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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.


First-year MFA students who participated in the "Ram's Tales" album project; this photo by AhDream Smith serves as the album cover.

Storytelling and service

First-year MFA students in Gwendolyn Schwinke’s spring voice and speech class used their acting skills for good to produce an online album of international folk tales for UNC Children’s Hospital.


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.


Zombie eyes on a green screen with the words: "Zombie eyes have rendered me powerless"

Meaning behind the monsters

Brendan Thornton lures students into his class with zombies, vampires and demons, then hits them with the serious stuff.


Erica Janko

Precarious workers and COVID-19

Precarious workers are particularly vulnerable to economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and a UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member, with the help of graduate students, is leading a new study to learn about their current and longer-term challenges.


The Love House and Hutchins Forum, home of the Center for the Study of the American South, at dusk. (photo by Donn Young)

New Southern Futures podcast to explore the diverse and changing region of the South

The College of Arts & Sciences and the Southern Futures initiative announce the launch of Southern Futures, a podcast to reimagine the American South. The first episode, “The Push and Pull of the South,” features poet Tyree Daye.


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