Presented by UNC Greensboro Concert and Lecture Series: Kelli O’Hara
Stage and screen star Kelli O’Hara has established herself as one of Broadway’s greatest leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in The King and I garnered her the 2015 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Grammy, Drama League, Outer Critics, and Oliver nominations. She reprised the role while making her West End debut and performed a limited engagement at Tokyo’s Orb Theatre. Read more about Kelli at https://vpa.uncg.edu/single-event/kelli-ohara/
Presented by UNC Greensboro Concert and Lecture Series: Margaret Atwood
Atwood, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. Her latest novel, The Testaments, is a co-winner of the 2019 Booker Prize. It is the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series.
Margaret Atwood will speak during the 2nd half of the evening. The first half will feature collaborative art created by UNCG faculty and students, that have been inspired by her works, including music, poetry, dance, and theatre.
Read more about her other works at https://vpa.uncg.edu/single-event/margaret-atwood/
In the spirit of the centennial of the women’s suffrage movement, we highlight one of the civil rights issues of our day: the inequities experienced by immigrants, children of immigrants and immigrant communities. A keynote address will be delivered by Cecilia Ayón, Ph.D.—Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside— whose impactful work examines factors that promote or hinder the well-being of Latino immigrant families. The keynote will be followed by a panel discussion and social hour with leaders of local immigrant-serving organizations. Ella Puede, Nosotros Podemos event will be complemented by workshop activities for UNCG undergraduate students throughout the day. Event is free and open to the public. All Greensboro community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. ¡Todos están bienvenidos!
Presented by UNC Greensboro Concert and Lecture Series: Geena Davis
Few have achieved such remarkable success in as many different fields as Davis has: she is not only an Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actor but also a world-class athlete (at one time the nation’s 13th-ranked archer), a member of the genius society Mensa, and is now recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the Founder and Chair of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which engages film and television creators to increase dramatically the percentages of female characters — and reduce gender stereotyping — in media made for children 11 and under.
Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and is an official partner of UN Women. She is also co-founder and chair of the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), whose mission is to champion women and diverse voices in all forms of media. Read full article at https://vpa.uncg.edu/single-event/geena-davis/
The UNCG Graduate Program in Creative Writing will host a reading by former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing.
Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). She is the author of five collections of poetry, Monument (2018), which was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award; Thrall (2012); Native Guard (2006), for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); and Domestic Work (2000), which was selected by Rita Dove as the winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet and won both the 2001 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize and the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. She is also the author of the memoir Memorial Drive (2020). Her book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. At Northwestern University she is a Board of Trustees Professor of English in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. In 2012 she was named Poet Laureate of the State of Mississippi and and in 2013 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.