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Preserving endangered Islamic manuscripts

Scholars from the department of African, African American and diaspora studies and a University Libraries digitization specialist traveled to Senegal and Mali to preserve and digitize 6,000 pages of handwritten Islamic manuscripts.


The Old Well under a clear blue sky.

College of Arts & Sciences awards $36,000 in grants to support DEI initiatives 

The College of Arts & Sciences awarded 13 academic departments a total of $36,000 in grants to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion  


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Michael Figueroa: Facilitating community

Michael Figueroa, who has led the Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty Group at the IAH throughout the pandemic, views the group as an opportunity for people to find support networks. “I want the ethos of the group to scale from the one-on-one to the collective.”


Lucía Stavig: Advocating for Indigenous women and communities

Following graduation, Ph.D. student Lucia Stavig plans to continue advocacy work and to uplift the efforts of Indigenous women and communities so they can heal. At Carolina, her adviser was Florence Babb in the department of anthropology in the College of Arts & Sciences. 


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Roots of Afro-Latin rhythms

Researchers speak to Black dancers, choreographers, musicians, and academics about the roots of various Afro-Latin rhythms, the role of dance and music in identity formation, and how racism manifests in the Afro-Latin dance scene.


Former Summer Bridge alumna pays it forward

“To whom much is given, much is required.” This is what Latonya Brown-Puryear always remembers her father saying. The physician took his words to heart when she endowed a scholarship to the Summer Bridge Program.


Emily McDonnell at The Gift scuplture near the Student Union.

Emily McDonnell: A passion for telling contemporary Native American stories

Ph.D. student Emily McDonnell (American studies) is a proud citizen of the Navajo Nation. She is currently a Humanities for the Public Good Fellow at the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs. We caught up with McDonnell for  Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week.


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