Warren Ashby

The aim of the Ashby Dialogues is to implement the vision of the late Warren Ashby that the University should be a community of inquiry, with faculty and students engaged in the pursuit of understanding both in and out of the classroom.

Apply For 2024-2025

Applications are invited for grants to support informal programs of interdisciplinary inquiry involving both faculty and students during the 2024-2025 academic year. The application deadline is May 8, 2024.

Each dialogue group will consist of approximately 10-15 faculty and students, representing at least two academic departments, who agree to meet at least once a month for 2-3 hours.  The meetings will provide the opportunity for informal but focused inquiry into some topic or issue of mutual interest.  The group may agree to meet for a single semester or for the whole academic year.  Possible formats for the dialogues might include, but are by no means limited to:

  • discussion of a series of readings, performances, or works of art that are united by some theme;
  • sustained examination of a single important book;
  • an investigation of the social or political implications of a recent event;
  • an analysis of the public policy consequences of a scientific discovery or project.

Spring 2024 Events

Indian Ocean Winds

Hosted by the Ethiopian and East African Indian Ocean Research Network, housed in the Program of African American and African Diaspora Studies


Friday, January 19 @ 11:00-11:50 am EST: BOOK TALK

Join for us a rich discussion with the editors of Legacies of Trade and Empire: Breaking Silences (Cambridge 2023), Beheroze Shroff and Shihan de Silva Jayasuria (moderated by Rupa Pillai).

You can learn more about the book, including ordering it, here.

The event will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams.

Save the dates


Feb 19 @ 2:00pm (in partnership with CACE 2024): Indian Ocean Storytelling and Digital Humanities Workshop with hiba ali

Feb 21 @ 11:00am (in partnership with CACE 2024): Medicine and the Medieval Islamic World, a lecture by Dr. Shireen Hamza

Feb 21 @ 2:00pm (in partnership with CACE 2024): Movement workshop facilitated by Dr. Shireen Hamza


Mar 14 @ 2:00pm Works-in-progress research presentation by Dr. Shobana Shankar from her current research on historically Black colleges and universities across Africa and its diasporas


Apr 10 @ TBD “Offerings to the island body and water memory,” a performance lecture by Kama La Mackerel. A reception will follow the event. Open to the Greensboro and wider Triad communities

Apr 11 @ TBD Discussion of Zom Fam, Kama La Mackerel’s poetry collection with the author. Closed to students, by advanced registration.

Ashby Dialogue Series Fall 2023

Emergent Pathogens and Globalization: Past and Present

The UNCG Biology department held a series of public discussions and talks, featuring Dr. Xiang-Yang Han and Dr. Monica H. Green.

Fall 2023 Events

Thursday, October 19 @ 2:00 pm (Sullivan 3rd floor lobby) Eat, Meet, and Greet: Ashby Introduction

Thursday, October 26 @ 2:00 pm (Sullivan 3rd floor lobby) Reading Group Discussion: Evolutionary Genetics of M. lepromatosis and leprae

Friday, October 27 @ 3:00 pm (Sullivan 201) On The Age of Leprosy, Dr. Xiang-Yang Han

Thursday, November 2 @ 2:00 pm (Sullivan 3rd floor lobby) Reading Group Discussion: The Black Death

Thursday, November 9 @ 2:00 pm (Sullivan 201 / Virtual) A Diabolus ex Machina? On the Speed and Route of Plague’s Late Medieval Transit Across Eurasia, Dr. Monica H. Green

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2022-2023 Highlights


In their Ashby Dialogues, the Network for the Cultural Study of Videogaming (NCSV) seeks to find “queer links” to diversity and inclusion in video gaming cultures. Through a series of meetings, lectures, and workshops, they will explore how reading one such popular game — The Legend of Zelda — can create space for inclusion and diversity in video gaming cultures.

Zelda video game case being held up

From February 24, 2023

Re-Balancing the Triforce: Gender-Bending and Cross-Dressing in the Legend of Zelda

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