Former British Ambassador to the United States Delivers a Candid View of Diplomatic Life

February 5, 2010

February 5, 2010 Morehead-Cain E-News Barely halfway through his first UNC class, Sir Christopher Meyer beamed with mischievous glee as students tried to guess who might’ve been the most boring dinner party guest in late ’90s Washington, D.C. Meyer’s wife, Lady Catherine Meyer, was answering a question about diplomatic spouses when she mentioned the agony… Read more »

James Hansen

Hansen Discusses Global Climate Change

February 4, 2010

Despite icy roads, hundreds of students, faculty, staff and area residents crowded into Memorial Hall on Feb. 1 to hear leading climatologist James Hansen discuss “Global Climate Change: What Must We Do Now.” Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was at UNC as the Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Arts… Read more »

Chalkdust, Genocide & the King of Pop

February 2, 2010

Fall 2009 Carolina Passport When I walked into the bare, chalk-dusty classroom, I was met by the screeching of wooden desks on concrete as the children scrambled to their feet. They welcomed me in English, a monotone chorus of their third or fourth language, “Good morning, our guest!” Except it sounded something like,“Goot mah-neeng awah… Read more »

What’s the Story, Ireland?

February 2, 2010

Glencolumbkille, County Donegal, was an odd place. In Irish it means “the Glen of St. Colum Cille,” a saint who drove all the demons out of the Glen by shooting his magic bell at them. After the cross-eyed bus driver told me this, I hopped out of his vehicle, grabbed my backpack and guitar, and… Read more »

Crushing Caste with the Wheel of Dharma

February 2, 2010

The ceremony begins around 10 a.m. and already the temperature is in the low 90s with a stifling humidity, making my kurta stick against my back. A monk approaches the podium and delivers a rousing speech in Hindi, periodically interrupted by a chorus of voices chanting, “Jai Buddha! Jai Ambedkar! Jai Baba Saheb!” I’m surrounded… Read more »


February 1, 2010

The first time I lifted the lid off a beehive, I was greeted by the gentle, energizing hum of beating wings, the flow of guard bees darting towards my face, and what I have come to know as the most comforting smell I’ve ever experienced—a mixture of warmed honey, fresh beeswax and nature’s sweetest nectars…. Read more »

My New Nepali Friend

February 1, 2010

The landslide buried the road in front of us under massive amounts of earth. It was the only road to the city of Pokhara, Nepal, from the southern town of Lumbini, where I was visiting Buddha’s birthplace. We waited for rag-tag work crews to clear the road as the day passed. Meanwhile, I was crammed… Read more »