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Silent Sam’s centennial subject of library lecture

The early history of the controversial “Silent Sam” statue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be the topic of a free public lecture Jan. 22 at the Wilson Special Collections Library.

Alumni’s work featured in art exhibition

The John & June Allcott Gallery and the Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series will present Sharon Lee Hart (MFA ’07) and Ashley Oates (MFA ’01) in an alumni exhibition from Jan. 17 to Feb. 7, 2013. Hart will also deliver the Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture on Jan. 17.

Fussy babies spend more time in front of the TV

Moms, especially those who are obese, are more likely to use TV to entertain and soothe infants who are more fussy and active, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

UNC College Calendar: January arts and talks

Happy New Year. Get warmed up for the spring term by checking out the many events on the College of Arts and Sciences January calendar. Highlights and links below. Jan. 9 – 13: PlayMakers’ PRC2 presents And God Created Great Whales. $15-$36. Jan. 10: A folklore colloquium with Grammy Award winners Lance and April Ledbetter, Mississippi Blues Trail creator … Continued

PlayMakers presents ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ with ‘Clybourne Park’

PlayMakers Repertory Company offers audiences two insightful looks at race and the meaning of home in productions of “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Clybourne Park,” to be performed in rotating repertory Jan. 26 to March 3.

Reviews confirm academic problems, validate reforms

The University’s board of trustees received two external reviews Thursday concerning past academic irregularities in African and Afro-American studies. Reviewers found that the problems began in 1997, involved two persons who no longer work here, and did not occur in any other academic departments. Reviewers also validated the extensive policies now in place to prevent similar problems in the future.

Demographer Yang Yang finds link between health and social connectivity

Over the past three decades, researchers have shown that people with fewer connections to family, friends, and social groups have a greater risk of being in poor health than do people with many social connections. Sociologist Yang Yang is determined to find out why.