Upcoming virtual events at UNCA

Press release from UNCA:

All events listed are virtual, free and open to everyone except where indicated.

For more information, please visit unca.edu/events, or contact Steve Plever, splever@unca.edu.


Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. – Drawing Discourse
Drawing Discourse, UNC Asheville’s annual juried international exhibition of contemporary drawing, will have its 12th renewal online this year, opening virtually with a lecture by juror Pamela Phatismo Sunstrum.


Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. – MLK Virtual Keynote Address by Dr. Brittney Cooper: Reimagining Black Liberation
Dr. Brittney Cooper, associate professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers, is the author of the memoir Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, and Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women, winner of the 2018 Merle Curti Intellectual History Award from the Organization of American Historians.

Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. – “Covid-19 Death Gaps: Understanding How Race and Class Inequities Shape Pandemic Health Outcomes” – Webinar by Dr. Whitney Pirtle
Dr. Whitney Pirtle, assistant professor of sociology and McArthur Foundation Chair in International Justice and Human Rights at the University of California, Merced, will use reports and empirical studies to demonstrate how multiple, overlapping mechanisms shape the excess deaths in COVID-19 across racial lines. Her analysis demonstrates that health inequities will continue to be replicated unless we can fundamentally change our unequal system.


Jan. 15 at 11:30 a.m – OLLI Fab Friday: Carolyn Ward – Showing the Blue Ridge Parkway Some Love
OLLI – the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville – presents its first virtual Fab Friday of 2021, featuring Carolyn Ward, CEO of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, who will share her vision for the Parkway’s future.

Jan. 22 at 11:30 a.m – OLLI Fab Friday: Dr. Thomas Large – Avoiding Hip Fractures
OLLI – the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville – makes its Fab Fridays available free to OLLI members and non-members alike. In this session, Dr. Thomas Large, orthopedic trauma surgeon at Mission Health, provides insights into avoiding hip fractures.

Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m. – OLLI Fab Friday: Bryan Tompkins – The Crucial Role of Pollinators – Amazing Facts
OLLI – the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville – makes its Fab Fridays available free to OLLI members and non-members alike. In this session, Bryan Tompkins, fish and wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Asheville, discusses the crucial role of pollinators.


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