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Yes, there is more to March Madness than filling in your brackets and hoping for the Heels.  Check out this winning roster of films, plays, readings, concerts and discussions.

March 1:   Professor Ruth Von Bernuth, UNC Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, will discuss The Wise Men of Chelm: Eastern European Jewry’s favorite folk tradition and its German origins, for The Furst Forum. 5:30 pm, Hyde Hall.

March 1:  Screening and discussion of The Loving Story, a documentary about a Virginia couple charged in the 1960s for marrying across racial lines. Their case resulted in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned such laws. Free for students, $4 general public. 7 pm, Varsity Theatre.  Related discussions will follow at a symposium on March 2 from 9:30 am to 2 pm, Hyde Hall.  Register for the symposium in advance.

March 1:   Richard Luby, violin, and Clara Yang, piano, UNC music faculty recital. 7:30 pm, Hill Hall auditorium.

March 3-11: Spring Break

March 13: UNC marine biologist John Bruno will discuss the impact of global climate change on the state of the oceans, part of the Great Decisions program. 7 pm. Carroll Hall Auditorium 111.  Free.

March 14:  Big Time Sports and the University: A conversation with Joe Nocera of the New York Times. 5:30 pm, Sonja Haynes Stone Center.

March 15:  Professor Paula Sanders, Rice University, will discuss Claiming Maimonides for Egypt: The restoration of Cairo’s Rav Moshe synagogue. 5:30 pm, Caldwell Hall 105.

March 16:  Archaeology tour of campus with Meg Kassabaum of the Research Labs of Archaeology, part of the Priceless Gems Tours. 3 pm, starting at the UNC Visitors Center inside the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

March 16-17: Harvesting Pomegranate Dreams, a puppet dream play on ancient wisdoms about mothering, war, migration, birth and death. Free, part of the Process Series. 8 pm, Historic PlayMakers Theatre.

March 17: The Meet a Scientist program features UNC marine scientist Adrian Marchetti, who will talk about his research with phytoplankton, microscopic algae. 12:30 and 1:30 pm.  Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

March 18: European historian Michael Rowe, King’s College London, will discuss The Cult of Charlemagne and Napoleon’s Domination of Germany. 5 pm, Hyde Hall. Registration:

March 19:  Screening of Cinema Egypt, part of a film series about Jewish life in Egypt, 5pm, FedEx Global Education Center 1005.

March 19: Screening of the Oscar-winning film Tsotsi, adapted from South African writer Athol Fugard’s novel. Free, 6 pm, Varsity Theater.

March 19: Professor Christine Hayes, Yale University, will discuss We’re No Angels: Striving for perfection in ancient Jewish literature. 7:30 pm, Friday Center.

March 20: Screening of Father Language, part of a film series about Jewish life in Egypt. 5 pm, FedEx Global Education Center 1005.

March 21: South African playwright Athol Fugard will discuss his work as the Morgan Writer-in-Residence. 7:30 pm, Center for Dramatic Art, Paul Green Theater. Related events March 19-22 including a staged reading, a film, discussions and  an art exhibit.

March 21-25:  The musical works of women, African-Americans and other under-represented composers will be highlighted during the Videmus festival directed by UNC Music Professor Louise Toppin, featuring concerts, lectures, panel discussions and master classes by artists including composer and Tufts University professor emeritus T.J. Anderson, Grammy Award-winning musician Herbie Hancock, opera stars Leona Mitchell, George Shirley and Marquita Lister, and Judith Ann Still, daughter of composer William Grant Still. Some events are free. Schedule and registration:

March 22:  Tomiko Brown-Nagin, author of Courage to Dissent, about lawyers, courts and community-based activism during the civil rights era, will discuss her work. 4: 30 pm, Graham Memorial 039.

March 23: The Noble Grove: a walking tour of campus trees with UNC landscape architect Jill Coleman and UNC campus forest manager Tom Bythell, part of the Priceless Gems Tours, 3 pm, beginning at the UNC Visitors Center in the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

March 28: Global Studies chair Andrew Reynolds will discuss The Arab Spring Uprisings, Revolutions and Wars. 5:30 pm, Flyleaf Books; register in advance, $8-$20.

March 28: PlayMakers’ Vision Series: Noises Off. Meet the director, cast members and creative team for PlayMakers’ next production of Noises Off.  6:30 pm. Space is limited; RSVP: (919) 962-7529.

March 30:  Wendy Wall, Northwestern University, will discuss Recipes for Thought: Shakespeare and the Art of the Kitchen. 4 pm, Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly room.

March 30: Architectural tour of campus with UNC historic preservationist Wendy Hillis. 3 pm, beginning at the UNC Visitors Center in the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.


Through March 4:  PlayMakers presents Shakespeare’s The Making of  King: Henry IV and Henry V in rotating repertory.

Through April 14:  Carolina Global Photography Exhibition, Fed Ex Global Education Center.

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