The Batte Center Presents: The Nile Project

Mar 31
Fri @ 8:00 pm
The Nile Project
March 31, 2017
Fri at 8:00 pm
The Batte Center
McGee Theatre

One of the tightest cross-cultural collaborations in history, the Nile Project concert brings together musicians from the 11 Nile basin countries, representing over 400 million people, to make music that combines the rich diversity of its ancient cultures and peoples.

Using music to spark cultural curiosity, the Nile Project engages musicians and audiences, challenging them to connect to the world’s longest river and explore new approaches to its social, cultural, and environmental problems.

This is a Connected Campus Event

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The Nile Project Collective brings together artists that combine the rich diversity of the oldest places on Earth. Resonant harps and lyres from up and down the river—from its sources beyond Lake Victoria to its delta in Egypt—have learned new musical modes, while buzzing timbres and ingenious polyrhythms support vocals in ten languages. Instruments that parted ways millennia before are reunited and pushed to new places. Love songs have crossed geographic and linguistic barriers to forge close friendships.

Using music to spark cultural curiosity, the Nile Project engages musicians and audiences, challenging them to connect to the world’s longest river and explore new approaches to its social, cultural, and environmental problems. The Collective’s collaborative model is a blueprint for a new way Nile Citizens can organize themselves to cooperate to make the Nile more sustainable. In an evolving series of interlocking programs, that spring from the concert experience, the project aims to inspire, educate and empower young people worldwide to become Nile Citizens.

Outreach programming provides university students with unique intellectual experiences, deepening their understanding of the Nile ecosystem, and stimulating innovative ways of thinking, communicating, and acting.


The Nile Project - The Connected Campus 2017

Join us for a month-long series of perfomances, exhibits, films and lectures that explore sustainability and the fundamental resource that feeds us all - water.

EXHIBIT: Images of the Nile
March 2017
Batte Center Rotunda Lobby
Sponsored by: International Studies Department
Panels will be displayed in the Rotunda that tell the story of the geography and history of the Nile.      
Exhibit: Smoke and Water: Catawba
A permanent mural by Greg Lindquist
March 2017 Monroe Crossing Mall
Sponsored by: Art in Buildings/Monroe Crossing Mall
Smoke and Water: Catawbawill be a 16 by 70 foot mural created by New York-based and North Carolina-born artist Greg Lindquist.  This is part of a series focused on coal ash spills in NC. 
Lecture: What do you know about water?
March 2 at 6pm
Recital Hall – FREE
Sponsored by: Honors Program & GPS 310
An interactive discussion led by Wingate honors students about water and water bottles.      
Panel Discussion: The Ebb & Flow of Earth’s Lifeblood: Diving into Water Issues in our Midst
March 16 at 7PM
McGee Theatre - FREE
Sponsored by: Philosophy & Religion Department   
Panelists:Emilee Syrewicze (Catawba River Keepers), Sierra Kincaid (WU Biology major), Ryan Spidel (Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm Water Services), Brookes Versaggi (Union Country Public Works)
A diverse panel will offer local, regional and global perspectives on how increasing water demands have challenged our waterways and offer their insights into possible paths forward. 
Family Friendly Performance: The Story Pirates
March 19 at 3PM & School shows March 20
McGee Theatre - $15 adult/$6 child
Sponsored by: The Batte Center
Story Pirates turn kids creative ideas about sustainability and original stories into wild sketch comedy musicals featuring professional actors showing those kids just how amazing their ideas are.  
Exhibit: The Dwindling Supply of Our Most Precious Resource Mar 20-May 7
Lecture & Reception: Artist Talk with Jeff Murphy – March 28 at 5 PM 
Helms Gallery - FREE
Sponsored by: Art Department
Artist Jeff Murphy will exhibit his large-scale images of our most precious resource –water. Murphy’s provocative images of the effects of drought and pollution, serve as an important wake-up call for this ecological issue.                                                                    
Lecture: The Coptic Church & The Nile
With Father Beniameen Morgan
March 21 at 1pm
Recital Hall - FREE
Sponsored by: International Studies Departments
A lecture on the Coptic Christian Church (which can be found in many Nile River Basin countries) and its connection to the Nile River and water.  Father Beniameen is with St. Mary & St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church of Ft. Mill, SC.          
Lecture: Ugly Produce, It’s What’s on the Inside the Counts! with speaker Ben Simon
March 23  at 7:30PM
McGee Theatre - FREE
Sponsored by: Distinguished Speakers Series
Ben Simon is Co-Founder and CEO of Imperfect Produce, America's leading consumer brand for ugly produce as a way to help communities reduce waste and fight hunger.    
Lecture/Demonstration: Music Collaboration and Water Cooperation
with Mina Girgis & Nile Project musicians
March 30 at 7PM   
McGee Theatre – FREE
Sponsored by: The Batte Center
A lecture demonstration highlighting the Nile Project's creative process and how their collaborative approach crosses boundaries to transform resource conflict to cooperation.     
THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED:  Lecture: Water & Spirituality: How Water is at the Heart of Faith
March 31 at Noon
Recital Hall - FREE
Sponsored by: Philosophy & Religion Department
This talk, hosted by Dr. Jill Crainshaw, the Blackburn Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology at the Wake Forest School of Divinity, looks at how diverse local faith leaders see the role of water and water stewardship in their faith tradition.