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Construction Alert

The initial phase of the Bell Tower Development Project is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2007. This construction project will severely limit and eventually eliminate parking in the Bell Tower Parking Lot. The project is expected to continue through winter 2011. For more information and updates, please visit the Facilities Planning & Construction website.

15 January

Critical Discussion Series, Part I
Incarcerated Women: Challenges to Criminal Justice System

7:00 p.m., The Stone Center Hitchcock Multipurpose Room

The Stone Center, along with Our Children's Place, examines the unique challenges facing incarcerated women and the effects the criminal justice system has on women inmates. Panelists include Melissa Radcliff, Executive Director of Our Children's Place, an initiative to allow young children to live with their mothers while the women serve out their sentences for nonviolent offenses; Meg Scott Phipps, the former North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner who spent more than three years in prison for perjury, obstruction of justice and other offenses; and NC State Representative Ellie Kinnaird. Natalie Bullock Brown, host of UNC-TV's Black Issues Forum, will moderate the discussion.

21 January

He was a Poem: A Gathering in the Tradition

7:00 p.m., The Stone Center Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum

The Stone Center, in association with the University Library presents He was a Poem: A Gathering in the Tradition, a program honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr through music and poetry with performances by Bradley Simmons, director of the Duke University Djembe Ensemble, Michael and Lita Simanga, Atlanta-based poets and authors, Kim Arrington, a singer and spoken word artist and Donovan Livingston, a UNC junior and spoken word artist. Refreshments will be provided.

30 January

No Easy Victories Book Party

Book Party: 3:30 p.m., Bull’s Head Bookshop

Join editors Charles Cobb, Jr., Gail Hovey, and Bill Minter for a book party celebrating the release of No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000, a book of essays and personal stories about the links between African liberation movements and American activists. The book includes a foreword by Nelson Mandela. For more information about No Easy Victories, visit

Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film
A Luta Continua: Cinemas of Resistance

Film Screening: 7:00 p.m., Stone Center Hitchcock Multipurpose Room

Have You Heard from Johannesburg?: Apartheid and the Club of the West (2007)
Oscar nominated director and producer Connie Field will screen and discuss her documentary film Have You Heard from Johannesburg?: Apartheid and the Club of the West, the fourth segment in a six-part series that traces the complex story of the anti-apartheid movement in the United States and how the nationwide campaign successfully reversed American policy toward South Africa. Visit for more information about the documentary film series.

5 February

Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film
A Luta Continua: Cinemas of Resistance

7:00 p.m., The Stone Center Hitchcock Multipurpose Room

El Cimarrón (Puerto Rico, 2006) In Spanish, English Subtitles
From Puerto Rican director Ivan Ortiz, El Cimarrón is a story about a young enslaved African couple at the turn of the nineteenth century on a Caribbean island. In spite of the cruelty and inhumanity of slavery, Marcos and Carolina’s love withstands these brutal conditions at the hands of Don Pablo, their greedy and malicious owner. Following the advice of a wise and older slave, Marcos escapes from the Don Pablo farm and returns to liberate his beloved Carolina.

13 February

Critical Discussion Series, Part II
The Image of the Black Athlete: Icons, Scandal and the Business of Sport

7:00 p.m., The Stone Center Hitchcock Multipurpose Room

Inspired by recent professional sports scandals, this discussion will focus on the sociopolitical challenges and issues facing black athletes today. Panelists from different facets of professional and amateur sports will include Hanif Omar, host of WNCU’s weekly sports show Fast Break; Pam Leake, a former UNC basketball All-American; Walt Bellamy, a NBA Hall of Famer and community youth activist; Rhonda Patterson, a UNC alumnus and attorney in an Atlanta-based sports management firm.

21 February

Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film
Aluta Continua: Cinemas of Resistance

7:00 p.m., The Stone Center Hitchcock Multipurpose Room

We Shall Not be Moved: A History of the Tillery Resettlement (U.S., 2007)
The film tells the story of a New Deal Resettlement Community in Tillery, North Carolina from slavery to present. Through archival film and video footage, historical photographs, and narratives of Tillery’s elders, shows how seeds of independence planted in the pre-Civil Rights era took root in movements for racial justice in the 1950’s, and grew into fights against present day environmental racism and economic marginalization. The screening is co-sponsored by Wilson Library’s Southern Historical Collection.

22 February – 16 May

PepperPot: Multi Media Installation, Meaning, and the Medium in Contemporary Diasporic Art

Opening Reception: Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; closed University holidays
The Stone Center Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum

Coconuts, humor, brown sugar, "bling", moving images, cinnamon, and sound effects are just some of the materials used in PepperPot -- an exciting exhibition featuring work by four outstanding young artists: Andrea Chung, Lauren Kelley, Morolake Odeleye and Cosmo Whyte. All four artists are engaged in a practice of making art that places materials -- the medium -- at the center of meaning in their work. Working in a variety of disciplines, the artists in PepperPot address issues of power, identity, memory and personal history from within the context of the African diaspora. Curated by Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum (UNC-CH ’04) PepperPot will feature multi media work ranging from painting and photography to installation, experimental animation and sculpture.

25 February – 29 February

Visiting Artist – Haile Gerima

The Stone Center Hitchcock Multipurpose Room

Filmmaker Haile Gerima visits for a one-week residency. Gerima, a film professor at Howard University whose films include Sankofa (1994) and Ashes & Embers (1982), will conduct a 3-part master workshop in filmmaking. Gerima will also present a lecture on his past and present film projects. The workshops are open to all aspiring filmmakers or those interested in filmmaking. Class size is limited; please call the Stone Center at (919) 962-9001 to register. The sessions are:

  • Monday, February 25, 2008
    6:30 p.m.
    Session I: Scriptwriting & Directing
    Stone Center Classroom, 2nd Floor

    In session one, Gerima will give an overview of the relationship of scriptwriting and directing for the digital age, following the idea of scriptwriting structure in the context of one's particular culture. This session will put into context the high tech, seductive stereotype cinema in the depiction of African-Americans.

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2008
    6:30 p.m.
    Session II: Documentary Filmmaking
    Stone Center Seminar Room 200

    This session focuses on the exploration of the individual personal approach as well as collective implications of documentary filmmaking. This session will utilize Gerima's work on The Maroons documentary as a case study.

  • Friday, February 29, 2008
    6:30 p.m.
    Session III: Film Directing & Visual Dramatics
    Stone Center Seminar Room 200

    In this final session, Gerima will discuss the relationship of film directing and visual dramatics, dealing primarily with cultural specifics in creating cinematic accents.
28 February

Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film
A Luta Continua: Cinemas of Resistance

7:00 p.m., The Stone Center Theatre and Auditorium

An Evening with Haile Gerima: Mortgaged Imaginations
Haile Gerima will present audiovisual excerpts of his past and upcoming films including his latest film, Teza. Set in Ethiopia and Germany, the film tells the story of the return of an African intellectual to his country of birth during the repressive Marxist regime of Haile Mariam Mengistu and the recognition of his own displacement and powerlessness at the dissolution of his people's humanity and social values.

1 March

Platanos & Collard Greens

2:00 p.m., The Stone Center Theatre & Auditorium

Since its 2003 Off-Broadway debut, Platanos & Collard Greens has been making audiences all over the country laugh aloud. Platanos, a thought-provoking romantic comedy, addresses the stereotypes, prejudices and urban myths that exist between African-Americans and Latinos. Based on producer David Lamb’s novel, Do Platanos Go Wit Collard Greens?, the play humorously dispels these misconceptions within the context of hip-hop, humor and satire. This performance is free and open to the public. A maximum of four tickets per patron may be picked up at the Stone Center Front Desk. The Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program in Chapel Hill, a support program for students in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, will co-sponsor the production.

4 March

Women’s History Month Luncheon
Film - Angels Can’t Help But Laugh

12:00 p.m., The Stone Center Hitchcock Multipurpose Room

The film offers a thought-provoking and candid documentary by Terri J. Vaughn (best known for her years on The Steve Harvey Show) and author Cas Sigers that examines the struggles and complexities of African-American actresses in Hollywood. Co-sponsors of the program include the curriculum in Women's Studies, the Kappa Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the Omega Iota Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

19 March

Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film
A Luta Continua: Cinemas of Resistance

Double Feature

7:00 p.m., The Stone Center Hitchcock Multipurpose Room

American Red and Black: Stories of Afro-Native Identity (U.S., 2006)
This intimate film follows six Afro-Native Americans from around the U.S., as they reflect upon the personal and complex issues of Native and African heritage, ethnic identity, and racism within communities of color.

Unfinished (U.S., 2007)
A mother’s last will and testament proves to be a powerful catalyst that reconnects a South Asian-American woman with her estranged African-American father.

28 March

African Diaspora Lecture
Salih Booker, Director of Global Rights: Partners for Justice

4:00 p.m., FedEx Global Education Center

Salih Booker the executive director of Global Rights: Partners for Justice, a human rights advocacy group that collaborates with activists around the world to challenge injustice, will deliver the African Diaspora Lecture. Booker’s lecture, Human Rights: Lessons Learned from Africa over the Last 20 Years, will focus on global human rights issues and violations.

8 April

15th Annual Stone Memorial Lecture

7 p.m. Stone Center Theatre & Auditorium

Dr. Julianne Malveaux, the 15th President of Bennett College for Women, will be the guest lecturer for the 15th Annual Stone Memorial Lecture. Recognized for her progressive and insightful observations, she is also an economist, author and commentator, well known for appearances on national network programs. Malveaux’s contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender, and their economic impacts, are shaping public opinion in 21st century America.

In addition to her media appearances, she is an accomplished author and editor. Her academic work is included in numerous papers, studies, and publications. A committed activist and civic leader, she serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute, The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC, and the Liberian Education Trust.

24 April

Communiversity End of Year Program

6:00 p.m., The Stone Center Theatre & Auditorium

Join the Communiversity students, counselors and parents as they reflect on past year successes and recognize outstanding students and program counselors.

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