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Doctoral candidates in the Graduate Working Group with Critical Ethnic Studies Director Sharon Holland.

A Critical Space

Doctoral candidates with the new Critical Ethnic Studies Graduating Working Group are committed to focused intellectual work on institutional power, systems of privilege and inequity, and the regional and global cultures that engage and survive them.

Willa King paints during a drawing class at Studio Arts College International in Florence, Italy. (photo courtesy of Willa King)

Psyched for art

Senior Willa King writes about her internship last summer conducting art therapy with patients at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. King is pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in studio art.

Graphic shows the PlayMakers Repertory Company logo and the year 20/21 and the words in crooked handwriting "All Too Human: The Art of Comedy." (the title of the new season)

PlayMakers Repertory Company announces 2020-2021 season

“All Too Human: The Art of Comedy” features nine productions that explore the gamut of human emotions and experiences showcased in comedies both classic and new.

Professor John McGowan, flanked by Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz, left, and his department chair Mary Floyd-Wilson, right, receives the Thomas Jefferson Award at the Feb. 14 Faculty Council meeting. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

John McGowan wins Jefferson Award

McGowan put off faculty’s highest honor one more semester — until the eve of his retirement from the University — because in the fall, when it is usually awarded, he was busy leading the Honors Semester in London as the fall 2019 faculty director.

jazz festival poster

A Carolina Jazz Legacy, Built Note by Note

The 43rd annual Carolina Jazz Festival will take place from Thursday, Feb. 20, to Saturday, Feb. 22. Jim Ketch, the department’s director of jazz studies, will lead the festival for the final time.

Yi Zhou

Mastering Mandarin for Business

With nearly 1 billion speakers, Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken language in the world. That’s almost 15 percent of the global population — and why UNC Asian studies professor Yi Zhou has spent the past decade teaching advanced Mandarin courses to undergraduate and MBA students.

Geoffrey Chaucer with hearts in Valentine's Day graphic

Chaucer and the origins of Valentine’s Day

An expert on Medieval literature explains how Geoffrey Chaucer is responsible for our modern Valentine’s Day.

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