UNC area studies centers host Global Spotlight Week Feb. 17-24

Artwork for Crises of Citizenship. Global Spotlight Week. February 17-24, 2018UNC-Chapel Hill centers for the study of Africa, Asia, Europe, Russia and East Europe, Latin America and the Middle East present “Global Spotlight Week: Crises of Citizenship,” Feb. 17-24, 2018. The week’s art exhibit, films, concert, lectures and panels will highlight critical approaches to the contested issue of citizenship, exploring experiences of migration and belonging across world regions.

“This week will showcase the multifaceted opportunities area studies centers at UNC give to students, faculty, staff, K-16 educators and community members across North Carolina and the world,” said Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, senior associate dean for social sciences and global programs in the College of Arts & Sciences. “Their work connects a diverse range of individuals and groups, inviting us to examine how crises of citizenship affect societies around the world.”

All of the events will be held in the FedEx Global Education Center unless noted otherwise:

  • Feb. 17 ­— Latin America: Conference: “”Context and Relationality in Latin American and Caribbean Studies,” in honor of Arturo Escobar, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at UNC, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Feb. 19 — Asia: Documented film screening & panel, 5:30 p.m. in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium.
  • Feb. 20 — UNC Global: Open house art reception and Global career night, 5 p.m. in the Florence and James Peacock Atrium and 6 p.m. in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium.
  • Feb. 21 — Europe: The Other Side of Hope film screening and panel, 5:30 p.m. in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium.
  • Feb. 22 — Africa: “African Immigrants in Canada and the Racial Discrimination Boomerang,” talk by York University Professor Joseph Mensah, 5:30 p.m. in Room #1005.
  • Feb. 22 — Russia and East Europe: “Moment of Truth: How Russian-Style Reality Came To America,” talk by New York Times correspondent Jim Rutenberg, 7 p.m. in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium.
  • Feb. 24 — Middle East: Omar Offendum in Concert, 7 p.m. in the theater of The Sonya Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.

Global Spotlight Week will also include Voices in the Water: Stories of Belonging Across Borders, a textile installation in the Florence and James Peacock Atrium of the FedEx Global Education Center by local artist Bryant Holsenbeck. The exhibit includes an interactive component, which provides visitors with a way to reflect on the shared humanity of people affected by crises of citizenship across borders.

The week is sponsored by the UNC College of Arts and Sciences and organized by six UNC area studies centers: Carolina Asia Center; Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations; African Studies Center; Center for European Studies; Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies; and Institute for the Study of the Americas.

Visit UNC’s area studies website for more information.