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Alan Alda at UNCG’s UCLS Sept. 21

Promotional photo of Alan AldaOn September 21 at 8 p.m., storied actor Alan Alda will speak at UNCG Auditorium, signaling the start of the 2018-2019 Concert & Lecture Series.

Alda will share the lessons he’s learned about the art of communication through his decades of experience in acting, science and storytelling. He will discuss, with typical humor and candor, what it means to be a true communicator and how we can better relate to the people in our lives. After the lecture, there will be a book signing.

Alda is best known for the role of Hawkeye Pierce on the classic TV show M*A*S*H, for which he earned five Emmys, but over his 40-year career he has worn many hats of which writer, director and science advocate are only a few. Alda has written, directed and starred in several films through the 80s and 90s and still stars in movies. He also hosted both PBS’ Scientific American Frontiers and Brains on Trial, television series promoting cutting edge scientific advancements.

Alda is a recipient of the National Science Board’s Public Service Award, and visiting professor and founding member of Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. He also recently founded Alda Communication Training, which teaches effective communication in multiple contexts. Alda sits on the board of A.I. research body The Future of Life Institute and is on the Board of Directors of the World Science Festival.

Alda has published several plays and three books: two memoirs and a guide to effective communication. It is from this latter book that the topic of the lecture will be drawn.

Tickets are just $5-10 for students., and tickets for faculty/staff are also reduced, at $25-30.

More information and ticket purchasing can be found here.

Following Alan Alda are a variety of lectures and performances through Fall 2018 and into Spring 2019:

October 11: Ann Hamilton: Visual artist known for her large-scale multimedia installation and ephemeral art with an emphasis on felt experience and juxtaposition of contrasting elements.

October 12: Alex Bernstein and Lara Downes: Leonard Bernstein’s son and one of the premier interpreters of Bernstein’s music will host an evening of music and conversation in celebration of Bernstein’s centennial.

February 7: Carrie Mae Weems: Best known for her photography, but an artist who also works in diverse multimedia and installations. Her work tries to understand the present moment by examining our collective past, with special focus on issues facing modern African Americans. Weems is artist in residence at the Park Avenue Armory, NYC and Professional in Residence at Louisiana State University Baton Rouge.

February 12: Herbie Hancock: Legendary pianist and composer who has been consistently at the forefront of music over his six-decade career. He played a large part in pioneering modern jazz sounds with his work in the Miles Davis Quarter and his solo records, and has continued to experiment with musical styles since. He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

February 27: Mark Morris Dance Group: Founded in 1980 by its namesake, the Mark Morris Dance Group has been called “the preeminent modern dance group of our time”. Touring with its own musical ensemble, MMDG’s dance works emphasize the importance of community engagement in performance arts. The Dance Group also provides dance and music education to people of all ages and abilities both while on tour and at home in New York.

March 9: Audra McDonald: Singer and actress with a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammys and an Emmy. She has performed in Broadway productions, opera, television and film. She has released five studio albums and one with the New York Philharmonic. Offstage, she is a strong advocate for equal rights and homeless youth.

Faculty/staff and retirees get a 40 discount on the regular price of season tickets. Faculty, staff and retirees pay $110 for mezzanine seating and $90 for balcony seating.

For more information, see the UC/LS home page.