Student Life Events

Sex Education Workshop

Thursday, March 30

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Overcash, Rm 308

Join Student Life and the Mecklenburg County Health Department for a workshop on healthy sex habits, local statistics and other information on how to make safe decisions regarding personal health.


Deaf Jam

Monday, April 3

2-3 p.m.

Zeiss, Rm 1106

In Deaf Jam, Aneta Brodski seizes the day. She is a deaf teen introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry, who then boldly enters the spoken word slam scene. In a wondrous twist, Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in the Queens section of New York City, eventually meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. The two women embark on a collaboration/performance duet – creating a new form of slam poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the Deaf.


Student Talent Showcase

Tuesday, April 4

7 p.m.

Halton Theater

Come out to see some of CPCC’s best talent at the Sensoria student talent showcase.


HIV/STI Testing

Wednesday, April 5

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Belk, Room 2100

Mecklenburg County Health Department will be on hand for free and confidential HIV and STI testing. Free Condoms and information will also be available.


Read Me Different

Thursday, April 6

2-3 p.m.

Zeiss, Rm 1103

A shock of recognition in social work school leads, award-winning filmmaker Sarah Entine, to explore how undiagnosed dyslexia and ADHD have impacted three generations in her family, starting with her own struggles. With surprising candor, vulnerability and even a touch of humor, Read Me Differently reveals the strain of misunderstood learning differences on family relationships.


Join Us at Sensoria, March 31 – April 9

CPCC invites you to attend Sensoria, its annual 10-day celebration of literature and the arts, featuring visual art, dance, theatre, music, film, culture, history, and more. Join CPCC as it celebrates its 25th year of literary events and hosts nearly 90 events on multiple campuses, including the following events, as listed in the Charlotte Five.

To learn more about the event – including the fact that most events are FREE! – visit the Sensoria website.

Sensoria Performances Are Around the Corner!

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Mark your calendars! Sensoria arrives April 8-16, 2016. This year’s festival will feature the following events:
CPCC Theatre
CPCC Theatre is excited to wrap up its 2015-2016 season with Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” April 8 – 17, in Pease Auditorium.

Considered Stoppard’s best-known work, the play follows the duo of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, a Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy, who finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of “Waiting for Godot” resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads the two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

The timing of the production couldn’t be more perfect; April 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. As a result, the troupe’s performance of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” is part of a larger, global celebration slated to recognize the Great Bard’s passing.

WHEN: April 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m.
April 10 and 17 at 2:30 p.m.
April 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Individual tickets are $18 and a $10 ticket is available for children under 15 with the purchase of an adult ticket. College and high school students who have a valid student I.D. can purchase a $5 ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at, at the CPCC Box Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday or by calling 704.330.6534.
CPCC Opera Theatre

CPCC Opera Theatre will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera “The Old Maid and the Thief” and his short, two-act opera “The Medium,” during this year’s Sensoria celebration in the Halton Theater. Both operas have haunting melodies and deal with a common theme of powerful women and their influence, often negative, on the lives of others.

WHEN: April 8 and 9 at 8 p.m.
April 10 at 2:30 p.m.

Individual tickets are $20 and $18, and a $10 ticket is available for children under 15 with the purchase of an adult ticket. College and high school students who have a valid student I.D. can purchase a $5 ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at, at the CPCC Box Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday or by calling 704.330.6534.

To view a complete list of Sensoria events, visit

Don’t Just Read a Good Book… Be One!

The Harris Campus Library invites YOU to participate in the Human Library at Harris, a part of Sensoria at Harris! This event takes place on Wednesday, April 13, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Harris 1, Room 1235.

What is a Human Library?

The Human Library started in Denmark in 2000 as a way to challenge prejudice and stereotypes while fostering understanding among people within a community. As part of the Human Library, readers can borrow a book to learn more about the life experiences faced by the book due to being stereotyped or judged in some way.

What is a book?

Books are people who have volunteered to share their unique experiences or perspective on life—their story. Because of their experiences, books have often been stereotyped by others.

What is a reader?

A reader is a person who is interested in borrowing a book from the Human Library. The reader will spend 30 minutes having a one-on-one conversation with a book about their experiences.

What kind of stories can a book share?

A book can share any experience that they feel comfortable talking about to their readers.

I am interested! How do I sign up?

If you want to share your experiences with a reader, contact Monique Clark at, by phone at 704.330.4618, or stop by the Harris Campus Library (Harris I, Room 2100). Happy reading!

Don’t Just Read a Good Book, Eat It

The Harris Campus Library invites YOU to submit an entry for the Edible Book Fest, a part of Sensoria at Harris!

What is an edible book?

An edible book can be created from anything that can be safely ingested by humans. An edible book can look like a book, be inspired by a book, be a pun on a book’s title, look like a character and more!  Be creative—there’s no limit to the form an edible book can take.

Do I need to be a professional chef to participate?

No! Cooking skills are not required and everyone is encouraged to submit an entry and have fun putting their creativity to the test. You can view examples of edible books at

How do I sign up?

Visit and download the Edible Book Fest entry form (PDF). You can turn in the form in person at the Harris Campus Library, email it to, or send it via snail mail. If you need help, feel free to stop by the Harris Campus Library where our staff members would be happy to assist you. The deadline to submit your entry form is Friday, March 25.

For more details about the Edible Book Fest or to sign up, visit or contact Monique Clark ( Happy reading and eating!

Student Parking Deck #3 to Close April 11

On Saturday, April 11, Student Parking Deck #3 (located at the corner of Charlottetowne Ave. and E. 7th St.) will be closed until around 5 p.m. for maintenance related activities. Students should plan to park in Student Deck 1, ConstructionStudent Deck 2 or one of the surface lots. The deck will re-open in late afternoon and be available for any Sensoria related activities.

Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry During Sensoria

Come out and support CPCC’s Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry. Baked goods will be provided by CPCC’s Baking and Pastry Arts Club and will consist of fresh baked breads, cookies, coffee and various pastries. 100% of the proceeds will go to No Kid Hungry.

Wednesday April 15
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Overcash Lobby

Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry is a national fundraising initiative that encourages people to host bake sales in their communities to help end childhood hunger. For more information about No Kid Hungry please visit


Sensoria Starts This Friday!

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Sensoria starts this Friday with a great line-up that features more than 80 events. For details about each event feel free to check out our website, visit

Also, if you haven’t gotten a copy of the 2015 Sensoria program, check it out here.

Ticket Specials

Battle of the Composers: Verdi vs. Wagner presented by CPCC Opera Theatre ($5 tickets for CPCC faculty, staff and students)

Halton Theater

Friday, April 10 , 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 11, 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 12, 2:30 p.m.

As America well knows, battles between the North and South are not uncommon, and the operatic world has its own North and South conflict. Only this conflict was born North and South of the Swiss Alps. The Italian composer, Giuseppe Verdi and the German composer, Richard Wagner defined the Romantic Period of Opera. They were born in the same year, were both renowned composers during their lifetimes, and are both operatic legends; but that is where the similarities end. Join CPCC Opera Theatre as we battle it out between these two operatic greats!


August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone ($5 tickets for CPCC faculty, staff and students)

Pease Auditorium

Friday, April 10, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 11, 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 12, 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 17, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 18, 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 19, 2:30 p.m.

Set in Pittsburgh in 1911, this drama by the author of The Piano Lesson and Fences is the story of the denizens of a boardinghouse who each have a different relationship to a past of slavery as well as to the urban present. The boarders include the proprietors, an eccentric clairvoyant with a penchant for old country voodoo, a young homeboy up from the South and a mysterious stranger who is searching for his wife.


Charlotte Concerts Presents Inon Barnatan & Alisa Weilerstein (Group special of 1/2 off tickets for CPCC faculty, staff and students)

Halton Theater

Friday, April 17, 8 p.m.

Inon Barnatan has been hailed “a true poet of the keyboard: refined, searching, and unfailingly communicative.” His sincerity and expressiveness brings audiences into each phrase as if hearing them for the first time, rivaling his technical abilities and sensitive phrasing. Barnatan has been named the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist in Association, and has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein’s passion, commitment and breathtaking technique combined with undeniable musicianship make her one of today’s most exciting artists. A 2011 MacArthur Fellowship recipient, she is also an exclusive recording artist for Decca Classics and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others. Together, these two artists offer an alluring and passionate musical event not to be missed!


Mark Your Calendars to Explore the World at CPCC

Global Issues Forum: What is Fair?
The People and Principles of Fair Trade

Presented by Ten Thousand Villages

As the global economy grows, fair trade organizations seek to ensure that producers and artisains from developing countries are justly compensated for their goods and have the opportunity to grow sustainable businesses.  Come learn about individuals’ journeys and how it may impact your purchasing decisions.

Thursday, March 19; 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Tate Hall, CPCC Central Campus
Cost: Free and open to the public
For questions or to reserve a space: contact or 704-330-6167


In Need of a Unique Gift? Interested in Global Art?
Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Pop Up Store

Beauty is created all over the world, but not every artisan has the means or access to get their products to market.  Ten Thousand Villages began more than 60 years ago when Edna Ruth Byler began selling handcrafted products from Puerto Rico out of the trunk of her car to help eradicate poverty. Today a global network of social entrepreneurs works to empower artisans in developing countries.  CPCC will be hosting a pop up store where you can peruse and buy fair trade items from around the world.

Open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Overcash Lobby
Open to the public


Sensoria: Test Your Global Knowledge

Think you’ve got what it takes?  Know more about the world around you than your friends?  After visiting the World Experience Event, join CPCC’s Global Learning Office for a chance to test your global knowledge.  We will have trivia questions and games correlating to the regions covered in the World Experience event.  Prizes will be available for our top participants.

Friday, April 17
9:30 a.m. – noon
2nd Floor Lobby Overcash Building (In front of Tate Hall)

Participate in a Panel Discussion on Writing During Sensoria 2014

Calling all student writers, poets, journalists and bloggers!  Would you be interested in being on a panel to discuss how you started writing? Then CPCC Libraries wants YOU! The panel discussion will take place during CPCC’s literary festival, Sensoria, during the week of April 4-12, 2014. If you would like to participate and/or need more information, please contact Lynette Kendrick at(704.330.6114 or The deadline to respond is December 2.


CPCC to Host 50th Anniversary Events Throughout April

This month, CPCC will host a variety of community-friendly events at its six campus locations. This is part of the college’s year-long celebration of its 50-year anniversary in Mecklenburg County. The events coincide with Governor Pat McCrory’s proclamation naming April 2013 as “North Carolina Community College System Excellence in Education Month.”

In honor of its golden anniversary, CPCC will host the following events:

CPCC Cato Campus, 8120 Grier Rd., Charlotte, NC
WHAT: Arbor Day Celebration
CPCC’s Horticulture Department invites the community to this special event that will include a tree planting and bench dedication on the campus’s grounds. Following the event, the campus will host a barbeque lunch for attendees to enjoy.

WHEN: April 26, 11 a.m.

COST: Free.

CPCC Central Campus, 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC
WHAT: Sensoria
Sensoria is CPCC’s celebration of the arts. Enjoy a variety of performances, exhibits, speakers and events to celebrate art in all its forms. Make plans to attend a performance by CPCC Theatre or CPCC Opera, listen to New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash or international poet Li-Young Lee, sing along with the Tosco Music Party or be enthralled by the Bechtler on Campus. New this year is Sensoria Nights, showcasing a special, highlighted event each evening. For more information, visit or download the app to find out what’s happening each day.
WHEN: April 12-20

COST: Most events are free, ticketed performance information and pricing may be found at Visit for a full schedule of events.


CPCC Harper Campus, 315 West Hebron St., Charlotte, NC

WHAT: Legacy Garden Dedication

WHEN: April 30, 2:30 p.m.

Join us at the campus’s front entrance for this special dedication event that will honor and celebrate the many departed individuals who have contributed to the success of Harper Campus since its founding in 1999.

COST: Free.


CPCC Harris Campus, 3210 CPCC Harris Campus Dr., Charlotte, NC

WHAT: Early Childhood Garden Celebration
Join us on our back patio for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and garden celebration, sponsored by the Early Childhood Education Division and Friendship Gardens. As a special treat, attendees can help name the new garden.

WHEN: April 16, 1 p.m.

Cost: Free.


CPCC Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Rd., Matthews, NC

Free CPCC Disc Golf at CPCC's Levine Campus - Saturday, April 20, 2013

Free CPCC Disc Golf at CPCC's Levine Campus - Saturday, April 20, 2013

WHAT: Disc Golf Tournament
Invite your friends and family as we celebrate the college’s 50th anniversary with a Disc Golf Tournament. Organizers will be on hand to teach the sport to those who’ve never played. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase a commemorative 50th anniversary gold disc; play our nine-hole course, designed and provided by Innova; and win a variety of prizes.

WHEN: April 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

COST: Free.


CPCC Merancas Campus, 11930 Verhoeff Dr., Huntersville, NC

WHAT: Annual Car Show and Open House
Featuring cars from the last 50+ years with 20 different car class competitions and winners awarded for each class.  The family friendly event features a live band, food, demonstrations of car safety tips, interior dyeing of car fabric, special paint finishes, hybrid vehicles, Carolina CAT construction equipment, and Public Safety awareness information including free service of DNA cards of children for parents.

WHEN: April 20, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

COST: Free for spectators, $25 registration fee for car show participants

All events are open to the public. For more information, local residents may visit

2013 Sensoria

CPCC’s annual celebration of the arts brings exhibits, performances and events, including author series, art exhibits, history programs, film screenings, theatre, opera, music performances and more, to CPCC’s campuses each spring. Sensoria BannerSensoria is a week of cultural enrichment, community engagement and pure entertainment. Best of all, many Sensoria events are free and all are open to the public.

For more information, including daily event schedules, visit the official Sensoria website.

Need event info on the go?You can download the Sensoria app for iPhone or Android phones.

For information or to purchase tickets to ticketed events, visit the CPCC Tix website.

Free Music Recitals

Come and enjoy some pre-Sensoria music with the following recitals of members of CPCC’s own Department of Music. Rebecca Cook-Carter and friends will present a recital of the music of Poulenc on Thursday, April 4, at 12:30 p.m. in MusicBryant Recital Hall (SL 101).  The following Thursday, April 11 at 12:30 p.m., Christine Leimer Van Arsdale will present a harp recital in Tate Hall Overcash.  Both recitals are free and all are invited.


Sensoria, A Celebration of the Arts, Returns April 12-20, 2013


Sensoria - April 12-20, 2013 @CPCC

Sensoria - April 12-20, 2013

Sensoria – April 12-20, 2013
Sensoria, CPCC’s annual celebration of the arts, brings the best in literature, music, visual arts, theatre, opera, history, culture and culinary experiences together for more than a week of cultural enrichment, community engagement and pure entertainment.

Sensoria Nights
New this year is a Sensoria Nights, a special highlighted event each evening. Sensoria Nights events include:

More Sensoria Events + Mobile
Sensoria Nights are just a part of what Sensoria has to offer. A complete list of each day’s events is available on the Sensoria website. You can also download a convenient Sensoria mobile app for iPhone and Android devices!

Food Trucks
Also new this year, an assortment of food trucks will visit the Central Campus several days during Sensoria. Be sure to stop outside Overcash and sample some delicious food:

  • Saturday, April 13 Roaming Fork (During Jazz on the Green)
  • Monday, April 15 Roots Farm Food Truck
  • Tuesday, April 16 Sal’s Roadside Eatery and The Homegrown Crepe
  • Wednesday, April 17 Cupcake Delirium and Roaming Fork
  • Thursday, April 18 Tin Kitchen



For more event information, visit the official event website at

CPCC in the News

CPCC’s Sensoria celebration continues to generate news in the local media outlets. Read these most recent stories by clicking on the links below:Sensoria 2012

WFAE’s Charlotte Talks

Charlotte Observer

Creative Loafing

This is a interview with Author Russell Goings who has a personal collection of Romare Bearden artwork. Many of those incredible pieces are currently on display now through April 30 in Pease Gallery on Central Campus

CPCC Dance Theatre article in the Charlotte Observer