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Hector Aizpurúa poses on a piano bench, facing away from the piano. Hill Hall, the music building, is in the background.

Finding his research rhythm

Héctor Aizpurúa, Jr. recounts his journey from remedial English classes to writing his honors thesis on the musical traditions of the displaced people of the Panama Canal.

Nine student actors line up, stomping and screaming, during rehearsal for a play.

Behind the scenes with Kenan Theatre Company

Part of the dramatic art department, Kenan Theatre Company offers a space for undergraduate students of all majors to learn essential elements of theater — including acting, production and technical skills — from professional directors and one another.

The outside of the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art, home of PlayMakers (Huthphoto)

PlayMakers new season offers fresh takes on favorites

The repertory company’s season lineup explores challenging topics through adaptations and comedy.

Collage: Left: headshot of Andrew Chan, right: cover of Mariah Carey book.

Bookmark This

Bookmark This is a feature that highlights new books by College faculty and alumni, published the first week of each month. This month’s featured book is “Why Mariah Carey Matters” (University of Texas Press) by Andrew Chan ’08.

Alex Upton carries his saxophone as he teaches students at the Carolina Jazz Festival.

Student musicians go from playing to teaching

At the UNC Summer Jazz Workshop, recent, current and incoming Carolina music students grow as educators and showcase the music department.

A student and teacher look on a small slide during a class in the opulent Wilson Library Reading Room.

Southern voices, future leaders

The inaugural cohort of Southern Futures Undergraduate Fellows is paving the way for generations of Tar Heels interested in deeply engaging with the South through student-led research and community-driven activism.

Three students sit on the steps on UNC's South Building, overlooking the trees on the main quad.

Carolina students turn downed trees into art

Since the fall of 2021, Jim Hirschfield’s wood sculpture class in the art and art history department and the Carolina Tree Heritage have given downed trees on Carolina’s campus new life.