Week 6: February 12 – 18

Scholars Forum: Faculty Conversations

Various Rooms in Talley Student Union
Monday, February 12
3:00 PM
Choose one from a variety of topics led by NC State faculty to attend.


University Scholars Program Film Series: Inside Out

Auditorium, DH Hill Library
Monday, February 12
6:00 PM
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. ~ Pixar. 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.

NCSU Libraries Film Screening Ma Vie de Courgette/My Life as a Zucchini

Auditorium, Hunt Library
Monday, February 12
7:00 PM
Though bravely realistic, Swiss director Claude Barras’s charming stop motion animated film is an unexpectedly uplifting look at childhood tragedy. After his alcoholic mother’s death, nine-year-old Icare—known to his friends as Zucchini—is placed in a group home where he soon forms alliances and rivalries with a group of kids in equally difficult circumstances, including the son of drug addicts and the daughter of a deported refugee.
My Life as a Zucchini is imbued with a real-life sense of childhood wonder, both through its inventive animation and its commitment to exclusively telling the story from the children’s perspective. The result is a marvelously nuanced, finely crafted depiction of childhood, as appealing to young people as adults. My Life as a Zucchini was nominated for a 2017 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. There are 49 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Kiera Jonson.

Genetic Engineering and Society Colloquium
Caroline Ridley: Ecological Risk Assessments and Gene Drives

Room 129, 1911 Building
Tuesday, February 13
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 Andrew Kristoff.

USP Discussion Series: In the Headlines

Sullivan Hall Classroom
Wednesday, February 14
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: Annihilation

Sullivan Hall Classroom
Wednesday, February 14
6:00 PM
Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide; the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
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

NCSU Libraries Student Short Film Showcase

Auditorium, Hunt Library
Thursday, February 15
7:00 PM
Always a crowd favorite, this program highlights the work of talented NC State students in the mediums of film, video and animation, all under four minutes long. This screening will feature a “best of” graduate student animations from the past several years. 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 Marian Fragola.

Global Training Initiative presents: Tournee Film Festival: Frantz

Witherspoon Campus Cinema
Thursday, February 15
7:00 PM
Shortly after World War I, in a provincial German town conspicuously devoid of its young men, Anna discovers a stranger at the grave of her late fiancé Frantz, one of the thousands of young Germans killed in the war. The stranger soon introduces himself to Anna and Frantz’s parents as Adrien, a French friend of the dead soldier. There are 49 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Lila Crick.

NCSU Libraries Coffee & Viz Visualizing the Invisible: Gravitational Waves, Neutron Stars, & X-Ray Binaries

Teaching & Visualization Lab, Hunt Library
Friday, February 16
9:30 AM
Dr. John Blondin, professor in the Department of Physics at NC State, will take you on an astronomical journey from massive stars to gravitational waves using visualizations from current research in computational astrophysics. 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 Ali Davis.

University Scholars Program Super Scholars Stories Nicholas Biondo: It’s Not Too Late to Change Your Future

Sullivan Hall Classroom (Behind the mailboxes)
Friday, February 16
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 Graham Whitehouse.

NCSU Music Jazz Ensemble I

Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Friday, February 16
6:15 PM
Enjoy a musical performance by the Jazz Ensemble. There are 9 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Anna Stewart.

Meredith College Ensemble Theatre presents: Xanadu

Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Sunday, February 18
2:30 PM
Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California. in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first ROLLER DISCO! (Hey, it’s 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds.
There are 14 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Jazzlyn Hill.

NCSU Music Piano Studio Recital: Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons

Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Sunday February 18
3:15 PM
Enjoy a classic music performance of Tchaikovsky’s greatest work. There are 11 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Alex Hsain.