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Music Department Chair Wins National Book Award
"Violins of Hope," authored by Department of Music Chair James Grymes, has earned a National Jewish Book Award, considered the most prestigious honor in the country for Jewish-themed books.
A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, "Violins of Hope" tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust and of the Israeli violin maker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life. Grymes was inspired to write "Violins of Hope" when the College of Arts + Architecture brought 18 of the instruments to Charlotte for a series of exhibitions, performances, lectures and films in 2012. This was the only time the Violins of Hope have appeared in the Western hemisphere.
Awarded annually by the Jewish Book Council since 1950, National Jewish Book Awards are conferred on books of significant merit in more than 18 Jewish-themed categories. "Violins of Hope" is the 2014 winner for books about the Holocaust.
Registration for Camps on Campus Begins on Jan. 27
UNC Charlotte's Camps on Campus offers children and young people the opportunity to join scientists, researchers, educators, writers, and actors in the creative atmosphere of a university campus. Camp offerings this year include JEDI LegoTM engineering, musical theatre, Minecraft, and smart art.
Families will notice something new this year when registering their children for the Camps on Campus program – the Niner Character Promise. In an effort to enhance Camps on Campus's culture of friendship, inclusion, and good citizenship, the camps staff created the Niner Character Promise. The new honor code encourages participants to treat fellow campers and staff with kindness, respect and cooperation in their words and actions; to seek help from others in resolving conflicts; and to respect the property of the University and others.
Last summer, nearly 1,000 children participated in Camps on Campus. Public registration begins at 8:00 AM on January 27. Visit the Camps on Campus website for more information.