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APEX Arts League Brings the Jazz at Ninth-Annual Festival

Fri, Feb 10, 2017 - 7:12am

By Audrey Sellers

Get ready for a jazzed-up Saturday night—The APEX Arts League presents The One O’Clock Lab Band in concert on Saturday, March 4 at 7 p.m. at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church for its ninth-annual APEX Jazz Festival.

The One O’Clock, under the new and exciting direction of Alan Baylock, is the premier performing jazz ensemble from the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas’ Jazz Studies Program. The One O’Clock is a seven-time Grammy-nominated ensemble and has produced a multitude of great composers, performers and educators all throughout the world, recording more...

15 years later, Smart shares story of abduction, hope

Fri, Feb 10, 2017 - 12:02am

By Jackie Guerrero

Activist and former child abductee Elizabeth Smart spoke to a sold-out lecture crowd of University of North Texas students, alumni and guests Thursday night at the University’s Union Lyceum as part as the UNT Distinguished Lectured Series.

After being kidnapped and abducted at the age of 14, Smart continues to spread her message and share her story almost 15 years later, now married and pregnant.

Smart opened her lecture by talking about how people and their problems are “universal.”

“No matter who you are,” Smart said. “Where you are from, what stage in life you are in, we all have...

Panelists to discuss freedom of the press

Tue, Feb 7, 2017 - 10:48pm

Five panelists will discuss the role of the First Amendment during the tenure of President Donald Trump in a free event hosted by the Mayborn School of Journalism on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Moderated by freelance reporter Rebecca Aguilar, the two-hour session titled “First Amendment: Under Siege?” will have panelists discuss the amendment’s current role in democracy.

Panelists are Aman Batheja, political editor of The Texas Tribune; Michael Lindenberger, editorial writer for The Dallas Morning News; Matt Mackowiak, president of Potomac Strategy Group, a conservative consulting company; Paul Walter, a First...

Autism activist slated to speak in Dallas

Tue, Feb 7, 2017 - 10:48pm

Temple Grandin, a prominent advocate in the autism community, will speak in Dallas as part of a program presented by UNT and Autism Comprehensive Educational Services. Anyone interested in learning about autism can attend, including parents and educators.

Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child and went on to earn a doctoral degree in animal science, write books and become the subject of an HBO biopic.

Grandin’s lecture is titled “Educating Students With Different Kinds of Minds.”

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, April 13 at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Ave. in Dallas. Tickets cost $20. To...

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President’s confrontational relationship with the media

Tue, Feb 7, 2017

By Jessica Zhou

The Foley Institute hosted its annual media and politics conference to discuss how the polarization of political parties and journalism have contributed to President Donald Trump’s “contentious and confrontational” relationship with the media.

Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha of the University of North Texas and Joseph Uscinski of the University of Miami were guest lecturers at the conference on Monday.

“It’s not an overstatement to say the transition is stark,” Eshbaugh-Soha said about the change between administrations. “The relationship with the media is especially fraught. The news media is labeled...

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