Week 6: February 12 – 18

Scholars Forum: Student Conversations

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

Campus Cinema (Witherspoon) Jackie Gonzalez: Leading the Pack as Student Body President

Room 4270, Talley Student Union Justin Kuhn: Creative Coding

Room 3223, Talley Student Union Hannah Chaya: Across Lebanon: From Saofar to Terbol

Room 4101, Talley Student Union Nicholas Biondo: It’s Never to Late to Change Your Future

Room 3210, Talley Student Union Jonathan Schertz: Lebanese Compassion: Refugees & Orphans


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. 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 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.

Love Your Selfie: Use Social Media Securely

Room 126, Witherspoon Student Center
Tuesday, February 13
12:00 PM
In the social media realm, “Love Your Selfie” is about securing what matters most to you online — your personally identifiable information, your photos, accounts, content, and even your connected devices! As you share data on social media platforms, don’t leave yourself vulnerable to phishing, malicious apps, and insecure account settings. Learn how to protect yourself and others. This event does 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.

Behind the Mask: Native Stereotypes & Mascots

Room 201, Witherspoon Hall
Tuesday, February 13
4:30 PM
Presentation debunking Native stereotypes and addressing the sports Mascots that perpetuate them. 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 Anna Wojciechowski.

Politics of Black Hair & The Freedom to be Creative

African American Cultural Center, Witherspoon Student Center
Tuesday, February 13
6:00 PM
Racqueal Williams, natural hair stylist, teacher, and loctian, will challenge white supremacist beliefs that are the cornerstone of how Black hair is politicized globally. She will speak about the policies, laws, and practices that aid in the historical stigmatization, contemporary criminalization, and the push out of Blacks and African Americans in the economy of Black hair. Racqueal believes we can reclaim the beauty of ourselves by personally decolonizing beauty standards and will share her own hair journey towards creative freedom. Racqueal will also answer questions regarding the care of Black hair and how to engage in personal growth as you care for your crown.. There are 24 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Katie Lucas.

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

Feelin’ Myself: An Ode to Self Care

Room 356, Witherspoon Student Center
Thursday, February 15
5:00 PM
Join the African American Cultural Center and Multicultural Student Affairs for a discussion debunking myths centered around the intersections of self-care, self-love, and blackness. 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 Rachel Finkelstein.

What Comes Out Goes to the Government: Condominial Sewerage in Brazil

Room 210, Park Shops
Thursday, February 15
5:45 PM
“Since the 1990s Brazil has been experimenting with modifying engineering standards and using community labor to solve the problem of urban sanitation. They have developed a system of “condominial sewerage” which has worked well in some places, but it has not been successful in all settings. This film examines the successes and failures of the only two citywide condominial sewerage projects that have been attempted in Brazil: Salvador and Brasilia. It attempts to give engineers, policy makers and development professionals a broader, more nuanced view of what can make a condominial sewerage project succeed and what conditions can lead to failure.

The filmmaker – Grace Beeler, will be answering questions in a small reception following the film.” 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 Kelsey Shevlin.

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.

Engineers’ Council Lecture

Room 325, Riddick Hall
Friday, February 16
3:00 PM
Engineers’ Council at NC State is hosting our Lecture Series! This Lecture Series will be a series of events in which professors can discuss a topic of their interest in a TED-Talk fashion. By fostering extracurricular communication between professor and student, these events aim to further improve the quality of the NCSU STEM community. There will be free food, so please come and invite your friends! 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 Anna Wojciechowski.

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 CANCELED

Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Sunday, February 18
2:30 PM

Scholars Council Presents: Coffee and Code- Makerspace Orientation and the Impact of 3D Printing

Sullivan Hall Lobby
Sunday, February 18
2:45 PM- 5:00 PM
Get an introduction to the many ways you, as a student, have access to create and innovate right here on campus! There are 15 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by a Scholars Council member.

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.