Middle East News

Three refugees who escaped a brutal civil war in Libya pose for a portrait at their temporary home in San Giovanni, Italy. The men, who asked that their identities be obscured, made the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean with hopes of a better life. Photo by Gabriela Arp '16 M.A.

Refugees in Europe, GeTMA Berlin and TAM

By Sarah A. Hutchison, associate director of the TransAtlantic Masters program Reaching out to Refugees Last summer the U.S. media focused a great deal of attention on the refugee crisis in Europe. The main point of interest involved the Syrians fleeing civil war at home: the crossings, the shipwrecks, the flight towards Europe. During this… Read more »

International Conference on Sufi Performance Strengthens Ties between UNC and UCAD

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) collaborated together on the international conference “ZIKR | Locating Sufi Performance: Critical Perspectives on Music, Ritual and Remembrance,” held in Dakar, Senegal, June 5-7, 2017. This was the first joint conference held in partnership between the two institutions, which have… Read more »

New Antiviral Drug Holds Potential to Defeat Myriad Coronaviruses

Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health have confirmed that an experimental antiviral treatment prevents the development of SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV) disease in mice. The drug, GS-5734, also inhibits MERS-CoV and multiple other coronaviruses (CoV), suggesting that the treatment may inhibit all CoV. To date, there… Read more »

UNC Physician Researcher Calls for Public Health Initiatives to Address Female Genital Mutilation

A commentary by Dilshad Jaff, published online June 7 in the journal Medicine, Conflict and Survival, calls for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting in Iraqi Kurdistan. Jaff is research adviser for conflict prevention and disaster preparedness in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Research Innovations and Global Health Solutions unit… Read more »