Stone Center Spring 2016 Season Is HERE!


La Sombra y el Espiritu IV: Figurative Visions and Collective Histories – The Work of Stefanie Jackson art exhibit opens with reception and artist talk on February 11.

The Stone Center’s Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum will host noted artist Stefanie Jackson for an exhibition entitled La Sombra y el Espiritu IV: Figurative Visions and Collective Histories – The Work of Stefanie Jackson. Jackson, a professor at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, is one of the most important African-American contemporary figurative artists exploring contemporary social and political events. She has also used her oil paintings, lithographs, drawings and etchings to re-examine important historical moments in African-American and U.S. history such as the Atlanta race riots, and the Katrina disaster in New Orleans.

La Sombra y el Espiritu IV: Figurative Visions and Collective Histories – The Work of Stefanie Jackson will be shown at the Stone Center’s Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum from February 11 – May 13, 2016.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on February 11th at 7 p.m. at the Stone Center. Jackson will attend to speak about her work.  Click HERE to RSVP.

Difret_Still-3_Tizita-HagereDiaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film Presents: Difret on February 16 at 7pm.


DIFRET is based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights.

When 14-year-old Hirut is abducted in her rural village’s tradition of kidnapping women for marriage, she fights back, accidentally killing her captor and intended husband. Local law demands a death sentence for Hirut, but Meaza, a tough and passionate lawyer from a women’s legal aide practice, steps in to fight for her.

DIFRET paints a portrait of a country in a time of great transformation and the brave individuals ready to help shape it.

This event is co-sponsored by The Ethiopian Community Organization in North Carolina (ECONC).

Crucial Discussion series- calendar

Crucial Discussion Series event on February 18 at 6:30pm

Beginning January 21, during the week of campus-wide activities in honor of Dr. King, the Stone Center launched a series of ongoing student-led conversations to explore current social justice issues and the persons at the forefront of these movements. Each of these Crucial Discussion sessions–to occur monthly throughout the spring semester–will feature noted community activists who champion a specific cause and seek to effect lasting and meaningful social and institutional change through action and engagement.  These forums will provide an opportunity for student participants to critically explore social justice issues and learn from the ideas, experience and passion of seasoned community leaders and activists how to drive change through committed involvement and service.

Discussion Schedule (all discussions take place at 6:30pm at the Stone Center):

January 21: Environmental Justice — Naeema Muhammad and Steve Wing, NC Environmental Justice Network

February 18: Civic Involvement and Community Organizing — Ajamu, Ajamuito and Rukiya Dillahunt, generations of community activists

March 21: Local Community Renewal and Environmental Racism — Rev. Robert Campbell

April 11: Queer Liberation — Serena Sebring, Southerners On New Ground (SONG)

Click Here to RSVP to a crucial discussion event.

Communiversity Youth Program: Building confidence starts in the kitchen

Fifth grader Skye Horton has spent her recent Tuesday afternoons in an unlikely place: the kitchen of Lantern restaurant in Chapel Hill. Over the past eight weeks, she has learned the basic skills of healthy cooking alongside nine other young Communiversity scholars. Wearing aprons printed with their names, they have chopped, grated, sliced and mixed ingredients from garlic to gnocchi…

For more on this story, CLICK HERE.


Missed a Stone Center a event or lecture? Want to view it online? Check out our Vimeo Page!

Did you miss a “can’t-miss” Stone Center event or lecture? Don’t worry– you can view video from Stone Center lectures, programs and special events on our Vimeo page. Vimeo is a platform used to upload video content and share it on the internet—via your Vimeo page. You can access the Stone Center Vimeo page here: We’ve upgraded our account so that we can share more content with you. You can access videos from past programs and lectures as well as current content from our most recent events. We look forward to seeing you at an event this fall as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Stone Center Building! (But if you can’t make it, we’ve got you covered.)

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