The 19th Annual African Cultural Festival returns to the University of North Texas at 8 p.m. on April 2 (Saturday), and will bring dancing, drumming and a variety of global music. The Afrikania Cultural Troupe from Ghana, West Africa, will perform with Gideon Alorwoyie, percussion professor and festival organizer.
Rick Barot was named the 2016 UNT Rilke Prize winner for his book of poetry, “Chord.” The $10,000 prize, sponsored by UNT’s Department of English, recognizes a book published by a mid-career poet that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision.
Professor of Percussion Gideon Alorwoyie has received a grant to study and record their traditional ritual drum language to help develop a better understanding of the music, also known as Brekete, and to preserve its history.
Sanderia Faye, a UNT doctoral student, will discuss and read from her historically-based novel, "Mourner's Bench," which examines women's roles in the movement in rural Arkansas. J. Todd Moye, a faculty member in UNT's Department of History, will speak about the history of the Civil Rights Movement.
The UNT Libraries is working to bring more than 100 out-of-print books back to life as e-books.
The work of Siona Benjamin, a Jewish-Indian artist, will visit the University of North Texas for an exhibit titled "Blue Like Me: Siona Benjamin, 2004-2015," which not only toys with artistic forms, but finds new ways of thinking about culture and history.
Historian Jeffrey Herf is a guest speaker for the 2015-16 Oldest and Newest Hatred: Antisemitism – Anti-Israelism series hosted by UNT's Jewish and Israel Studies Program.
Robert Mandel, director of the 1992 film "School Ties," will provide insight into the film’s message about antisemitism when the film screens at the University of North Texas on Oct. 29 (Thursday).
UNT will screen "The Fixer," John Frankenheimer's 1968 film based on a true story of a Russian Jew in tsarist Russia who was wrongly imprisoned for an alleged ritual murder, Sept. 30.
UNT will celebrate Global Citizens Month for the fourth consecutive year in April. Throughout the month UNT will offer events to educate students, faculty, staff and community members about diversity, internationalism and sustainability.