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Aluko to Give Annual Maxwell-Roddey Lecture

Yele Aluko, senior vice president of Novant Health and medical director of the Novant Health Heart and Vascular Institute, will present "North Carolina’s Rejection of Medicaid Expansion: Politicizing the Health of Our Society" at 5:30 PM, Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Rowe Arts Building, room 130. A reception will follow Aluko’s presentation, which is free and open to the public.

As a physician, Aluko specializes in complex coronary interventions, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. He also is a vocal, visible advocate in the effort to address the issue of health care disparities within racial, ethnic and gender minorities in the United States.

The Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Distinguished Africana Lecture, sponsored by the Africana Studies Department in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, honors its namesake for her pioneering contributions to the development of Africana studies as an academic discipline at UNC Charlotte as the department’s founding chair; she also helped build black cultural institutions in the greater Charlotte area and nationally.

A Capella Duo to Perform in Student Union

Interactive a capella duo Dakaboom will perform at 2:00 PM, Monday, Oct. 27, in the Student Union Rotunda as part of "Union Unplugged."

Long-time best friends Ben McLain and Paul Peglar comprise Dakaboom; the two utilize a cappella, loop stations, stand-up, sketch, crowd interaction and several musical genres to create a world all their own.

With a studio album "Get Awesome" and DVD "Live in Los Angeles" under the duo’s belts, Dakaboom spends most of the year touring colleges across the country. The pair has hosted or headlined the Los Angeles A Capella Festival at USC, Chicago's ACappellaFest and Mile High Vocal Jam in Colorado. Dakaboom has served as guest performers aboard the Diamond Princess on cruises through Alaska, and it has leant its talents to AIDS benefits across California.