Inspired by the 100th anniversary of World War I, UNCG and Triad community partners are hosting some of the nation’s most renowned artists, authors and intellectuals – including many of our own – in an exploration of war and peace through the arts and humanities.
The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the the U.S. entering World War I, the beginning of the Russian Revolution and the Race Riot of East St. Louis, IL.
During the 2016-2017 academic year, UNCG, led by an inter-disciplinary steering committee comprised of faculty and staff across the campus, explores themes of war and peace along with the possibilities created in response to these ideas through the prisms of the arts and humanities. The series examines how nationalism, race, religion, gender, geography, and class among other factors, play a role in conflict and the ways in which people have created new possibilities out of these conflicts. The line-up include upwards of 70 performances, lectures, films, exhibits and courses offered throughout the year--many of them free and open to the public.
This is the second such series to appear on the UNCG calendar; in 2014, the Globe & Cosmos: Celebrating 450 Years of Galileo & Shakespeare featured composer Philip Glass, Shakespeare scholar and former UNCG faculty member Russ McDonald as well as New York Times best-selling author Dava Sobel. War & Peace Imagined continues this work of community engagement across the university and within the Triad community, featuring writer and performer Najla Said, world-renowned cellist Lynn Harrell and a community favorite in the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.