Darin J. Waters, Ph.D.


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PERSPECTIVES Lunchtime Conversations @ BMCM+AC

  • Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (map)
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Black Mountain College Museum

Explore our Jacob Lawrence exhibition along with an artist, historian, or scholar who will give perspective and context to the work from their particular point of view. Guest Speaker: Dr. Darin J. Waters is the Executive Director of the Office of Community Engagement, and an Associate Professor of History at UNC Asheville, co-host of The Waters and Harvey Show, and scholar of African American history in Asheville. FREE.

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8:30 AM08:30

ReConnect To Community

Emerging Issues Forum

New York Times bestselling author and columnist David Brooks will keynote the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) forum, "ReConnect To Community: Solving Problems Together for a More Prosperous Future." Other speakers at the Forum include North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, UNC Asheville Executive Director of Community Engagement Dr. Darin Waters, North Carolina State University Provost Dr. Warwick Arden, and leaders from some of the most innovative civic engagement initiatives in North Carolina.

For more information and to register for the forum, visit emergingissues.org.

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10:00 AM10:00

Public Art Panel

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"How will we reflect Asheville's African American Community with new public art?" This panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Darin Waters, is part of the kick off of the City of Asheville's Visiting Artist Program. The panel will include panel will include Buncombe County Commissioner Al Whitesides, along with Cortina Caldwell, Rima Vesely-Flad, Aisha Adams, Cathering Mitchell and Stephanie Hickling Bechman.

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8:00 AM08:00

Reality Check Conference

  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (map)
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The Reality Check Conference is designed to encourage, empower, and educate leaders across Western North Carolina and surrounding areas on the cultural diversity challenges within our community. This conference will continue the conversation around building a better community and decreasing the gaps in disparities, education, and other social factors that play into the cultural divide of the community and city at large. Participants will also learn about local initiatives and key players who are active and directly involved in our community. Speakers include Tim Wise, Jane Elliot, and Darin Waters, Ph.D.

The conference is hosted by My Daddy Taught Me That and My Sistah Taught Me That.


  • Provide further education and knowledge around the historical trauma of African Americans and People of Color in Asheville and greater Western North Carolina with a focus on where we've been, where we are presently, and what the future holds.
  • Discuss the impact of offensive intention created by privilege and power in a thriving, profitable community
  • Gain a better understanding of ways to engage African Americans and People of Color with recognition, understanding (avoiding checking the box and “tokenizing” individuals), and empathy as we move forward to create a better community and professional environment with the tools needed to work toward success

For more information and to register, click here


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2:30 PM14:30

CoThinkk BluePrint Leadership Series Graduation

  • The Sherrill Center and Kimmell Arena at UNC Asheville (map)
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CoThinkk is a giving circle that brings together community leaders who care about the economic and social well-being of communities of color in Asheville and Western North Carolina.  Dr. Waters will be speaking at this event celebrating the graduates of CoThinkk's BluePrint Leadership Series. The series is meant to amplify innovative projects/initiatives of community leaders through strengthening effective “Alliance-Building & Collaboration.” It created a safe space to support collaboration, peer coaching, and shared learning opportunities.

More information at cothinkk.org

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5:30 PM17:30

UNC South on the Road


You are invited to gather with staff and faculty from UNC-Chapel Hill's Center for the Study of the American South for a spirited discussion about the region's rich traditions and compelling stories. Also featuring special guest Darin Waters, professor of history at UNC-Asheville.

Your ticket ($25/person, $40/couple) includes hot snacks, cold beer, and a copy of the Appalachia Issue of our award-winning journal Southern Cultures.

Purchase tickets here and join us!

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8:00 AM08:00

Creative Mornings Asheville

  • Center for Craft, Creativity, & Design (map)
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Darin Waters, Ph.D. will be the featured speaker at Creative Mornings Asheville

"In 2008, Tina Roth Eisenberg (Swissmiss) started CreativeMornings out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible event for New York’s creative community. The concept was simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Every event would be free of charge and open to anyone.

Today, attendees gather in cities around the world to enjoy fresh coffee, friendly people, and an international array of breakfast foods. Volunteer hosts and their team members organize local chapters that not only celebrate a city’s creative talent, but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals."

More information at creativemornings.com/cities/avl

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2:00 PM14:00

Confederate Monuments – Their History and Their Future

  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville (map)
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As 21st century America continues to reconsider monuments, building and street names, and memorials of all kinds in public spaces in light of contemporary ideas about slavery and racism, OLLI at UNC Asheville will present a distinguished panel to discuss the history and the issues. Dr. Waters will be the moderator for this panel. 

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8:00 AM08:00


  • Crowne Plaza Resort - Expo Center (map)
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The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce's WomanUPprogram focuses on supporting and inspiring our community's business women. This celebration event kicks off another year of events. 

This year, the Chamber is partnering with Buncombe County Schools Foundation in presenting Christine Mann Darden, retired NASA engineer and analyst and one of NASA's "human computers" as portrayed in the recent film Hidden Figures. She will be interviewed by Dr. Darin Waters, assistant professor of history at UNC Asheville.

For tickets or submit an award nomination, visit www.ashevillechamber.org/womanup 

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to Oct 21

4th Annual African Americans in WNC and Southern Appalachia Conference


The 4th Annual UNC Asheville African Americans in WNC Conference will be held on October 19, 20 and 21. The 2017 theme is "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow." The conference offers scholars and the community an opportunity to address the African American experience in Southern Appalachia, both past and present. It provides a forum to engage on the vital issues facing Appalachian communities of color. In addition to African American history, this year's conference will highlight research from UNC Asheville's State of Black Asheville classes, as well as examples of current-day community resilience.

More information at aawnc.unca.edu

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to Sep 15

Vance Symposium


The Vance Birthplace and the University of North Carolina at Asheville will offer an opportunity to meet and discuss the many contexts of North Carolina’s Civil War governor, Zebulon Vance. This symposium will examine the Southern Appalachian community that would shape our governor and the governor who would shape our state. With topics from the civil war to race relations, the goal is to engage the community in a discussion and shed light on our state’s history and issues of past and current significance. Register at events.unca.edu.

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