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Elisa Troncoso sitting on a low stone wall, the stone Thomas Wolfe memorial behind her. (photo by Donn Young)

Meet a Tar Heel: 2023 Thomas Wolfe Scholar Elisa Troncoso

Elisa Troncoso is inspired by the most fundamental displays of humanity in her writing. The first-year student is the winner of this year’s prestigious Thomas Wolfe Scholarship.


Gabrielle Calvocoressi sitting in a plush blue chair in front of a stark brick background.

Poetic portals

Gabrielle Calvocoressi, associate professor in the department of English and comparative literature, uses poetry to revisit the people they have lost, unpack their feelings around gender and identity and recognize the small joys of everyday life.


A group of people stand on a black box theater stage smiling at the camera.

Oral histories of Black trailblazers brought to life by student performers Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

A performance woven from extensive oral histories of Institute of African American Research (IAAR) leaders will be brought to life by student performers in a public performance Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.


Pat Parker in Hyde Hall.

2023 Jefferson Award provides platform for ‘reckoning’

Winner Patricia Parker accepted in honor of a woman Thomas Jefferson enslaved and Ella Baker, a civil rights leader. Parker is director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences.


Left to right: Dr. Dana Lebo; Hilary Lithgow; Sam Rodriguez stand smiling at the camera.

Reading groups and equine therapy help veterans THRIVE

Since 2014, English teaching professor Hilary Lithgow has led a book group veterans; she has been working with Carolina’s THRIVE program since the spring.


Collage of black-and-white headshots of IAH fellows: (top row, left-right) Adam Versényi, Nadia Yaqub and Todd Ramón Ochoa and (bottom row, left-right) Jan Bardsley, Ray Dooley and Renée Alexander Craft.

Faculty leaders take the helms of Institute for the Arts and Humanities programs

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities has tapped the expertise and leadership of its former fellows and leaders across campus for its various faculty programs and initiatives for the 2023-2024 academic year.


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.