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Music on the Porch: Che Apalache

Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. The group’s founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While playing the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time for a living. That’s how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar), and Martin Bobrik (mandolin).

In 2017 the band received grants from the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to tour the United States. At the prestigious Appalachian String Band Music Festival, they were awarded first place in the Neo-Traditional band competition. Evoking stories and images from Appalachia to the Andes, their debut album Latingrass reflects a powerful cultural and musical exchange. Catch a listen on YouTube or WUNC’s The State of Things.

This event is free and open to the public. Special thanks to our co-sponsors, Carolina Hispanic Association and the UNC Latina/o Studies Program. Trae una manta de picnic y quédate un rato!

Making America: Immigration & Entrepreneurship in North Carolina

Our 2018 Chandler Conversation in Southern Business History features four leading entrepreneurs who hail from around the world but now call North Carolina home. Please join us in the FedEx Global Education Center for this free panel discussion. Parking is free after 5:00 pm in the McCauley parking deck, directly below the FedEx Center.

Utibe Udoh is the owner of African Land, a retail establishment in Durham that specializes in African clothing, jewelry, art, and cultural products. Founded in 1989, the store is a “tribute to Motherland Africa,” promoting African culture and heritage in North Carolina. Born in Lagos State, Nigeria, Udoh moved to Durham in 1981 to attend college. He received his B.A. in accounting from North Carolina Central University and an MBA from Campbell University.

Uli Bennewitz was born in Peru, raised in Germany, and educated in England. After moving to the U.S. in 1980, his first job was to clear 9,000 acres of farmland in eastern North Carolina. Hoping to build a healthier local food system without chemicals and factory food processing, Bennewitz built the Weeping Radish in Grandy, which has since grown into a 24-acre farm, brewery, butchery/charcuterie, and restaurant. He helped inspire the “brewpub bill” that enabled North Carolina’s microbrewing industry to boom.

Perla Saitz is the program director and co-owner (with Rebeca Cabrera) of the CHICLE Language Institute in Chapel Hill. The institute offers classes in language and literature for children and adults, as well as translation and interpreting services in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, Portuguese, Karen, Burmese, Kinyarwanda, and Swahili. Saitz was born in Mexico City, but she has lived in the local area since 1999. Cabrera is from Costa Rica, and she moved to North Carolina in 2009.

Amit Singh co-founded Spectraforce Technologies in 2004. Spectraforce is a global IT consulting, workforce solutions and IT outsourcing services firm with corporate headquarters in Raleigh and 11 offices/development centers across the U.S., India, and Jamaica. Amit moved from India to the United States in 1997 and completed the Executive MBA program at Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2003. Today, Spectraforce provides a portfolio of consulting, staffing, and outsourcing services and solutions to a broad range of clients and industries worldwide.

This panel discussion will be moderated by LaChaun Banks. As a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, Banks studied abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; she later earned an Executive MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School. As Associate Director for NCGrowth, she leads programs in economic development and supports local start-ups in rural areas, creating jobs and equitable opportunities for people across the state.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors: the Center for Global Initiatives, the Carolina Asia Center, the Department of Asian Studies, the Center for European Studies, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, the Latina/o Studies Program, the Carolina Hispanic Association, NCGrowth, and the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise.


Making America: Immigration & Entrepreneurship in North Carolina, Tues, March 27 at 7:00 pm

Our 2018 Chandler Conversation in Southern Business History features four leading entrepreneurs who hail from around the world but now call North Carolina home. Please join us in the FedEx Global Education Center for this free panel discussion. Parking is free after 5:00 pm in the McCauley parking deck, directly below the FedEx Center.

Utibe Udoh is the owner of African Land, a retail establishment in Durham that specializes in African clothing, jewelry, sculptures, paintings, and other cultural products. Founded in 1989, the store is a “tribute to Motherland, Africa,” promoting African culture and heritage in North Carolina. Born in Lagos State, Nigeria, Udoh moved to Durham in 1981 to attend college. He received his B.A. in accounting from North Carolina Central University and an MBA from Campbell University.

Uli Bennewitz was born in Lima, Peru, raised in a small Bavarian village in Germany, and educated in Devon, England. He first came to the U.S. in 1980, and his first job was to clear 9,000 acres of farmland in eastern North Carolina. Hoping to build a healthier local food system without chemicals and factory food processing, Bennewitz built the Weeping Radish in Grandy, which has since grown into a 24-acre farm, brewery, butchery / charcuterie, and restaurant complex. He has been credited with inspiring the “brewpub bill” that enabled the microbrewing industry to boom in North Carolina.

Perla Saitz is the Program Director and Co-Owner (with Rebeca Cabrera) of the CHICLE Language Institute in Chapel Hill. The institute offers classes in language and literature for children and adults, as well as translation and interpreting services in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, Portuguese, Karen, Burmese, Kinyarwanda, and Swahili. Saitz was born in Mexico City, but she has lived in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area since 1999. Cabrera is from Costa Rica, and she moved to North Carolina in 2009.

Amit Singh co-founded Spectraforce Technologies in 2004. Spectraforce is a global IT consulting, workforce solutions and IT outsourcing services firm with corporate headquarters in Raleigh and 11 offices/development centers across the U.S., India, and Jamaica. Amit moved from India to the United States in 1997 and completed the Executive MBA program at Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2003. Today, Spectraforce provides a portfolio of consulting, staffing, and outsourcing services and solutions to a broad range of clients and industries worldwide.

This panel discussion will be moderated by LaChaun Banks. Banks is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where she studied global economics, trade, and development. She also attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong and earned an Executive MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School. As Associate Director for NCGrowth, Banks leads programs in economic development and manages teams that support local start-ups and businesses in rural areas. She specializes in creating jobs and equitable opportunities for people across the state.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors: the Center for Global Initiatives, the Carolina Asia Center, the Department of Asian Studies, the Latina/o Studies Program at UNC-CH, the Carolina Hispanic Association, the Center for European Studies, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, NCGrowth, and the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise.

Music on the Porch: Che Apalache, Thurs, April 5 at 5:30 pm

Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. The group’s founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While playing the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time for a living. That’s how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar), and Martin Bobrik (mandolin).

In 2017 the band received grants from the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to tour the United States. At the prestigious Appalachian String Band Music Festival, they were awarded first place in the Neo-Traditional band competition. Evoking stories and images from Appalachia to the Andes, their debut album Latingrass reflects a powerful cultural and musical exchange. Catch a listen on YouTube or WUNC’s The State of Things.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 5:00 pm in the Park Place parking lot, approximately two blocks from the Center. Special thanks to our co-sponsors, Carolina Hispanic Association and the UNC Latina/o Studies Program. Trae una manta de picnic y quédate un rato!

Music on the Porch: Gabe & Will, Thurs, Sept 28 at 5:30 pm

Will Ridenour has studied the West African harp-lute kora since 1999, touring 28 countries with punk outfit Zegota and dance band Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba. Gabriel Pelli brings an indie rock and jazz background from his work with The Old Ceremony and Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Together, Gabe & Will produce a fresh blend of American and West African folk music. Fiddle and guitar join the 21-stringed kora as roots music from two continents collide! You can enjoy a sample of their sound on YouTube. This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!