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C.S. Lewis Book Club Series

Throughout March and April, create, connect, and explore in the Friday Center’s Daytime Enrichment Courses. All courses are Thursday mornings at the Friday Center and range from $10-$20. Visit the Friday Center website for more information or to view the entire list of daytime courses.
Course Spotlight: The Inkling Prophet of Oxford: C.S. Lewis Book Club Series
Instructor: Danielle Christmas
Thursdays, March 30, April 13 & 27
10-11:30 am
Fee: $20

 

 

The imaginative fictions and compelling apologist writings of Clive Staples Lewis have captivated generations of readers. What is it about this self-described “very ordinary layman of the Church of England” that has inspired such a following across age groups, continents, and decades? What sort of mind can invent a children’s paradise like Narnia one day, and move a group of skeptics to Christian belief the next? This course will grapple with these and other questions as participants examine the social and historical context of several of Lewis’ short works including:

Session One: Mere Christianity
Session Two: The Screwtape Letters
Session Three: Perelandra

If you enjoy book clubs, are willing to enthusiastically participate in discussion, and are eager to dig deeper into C.S. Lewis’ writings, this course is for you. Participants should (re)read the text ahead of each session and bring a copy of the book to class.

Danielle Christmas is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill. While she primarily works on contemporary African-American and Jewish-American fiction and film, her own conversion story led her to the oeuvre and legacy of C.S. Lewis and has resulted in a lasting personal and professional interest.

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Shakespeare and War

Throughout March and April, create, connect, and explore in the Friday Center’s Daytime Enrichment Courses. All courses are Thursday mornings at the Friday Center and range from $10-$20. Visit the Friday Center website for more information or to view the entire list of daytime courses.

Course Spotlight: Shakespeare and War
Instructor: Christopher Armitage
Thursdays, March 16 & 30, April 6 & 20 | 10 am – noon
Fee: $20

 

 

Join us for an interactive and fascinating series that examines war through Shakespeare’s lens, led by distinguished UNC professor Christopher Armitage. The sessions will include a mixture of lecture and discussion and will aim at close readings in the texts, as revealing Shakespeare’s profound understanding of human nature and astounding ability to find the words to articulate that understanding.  Topics include:

Session One: Henry V: “Once more unto the breach” with that “band of brothers”
Session Two: Julius Caesar: Soothsayers prove more reliable than 21st-century pollsters
Session Three: Antony and Cleopatra: War games in bed, on land and at sea
Session Four: Troilus and Cressida: The Trojan War wreaks havoc with romance

Christopher Armitage, Professor of English will celebrate his 100th teaching semester at UNC this spring. During his fifty years of teaching, he has taught over 20 different courses. He became the first UNC Professor of Distinguished Teaching in 1995.  He was the pioneer in developing a study abroad summer program on ‘Shakespeare in Performance’ in England.  He has conducted the six-week Honors Summer Program in London and Oxford since 1975.  Born in Manchester, England, Armitage received two degrees from Oxford University and another from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. One of the most memorable moments of his career was when he was asked to play the part of founder William Richardson Davie for the University’s 200th Anniversary. At 83, he shows no signs of slowing down! His passion for literature and the spoken word and his dedication to take teaching seriously, not solemnly, make him a model instructor and inspiration to all!

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Discover The Paris Opera Ceiling

Throughout March and April, create, connect, and explore in the Friday Center’s Daytime Enrichment Courses. All courses are Thursday mornings at the Friday Center and range from $10-$20. Visit the Friday Center website for more information or to view the entire list of daytime courses.

Course Spotlight: The Paris Opera Ceiling by Marc Chagall
Instructor: Vivian R. Jacobson
Thursday, March 9 | 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Book signing 11:30 – Noon. | $10

 

 

The Paris Opera Ceiling at the Palais Garnier was commissioned by Andre Malraux, the Minister of Culture under Charles DeGaulle in 1963.

This monumental work was developed and executed by Chagall when he was 79 years of age. Join us for an interactive and engaging lecture that will be devoted to the original preparatory sketches to the final artwork. In this artwork, Chagall never forgets his love of Vitebsk, his birthplace, Paris or the composers of the music that he adored: Mussorgsky, Gluck, Adam Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Ravel, Debussy, Rameau, Berlioz, Verdi, Wagner, Bizet and Mozart. All this memory embellished in luscious colors of blue, white, red, green and yellow. Chagall believed that the integration of art and music would bring world peace. The Paris Opera Ceiling is a true example of that dream. This is one opportunity not to be missed!

Vivian R. Jacobson personally met and hosted Marc Chagall at her home in Chicago that began a 15-year friendship with him and his family. Her insights are interesting and unique as she relates her personal experiences in working with Chagall on various national and international projects the last eleven years of his life. She was the president of the American Friends of the Chagall Biblical Message Museum from 1978 – 1982 and the Chairman of the Chagall Tapestry Project at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago from 1982 to 1986. Jacobson has lectured in 22 states, Europe and Israel. She has been a speaker for the North Carolina Humanities Council since 2001. Her book, Sharing Chagall: A Memoir provides the reader with many intriguing stories about her experiences in working with Chagall. Her book has sold 3000 copies and will be available for sale with a book signing after the session.

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See The Honeycutters in Concert at the Friday Center

The Friday Center for Continuing Education, in partnership with the Chapel Hill and Orange County Visitors Bureau, is proud to host its fifth annual Under the Atrium concert featuring The Honeycutters.
When: Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Where: The Friday Center for Continuing Education
Cost: Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
**Food trucks will be on site.**
About the band:
Asheville-based American country roots band The Honeycutters have a voice you can’t ignore; a voice of persistence, of struggle and of hope, a voice that leads the new music movement erupting out of Asheville, NC.

Principal songwriter and frontwoman, Amanda Anne Platt’s songwriting requires musicianship with the kind of edginess needed to match it, to cohesively surround the lyrics in just the right skin while still shining in their individual performances.

Joining Amanda Platt to round out The Honeycutters are Rick Cooper, alternating between upright and electric bass, accentuating the band’s delve deeper into a rock sound blending with their old-school country roots attitude. Along with drummer Josh Milligan the two create a powerful pocket and groove that locks their most recent album together, with Milligan’s vocal harmonies complementing and enhancing Platt’s lead. The pedal steel work of Matt Smith brings unexpected rock licks on an instrument traditionally reserved for a classic country sound. Tal Taylor’s mandolin cuts through with bitey, bluesy notes and fierce tremolo that pushes the instrument beyond its obvious folk appeal.

In their “50 Essential Albums for 2015” list, Saving Country Music writes, “Me Oh My is the 14-song testament that you sense could be the centerpiece of her career when it’s all said and done… This is a band, an album, and a songwriter that both the Americana and country world should pay greater attention to.” Me Oh My launched The Honeycutters onto the national stage, bringing along an army of fans with them. Don’t blink now, they’re coming back for more.

To learn more about The Honeycutters, visit their website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Meet Brett, Spring 2017 Scholarship Winner

Each semester, the Friday Center awards three scholarships to part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students age 24 or older studying at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Friday Adult Learner Scholarship is named for former UNC President Bill Friday, who strove to make a university education available to all citizens of North Carolina.
Funding for the scholarship comes directly from donor contributions. Read the story below from a spring scholarship recipient, and consider a donation to the Friday Adult Learner Scholarship to help students like Brett achieve their goal of getting back in the classroom and working toward their degree.

“My reasons and objectives for transferring and continuing my education at The University of North Carolina at this stage in my life are two-fold:

-to finish what I started many years ago by obtaining an undergraduate degree in Sports Administration, and

-to then further my education by pursuing a master’s degree in business administration, which will allow me the opportunity to reach my professional goals–to work within an athletic department at the collegiate level.

Life has presented me with many challenges which have afforded me the opportunities to learn a lot about myself along the way. Of all the challenges I have confronted, my greatest victory is over alcoholism. Maintaining my sobriety has allowed me the opportunity to refocus on what is most meaningful to me, and earning my degree is on the top of my list. I have learned a lot about myself and what I really want out of life.

Athletics have been an important part of my life since my youth. This passion for sports has afforded me to work in event management positions. However, at this point, my advancement into higher-level opportunities has been blocked due to the lack of a university degree and experience within a collegiate athletic department. Returning to finish what I started at the University of North Carolina will afford me the opportunities and the tools I will need to achieve my goals.

My battle with alcohol, at times, was overwhelming. At first I was taught to attack it one day at a time. I could not live the next day until I lived today first. Today, I am able to look beyond ‘one day at a time’ and have a clear picture of what I want my future to look like.

My choices, for better or worse, have shaped who I am and who I want to be. The lessons I’ve learned have carried over to […]

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Meet Owen, Spring 2017 Scholarship Winner

Each semester, the Friday Center awards three scholarships to part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students age 24 or older studying at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Friday Adult Learner Scholarship is named for former UNC President Bill Friday, who strove to make a University education available to all citizens of North Carolina.
Funding for the scholarship comes directly from donor contributions. Read the story below from one of the recipients of the spring scholarship, and consider a donation to the Friday Adult Learner Scholarship to help students like Owen achieve their goal of getting back in the classroom and working toward their degree.

“My name is Owen. I’ve been a University employee for nine years (it will be 10 years in August 2017).
I’m nearly 50 years old, but back when I was a teenager and fresh out of high school, I attended what is now UNC-Pembroke on a degree track for a B.A. in English. My parents took out a personal loan to pay the tuition. At the end of that first year, my mother sat me down and sorrowfully told me that she and my father couldn’t afford to take out any further loans for my education. They would not be able to help me financially any further.
I was downhearted, but I didn’t give up. I got a job (well, a series of them) and paid my way through a few quarters at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, where I was living at the time. Eventually, however, I became disillusioned with the process and gave up. I tried once more and went to the Art Institute in Atlanta, but money issues again caused me to have to quit when the company I worked for laid a bunch of people off, myself included. I was only able to finish one year of the two-year associate’s degree program, and returned home to Charlotte. 
Recently, I decided to try to finish that long-languishing English degree and began work on attending UNC-Chapel Hill at the end of summer, just in time to enroll for the fall semester. While some of my ancient history followed me and garnered me some credits, I would love to be able to take two classes in the spring semester to begin knocking out some of the General Education requirements. Otherwise, it will take me much longer to complete my degree.
My hope is to take both German 102 and English 105 in the spring. The schedule works out and I […]

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Meet Allison, Spring 2017 Scholarship Winner

Each semester, the Friday Center awards three scholarships to part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students age 24 or older studying at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Friday Adult Learner Scholarship is named for former UNC President Bill Friday, who strove to make a University education available to all citizens of North Carolina.
Funding for the scholarship comes directly from donor contributions. Read the story below from a spring scholarship recipient, and consider a donation to the Friday Adult Learner Scholarship to help students like Allison achieve their goal of getting back in the classroom and working towards their degree.

“Even as a first generation college student, I feel very much at home at UNC-Chapel Hill–all thanks to the Friday Center. The Part-time Classroom Studies program has made it possible to pursue a complete career change–merging my professional experience with an academic background in the natural sciences.
After high school, I knew I wanted to pursue higher education, but which field of study I would pursue was uncertain. I knew that working for a period of time between high school and college would provide not only professional experience, but also help shape my academic focus. I began my career in real estate management, and since have gained transferable skills that have proven invaluable as a student: adaptability, diplomacy, collaboration, and assertiveness. While working full-time, I’ve managed to feed my intellectual curiosity through self-education via MOOCs (massive open online courses) and diverse volunteer experiences, including the Museum of Life and Science in Durham.
My self-directed studies and volunteer work pointed me to the field of study I was most passionate about: the natural sciences. I’m fascinated by our Earth, and believe that my academic career at UNC will prepare me to help analyze the current obstacles and create ways to preserve it. I want to help further research in natural resource stewardship, empower companies to adopt environmentally sustainable practices, and educate the public so together we can make thoughtful decisions about how we affect and protect the Earth.
Once I heard about the Friday Center, I knew I was ready to move forward with my college education. At first, going back to school seemed a little daunting, but after a few semesters I realized how my unique experience has made me a highly motivated student with an eagerness to learn and a resourcefulness to get things done. Now, with this clear focus paired with UNC’s excellent professors and courses, I’m excited to continue my […]

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Marvin Saltzman Artist Talk

“Places III” – Art by Marvin Saltzman
Reception and Artist Talk
Thursday, Dec. 1, 6-9 p.m.
Artist Talk: 7 p.m.
Admission is free
Food trucks will be on site
Join Marvin Saltzman, artist and Professor Emeritus at UNC-Chapel Hill, as he shares inspiration behind his landscape paintings from around the world.
Walk through the exhibit at your own leisure, currently on display at the Friday Center, and hear Marvin’s take on his work.
The exhibit features 16 paintings and nine drawings by Saltzman from the past 40 years, influenced by his fascination with nature. Join us to learn more about the inspiration behind Saltzman’s work.
Questions? Call the Friday Center at 919-962-3000 for more information.

About the artist:
Marvin Saltzman was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1931. He attended the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1954 to 1956, and received a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Southern California in 1959. He taught at multiple universities, including Eastern Oregon State College, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Southern California, and was a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1967 to 1996, where he mentored hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to have successful artistic careers.
Learn more about Marvin Saltzman and view his portfolio of work.
Can’t make the event? Marvin’s prints will be on exhibit at the Friday Center through January 2017. Feel free to stop by and explore his work at your leisure.

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Learn the Story Behind the Art

This fall, create, connect, and explore in the Friday Center’s Daytime Enrichment Courses. Discover a new interest or re-engage in an old one, deepen your appreciation of the arts, discuss favorite subjects with peers and scholars, gain new skills and try new things! Whatever your motivation, our enrichment programs are sure to stimulate your mind and reawaken your curiosity.
Course Spotlight –  Art Appreciation: The Story Behind the Art

Thursday, Nov. 10 | 10 a.m. – Noon | $10

 

 

What is the story behind some of the famous works of art?  In this session, participants will enjoy tales, myths, and fables that speak of love and death, sex and violence, tragedy and triumph as told by the great poets and writers Ovid, Petrarch, Dante, Pliny the Elder, Euripides and others.  Participants will view works in the North Carolina Museum of Art collection that tell their stories through the eyes of the artists.

After the course, we invite you visit the NCMA, to see some of the featured paintings on display. A guided tour can be scheduled.

Rhonda M. Wilkerson, PhD, storyteller, is a retired Clinical Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Education. Since 1988, she has served as Docent for the North Carolina Museum of Art, and recently served as the 2012-2013 NCMA Docent Organization President.

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Liveblog: Understanding the Mysteries of Sleep

Notice: On Thursday, Oct. 27, Jack Rodenfels, Marketing Manager for the Friday Center liveblogged the fourth installment of the “What’s the Big Idea?” lecture series from the Friday Center from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Every Thursday in October, UNC-Chapel Hill physicians and faculty shared their insights on the brain from a scientific, medical and philosophical perspective. The lecture’s theme was “Understanding the Mysteries of Sleep” and the lecturer was Bradley Vaughn, MD. The thoughts and opinions in the below liveblog are Jack’s and do not necessarily reflect those of the Friday Center. Follow the liveblog below for updates throughout the lecture. 

Final thoughts: Sleep is vastly important to our health and well-being. Throughout the lecture, I was shocked by how nuanced sleep can be. So many body processes, attitudes, and mood are directly tied to sleep, or lack of sleep.

I couldn’t believe how detrimental sleep deprivation can be on an individual level, and how sleep deprivation may affect aspects of our lives we don’t even realize. One idea I never considered was how sleep deprivation affects others and our society as a whole. Dr. Vaughn did an excellent job of explaining this factor.

Dr. Vaughn took a highly scientific topic and did an admirable job of delivering his research in an easy-to-understand method, making it applicable while resonating with everyone in attendance. Throughout the evening, the audience listened with rapt attention to the concepts from Dr. Vaughn. With so many relevant points, the lecture attendees certainly have many new, enlightening aspects to ponder in their everyday sleep habits. Leaving the lecture, I certainly think of sleep different. Rather than a footnote, I plan to reconsider my sleep habits and amount of sleep to be a healthier, rested, and more productive member of society.

The next “What’s the Big Idea?” lecture series will begin April 2017. Stay tuned to the Friday Center website for more information on the theme and guest speakers.

8:20 p.m.: Dr. Vaughn finishes his lecture by answering a few questions from the audience. The questions include how sleepwalking occurs and why some people remember their dreams and some don’t.  After Dr. Vaughn answers the questions, he receives a standing ovation followed by the attendees filing out of the auditorium.

8:15 p.m.: Sleep deprivation is a massive issue and affects our lives in many ways including weight gain through consuming additional calories and the feeling of being drunk.

Sleep deprivation doesn’t just affect individuals. In the below video, Dr. Vaughn explains how sleep deprivation may affect others:

 

“Sleep deprivation across […]

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