Join the ASC for free GlobalFest events Nov. 12-14

Visit the Alys Stephens Center and enjoy four distinctly different presentations on art and interests from around the world.

african artEnjoy three free lunchtime arts events and an after-work lecture Wednesday, Nov. 12-Friday, Nov. 14, presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The events are open to everyone. Arrive early on Thursday and Friday and grab a bite to eat from Cantina on Wheels. Call 205-975-2787 or visit

  • Wednesday, Nov. 12: “The Majesty of African Art,” noon, featuring Emily G. Hanna, curator of the Birmingham Museum of Art’s Arts of Africa. Journey to Africa with Hanna and capture the spirit of African art. She will present treasured African works from the BMA and discuss their meaning.
  • Thursday, Nov. 13: “A Touch of Tango,” noon, featuring UAB’s Sara Alvarez and Roswell Pfister. These famed UAB dancing doctors, who have been performing since childhood and have tangoed around the world, are versed in other dance forms such as vintage, ragtime, Latin and Standard International partner dancing. However, their passion is Argentine tango. Don’t miss their captivating lunchtime performance.
  • Thursday, Nov. 13: “Egypt: A View From Above,” 5:45 p.m., featuring Sarah Parcak, director of the Laboratory of Global Research at UAB. Learn how and why this Egyptologist’s research has reinvigorated exploration for ancient sites throughout the Middle East. Parcak, a National Geographic fellow and 2012 TED fellow, will discuss how she uses satellite imagery to identify ancient sites around the world.
  • Friday, Nov. 14: “Sounds of Ireland,” noon, featuring Russell Hopper, master Irish fiddle player. The centuries-old tradition of Irish music continues to be an important aspect of daily Irish life despite the increasing modern-day cultural influences. Hopper’s program will explore the core of Irish traditional music and its role in modern Irish culture. This program features an Irish fiddle performance, along with other instruments native to Ireland, and an interactive discussion.