K-12 teachers participating in an educational tour of Morocco visit the Heri el Souani granary in Meknes, Morocco.

Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies Supports Summer Travel to Morocco for K-12 Teachers

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller,” said Ibn Battuta, a prominent Moroccan traveler and scholar who first set out to complete hajj in Mecca in the early fourteenth century. His initial attempt failed, but the experience inspired Ibn Battuta to spend the next 30 years traversing the world, likely… Read more »


Well Said: Archeology and the Huqoq Mosaics

October 19, 2016

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 archeological excavations to better understand the history of ancient Palestine. In this week’s episode, Magness talks about… Read more »

Colin Thor West

Anthropology Concentration in ‘Food, Environment and Sustainability’ Explores Food Through a New Lens

October 18, 2016

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 him traveled… Read more »

Paul Cuadros

Cuadros to Deliver Winter Commencement Address

October 14, 2016

Paul Cuadros, associate professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism and executive director of N.C. Sli, will be the featured speaker at the Winter Commencement ceremony. Chancellor Carol L. Folt will preside over the event, which takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, in the… Read more »

Puerto Rican-American singer, dancer and actress Rita Moreno delivers the keynote speech to begin Carolina’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Moreno was the first Latina to be recognized as an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner. Photo by Jon Gardiner.

Rita Moreno Still a Latina Trailblazer in her 80s

October 11, 2016

The average 84-year-old doesn’t wear a black leather jacket, skinny pants and boots studded with silver, the same color as her big hoop earrings and short hair. But Rita Moreno – one of only 12 entertainers to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award – is no ordinary 84-year-old. “The leather surprised you, didn’t… Read more »

UNC researchers Scott Gifford and Adrian Marchetti take water samples off the Galapagos Islands in 2015. Photo by Mary Lide Parker/UNC-Chapel Hill.

UNC Researcher Develops Test Scenarios for Sustaining Ecotourism in the Galápagos

October 10, 2016

If ecotourism in the Galápagos Islands—a province of Ecuador 1,000 kilometers from the mainland—continues to match its growth rate of the past two decades, the renowned sea turtles, giant tortoises, marine iguanas and unique landscapes that help attract visitors face serious risks. That’s among the scenarios developed by researchers at the University of North Carolina… Read more »


Conference to Explore Islam and Religious Identity, Oct. 14-16

The inextricable link between religion and culture will be explored in a multidisciplinary conference on “Islam and Religious Identity: The Limits of Definition” on Oct. 14-16 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Recognizing that there is no single definition of Islam, the conference will examine the diversity of cultures around the world… Read more »