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As storm clouds approach and rain starts to fall, Zar Ree rushes out to plant seeds. (photo by Jon Gardiner)

For the Love of Language

Since 1984, over 100,000 Karen refugees have fled their homeland of Myanmar to escape civil war. Linguistics PhD students Amy Reynolds and Jen Boehm strive to understand this shift and hope to preserve the Karen people’s histories in the process.


UNC-KCL Workshop Participants March 2020.

UNC and King’s College London host joint symposium

Intellectual rigor was met with collegial support at a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill joint symposium with King’s College London on political change in Eastern Europe in Spring 2020. 


Drums play a large role in African music, according to UNC-Chapel Hill researcher Petal Samuel. Photo shows a closeup of people hitting drums.

Sounding the Alarm

Racial discrimination is not only a matter of sight — sound can also be racialized. Petal Samuel’s research traces colonial bans on drums and horns included in slave codes to modern-day noise abatement efforts in black communities.


Joseph Jordan (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Light, liberty and the promotion of black art, history and culture

Massey Award winner Joseph Jordan embodies the University’s “Lux, Libertas” motto and makes the Stone Center a vital part of campus.


Photo of Old Well with campus seal in the foreground by Donn Young

A Message from Dean Rhodes

This has been a deeply painful and disturbing week for our nation, with the video that has emerged of George Floyd and his horrible death in police custody in Minneapolis.


The Old Well in summer 2017

Eleven UNC students awarded Fulbrights

Eleven students and recent graduates from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been selected to receive the Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for the 2020-2021 academic year.


Angela Stuesse with Celso Mendoza.

Vulnerable workers, unsafe conditions

There have been more than 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in poultry and other meat processing plants in North Carolina, and over 10,000 cases across the United States. The industry is the subject of UNC-Chapel Hill anthropologist Angela Stuesse’s scholarly work.


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