Calendar of Events

This Calendar of Events will be updated with details for new events as they are confirmed. Please view the event details below for more information about each event. To see events related to previous Common Reading selections, click here.

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Programs Connected to Born a Crime


Monday, August 19 | 3:00-4:30pm | Reynolds Coliseum

Join the Class of 2023 and the NC State community to kick off your time at NC State and welcome you to the Wolfpack during the opening ceremony of the academic year. With a focus on welcoming the newest members of our community, themes from Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (the 2019 Common Reading selection) will feature prominently.

This event is open to members of the NC State community.

To learn more about New Student Convocation, click here.

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You really stuck it to me today: The Political Cartoons of Dwane Powell (On-Going)

On-Going through 2020 | Varying Hours (See Website) | City of Raleigh Museum (Off-Campus)

Hosted at the City of Raleigh Museum, this exhibit is a retrospective of the nationally syndicated work of political cartoonist and area resident Dwane Powell. The free exhibit will feature more than 40 cartoons from Powell’s childhood to the present, as well as sketchbooks and artifacts of the cartoonist’s trade. “You really stuck it to me today” will be on display through 2020.

“Powell has inked over 15,000 cartoons during his four decade-long career that have caricatured presidents, politicians, and North Carolina notables. Powell began cartooning for The News & Observer newspaper in 1975, where he remained until his official retirement in 2009. He continues to ink images for the newspaper’s Sunday edition. His provocative drawings about topics such as gun control and HB2 never fail to tickle funny bones or raise hackles, and are always successful in inspiring audiences to engage in current events conversations.”

Hosted by the City of Raleigh Museum, click here to learn more.

Traveling While Black (September 25)

Thursday, September 25 | 6:00-7:30pm | Witherspoon Student Center, Room 356

Through this interactive panel discussion students and recent graduates of Black and African American descent will share their study abroad experiences and how their identities -specifically race and ethnicity -impacted their time abroad. We will also discuss scholarships, financial aid, and what students can do to prepare to make the world their classroom. We are grateful to partner with Dr. Blair Kelley,  Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and International Programs for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Professor of History,who started this event and the African American Cultural Center again this year!

This program is a partnership between Study Abroad and the African American Cultural Center.

This program is coordinated by NC State Live.

nobuntu (October 4)

Friday, October 4 | 8:00-10:00pm | Talley Student Union, Stewart Theatre

“…rich voices and exhilarating rhythms…” –Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Get lost in the rich tones of Zimbabwe. Nobuntu, the all-female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn praise worldwide for its inventive performances that masterfully blend traditional Zimbabwean songs with Afro-jazz and gospel tunes. The ensemble’s concerts are a treat of pure voices, combined with lively percussion, traditional instruments such as the mbira (thumb piano), and vibrant dancing.

Tickets are needed for this event and will be available in late-August via the NC State Live website.

This program is coordinated by NC State Live.