Sept Events: 9/11, Erskine Bowles, Robert Gibbs, David Simon, and more

Our September calendar features politics and plays. Poets and profs.  And plenty of art, music and talk. Check out highlights and links below from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Sept. 7-8: German Chamber Orchestra, one of the world’s leading orchestras, with UNC pianist Stefan Litwin. 7:30 pm, Memorial Hall. Tickets: 919.843.3333.

Sept. 7-11: PlayMakers PRC2 Second Stage Series presents A Number, playwright Caryl Churchill’s father-son-clone exploration of human identity and nature vs. nurture. Tickets: 919.962.7529.

Sept. 7 and 20: The Parr Center Lunch and Learn sessions will explore issues associated with collegiate athletics. Information and registration:

Sept. 8:  UNC President Emeritus Erskine Bowles, co-chair of President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, will discuss The Deficit, Spending and Taxes, for the Thomas Willis Lambeth Lecture in Public Policy.  5:30 pm, Gerrard Hall.

Sept. 8: Equality Matters: Same-Sex Marriage and the North Carolina Constitution, a panel discussion with UNC Law Professors Maxine Eichner, Holning Lau and Barbara Fedders. 5 pm, Hyde Hall.

Sept. 8:  American Songbook with UNC Jazz Faculty Trio: Stephen Anderson, Jason Foureman and Dan Davis. 9:30 pm, Kenan Music Building.

Sept. 8:  Sueños Americanos/ American Dreams: The Art of Cornelio Campos.  Reception at 7 pm,  exhibit through Oct. 15. FedEx Global Education Center.

Sept. 9: The Harlem String Quartet performs a blend of jazz-influenced and mainstream classical repertoire, for the William S. Newman Series. 8 pm, Memorial Hall. Tickets: 919.843.3333.

Sept. 9-10:  Poetic Portraits of A Revolution — Undergraduate Will McInerney and the Sacrificial Poets will present multi-media and spoken-word performance highlights from their summer interviews with grassroots leaders in Egypt and Tunisia. Carolina Performing Arts Process Series. 8 pm, Gerrard Hall.

Sept. 12:  9-11 Ten Years Later with Arif Alikhan, former U.S. Homeland Security assistant secretary, followed by a panel discussion on The Impact on Muslims at Home and Abroad,  with speakers from UNC, Duke and the Islamic Association of Raleigh. 5:00-8:30 pm, FedEx Global Education Center.

Sept. 13:   Robert Gibbs, adviser and former press secretary to President Obama, will discuss Communicating through Chaos for the Hunt and Hillard Gold ’39 Lecture and the Eve M. Carson Memorial Speaker Series. 7 pm, Memorial Hall.

Sept. 13: New York visual artist Thomas Nozkowski will discuss his work for the Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series. 6 pm, Hanes Art Center.

Sept. 16-17: Blue Gold: Water Resources and the World Today, a Humanities and Human Values seminar with UNC scholars Richard Whisnant, Tamlin Pavelsky and Justin Ries, and Pomona College professor Char Miller. Registration cost and details:

Sept. 21-Oct. 9: PlayMakers presents In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), a Pulitzer Prize finalist about sexual relations in the late 1800s when a new medical device was being used to treat “female hysteria.” Paul Green Theatre. Tickets: 919.962.7529.

Sept. 22, 23 and 25: The Pellegrini String Quartet performs for the Talking Music Series, which brings European artists to UNC for performances and talks.  Person Recital Hall. For times see

Sept. 22: Michael Warner, Yale University, will discuss An Evangelical Public Sphere. 3:30 pm, Toy Lounge, Dey Hall.

Sept. 23:  A roundtable with Michael Warner, Yale, will discuss Public Spheres and Public Spaces, 3:30 pm, Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall.

Sept. 24:  Lecture and recital with Nuria Schoenberg-Nono and Stefan Litwin, piano, on the theme, Luigi Nono: Life and Music. Part of the Talking Music Series. 7:30 pm, Person Recital Hall

Sept. 24: Revolutions from the Bastille to the Arab Spring, Humanities and Human Values Adventures in Ideas seminar with historians from UNC and N.C. State. 9:15 am to 4:15 pm. Registration, tickets and details:

Sept. 26:  Screenwriter/producer David Simon (The Wire, Homicide, Tremé) will discuss The End of the American Century and the Triumph of Capital Over Labor, for the Frank Porter Graham Lecture. 7:30 pm, Memorial Hall.

Sept. 27: Carolina Wind Quintet with Brooks de Wetter-Smith, Michael Schultz, Donald Oehler, Andrew McAfee and John Pederson. 7:30 pm, Hill Hall.

Sept. 29:  Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey with UNC music faculty. 7:30 pm, Memorial Hall. Tickets: 919.843.3333.

Sept. 29: Poet  and memoirist Honor Moore, Armfield Poetry Reading. 3:30 pm, Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall.

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