test General Relativity in the limit of strong gravitational interactions – the dynamics of massive bodies traveling at relativistic speeds in a…

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January 2019

Documentary Screening, ‘The Unafraid’ (2019)

January 20, 2019 at 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

“The Unafraid” follows the personal lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. There will be a Q&A session and reception following the film. The event is free and open to the public.

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February 2019

Film Screening, ‘A Taxi Driver’ (2017)

February 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

A Taxi Driver is a 2017 South Korean historical action drama film directed by Jang Hoon with Song Kang-ho starring in the title role alongside Thomas Kretschmann. The film centers on a taxi driver from Seoul who unintentionally becomes involved in the events of the Gwangju Democratization Movement in 1980. Light refreshments will be provided. Free parking is available after 5PM at McCauley Deck and Beard Lot.

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Film Screening, ‘Her Broken Shadow’ (2017)

February 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The science fiction film (2017) by Ugandan filmmaker, writer and artist, Dilman Dila, is the story of a writer who struggles to overcome a heinous crime she committed as a child. The screening will be followed by an online conversation with Dila. Artist’s digital artworks will also be on display. Running time – 1 hour 15 minutes. The film screening is in conjunction with the Spring 2019 SERSAS/SEAN Conference. Registration is required. Conference sponsors include Southeastern Regional Seminar in African Studies; SouthEast Africanist Network; UNC African…

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Hiro Yoshikawa, ‘Improving Early Childhood Development Among Syrian Refugees in the Middle East Refugee Response Region’

February 20, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) is pleased to host Hiro Yoshikawa for a visiting lecture in the FPG lecture series. Hiro Yoshikawa is a community and developmental psychologist studying the effects of public policies and programs related to immigration, early childhood, and poverty reduction on children’s development. He conducts research in both the United States and in low- and middle-income countries. is current projects include providing programming for Syrian refugee families in the Middle East and Rohingya…

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Edwin Castellanos, ‘Climate Change and Central American Migration’

February 22, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Thousands of migrants continue to arrive in North Carolina after fleeing poverty and violence in their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. How does climate change factor into this migration? Edwin Castellanos, leading scientist on climate change, will discuss recent changes in rainfall patterns in Northern Central America that have added additional stress to small farmers in the region and have increased the food security and poverty problems. Castellanos will discuss future climate models and what’s at stake…

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Center for Global Initiatives’ 25th Anniversary Celebration with Helene Cooper

February 25, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The Center for Global Initiatives (CGI) is honored to host Pulitzer Prize-winning Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumna Helene Cooper for a public lecture about how her experiences at Carolina prepared her for a global career as a journalist covering international economics, trade, foreign policy, race and politics. This event celebrates the 25th anniversary of CGI. The talk will begin at 5:30 with a reception and refreshments to follow. Helene Cooper…

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Global Career Night

February 27, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Hear from a panel of stellar University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumni in globally focused careers! A networking reception will follow the panel. At the reception, representatives from Honors Carolina, the Peace Corps, UNC-Chapel Hill Career Services and the U.S. Department of State will join the panelists and attendees. Panelists include Anthony Dest, University of Texas at Austin; Andrea Felder, American University; Erin O’Connor Minthorn, Raytheon International; and Justin Sosne, Bower Group Asia. This event is co-organized with…

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Leonid Volkov, ‘Russian Politics After Putin’

February 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Vladimir Putin won his reelection in March 2018 with a convincing margin, but now his regime is facing probably the most complicated challenges in the last 20 years. Why is that happening? How will Russian political elite resolve the succession issue? And what are the opportunities for the opposition in this changing political environment? Leonid Volkov is a Russian politician and the chief of staff for Alexei Navalny, Russia’s main opposition leader. He is a former deputy of the Yekaterinburg…

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March 2019

Susanne Dieper, ‘Integration: Made in Germany’

March 1, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This event is organized by student group Working Group on Refugees, Europe and Service Learning (WRESL). Susanne Dieper, director of programs and grants at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., will give the keynote lecture. Her talk will focus on the AICGS project called “Integration: Made in Germany.” This initiative is part of the Year of German-American Friendship and involves advocates and practitioners who work on behalf of immigrants in Germany. The AICGS…

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Crescent Music Studio 2019 Annual Concert , ‘The Sound of Snowfall’

March 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The Crescent Music Studio is hosting their annual concert with songs to include: The Sound of Snowfall Ode to the Yellow River The Great Wall A Moonlight Night on the Spring River Sleeve Dream Whisper of Pipa The Story of the Stone Csardas This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies and the Carolina Asia Center.

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Opening Night, ‘Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics and Possibilities’

March 22, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

‘Conflict over Gaza: People, Politics and Possibilities’ will shed light on the current realities in the Gaza Strip, giving participants a deeper understanding of the context of these realities and offering concrete options that can better the lives of Gazans. The conference also highlights Gazan music, films, food and art to showcase the beauty that goes along with the challenges of life in the Gaza Strip. Opening night will include a reception featuring traditional Gazan food and a concert by Palestinian rapper…

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Panels, ‘Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics and Possibilities’

March 23, 2019 at 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

‘Conflict over Gaza: People, Politics and Possibilities’ will shed light on the current realities in the Gaza Strip, giving participants a deeper understanding of the context of these realities and offering concrete options that can better the lives of Gazans. The conference also highlights Gazan music, films, food and art to showcase the beauty that goes along with the challenges of life in the Gaza Strip. Panels will be occurring throughout the day. Breakfast snacks, coffee and Gazan lunch provided for registered participants.…

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Gaza on Screen, ‘Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics and Possibilities’

March 24, 2019 at 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

‘Conflict over Gaza: People, Politics and Possibilities’ will shed light on the current realities in the Gaza Strip, giving participants a deeper understanding of the context of these realities and offering concrete options that can better the lives of Gazans. The conference also highlights Gazan music, films, food and art to showcase the beauty that goes along with the challenges of life in the Gaza Strip. Gaza On Screen is a full day of screenings of both recent and historical works featuring the…

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April 2019

Film Screening: ‘Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World’ (2018)

April 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This feature documentary follows an international team of open-source investigative journalists trained in social media mining, reconstruction techniques and visual analysis to shed light on news stories that are shrouded in secrecy, conspiracies and state-sponsored political spin. These range from the downing of the MH17 passenger airplane over Ukraine in the summer of 2014, the atrocities of the Syrian Civil War and most recently, the poisoning of a former Russian secret agent in the United Kingdom. The screening will be…

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US Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony

April 12, 2019 at 11:00 am
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

On April 12, 2019, UNC Global, in conjunction with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will host a naturalization ceremony recognizing nearly 60 of North Carolina’s new candidates for U.S. citizenship. The ceremony will take place at 11am in the Nelson Mandela auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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CANCELED: Vivek Wadhwa, ‘Solving the Grand Challenges of Humanity Through Technology and How India Will Lead the Way’

April 16, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. Vivek Wadhwa will deliver a lecture, “Solving the Grand Challenges of Humanity Through Technology and How India Will Lead the Way,” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The event is sponsored by the Modern Indian Studies Initiative, which is a program of the Carolina Asia Center, and UNC Global. Wadhwa is a technological…

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Europe Week: Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks, ‘Brexit: What, Why and Whereto?’

April 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

What were the causes of the Brexit referendum? Why did 52 percent of those voting wish to leave the European Union? Is the divide over Brexit a generational divide? What are the consequences of Brexit for the United Kingdom and for the EU? Lecturers will assist in the understanding of Brexit. Liesbet Hooghe is the W.R Kenan Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and recurring Robert Schuman Fellow at the EUI, Florence. The…

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May 2019

Southern Culture Movie Series: ‘Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story’ (2017)

May 16, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story (2017, 83 min.) is a portrait of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a string band from Raleigh, North Carolina, and their mentor, fiddler Joe Thompson (1919–2012). Produced and directed by John Whitehead, the film captures how three African Americans from the hip-hop generation embraced a 19th-century genre and took it to new heights, winning a Grammy in 2010. The story of the band’s meteoric rise, from busking on the street to…

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Southern Culture Movie Series: ‘The Chance to Live’ (2018), ‘Santuario’ (2018) and ‘I, Destini’ (2016)

May 30, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The Chance to Live (2018, 30 min.), which explores a day in the life of a Triangle Area family who sought asylum from violence in Colombia, is the first installment of the Triangle Refugee Film Project. Santuario (2018, 30 min.) tells the story of Juana Luz Tobar Ortega, who, in April 2017, was told without warning that she had 30 days to leave the country or be deported. Instead, she entered sanctuary at St. Barnabas Episcopal in Greensboro, North Carolina. This film…

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June 2019

Southern Culture Movie Series: ‘Core.Sounders’ (2013)

June 13, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The people of “Down East”—Eastern Carteret County, North Carolina—have worked the sounds and ocean for nearly three centuries and developed a unique rapport with an unpredictable environment, but the sustained seclusion that protected their heritage is fast eroding (2013, 57 min.). A facilitated discussion with follow the viewing. Refreshments will be served. This film series, which takes place each summer, is designed to be an entertaining and critical introduction to the American South, and most films are accompanied by commentary…

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Southern Culture Movie Series: ‘Remarkable Journey’ (2017)

June 27, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Through lively first-person stories, Remarkable Journey (2017, 60 min.) explores the pioneer generation of Indian immigrants to North Carolina, as the world’s oldest and largest democracies met here in the midst of the Civil Rights movement and beyond. These energetic newcomers helped fuel the expansion of opportunities in science and business in our region, as they met the challenge of passing the “essence of India” on to their children. Discussion facilitated by filmmaker Steven Channing following the viewing. Refreshments will be served. This…

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July 2019

Southern Culture Movie Series, ‘Spanish Voices’ (2011)

July 11, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The Spanish-speaking population in the Southeastern U.S. has been growing at an unprecedented rate. This movement has led to major language change issues about the co-existence of English and Spanish in the American South. People from all walks of life contribute to the American story of Spanish and English and its relationship to movement, identity and community (2011, 55 min.). A facilitated discussion will follow the viewing. Refreshments will be served. This film series, which takes place each summer, is…

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Southern Culture Movie Series, ‘Farmer/Veteran’ (2017)

July 25, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Home from three combat tours in Iraq, Alex Sutton forges a new identity as a farmer, hatching chicks and raising goats on 43 acres in rural North Carolina. He dives into life on the farm with his new love Jessica, but cannot shake the lingering traumas of war. The stories he tells about battlefield experiences become unmoored from reality as he cycles between states of heightened awareness and “feeling zombified” from a cocktail of prescriptions meant to keep him stable.…

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August 2019

The Value of Immigration, Film Screening and Panel

August 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This panel follows the Welcoming Immigrants to America video competition from Spring 2019. Videos were submitted by Carolina students, with their best arguments as to why the U.S. should welcome refugees and immigrants. Winning films will be screened. The panel following will explore the value of immigration to society, both in the U.S. and in Europe. Opening remarks will be given by Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, senior associate dean for social sciences and global programs. Winning students include Rianna Evans, Kaitlin Harlow, Jackeline Lizama,…

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September 2019

Kathakali Performance

September 27, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Join the Carolina Asia Center for a lecture-demonstration and abridged performance of the Kathakali dance-drama plays from Kerala in southwestern India: Damayanthi and the Woodsman and Damayanthi and the Hamsam (golden swan) featuring reowned artist Kalamandalam Manoj Kumar and lecturer V. Kaladharan! This event is free and open to the public For questions, please contact Afroz Taj at taj@unc.edu.

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October 2019

NC Latin American Film Festival, ‘Los Gigantes No Existen | Giants Don’t Exist’

October 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Guatemala in the 1980s, at the height of the ruthless civil war against the country’s indigenous communities. Andrés is 9 years old. He lives with Pedro González, one of the men who massacred all the women and children in his village. Andrés has survived, but he’s scared. Pedro’s wife, María, is also scared, scared to go out, scared to lose Andrés, whom she considers her new son… even Pedro is scared, scared of himself and what the Army orders him…

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TAM Friday Lecture Series, ‘Populism in Europe: Can Democracy and European Integration Weather the Storm?’

October 4, 2019 at 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Anna Grzymala-Busse is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. Her research interests include political parties, state development and transformation, religion and politics, informal political institutions and post-communist politics. Dominika Kruszewska received her Ph.D. in government from Harvard University in May 2019, where she was also a graduate student associate of the Center for European Studies, Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the Davis Center. During the 2019-2020 academic year, she will be a postdoctoral fellow in the Weatherhead Scholars Program at…

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Tolu Olubunmi, ‘Relentless: Making the Impossible Inevitable’

October 8, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Tolu Olubunmi is an entrepreneur and global advocate for migrants, refugees and internally displaced people. An innovative thinker and determined change-maker, Tolu has established and led several organizations and campaigns focused on immigrant integration, youth empowerment, education, access to technology and employment. She currently serves as an advisor to the United Nations Department of Global Communications in New York focusing on youth engagement on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and migration as well as the UN’s Act Now campaign leading up…

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Harsh Vardham Shringla, ‘India in Global Affairs’

October 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This talk by His Excellency Harsh Vardham Shringla, the Ambassador of India to the United States, is part of the Krasno Global Business Affairs Council Event Series. The Ambassador will be introduced by North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall. This event will be introduced and moderated by Klaus Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor of History and adjunct professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense. A reception will follow in the FedEx Global Education Center James…

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NC Latin American Film Festival, Special Selection of Short Films from the Chicago Latino Film Festival

October 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This special presentation showcases three decades of Latin American Film Festivals in the U.S., with Sharon Mújica, founding director of the North Carolina Latin American Film Festival, and María López, programmer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival. Shorts include Only the Moon | Solamente la luna; Strength and Cunning | La Astucia y la Fuerza; Fishes’ Recall | La Memoria de los Peces; Palante; Maradentro; Top 10 Places to Visit in São Paulo | Top 10 Lugares em São Paulo; Our Ingredients: Corn…

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NC Latin American Film Festival, ‘Low Hanging Fruit’

October 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Director Kaley Clements’ Low Hanging Fruit (2019, 50 min.) follows avocados as a commodity in Michoacán, the only state in México allowed to export the product into the U.S. Through this seemingly monopolistic practice, Low Hanging Fruit uncovers the social conflicts and environmental problems spurring the ongoing genocide of the indigenous Purepecha people, the devastation of forests and other public lands, and connects it to migration into the U.S. The film exposes the multifaceted layers created by the structure of a globalizing economy that…

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NC Latin American Film Festival, ‘Caiga Quien Caiga | All Can Fall’

October 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Vladimiro Montesinos, head of Peru’s secret police and former president Alberto Fujimori’s closest adviser, spun a tight web of illegal activities. That web began to untangle when a video showing Montesinos attempting to bribe a congressman became public. Based on lead prosecutor José Ugaz’s memoir, Eduardo Guillot’s fast-paced thriller depicts his investigation as a cat and mouse game between a wily political operative and a straight arrow determined to bring him down no matter the consequences. Following the film, there…

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November 2019

Kaveh Madani, ‘Iran’s Wicked Water Problems and Politics’

November 1, 2019 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

In this seminar, Kaveh Madani, a former deputy head of Iran’s Department of Environment, overviews the major drivers of Iran’s water resource problems and shares his observations during his service as the Deputy Vice President of a country that is under strong international and domestic pressure. He argues that Iran is suffering from a socio-economic drought, or “water bankruptcy,” where water demand significantly exceeds the natural water supply. Madani believes that the current structure of the environmental governance system in Iran leaves minimal hope for a meaningful reform that…

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NC Latin American Film Festival, ‘Invasión | Invasion’

November 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The invasion of Panama by the U.S in Christmas and New Year of 1989 – when American troops deposed dictator Manuel Noriega, killing an unknown number of civilians in the process – serves as an example to explore how a people remember, transform and often forget their past in order re-define their identity and become who they are today. Invasion (2014, 94 min.), fdirected by Abner Benaím, documents the collective memory utilizing a combination of reenactments and interviews of the 1989 U.S.…

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Countering Hate: Lecture with Ken Stern

November 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Author and attorney Kenneth S. Stern has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and testified before Congress. He was an invited presenter at the White House Conference on Hate Crimes and an official member of the U.S. delegation to the Stockholm International Forum on Combating Intolerance. For 25 years he was the American Jewish Committee’s expert on antisemitism. He was the lead drafter of the “Working Definition of Antisemitism,” later adopted by the U.S. State Department. Since 2018, he has…

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NC Latin American Film Festival, ‘Todos Saben | Everybody Knows’

November 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Ricardo Darín star in the new psychological thriller from Academy Award-winning director Asghar Farhadi. The story follows Laura (Penélope Cruz), a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, who returns with her children to her hometown outside Madrid for a wedding. The mood is festive, and many faces from the past are present for the nuptials, including Paco (Javier Bardem), a longtime friend of the family. When Laura’s daughter goes missing, and text messages arrive asking for…

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March 2020

CANCELED: Raj Panjabi, ‘2020 Frank Porter Graham Lecture: No Condition Is Permanent’

March 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Please note that this lecture has been canceled. The 2020 Frank Porter Graham Lecture presents Dr. Raj Panjabi, a physician and CEO of Last Mile Health. Dr. Raj Panjabi is CEO of Last Mile Health and Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Last Mile Health saves lives in the world’s most remote communities by partnering with governments to design, scale, and advocate for national networks of community health…

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CANCELED: North Korea Exposed

March 27, 2020 at 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

In collaboration with the Carolina Asia Center and the Department of Asian Studies, Carolina Public Humanities will host Jeremy Hunter, investigative photo-journalist, writer, broadcaster, and winner of three UNESCO awards. He will report on the current state of North Korea.

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April 2020

CANCELED: 17th Annual Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center Spring Conference

April 4, 2020 at 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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NOTE: Public lecture is canceled. Please join the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center for the 17th Annual Rotary Spring Conference! The theme this year is "Voices of Peace". Rotary Peace Fellows will be presenting their research and sharing examples of hope, peace-making, and positive change from every corner of the world. The conference will take place at the FedEx Global Education Center from 8.30 am to 4:00 pm. Speakers include: Asha Asokan — India Sarah Champagne — Canada Narayan Chetry —…

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POSTPONED: Annie Griffiths, ‘Help a Woman, Help the Planet’

April 14, 2020 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Note: This has been postponed until Fall 2020. National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths will present a lecture, 'Help a Woman, Help the Planet', followed by Q&A. This touches on all aspects of the Ripple mission of assistance to women globally, and will have a component on Syria and the refugee crisis. She will also show the Ripple Short Film The Water Wheel shot in a refugee camp by Ripple photographer Lynn Johnson, with music written by Syrian-American composer Malek Jandali. A…

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CANCELED: Christopher Browning, ‘Ordinary Men Revisited: The Evolution of Holocaust Perpetrator Studies’

April 16, 2020 at 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The Uhlman Family Distinguished Scholar Program for 2020 will feature Christopher Browning, Frank Porter Graham professor emeritus at UNC-Chapel Hill, and will feature historical perspectives from a leading global expert on Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, and the demise of democracy in Europe during the 1930s. The program begins Thursday, April 16, with a public talk focusing on responses to Browning’s classic book, Ordinary Men, and his recent work on Holocaust perpetrators. His presentation on Friday, April 17, will examine similarities…

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September 2021

Lecture: ‘The 9/11 Disaster and the War in Afghanistan after 20 Years: How it Happened & How it Changed Everything’ with J. Samuel Walker

September 2, 2021 at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Join the Krasno Global Events Series for a presentation by J. Samuel Walker, author of the just published "The Day that Shook America: A Concise History of 9/11" (University Press of Kansas, August 2021). The event will be introduced and moderated by Prof. Klaus Larres (UNC-Chapel Hill; Richard M Krasno Distinguished Professor; author Uncertain Allies: Nixon, Kissinger & the Threat of a United Europe, Yale UP, Nov. 2021) IN-PERSON location at 5.30pm: Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC (please wear a…

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2021 AAD Sisco Memorial Forum, ‘Preserving Life: Climate Change, Water and Diplomacy’

September 9, 2021 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD), in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will host its annual Joseph J. Sisco Memorial Forum in person in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium on Carolina’s campus at 6 p.m. EDT on Sept. 9, 2021. The event will also be livestreamed via Zoom.  The forum, “Preserving Life: Climate Change, Water and Diplomacy,” will examine large-scale diplomatic approaches to climate and water issues.  The evening will feature a…

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October 2021

‘Afghanistan and the Future of American Foreign Policy:’ A Conversation with Ambassador P. Michael McKinley

October 27, 2021 at 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Ambassador P. Michael McKinley (Ret.) shares his experience with the U.S. Foreign Service and his thoughts on the current state of American foreign policy. Register Ambassador P. Michael McKinley (Ret.) served as the U.S. ambassador to Peru (2007-2010), Colombia (2010-2013), Afghanistan (2014-2016) and Brazil (2017-2018). His earlier postings include assignments in the United Kingdom, Mozambique, Uganda and Belgium. As deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Mission to the European Union (2004-2007), McKinley helped conclude the EU-U.S.…

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Cooperation & Confrontation: The US, Europe and China: a Love-Hate Relationship?

October 28, 2021 at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

U.S. and European relations with China are increasingly tense and dangerously complicated. This triangle relationship will be discussed at the next Krasno Global Event on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. (U.S. east coast time). The focus will be on economic and trade relations but geopolitical and security relations will also be discussed. This is a hybrid event held in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center and via Zoom: Join virtually here.

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November 2021

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Climate Refugees (2010)

November 3, 2021 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This virtual event is part of the Center for European Studies' 2021 Campus Weeks. Climate Refugees highlights the human plight of climate change with a focus on the intersection of overpopulation and lack of resources. ABOUT THE FILM Climate Refugees is a 2010 film directed by Michael P. Nash, winner of the Social Change Global Institute Filmmaker of the Year Award. Climate Refugees was screened at the U.S. Senate and House, The Pentagon, The Vatican, and the United Nations COP15 climate summit in December 2009 in…

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Screening: ‘The Problem with Apu’

November 11, 2021 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Please join us for a screening of the film The Problem with Apu (2017), as part of a suite of events on the depiction of South Asians: “From Dave Carson to Apu: Global Circulations of Indian Brownface and Brown Voice.” In this film, comedian Hari Kondabolu confronts his cartoon nemesis, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian convenience store owner from The Simpsons, and the larger issue of how Western culture depicts Southeast-Asian communities. This screening will be held in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx…

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Countering Hybrid Threats: The US, Europe & the Future of NATO

November 18, 2021 at 5:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Is there a future for NATO? How will the U.S. and Europe deal with the crisis in Ukraine and Belarus? Will Europe become more independent from the U.S.? What can we do about countering proliferating Cyber Attacks & Hybrid Threats & Warfare? These are just some of the questions the distinguished panelists will address. Join for a discussion with three insightful experts: MARKUS ZIENER (University of Applied Sciences, Berlin & German Marshall Fund, Washington, DC); CAROLYNE DAVIDSON (National Defense University,…

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January 2022

Film: In the Name of Belief

January 20 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

“Indonesian Pluralities” is a film documentary series that explores the social richness and political challenge of religious, ethnic, and gender diversity in Indonesia today. Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation (New York) and created and produced by Robert Hefner and Zainal Abidin Bagir in conjunction with the celebrated Indonesian documentary film group, Watchdoc, the first three films have been widely viewed and praised in Indonesia. This screening will showcase the first installment in the series, “In the Name of Belief”, an emotionally…

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Krasno Event: Ambassador Jean-Arthur Régibeau on US-EU Transatlantic Security Relations

January 27 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

On Jan. 27, Belgian Ambassador to the U.S. Jean-Arthur Régibeau will discuss U.S.-EU Transatlantic security relations and Russia & China as part of the Krasno Lecture series for an in-person event with a Zoom option in the Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center.  The event is co-organized with The NC Zeitgeist Foundation, Diplomatic Discussions of UNC Global & the UNC Center for European Studies.

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February 2022

Careers in International Affairs and Global Development

February 15 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Ambassador (Ret.) Liliana Ayalde has dedicated her distinguished, 38-year diplomatic career to foreign affairs, development, defense and security in Latin America and the Caribbean. In Careers in International Affairs and Global Development, Ayalde will discuss these topics in a live interview with host Navin Bapat, professor and chair of the Curriculum of Peace, War, and Defense at UNC-Chapel Hill, and will engage with the audience in a Q&A. This public event will take place in person at the Nelson Mandela auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center and virtually via Zoom. Previously, Ayalde served as the U.S. ambassador to Brazil (2013-16), overseeing a robust bilateral and global…

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Movie Screening: Spacewalker

February 21 at 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Join the Russian Flagship Program for a screening of Spacewalker as part of the Blended Learning Series. Spacewalker (2017, dir. Dmitry Kiselyov) is about the Space Race and Alexei Leonov, the first person to conduct a spacewalk. Introduction and discussion will be facilitated by the Russian Flagship Program. The film will be screened in Russian with English subtitles.

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Global Career Night 2022

February 23 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Hear from a virtual panel of phenomenal UNC alumni in globally focused careers! Panelists represent a variety of career options: government, private industry, NGOs, and more. They will share their professional journeys from studying at UNC, through the career searches, networking, and life choices that led them to their current roles. In the Q&A, panelists will take questions on everything from advice on the job hunt to sustainable career growth over the years. Wherever you are in your UNC experience,…

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March 2022

Russian Movie Series: Prisoner of the Mountains

March 1 at 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Few countries have been shaped by war as much as Russia. War, in many ways, is the burden of Russian history. Not surprisingly, Russian cinema (Soviet and post-Soviet) offers some of the most profound representations of war in the history of film. At the same time, filmmakers around the world have engaged with the Soviet Union and Russia as a threat or an invading force in places like Ukraine, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Join the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East…

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NATO & Its Challenges: A German and an American View

March 2 at 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) faces considerable challenges in its seventh decade, including Russian aggressiveness in Ukraine and populist movements in the member states. How will the alliance adapt and meet these new challenges? This panel draws on perspectives from senior American and German leaders about the future of the Atlantic Alliance, including Lt. General (ret.) Ben Hodges, former commander in chief of the U.S. Army in Europe, and Kapitän zur See Ivo Schneider, Embassy Washington. Navin Bapat, chair…

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Lessons from a Diplomatic Career in Africa with Ambassador Mary Yates

March 22 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

In this Diplomatic Discussion on March 22, former Ambassador Mary Yates will share personal experiences from her career spanning 30 years in the American Foreign Service with the U.S. Department of State and discuss the challenges she believes future global leaders will face with diplomacy. Pizza will be served to attendees immediately following the event. Past generations have left global challenges that the students of today must address tomorrow. Mary Yates knows that firsthand through her appointments as U.S. ambassador to…

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TFED Gillings Global Series Lecture: Suing Russia for Ukraine at the World Court

March 24 at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Chapel Hill, NC - On March 24th, the Transatlantic Forum for Education and Diplomacy will welcome Professor Harold Hongju Koh -- one of the country’s leading experts in international law and human rights -- to UNC-Chapel Hill's campus. Professor Koh will speak at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center on Thursday, March 24th at 5:30 PM ET: “Suing Russia for Ukraine at the World Court.” Koh will take questions from the audience at the end of his talk. This event…

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April 2022

European Film Night

April 6 at 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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This event is part of Europe Week 2022. 5:00PM SCREENING: “A SWEDISH DEFENSE” A Swedish engineer tries to prevent his activist daughter from embarrassing him at work and ruining Sweden’s relations with Turkey. In this satirical drama, an international arms deal is interrupted by teenage protesters. 5:30PM SCREENING: “WOMAN AT WAR” Halla is a 50-year-old environmental activist who crusades against the local aluminum industry in Iceland. As her actions grow bolder, her life changes in the blink of an eye when…

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Russia’s War Against Ukraine and Ukraine’s Challenge to the EU

April 7 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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This event is part of Europe Week 2022. Join experts Dr. Maria Popova (McGill Univeristy) Dr. Adam Fagan (King’s College London), Dr. Oxana Shevel (Tufts University), Dr. Milada Vachudova (UNC-Chapel Hill), and Dr. Graeme Robertson (UNC-Chapel Hill) for a panel on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and its implications for European integration and enlargement. Reception and refreshments to follow. Register here. SPEAKERS MARIA POPOVA Maria Popova (PhD, Harvard 2006) is the Jean Monnet Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science at McGill…

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Northern Ireland & the Journey to Peace and Reconciliation: the EU Factor Then and Now

April 19 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Update: This event will now be in-person only. A recording will be available. On April 19, Andrew Elliott, director of the Northern Ireland Bureau, Northern Ireland Executive, in Washington, D.C., will discuss Northern Ireland and the journey to peace and reconciliation: the EU factor then and now as part of the Krasno Lecture Series for an in-person event in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center.  Elliott was appointed to his U.S. dplomatic post in November 2019.…

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A Discussion with Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch

April 21 at 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, will speak to the Carolina community in a discussion on April 21 as part of Carolina's first-ever Diplomacy Week hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs. Yovanovitch has served in multiple senior government positions during her 33-year diplomatic career, including service as U.S. ambassador to Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, as well as assignments in Mogadishu, London and Moscow. She retired from the State Department in 2020 after she testified as…

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Policy Brief Competition Awards Ceremony

April 22 at 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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There’s no doubt that the next generation of global leaders face many grand challenges. Complex transnational crises like climate change, biosecurity and forced migration can be addressed by multifaceted approaches, but policymakers need expert research and innovative solutions to make informed decisions. This semester, hundreds of Carolina students stepped into the shoes of White House staffers and leading policy analysts to address some of the most pressing challenges facing the United States and world by preparing informative, concise and visually…

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Alumni in Diplomacy Panel Discussion

April 22 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Join us on April 22 for a panel featuring three accomplished Carolina alumni working in the world of diplomacy and international affairs. The event is part of UNC Global's Diplomacy Week. Jennifer Davis is a career Foreign Service Officer who is currently completing a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship at Georgetown University and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and concurrently has just begun as a Senior Advisor to U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Previously, Jennifer has served…

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Screening: Living Galápagos

April 26 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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This semester, "MEJO 584: International Projects" students traveled to San Cristóbal island in the Galápagos over spring break. The group of student reporters, photographers, videographers, web developers, designers and marketers worked on a multimedia storytelling project that covers many facets of the unique struggles, triumphs and culture of the ever-evolving islands. The resulting videos from the trip will be screened in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium on  April 26, 2022, and the full multimedia project will be available at www.livinggalapagos.unc.edu the same day. A reception…

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August 2022

Film Screening: White Sun of the Desert

August 29 at 5:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Need extra luck this semester? Join the UNC Russian Flagship Program and Chapel Hill Film Society for a screening of the Russian cosmonaut good-luck film and Soviet cult classic Белое солнце пустыни(Eng: White Sun of the Desert; Vladimir Motyl, dir., Soviet Union, 1970) Since its debut, this Western-style action film has been quite popular in the Russian-speaking world and is even watched by most Russian cosmonauts before their space launch for extra good luck. The film will be introduced by…

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September 2022

A Night of Armenian Duduk Music and Middle Eastern Poetry

September 1 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Join the UNC Center for the Middle East & Islamic Studies and Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies for a night of music and poetry as guest musician from Beirut, Raffi Chilingirian, will play the Armenian duduk (wind instrument) while our faculty will read Arabic, Turkish, and Persian poetry. After the music and poetry performance, a panel will discuss the significance of duduk for Armenian heritage and the diaspora, the ways that dudk has traveled to other countries in…

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Albertine Cinémathèque 2022

September 7 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Free public screenings of historic and contemporary French films. The event is hosted by the UNC Center for European Studies and co-hosted by the Department of History, Center for African Studies, Department of English and Comparative Literature, and the Department of Women and Gender Studies. Sept. 7: Les Illusions perdues (Lost Illusions) Sept. 13: Les Indes Gallantes (Gallantes Indies) Sept. 15: Les 400 coups (The 400 Blows) Sept. 20: Lingui, les liens sacrés (Lingui, the Sacred Bonds) Sept. 22: La…

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Albertine Cinémathèque 2022

September 13 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Free public screenings of historic and contemporary French films. The event is hosted by the UNC Center for European Studies and co-hosted by the Department of History, Center for African Studies, Department of English and Comparative Literature, and the Department of Women and Gender Studies. Sept. 7: Les Illusions perdues (Lost Illusions) Sept. 13: Les Indes Gallantes (Gallantes Indies) Sept. 15: Les 400 coups (The 400 Blows) Sept. 20: Lingui, les liens sacrés (Lingui, the Sacred Bonds) Sept. 22: La…

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Prospects for Peace: The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

September 13 at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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The Biden administration has moved on from the tempting prospect of negotiating a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. But elections in Israel, potential leadership succession for the Palestinian Authority, and the Abraham Accords regional peace agreements all have implications for the conflict going forward. Join Ambassador Dennis Ross in a conversation with former Palestinian negotiator Ghaith al-Omari about the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This event is a Diplomatic Discussion hosted by UNC Hillel and co-sponsored by Carolina Center for…

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Albertine Cinémathèque 2022

September 15 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Free public screenings of historic and contemporary French films. The event is hosted by the UNC Center for European Studies and co-hosted by the Department of History, Center for African Studies, Department of English and Comparative Literature, and the Department of Women and Gender Studies. Sept. 7: Les Illusions perdues (Lost Illusions) Sept. 13: Les Indes Gallantes (Gallantes Indies) Sept. 15: Les 400 coups (The 400 Blows) Sept. 20: Lingui, les liens sacrés (Lingui, the Sacred Bonds) Sept. 22: La…

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Albertine Cinémathèque 2022

September 20 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Free public screenings of historic and contemporary French films. The event is hosted by the UNC Center for European Studies and co-hosted by the Department of History, Center for African Studies, Department of English and Comparative Literature, and the Department of Women and Gender Studies. Sept. 7: Les Illusions perdues (Lost Illusions) Sept. 13: Les Indes Gallantes (Gallantes Indies) Sept. 15: Les 400 coups (The 400 Blows) Sept. 20: Lingui, les liens sacrés (Lingui, the Sacred Bonds) Sept. 22: La…

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Albertine Cinémathèque 2022

September 22 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Free public screenings of historic and contemporary French films. The event is hosted by the UNC Center for European Studies and co-hosted by the Department of History, Center for African Studies, Department of English and Comparative Literature, and the Department of Women and Gender Studies. Sept. 7: Les Illusions perdues (Lost Illusions) Sept. 13: Les Indes Gallantes (Gallantes Indies) Sept. 15: Les 400 coups (The 400 Blows) Sept. 20: Lingui, les liens sacrés (Lingui, the Sacred Bonds) Sept. 22: La…

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Albertine Cinémathèque 2022

September 28 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Free public screenings of historic and contemporary French films. The event is hosted by the UNC Center for European Studies and co-hosted by the Department of History, Center for African Studies, Department of English and Comparative Literature, and the Department of Women and Gender Studies. Sept. 7: Les Illusions perdues (Lost Illusions) Sept. 13: Les Indes Gallantes (Gallantes Indies) Sept. 15: Les 400 coups (The 400 Blows) Sept. 20: Lingui, les liens sacrés (Lingui, the Sacred Bonds) Sept. 22: La…

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FedEx Global Ed Center Anniversary with FedEx Founder Frederick W. Smith

September 29 at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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The Carolina community welcomes Frederick W. Smith, founder and executive chairman of FedEx Corporation, for a special lecture celebrating the 15th anniversary of the opening of the FedEx Global Education Center. Smith will be joined by Barbara Stephenson, vice provost for global affairs and former U.S. ambassador. In his lecture, Smith will make the case for re-engaging on free trade agreements, offering his insights into supporting sustainable global trade and managing threats to open global order. Opened in 2007, the…

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October 2022

Film Screening ‘Quo Vadis, Adia’ (2020)

October 11 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Join the Center for European Studies to watch the 2022 LUX Audience Award-winning film, “Quo Vadis, Aida?” by Jasmila Žbanić. This film focuses on Aida, a translator for the United Nations in Srebrenica, during the summer of 1995. Aida’s family is among those seeking refuge at the UN encampment and with her access to the negotiations, Aida facing moral dilemmas of life and death. A panel & discussion will follow the film, along with a reception. This film screening is made possible by…

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Film Screening: The Conference (2022)

October 13 at 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Film screening and discussion with Ruth von Bernuth, Karen Auerbach, and Yaron Shemer; Opening Remarks from Priscilla Layne. About the Film On January 20, 1942, high-ranking representatives of the German Nazi regime met in an idyllic villa on the Great Wannsee in the southwest of Berlin for a meeting that went down in history as the Wannsee Conference, because of its scope, fatality and consequences, perhaps the most terrible conference of human history. Present are 15 leading men of the…

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2022 North Carolina Latin American Film Festival: Berta soy yo (I am Berta)

October 14 at 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Dir. by Katia Lara. Honduras. 2022. 70 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. In Honduras, one of the most violent countries in the world, the assassination of the social justice leader Berta Cáceres, remains in impunity. Guided by a map that Berta drew in Katia´s notebook one day before she was killed, the director Katia Lara and her team continue along the contours of the memories of Berta’s family as well as the line of criminal investigation to show us…

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2022 North Carolina Latin American Film Festival: Papi

October 15 at 3:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Followed by a reception in the Atrium @ 4:30 p.m. Watch trailer Followed @ 5 p.m. by Martírio. Introduction by Professor Pedro Lopes de Almeida, UNC-CH Department of Romance Studies. Dir. by Vicente Carelli, Ernesto de Carvalho, Tatiana Almeida. Brazil. 2016. 162 min. In Portuguese, Guaraní, and Spanish with English subtitles. With Celso Aoki, Myriam Medina Aoki, Oriel Benites, Tonico Benites and Guaraní and Kaiowá communities of Mato Grosso do Sul state. Filmed over the course of 40 years, indigenous…

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2022 North Carolina Latin American Film Festival: Cabeça de Nêgo (A Bruddah’s Mind)

October 17 at 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Dir. by Déo Cardoso. Brazil. 2020. 86 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Based on real events, this political drama fuses Brazilian history with international anti-racist movements. Saulo, a black introvert student and fan of the Black Panther Movement, challenges his school in the largely white city of Fortaleza. After Saulo’s reaction to a racial insult from a classmate, his teachers describe him as a young delinquent and swiftly attempt to expel him ignoring his usually calm and articulate demeanor.…

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Environmentalism During The Weimar Era

October 27 at 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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This event is part of 2022 Campus Weeks! Join the Center for European Studies for a conversation with Paul Dobryden, Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia, on his new book The Hygienic Apparatus: Weimar Cinema and Environmental Disorder (2022). Christina Weiler, Teaching Assistant Professor and German Language Program Director in GSLL as well as President of the North Carolina chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (NCAATG) through 2024, will…

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November 2022

Film Screening: Zu Weit Weg (Too Far Away, 2019)

November 3 at 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Public Film Screening & Discussion with Jon Lepofsky and Christina Weiler This event is part of 2022 Campus Weeks. You can learn more this initiative and view other Campus Weeks events on the Campus Weeks webpage. RSVP for November 3 About the Film 12-year-old Ben and his family must leave their village because of the surface lignite mining in the western region of Germany. Ben has trouble fitting into his new school and equally new soccer club, while his old friends…

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Speech Competition: How Can UNC Educate a Global Citizen?

November 30 at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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The Program for Public Discourse, the UNC Department of Communication, and UNC Global are hosting a speech competition in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center on Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m. The theme is How Can UNC Educate a Global Citizen. The UNC community is invited to attend to hear and support students present their speeches. The event will be followed by a reception with pizza. No registration is required!

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