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MONDAY, OCT. 8 – SUNDAY, OCT. 14, 2012

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MOUNDVILLE NATIVE AMERICAN FESTIVAL – UA Museums’ Moundville Archaeological Park will host its 23rd Native American Festival from Wednesday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Oct. 13, at the park. Performers will include flutists Billy Whitefox, Sydney Mitchell, Jimmy Yellowhorse and Charlie Mato-Toyela; the flute-guitar duo Injunuity; singer-songwriter Michael Jacobs; storyteller Gayle Ross; and the Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe. For details, go to http://moundville.ua.edu/festival/ or contact Richard LeComte, media relations, rllecomte@ur.ua.edu, 205/348-3782.

BEAT AUBURN BEAT HUNGER – The UA Community Service Center is kicking off the 19th annual Beat Auburn Beat Hunger food drive Monday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Ferguson Plaza, Reese Phifer Hall and Lloyd Hall. The event will include music and free food as well as the opportunity to vote in a pie throwing contest. The CSC is also hosting the 2012 “Stamp Out Hunger” letter-sending event on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 4-9 p.m. in 309 Ferguson Center.Beat Auburn Beat Hunger is an annual food drive held during the weeks leading up to the Iron Bowl when students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members “fight” hunger and poverty in West Alabama by challenging Auburn University and the Food Bank of East Alabama to see who can collect more nonperishable food to help needy families. For more information, contact Wahnee Sherman in the CSC at 205/348-2865, wsherman@sa.ua.edu and go to beatauburnbeathunger.ua.edu.

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POLITICAL WISDOM – As the presidential campaigns enter their last weeks, UA professors are available to add their insights and expertise to stories about politics. Follow this link to a list of potential sources on the political campaign. Contact: Richard LeComte, media relations, rllecomte@ur.ua.edu, 205/348-3782.

EVENTS

LONGTIME ESPN PRESIDENT GEORGE BODENHEIMER TO HOLD Q&A SESSION – The longest-tenured ESPN president, George Bodenheimer, will visit the UA campus Thursday, Oct. 11 as a guest of the UA Program in Sports Communication. Bodenheimer was president of the sports conglomerate for 13 years and currently is executive chairman for ESPN Inc. The event will start at 4 p.m. at the Ferguson Center Theatre and is free and open to the public. Contact: Dr. Andrew Billings, APSC Director, 205/348-8658, acbillings@ua.edu.

UA OPERA THEATRE – In “Something Old, Something New: The Then and Now of Opera,” UA Opera Theatre offers a selection of scenes, songs and arias from baroque and modern opera.  A highlight of the show will be the world-premiere performances of ”Onomast” by Thomas Wilson, the winner of the first Opera Composition Contest, paired with selections from the first century of opera. The evening also will feature a sneak peek at Amir Zaheri’s new musical “Over Dinner,” which will receive its premiere in the spring of 2013. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in the Choral Opera Room, Moody Music Building. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For tickets, go to http://uamusic.tix.com/Schedule.asp?OrganizationNumber=4125. For more information, call 205/348-7110.

SLASH PINE FESTIVAL – The Slash Pine Press’s poetry festival will be Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, in venues at UA and in downtown Tuscaloosa. The events, which feature UA and regional poets, are free and open to the public. The first reading will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, on the Quad in front of Gorgas Library. The second will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at 205 Gorgas Library. The third will be at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13, at the Green Bar 2350 Fourth St. in Tuscaloosa; and the fourth will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Mellow Mushroom, 2230 University Blvd. in Tuscaloosa. For details, go to http://slashpinepress.com/.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY WEEK events will be held on campus Oct. 8-12. The week is hosted by the UA Academic Honor Council, a student organization that works with faculty members and students to increase awareness of academic integrity. The goal of the week is to instill a culture of honesty and integrity across campus. Events start Monday, Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. on the Quad. For more information, contact Abbey Kacpura, AHC president, at aokacpura@crimson.ua.edu.

GHOSTS OF THE BLACK BELT – The UA Center for Economic Development has helped organize Halloween haunted attractions in “The Ghosts of the Black Belt” events offered this month in St. Stephens, Selma, Demopolis, Thomasville, Beatrice and Orrville that include the Old St. Stephen’s Historical Park Haunted House, Selma’s Tale Tellin’ Festival, Ghost Stories at Rikard’s Mill Parks, Cahawba Spirits Investigation, a Thomasville Ghost Walk and more. Contact Martha Whitson in the UA CED at 205/348-7058, Martha.whitson@ua.edu, for all the details.

BOOK TALK – UA’s Honors College is hosting Lecia Brooks, director of outreach of the Southern Poverty Law Center, to speak about the book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” a story about the collision between ethics, race and medicine. Brooks often gives presentations around the country to promote tolerance and diversity. The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in 38 Lloyd Hall. For details, contact Amanda McRae at 205/348-5574, apmcrae@ua.edu

LOOKING AHEAD

SONIC FRONTIERS – The Ullman/Swell 4 featuring German musician Gebhard Ullman (reeds) and New York-based musicians Steve Swell (trombone), Barry Altschul (drums) and Hill Greene (bass) will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Recital Hall in UA’s Moody Music Building. The concert, part of the Sonic Frontiers series, is free and open to the public. Both Ullman and Swell compose for the group, which explores a wide range of jazz ranging from traditional to experimental. For more information, call 205/348-9928 or go to http://creativecampus.ua.edu/project/sonic-frontiers.

SIDE MAN – UA’s department of theatre and dance presents “Side Man” by Warren Leight at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 through Saturday, Oct. 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Marian Gallaway Theatre. The play looks at the son of a jazz trumpet player and an alcoholic mother. Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for faculty, staff and senior citizens; and $12 for students and children. For more information and tickets, go to http://theatre.ua.edu/.

 

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