Spotlight

Black History Month lecture examines American quest for justice

Seeking justice has been at the core of the American experience from the very beginning. It led to freedom from English tyranny in 1776, and today it leads the charge for racial equality. For Brenda Stevenson, that constant challenge has become as American as apple pie. “The powerful rally cry of ‘No justice, no peace’…

Carolina Inn snags a star chef

While Greensboro is only 50 miles from Chapel Hill, bussing tables at the local Chi-Chi’s is culinary light years away from directing the cuisine of the historic Carolina Inn and its Crossroads Restaurant. But then new Executive Chef Brandon Sharp, who’s also an Ironman triathlete, likes to take the long way around. He returned to…

A home worthy of great music

When scheduling the Feb. 8 dedication of the renovated Hill Hall and ribbon cutting for its modernized auditorium, the music department certainly planned to show off its superior acoustics with performances of Bach and Schubert by faculty and students. But organizers probably didn’t count on a sunny, 71-degree day in the midst of winter. “Again…

Well Said: The 40th anniversary of the Carolina Jazz Festival

When Jim Ketch founded the Carolina Jazz Festival 40 years ago as a small Music Department event, the goal was to give his students a chance to rub shoulders with professional musicians. In the decades that followed, the festival morphed into a much larger event, inspiring not just Carolina students but also high schoolers from…

‘First faces of dentistry’

A trip to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience for a 3-year-old. “There’s scary noises,” said Natalie Dunlop, a third-year student at the UNC School of Dentistry. “There’s water. There’s suction. There’s buzzing. There are motors. I can understand that it can be scary and overwhelming.” To help overcome the anxiety surrounding the dental…

Glass at 80

Beginning this week, in celebration of his 80th birthday, acclaimed composer Philip Glass will come to Carolina’s campus for Glass at 80. Carolina Performing Arts will host and honor this iconic American artist through an international festival of performances Feb. 1-10 across the spectrum of his prolific creative output and diverse artistic collaborations. Glass, born…

Well Said: George Washington Carver’s fungal specimens

When Carol Ann McCormick began sorting through the thousands of fungal specimens stored at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Herbarium, she was shocked by what she found. Included in the collection, which had fallen into disarray throughout the years, were fungal specimens collected by the renowned botanist George Washington Carver. Born into…

Shakespeare hits the road

It wasn’t the at-capacity, world-class PlayMakers Repertory Company stage that left its mark on UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student and actor Schuyler Mastain. It was in a nook at Durham County Public Library and in the Inter-Faith Council residential facility for homeless men where Mastain sharpened his definition of artist. Enrolled in the University’s Professional Actor Training Program, Mastain and six…