Cultural Events

Cultural Events Series

Stay tuned for updates on the 2021- 2022 Cultural Events Series. Learn more about past series below.


MLK Commemoration 2020, January 21 – 28

Tuesday, January 21

  • 4 – 5pm Master class, “Up Close and Personal: A Chat with Charlayne Hunter-Gault”, HIG 228 & 229 (free & open to everyone)
  • 7 – 8:30 p.m. Charlayne Hunter-Gault, “From Jim Crow America to Apartheid South Africa & Beyond: An Activist Journalist’s Journey”, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Address. Blue Ridge Room, HIG (free & open to everyone)

Wednesday, January 22

  • 7pm – 9:30pm Always in Season – History of Lynching in America, Documentary screening in the Grotto, HIG. Sponsored by History and Africana Studies Departments (free & open to everyone)

Thursday, January 23

  • 5:30pm Social Justice in Action Workshop, “Why We March. How We March: The Culture of Organizing & Community Building” (Part Two), Mountain Suites 228 & 229 HIG. Sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs (free & open to everyone)

Tuesday, January 28

  • 1:20 pm – 3:00pm  Master class. Join The Africana Studies Program, Humanities, English, Languages and Culture, and the Department of Music for a conversation on the intersection of music, performance, creative writing, activism, civic engagement and global citizenship. Facilitated by Jonathan King and Mildred Barya. Location TBD.
  • 7- 8:30pm- Arthur Flowers Performance & Lecture, with opening by Afro Ensemble music and dance program (Blue Ridge Room). 

Dr. Richard Davidson Residency, February 4 – 14

Tuesday, February 4

  • 12 – 1pm Dr. Patrick Foo, Lecture in Blue Ridge Room (free & open to all)

Tuesday, February 11

  • 12pm – Flash Meditation, hosted by the Mindfulness Club, University Quad (Ramsey Library weather location) Free & open to all.

Thursday, February 13

  • 12pm – Flash Meditation, hosted by the Mindfulness Club, University Quad (HIG weather location). Free & open to all.
  • 7 – 8:30 pm Richard Davidson, PhD. “Well Being is a Skill”, Lecture in Lipinsky Auditorium (free & open to everyone). Streaming locations: Alumni Hall and Blue Ridge Room, HIG. This lecture will be rescheduled due to winter weather cancellations. 

Friday, February 14

  • 9 – 10am – Master class and guided practice with Dr. Richard Davidson, Blue Ridge Room, HIG (free & open to everyone). This master class will be rescheduled due to winter weather cancellations. 

Indigenous Hip Hop Festival 

April 12 – 17

  • TBA Master classes and class visits – This festival will be rescheduled due to COVID 19 cancellations. 

Friday, April 17

  • 6 pm Indigenous Hip Hop Festival concert, on the quad (free & open to everyone) – This festival will be rescheduled due to COVID 19 cancellations. 



Flor de Toloache Residency

September 17 & 18

Tuesday, Sept. 17 
  • 12-1 pm Master class, “Mariachi Music, Machismo and Immigration Rights”, Laurel Forum (free & open to everyone)
Wednesday, Sept. 18
  • 2 – 3pm Master Class, “Mariachi Musical Traditions”, Mountain Suites, HIG (free & open to everyone)
  • 5:30pm Community Reception, Laurel Forum
  • 7pm Flor de Toloache in Concert, Lipinsky Auditorium. RAICES Latinx Youth Dance Troupe from Nuestro Centro, opens the show (free & open to everyone)
Thursday, Sept. 19
  • 12 – 1pm “Dispatches from the Boarderland: A Video Conference with Activists”, Alumni Hall (free & open to everyone)

Rangi Matamua Residency

October 21- 24

Monday, Oct. 21 
  • 10am – GearUp Master Class in partnership with AMOS Inflatable Astronomy Dome & Presentation
Tuesday, Oct. 22
  • 7pm Keynote Lecture, “Revitalising Traditional Maori Astronomy”, Blue Ridge Room (free & open to everyone)
Wednesday, Oct, 23
  • 11am – 12:15pm Humanities 214 Lecture & Master Class, “Maori Culture and History”, Lipinsky Auditorium (free & open to everyone)
  • 7pm – Indigenous Perspectives of the Sky lab and class visit
Thursday, Oct. 24
  • Cherokee Community Visit
  • 6pm Lecture, Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Cherokee Cultural Week

November 13 – 15

Native American Heritage Month
Planned by Community Fellow, Livia Lambert

Wednesday, November 13

  • 11am – 3pm –  Authentic EBCI – Learn from and engage with members of the EBCI representing tribal law, the casino, arts & crafts and language. BRR (free & open to everyone)

Thursday, November 14

  • 3- 4:30pm – Cultural Competence – Principal Chief Richard Sneed, keynote address. With dancing, music and storytelling from the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, BRR (free & open to everyone)

Friday, November 15

  • 8pm – Hip hop & Punk rock from Cherokee, featuring Banished DG & Rivercane in concert (free & open to everyone)


New this year!

Performances, lectures and master classes are free and no tickets are required, helping to create a more welcoming and inclusive campus for our neighbors and community members

Cultural traditions, arts and voices will be celebrated as assets and pathways to collaboratively build community and honor diverse cultures locally, nationally and internationally

A newly formed cohort of student positions known as Community Fellows will focus on strengthening partnerships during Cultural Events Series residencies and throughout the academic year

Key Center sponsored community receptions will provide additional opportunities for students to mingle with visiting artists, speakers and community partners

“The arts make up a significant percentage of how humans communicate with each other and see each other. Becoming aware of others’ mode of operating is essential to our own success. Understanding our similarities and differences is the foundation on which one builds healthy relationships.” – A Win-Win Culture: How Inclusivity Drives Innovation in the Business World

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