Middle East News

K-12 Teachers Learn about the Silk Road in Day-Long Workshop

Throughout history, communication routes and paths of trade have linked East and West, along which goods, knowledge, ideas, cultures and beliefs have been exchanged. On Saturday, April 8, 31 educators from across North Carolina traveled to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study these ancient trading routes known as the Silk Road…. Read more »

Six Students Selected for the 2017 Burch Fellowship

April 27, 2017

Six students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were selected as recipients of the 2017 Burch Fellowship to pursue unique and self-defined educational experiences anywhere off UNC’s campus, including abroad. The Burch Fellows Program was established in 1993 by a gift from UNC-CH alumnus Lucius E. Burch, III. Its purpose is to… Read more »

Gillings Researchers Find Further Evidence That Bats May Be Evolutionary Source of MERS

The evolutionary origins of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus (MERS-CoV) are unknown, but a collaborative team including researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health has found new evidence to support the hypothesis that the virus originated in bat populations. In the new findings co-authored by… Read more »

UNC Faculty and Students Collaborate across Disciplines on Medieval Flight Project

An art historian, a costume designer, a math biologist, a biomedical engineer and a team of undergraduate researchers unite to reimagine a breathtaking 9th-century flying experiment — and make a notable contribution to early aviation history. More than 1,000 years before the Wright brothers made their historic flight over Kitty Hawk, and 600 years before… Read more »

Carl Ernst Wins Global Humanities Translation Prize

The Global Humanities Initiative (GHI), in partnership with Northwestern University Press (NUP), has announced the winners of its inaugural Global Humanities Translation Prize. The $5,000 prize is awarded for a translation-in-progress of a non-Western literary or scholarly text; it honors two winners this year: Jason Grunebaum and Ulrike Stark, both from the University of Chicago,… Read more »

Former CIA Director Discusses Global Shifts During Annual Weatherspoon Lecture

What keeps the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency up at night? Michael Hayden answered that question at the annual Weatherspoon Lecture on Feb. 1 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School. The retired four-star general, who worked under three presidential administrations through both terror… Read more »

Fourth Annual GillingsX Talks Showcased Students’ Global Health Work

Six students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health gave presentations about their global health research experiences during the fourth annual GillingsX talks on March 23. About 120 people attended the event. The event, hosted by Gillings’ Student Global Health Committee (SGHC), is modeled after the Technology, Entertainment… Read more »