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Spring break is mostly over, and the clocks have been set forward, so there's an end in sight to both the spring semester and the lecture season. Both have about six weeks remaining, give or take.

There's a lot of good stuff coming up during the second half of March: a journalism conference at Guilford College, a Chancellor's Town Hall at N.C. A&T, the annual TEDxGreensboro and some author readings and artist talks.

Everything's free unless otherwise noted. Here goes:

March 15: Multimedia artist Sanford Biggers will give a talk at UNCG (7 p.m., Elliott University Center auditorium). Biggers is the Falk Visiting Artist at UNCG. His work is on view at the Weatherspoon Art Museum through April 8. Click here for more details about the event.

March 15: Price V. Fishback, an economics professor at the University of Arizona, will speak at UNCG (5:30 p.m., Room 120 of the School of Education Building). He'll talk about the effect of war on the economy. A reception follows.

March 15: UNCG's Sustainability Film Series will screen "In Pursuit of Silence" (6:30 p.m., Room 101 of Sullivan Science Building). The 2017 documentary explores silence, sound and the impact of noise in our lives.

March 16-17: Guilford College will host a two-day journalism conference and multimedia workshop entitled "The Journalist as Witness: Politics, Protests and Displaced Peoples." Speakers are Chip Somodevilla, a senior staff photographer for Getty Images (7:30 p.m. Friday), Richard Tsong-Taatarii, a photojournalist with the Star Tribune in Minneapolis (10:30 a.m. Saturday) and Carrie Kahn, an international correspondent based in Mexico City for National Public Radio (2 p.m. Saturday). All lectures will be held in Dana Auditorium on campus.

March 20: Toril Moi, a Duke University professor, will talk about her latest work at High Point University (7 p.m., Plato S. Wilson Commerce Ballroom). “Revolution of the Ordinary” which rethinks literary studies and political activism through ordinary language philosophy.

March 21: The next Chancellor’s Town Hall at N.C. A&T features actors Larenz Tate, Joseph Sikora and Michael Rainey Jr. (6 p.m., Harrison Auditorium). The three actors — who star in the TV series "Power" on the Starz! network — will talk about the power of men. Former student government president Rasheed Ali Cromwell, a 1997 graduate, will moderate. Tickets are free and available at the University Ticket Office in Brown Hall on campus.

March 22: This year's edition of TEDxGreensboro explores the theme of wonder (8 a.m., Triad Stage). Speakers with higher ed connections include Joseph Starobin (associate professor of nanoscience at JSNN in Greensboro), Nir Kshetri (professor of management at UNCG's business school) and Stephen Sills (director of UNCG's Center for Housing and Community Studies). Tickets are $80 and include a March 21 reception and lunch on the day of the event.

March 22: Author and former New York Times sportswriter Robert Lipsyte will visit Winston-Salem to talk about Dick Gregory and Muhammad Ali (6 p.m., The Enterprise Center, 1922 MLK Jr. Drive, Winston-Salem). Lipsyte in 1964 was co-author of Gregory's autobiography and covered Ali's first fight with Sonny Liston. Click here for more details.

March 22: The International Human Rights Film Series will screen the film "No" (2012) at UNCG (6:30 p.m., Room 120 of the School of Education Building). The Oscar-nominated film is an historical drama about the marketing campaign that sparked a revolution against Chilean leader General Augusto Pinochet. Peter Villella, an associate professor of history, will lead the post-film discussion.

March 22: Activist and author Janet Mock will be the keynote speaker at the second Know Her Truths national conference at Wake Forest University (5 pm., Farrell Hall). Mock has written two best-selling memoirs and spoke at the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, D.C. The conference brings together students, scholars and others for two days to explore the things that shape the lives of women and girls of color. Click here for conference tickets, which range from $50 to $100.

March 24: UNCG will host the North Carolina state conference of the American Association of University Professors (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., UNCG Alumni House). The conference will address academic freedom and free speech on campus. Speakers include UNCG general counsel Jerry Blakemore and UNC-Chapel Hill history professor Jay Smith, who co-wrote a book on the UNC-CH academic and athletic scandal. The conference (and lunch) are free, but click here to register

March 27: Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, will deliver the keynote at the 2018 Harriett Elliott Lecture Series at UNCG (6:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall). A reception follows. Click here for more details.

March 29: Author and UNCG writing professor Michael Parker will read from his work at UNCG (7 p.m., Faculty Center). His latest work, a collection of short fiction, is "Everthing Then and Since." A book signing follows. (Note that this is a rescheduled event; Parker's reading in January was snowed out.)

March 29: Eric G. Wilson will read from his first novel, "Polaris Ghost," at Scuppernong Books (7 p.m., 304 S. Elm St., Greensboro). Wilson is an English professor at Wake Forest University and the author of several other books.

March 29: Greensboro College will present the 55th annual Jean Fortner Ward Lecture on issues of faith and higher education (7:30 p.m., Finch Memorial Chapel). This year's speaker is Andrew Draper, who directs the Honors Guild and teaches theology at Taylor University in Indiana.

And here's a sneak peek at April:

April 3: New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman will speak at UNCG (6 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum auditorium).

April 10: The final Guilford College Bryan Series event of the 2017-18 season features Brandon Stanton, creator of the Humans of New York blog (7:30 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum; click here for tickets).

April 12: Fox News host Tucker Carlson will give the 2018 Roy H. Park Distinguished Lecture at the UNC School of Media and Journalism (11 a.m., Memorial Hall; click here to register).

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