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Well Said: The Peck Collection

For more than 40 years, Carolina alumnus Sheldon Peck and his wife, Leena, have been building an art collection full of 17th-century Flemish drawings by masters like Rembrandt van Rijn, Pieter Paul Rubens, Jacob Jordaens and Paul Bril. As of today, 134 masterpieces of that collection are now part of the Ackland Art Museum after…

Ackland Art Museum receives $25 million gift

Sheldon Peck couldn’t stop smiling when he took the stage for the special event at the Ackland Art Museum on January 25 on Carolina’s campus. He beamed throughout the announcement of the Ackland’s largest gift ever, an $8 million endowment and 134 original Dutch and Flemish drawings – including seven Rembrandts – valued at $17…

Watch Ackland Art Museum major donation announcement on live stream

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will announce the largest gift ever received by the Ackland Art Museum at 10:30 this morning. Click here to watch a live stream of the event. Chancellor Carol L. Folt, Vice Chancellor for Development David Routh, Ackland Art Museum Director Katie Ziglar and the donor will participate…

Southern Folklife Collection teams up with local record label

Music lovers will soon be able to own rare audio history, thanks to a partnership between the Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Yep Roc Records, based in Hillsborough. The SFC, part of the Wilson Special Collections Library, will create digital masters of rare archival recordings from…

Humanities for the public good

A new fellowship funded by the Taylor Charitable Trust is supporting graduate students with interests in how humanities scholarship can be tied to a public outreach focus. The Maynard Adams Fellowships for the Public Humanities have been established by the Program in the Humanities and Human Values in Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences. The…

Growing Carolina

Carolina’s campus is known for its towering oaks and stunning azaleas, but some people are beginning to discover that there are also fresh herbs and vegetables quietly growing in several of Carolina’s small gardens. From lettuce and kale to parsley and basil, edible plants sit waiting to be picked. The North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Edible…

Strumming, singing – and surprising

Sarah Bonn and John Thorp know all about their chosen instrument’s reputation: It’s small. It can only play a few types of songs. It’s not serious. But with each pluck of the string, the Carolina students work to prove that the ukulele can do far more than audiences think. “It has a rep as kind of a…

Visiting scholars find home away from home

When Sathish Raja met former Carolina Clinical Professor Bobbie Lubker and her husband Lynn, he never imagined how strong their relationship would grow. “We’ve become close friends, more like a family,’’ said Raja, a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. “It’s something I never expected. “I…

A conscious decision

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a regular man who decided he would do great things, Soledad O’Brien said Tuesday (Jan. 17) at the 36th annual MLK Celebration Keynote Lecture and Award Ceremony. “That means for the rest of us that we have that same opportunity,’’ said O’Brien, an award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and…

Well Said: The presidential transition

With the inauguration just a few days away, the presidential transition of power is in the limelight. In this week’s episode, we talk about the complex transition process with associate professor of political science Terry Sullivan. Sullivan is also the executive director of the White House Transition Project, which helps prepare the incoming president and…