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On the left, photo of Arturo Escobar, on the right book cover for his book titled Pluriversal Politics

Escobar elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Arturo Escobar, Kenan Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill, was elected to the 2021 class of  the American Academy of Arts & Sciences on April 22.


Two birds shown with a mountain background, the bird on the left is seed eating while the bird on the right looks the other way

Do dinosaurs and birds flock together?

A retired Carolina biologist’s new book offers more evidence to contradict the prevailing theory that today’s birds evolved from advanced dinosaurs and why that’s important.


Professor Even Feldman shown conducting with a mask on

The Other Side of the Podium

Conducting classes in the Department of Music offer students the opportunity to learn what it’s like behind the podium — gaining valuable insight into conducting methods while improving their skills as musicians.


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The P’urhépecha Podcasts

Through community radio and podcasts, Maria Gutierrez strives to preserve her ancestral language and identity — that of an indigenous people from Michoacán, Mexico, called the P’urhépecha.


Jacqueline Lawton sitting at a desk with a pen and notebook smiling

Diversifying the theater

Jacqueline Lawton’s work as a playwright and equity, inclusion and diversity coordinator has led to a greater range of programming by students in Carolina’s Kenan Theatre Company.


Angela Chin pictured on the left and Radhika Arora pictured on the right

Carolina Alumni Angela Chin and Radhika Arora Win Prestigious Rangel Fellowship

Following a highly competitive nationwide selection process, Radhika Arora ’18 and Angela Chin ’20 were awarded the 2021 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship.


Photo of the Tenrikyo Church in Japan

Spiritual Evolution

Through study of a “new” Japanese religion called Tenrikyo and centuries of Japanese history, PhD student Timothy Smith strives to understand how cultural shifts morph belief systems across generations.


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