Spotlight

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…

The Old Well – in 3-D

Whether it’s the backdrop for a cap and gown photo after Commencement or the must-see stop for visitors, the Old Well is one of the most photographed spots on campus. And perhaps nobody has taken more photos of the Carolina icon than Steve Davis. Davis and his colleagues at the University’s Research Laboratories of Archaeology…

UNC-Chapel Hill student Benjamin Kompa named Churchill Scholar

Benjamin Kompa, a fourth-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named a recipient of the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, a research-focused award that provides funding to outstanding American students for a year of master’s study in science, mathematics and engineering at Churchill College, based at the University of Cambridge in…

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…