Week 3: January 22 – 28

Scholars Forum: The Budget talk featuring Mike Murphy and Rachael Heisler of the Committee for a Responsible Budget

Ballroom, Talley Student Union
Monday, January 22
3:00 PM
Join us for a conversation about budget deficits, the national debt and ways to address the fiscal challenges facing the nation. Please bring a laptop to this session if you have one.


University Scholars Program Film Series: Boyhood

Auditorium, DH Hill Library
Monday, January 22
6:00 PM
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. ~IFC Films. This event does not require advance registration. Seating may be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendance will be taken by Ken Johnson.

Genetic Engineering and Society Colloquium
Magda Stawkowski: I am a Mutant

Room 129, 1911 Building
Tuesday, January 23
12:00 PM
The GES Center provides mechanisms for discussion and rigorous, trustworthy analyses about how products of genetic engineering and synthetic biology may impact society and the environment. The GES Colloquiums provide campus members an opportunity to hear about a variety of topics related to genetic engineering from experts in the field. This event does not require advance registration. Seating may be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendance will be taken by Katie Lucas.

USP Discussion Series: In the Headlines

Sullivan Hall Classroom
Wednesday, January 24
12:25 PM
Join your fellow Scholars for a 50-minute discussion of local, national and international events. Free copies of the New York Times will be distributed. There are 18 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Ken Johnson.

University Scholars Program Book Club: Anansi Boys

Sullivan Hall Classroom
Wednesday, January 24
6:00 PM
Fat Charlie Nancy’s normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn’t know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother.
Now, brother Spider’s on his doorstep—about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting . . . and a lot more dangerous. ~Amazon.com
Interested in reading this book and signing up for this event? If so, please stop by the USP Office [102 Sullivan Hall] to pick up a copy of this book and sign-up with Ken Johnson (kejohns2@ncsu.edu; 513-2449) as soon as you can. Attendance will be taken by filling out a USP Attendance Card which will be distributed at the beginning and collected at the end of the event.

*Prairie Ridge Ecostation: Guided Prairie Walk

Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Thursday, January 25
2:15 PM
Prairie Ridge is a 45-acre reserve that includes Piedmont prairie, forest, ponds, a stream and sustainable building features integrated with a wildlife-friendly landscape. We’ll tour the reserve and learn about the natural history of the Piedmont and the plants and animals that make this landscape unique. There are 14 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Kelsey Shevlin. Please note: The event will begin at 3:00 PM at Prairie Ridge.

Gregg Museum: Unfiltered Response

Meet at the Gregg Museum
Thursday, January 25
6:00 PM
In a first of its kind performance, Unfiltered Response: Faculty Dances brings live dance and dance film to the new university art museum. Dance faculty members Tara Mullins, Autumn Mist Belk and Francine Ott will present a collection of their original choreography performed in the Gregg’s Sanderson-Black Gallery. Belk will premiere Shift, an abstract dance layered with video projections, created on Code f.a.d. Company dancers and in direct response to the current Herb Jackson exhibition in the gallery. Mullins explores the concept of forgiveness in her solo (Un)Hinder and will also show two short dance films created in 2016 with Doug Kass, film instructor at Elon University. Ott will perform with UNCG Associate Professor Clarice C. Young in Outta the Box, a duet co-created by the two dancers in 2017 to investigate what it means to live and create beyond our limitations. This event does not require advance registration. Seating may be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendance will be taken by Caitlin Cassidy.

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Science Cafe: We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe

Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Thursday, January 25
6:15 PM
Join the NCMNS for a fun interactive presentation about everything that we DON’T know about the Universe, from the origin of our cosmos to the dark matter that surrounds us. It features science and live cartooning. No scientific knowledge required, just a sense of curiosity and a sense of humor! There are 14 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Lila Crick. Please note: The event will begin at 7:00 PM at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

University Scholars Program Super Scholars Stories Emily Scotton: Law School: A Behind the Scenes Look

Sullivan Hall Classroom (Behind the mailboxes)
Friday, January 26
12:00 PM
University Scholars are an awesome group of individuals (as you probably guessed since you yourself are a University Scholar). This series highlights the amazing things that students just like you are doing; from cutting-edge research to backpacking around the world and more. Come learn what other students are up to and how you can do similar things. There are 18 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Caleb Drum.

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Astronomy Days

Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Saturday, January 27
10:30 AM
The Museum partners with NASA and the Raleigh Astronomy Club to help you see the big picture — of the Universe! From comet crafts to solar observing, lectures to rocket launches, space enthusiasts of all ages will find something to do on Astronomy Days.
You don’t want to miss this year’s theme: the Sun and other stars! There are 28 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Rachel Finkelstein and Alex Hsain. Please note: The event will begin at 11:00 AM at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

NC Museum of Art: Guided Tour of the Museum’s Highlights

Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Saturday, January 27
1:15 PM
Join an expert docent for an in-depth look at the best the museum has to offer from sculpture to painting and more. There are 14 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Andrew Kristof. Please note: The event will begin at 2:00 PM at the NCMA.