UNC Global Statement about Recent Performance
April 12, 2019
UNC Global welcomes students, faculty, and staff from over a hundred countries, represented by a diverse range of perspectives, traditions, and faiths—and we stand steadfast against hate in all its forms.
Many members of our community, including Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, are heartbroken and offended by a musical performance during the three-day “Conflict over Gaza” conference held at UNC-Chapel Hill in March and included in a recent video shared on social media.
Leaders of UNC Global and the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies—including Raymond Farrow, associate provost for global affairs and interim chief global officer; Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, senior associate dean for social sciences and global programs; Carl Ernst and Charles Kurzman, co-directors of the center; and Shai Tamari, associate director of the center—stand firmly with Chancellor Guskiewicz in absolute rejection of anti-Semitism.
The center and sponsors supported the conference as an educational opportunity to focus on the situation in Gaza. While the video misconstrues the breadth of discourse that took place during the panels, UNC Global regrets any offense that the video and performance have had for members of the Jewish community.