College of Arts and Sciences

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 »

Santiago Gangotena

Founder of Ecuador’s First Private University Wins Alumni Award

October 19, 2009

Santiago Gangotena, who received his Ph.D. in physics from Carolina in 1977, received a Distinguished Alumnus Award at the University Day celebration on Oct. 12. Gangotena founded the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), the first private university in Ecuador, in 1987. The university now enrolls 5,000 students, 3,300 of whom are undergraduates. Although USFQ receives… Read more »

Teachable Moments

British literary scholar Christopher Armitage has never been shy about dramatizing an important lesson. Students and colleagues will recall when he dressed up as William Richardson Davie, the University’s main founder, for an outdoor celebration during the campus bicentennial in the 1990s. (As he did during the Carolina First campaign, at left.) The professor dutifully… Read more »

From Japan to Chapel Hill: Gift will Benefit Students of African American Literature

A $370,000 gift that honors the life of Japanese businessman Masami Ito will benefit undergraduate and graduate students of African American literature in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences. The Japan-to-Carolina ties begin with Masami Ito’s daughter, Akiyo, who came to Chapel Hill in 1992 to pursue her interest in African American and Southern literature…. Read more »