• A Daughter's Mental Illness and Overcoming Stigma
    January 24, 2017
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Community members Tim and Dawn Woody discuss their daughter's mental illness and overcoming stigma. The talk will feature Patrick Corrigan's book Coming Out Proud: to Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness. Sponsored by NAMI Orange, Faith Connections on Mental Illness, Mental Health Community Connections: Children and Youth, and Stand By Me NC.
  • Julius Chambers
    April 26, 2017
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Local authors Richard Rosen and Joseph Mosnier recently released a biography of Julius Chambers: A Life in the Struggle for Civil Rights that connects the details of Chambers's life to the wider struggle to secure racial equity through the development of modern civil rights law.

    Joining them for a panel discussion is Adam Stein, and Ted Shaw. Stein is a principal architect of a litigation strategy that helped define and strengthen civil rights jurisprudence starting in the late 1960s. Shaw is the Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights at the UNC‐CH. He previously served as director‐counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
  • Jane Austen
    May 11, 2017
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - A Truth Universally Acknowledged: the Enduring Popularity of Jane Austen
    From painstaking historical miniseries to web series to finger puppets, we just can’t seem to get enough of Jane Austen and her six best-known books. What keeps us coming back to Jane, almost two hundred years after her death? Join us for a panel discussion on the rise and continued rise of Jane Austen’s popularity, with Professors James Thompson and Inger Brodey, co-founders of the Jane Austen Summer Program at UNC-CH, Chapel Hill Public Library Readers’ Services Coordinator (and top-secret romance novelist) Susan Maguire, and more.
  • Lead Exposure
    June 12, 2017
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    - Learn about the most common and preventable sources of childhood lead exposure in Orange County and strategies that parents and caregivers can practice to reduce the risk of lead exposure to young children.

    An Environmental Health Specialist, NC Certified Lead Risk Assessor and Healthy Homes Specialist with more than 15 years of experience investigating children with environmental lead exposure will lead the talk and suggest low-cost ways to keep households and families safe. Meeting Room A.
  • Foreign-Born Residents
    January 16, 2018
    9:00 am - 10:30 am
    - Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill. Conversations in Mandarin, Korean, and English language

  • Foreign-Born Residents
    January 20, 2018
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    - Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room B. Conversations in English, Russian, Burmese, and Arabic languages. Childcare available.

  • Foreign-Born Residents
    February 15, 2018
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    - St. Thomas More Catholic Church. 940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill Conversations in Spanish and English. Childcare available.

  • Climate Change
    April 29, 2018
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    - Now that President Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from climate change efforts, how are American governors, mayors and ordinary people responding? In this panel discussion, featuring UNC students, we will share our stories from the most recent United Nations climate negotiations highlighting the urgency with which world leaders are tackling the problem. And then bring it home: we will invite community leaders to address how the companies and the people of Chapel Hill and neighboring communities are taking action on climate change and how can we be even more effective.
  • The Talk
    June 26, 2018
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    - The Talk is a one-man performance by Sonny Kelly that draws on the voices of ancestors, elders, youths, and intellectuals to engage in the difficult conversations that we must have with our children as we prepare them to survive and thrive in a racialized America.

    Following the performance, we will convene a panel discussion featuring:
    • Beth Vazquez, Ombuds, Town of Chapel Hill
    • Chris Blue, Executive Director of Community Safety & Chief of Police, Town of Chapel Hill
    • Kevin 'Kaze' Thomas, of Intelligently Ratchet
    • Sonny Kelly, The Talk performer and Initiative for Minority Excellence Scholar at UNC Chapel Hill
    This program is possible through a partnership with Carolina Public Humanities, Southern Oral History Program, Carolina K-12, Center for the Study of the American South, and Chapel Hill Public Library.

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