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Lake Junaluska Peace Conference to feature international speakers
Dr. Christoph Benn, of Geneva, Switzerland, who is a founding member of the Global Fund, will be the keynote speaker of the 2014 Peace Conference at Lake Junaluska on March 27-30.
Early registration has been extended until March 1.
Benn spent four years in southern Tanzania on the forefront of the HIV/AIDS epidemic as the first doctor to test for the virus. He eventually helped start the Global Fund, which raises money worldwide to treat patients with HIV/AIDS in more than 140 countries.
He has more than 20 years of experience in global health, including stints as a clinician in the United Kingdom and as deputy director of the German Institute for Medical Mission, during which time he helped to initiate several pilot projects to implement antiretroviral treatment in Botswana, Kenya and Russia.
The conference will feature six leadership speakers from across the globe who will talk about the role faith communities have in combating disease, violence and poverty, often the causes of poor health. The conference will also feature local speakers, workshops and panels, including a presentation by practitioners of alternative spiritual approaches to health care.
www.lakejunaluska.com/peace or 800.222.4930.
‘Unto these Hills’ hosts local auditions
The Cherokee Historical Association will hold two auditions for the 2014 season of “Unto these Hills” from 2 to 6 p.m. March 22, at 564 Tsali Blvd. across from the museum.
828.497.3652 or 828.497.1125.
MET Opera Live in HD in Highlands
The MET Opera Live in HD will be shown at 12:55 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.
The screening will be of Richard Erye’s new production of “Werther,” starring Jonas Kaufmann and featuring French mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch. The pre-opera discussion lead by Beverly Pittman begins at 12:30 p.m.
Tickets at www.highlandspac.org or 828.526.9047.
• “POE: An Evening of Chills and Thrills” will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. March 14-15 and at 3 p.m. March 16 at the HART Theatre in Waynesville. Adapting the works of Edgar Allen Poe, the production features “The Raven,” “The Black Cat” and “The Monkey’s Paw.” 828.456.6322 or www.harttheater.com.