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Mellon Fellowship will support UNC historian’s documentary on Jamaican immigrants

Heather Williams, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship to support her work on a documentary film on Jamaican immigrants. New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities who seek to acquire training outside their disciplines. According to the Mellon Foundation, the awards … Continued

Historian’s new book chronicles slaves’ search for lost family members

UNC historian Heather Williams tells the stories of slave members’ search for lost family members after the Civil War in her new book, “Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery.”

DeSimone elected into National Academy of Sciences

Joseph DeSimone, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors that a U.S. scientist or engineer can receive.

Carolina Commencement to feature Mayor Bloomberg as speaker May 13

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will speak, and he and four other luminaries will receive honorary degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the May 13 Commencement ceremony.

UNC academic advisers win national advising awards

Five academic advisers in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have won 2012 national advising awards for making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. The awards will be presented by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) at its annual conference in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 4-7. Gidi Shemer, lecturer in … Continued

Religious studies doctoral candidate receives prestigious fellowship

Gregory “G.A.” Lipton, a doctoral candidate in religious studies in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, has received a prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences who are addressing questions of ethical and religious values.

PlayMakers, dramatic art present second reading of ‘8’ with Raleigh Little Theatre

PlayMakers Repertory Company and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill department of dramatic art will present a second staged reading of “8,” a new play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8, in partnership with Raleigh Little Theatre.