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Area Studies Centers Host Virtual K-12 Global Education Programs

August 11, 2020

The area studies centers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University collaborated to host a series of global education outreach programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Held during July, the virtual events connected teachers with relevant, digital resources to inspire them to incorporate more global content in the coming school year. The series was designed based on feedback from teachers on the UNC-CH and Duke University Area Studies Teacher Advisory Council, a group of educators who evaluate and support the direction of the six area studies centers’ K-12 outreach. The council requested a summer … Continued


Ana Vinea on Language, Illness, Method and Structural Violence

June 22, 2020

Ana Vinea, assistant professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, describes herself as “a cultural anthropologist of the Middle East with general research and teaching interests in medicine, occult practices and popular culture.” In this excerpt below from her long-form essay, she explores themes of language, illness, method and structural violence, connecting her own research in the field of medical anthropology to the overlapping crises of COVID-19 and struggles against white supremacy. Language and heroes More than 40 years ago, in 1978, Susan Sontag wrote Illness as Metaphor, a beautiful reflection on language and illness under the shadow … Continued


Class of 2020: Chasing Challenges at Carolina

May 4, 2020

A diploma from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is more than just a piece of paper. It means something different for everybody. It can represent a first-generation student turning a new page for his or her family. It could be the culmination of a lifelong dream or the first step to a long sought-after career. For Malikiya Hinds, her Carolina diploma is proof of her resiliency and a reminder that she was strong enough to transition to life in the U.S. on her own and excel, to overcome a disability and find a way to conduct research, … Continued


Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

March 23, 2020

As the state copes with the growing crisis over the novel coronavirus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members are sharing their expertise and guidance to help the people of North Carolina adapt to these challenging times. Faculty members have developed a COVID-19 test. They are also searching for a treatment, hosting webinars and publishing online resources, using their knowledge and experience for the public good. “Throughout its 226 years, Carolina has directly experienced events that changed us, our nation and the world. With each change, the Tar Heels of those times had to find new ways to … Continued


Terry Rhodes Named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

March 3, 2020

Terry Rhodes has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective March 1, Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert A. Blouin announced February 28, 2020. As dean of the College, she will oversee the largest academic unit at Carolina with more than 17,000 undergraduate students, nearly 2,500 graduate students, and more than 70 academic departments, curricula, programs, centers and institutes. “Terry has been an inspiring and strategic leader in the College for many years and has effectively led as interim dean this past year,” Guskiewicz said. “She has long been a champion … Continued


Preparing Global Leaders

February 26, 2020

UNC-Chapel Hill offers an array of programs, internships and educational opportunities that prepare students for life in an interconnected world, help them succeed in a global economy and encourage them to address complex issues. Here are a few ways Carolina prepares students to become global leaders. Global rotations The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is developing the next generation of global leaders in pharmacy through the Global Pharmacy Scholars (GPS) program, launched with a gift from Dhiren Thakker and his wife, Kailas. Thakker was former interim dean from 2017 to 2019. During their fourth year of study, students in the … Continued


UNC-Chapel Hill Ties for 14th for Fulbright US Student Awards Among Research Universities

February 11, 2020

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tied for 14th among research universities with the most students granted Fulbright awards for 2019-2020. UNC-Chapel Hill had 16 student recipients for the year. Universities ranked ahead of Carolina include Georgetown, Brown and Princeton. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of 16 research universities that has been on the top-producing list every year for the past 10 years. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given over 390,000 passionate and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, … Continued