Spotlight

An important dialogue

Approximately 100 students, faculty and staff came to the Student Union’s Aquarium Lounge on October 27 to join in on the third Carolina Conversations session of the new academic year. The topic: “Sexual Assault and Our Community: A Dialogue.” “I know that for some of us this will be a particularly difficult conversation and we…

A man of honor

At the start of his 50th season coaching the Carolina fencing team, Ron Miller remains the coaching legend most people never heard of. Miller traces the beginnings of his sport to medieval Europe – back when men of high position and character defended their honor by exacting a penalty at the point of a blade.…

Well Said: Chris Cotillo

With the World Series underway, we’re talking with major league baseball insider — and Carolina junior — Chris Cotillo. As a high schooler outside Boston, Cotillo launched a career in sports reporting with the simple creation of a Twitter account, @ChrisCotillo. Now he’s a student in the UNC School of Media and Journalism, honing the…

Centuries old meets high tech

Archaeology is often associated with objects that are hundreds of years old — and older. But a new technique being used by Carolina researchers is bringing the field firmly into the 21st century. UNC-Chapel Hill’s Research Laboratories of Archaeology, part of the College of Arts and Sciences, is one of only a few university programs in the…

A classic returns to the stage

For Vivienne Benesch, producing artistic manager for PlayMakers, the decision to revisit Arthur Miller’s The Crucible during PlayMakers’ 2016-2017 season and an election year was an easy one. The Crucible, in its essence, is a play about people living in fear. According to Benesch, it’s that fear that makes the play “wonderfully uncomfortable.” The masterpiece,…

Celebrating 50 years in bloom

When he was a graduate student in 1968, Ken Moore was approached by botany professor Ritchie Bell, who was looking for someone to help out around the North Carolina Botanical Garden for the summer. The next day, Moore was using garden tools, items salvaged from the dump and a few work-study students to construct a…

UNC Research: ‘We’ve seen powerful results’

Story and video by Higher Education Works Foundation Chancellor Carol L. Folt calls them “zingers” – imaginative ideas that, when coupled with years of fundamental research, produce enormous breakthroughs in science. And in just the past three years, Folt says in the accompanying video, UNC Chapel Hill has made extraordinary research advances in fields such…

Well Said: Archaeology and the Huqoq mosaics

Jodi Magness hasn’t just studied history by reading books. She’s dug it up herself. The Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism from the College of Arts and Sciences, Magness has spent her career working on archaeological excavations to better understand the history of ancient Palestine. In this week’s episode, Magness talks about…

Food through a new lens

UNC-Chapel Hill cultural anthropologist Colin Thor West became interested in the lives of rural farmers and the challenges they face when he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa, from 1994 to 1996. Today he focuses his research on food insecurity issues in neighboring Burkina Faso. West and a graduate student assisting…

Cuadros to deliver Winter Commencement address

Paul Cuadros, associate professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism and executive director of the UNC Scholars’ Latino Initiative, will be the featured speaker at the Winter Commencement ceremony. Chancellor Carol L. Folt will preside at the event, which takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec.…