Upcoming Diversity News and Events
Documentary Film Gideon's Army to be Screened at UNC Asheville, Followed by Discussion/Q&A with Filmmaker Dawn Porter and Public Defender Travis Williams
Friday, January 17, 2014
On Friday, January 17, 2014, in cooperation with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County, UNC Asheville will host a documentary film showing of Gideon's Army by filmmaker Dawn Porter.
As a lawyer, Dawn Porter witnessed a criminal justice system in distress. Twelve million people are arrested in the United States each year and millions of those cases proceed through the criminal justice system. It is not uncommon for lawyers to handle hundreds of cases at a time.
As a lawyer, Dawn Porter struggled with what this mean for our system of justice. She attempts to document the answer through her film Gideon's Army, which follows three public defenders in the Deep South during their daily mission to counsel hundreds of defendants through a strained criminal justice system.
An official selection in the prestigious U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Gideon's Army was awarded the editing prize at the festival. The film will premiere on HBO summer 2013.
The film will show at 7:00 PM in Lipinsky Auditorium on January 17. Dawn Porter and Travis Williams, one of the three public defenders followed in the film, will be on hand to discuss the film and its content, and to respond to questions.
The UNC Asheville film showing is free and open to the public.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week
Monday, January 20 - Friday, January 24, 2014
Join Multicultural Student Programs and campus partners as we remember the legacy and lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the week of January 20 - 24, 2014.
Please check back often here and on the Multicultural Student Programs site as more Celebration Week events are confirmed.
Monday, January 20, 2014
MLK Day of Service
The Key Center hosts the Dr Matrin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 20, 2014. For more information, please visit the Key Center's MLK Day of Service website or contact Jess-Mara Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:00 am - Welcome and Pre-Reflection (Highsmith 221-222)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm - Service and Lunch at community partner site
4:30 pm - Return to campus for Post-Reflection and Dinner (Highsmith 221-222)
*All meals will be provided to participants.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
MLK Week Keynote Speaker: Marc Bamuthi Joseph
7:00 pm - Lipinsky Auditorium
Named one of America's Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences, Marc Bamuthi Joseph is a National Poetry Slam champion. He is a Broadway veteran and was also a featured artist on Russell Simmons' Def Poetry on HBO. Joseph created Youth Speaks, where he mentored 13- to 19-year-old writers, and he co-founded Life is Living, a series of festivals designed to activate underresourced parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip-hop arts and environmental action.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.lifeisliving.org.
*All programs are subject to change.
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Recent Diversity News and Events
Intercultural Gallery Replaces Highsmith Gallery
The Intercultural Gallery, formerly Highsmith Gallery, is a collaboration between Multicultural Student Programs, the Center for Diversity Education, and SAIL. Located adjacent to the Intercultural Center, the gallery serves as a space where local artist and UNCA students can display their artwork.
The Intercultural Gallery’s mission is to serve as:
- a learning environment where dialogue about diversity, equity, and inclusion is stimulated by art exhibitions
- a resource for the campus and community-at-large to intentionally address diversity, equity and inclusion with a high value on student input and engagement
- an art space that showcases UNC Asheville student art work and senior exhibits; and an art space that is welcoming and accessible to all.
Gallery Hours (open only when fall and spring classes are in session):
Mon – Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sun 12-6 p.m.
Currently on display at the Intercultural Gallery
Please check back soon.
For more information on upcoming events at the Intercultural Gallery, please contact:
Cori Anderson, Program Coordinator, 145 Karpen Hall, 828. 258. 7727