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Meet a Tar Heel: Thomas Wolfe Scholar Alex Gast

Alex Gast is one of this year’s two recipients of the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship, a four-year, full-ride merit scholarship for exceptional students interested in creative writing. The scholarship is given by the department of English and comparative literature.

Pawan Dhingra

Dhingra to explore the Asian American experience during professorship at Duke and UNC

Pawan Dhingra will serve as Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor for 2022-2023.

Brian Hogan sits in front of a large screen showing the periodic table of elements.

A circuitous path

Brian Hogan’s journey to becoming a teaching professor in the College of Arts and Science’s chemistry department has been anything but a straight path. But through perseverance and asking for help, the Tar Heel found a way to quiet the doubt that lingered in the back of his mind.

FedEx Global Education Center atrium

Claudia Yaghoobi expands global connections for Carolina students

As the new director of the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies (CMEIS), Claudia Yaghoobi is eager to expand upon existing opportunities for students studying Middle Eastern and Persian studies, and to expand global partnerships with universities abroad.

Theodore Nollert stands outside under a tree.

Teaching poetry and literature in prison

Theodore Nollert, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of English and comparative literature, has taught American poetry and literature to an unexpected audience. He has traveled to Granville Correctional Institution dozens of times this year to teach a course to inmates.

New research examines ways to potentially diminish partisan animosity

Can we reduce partisan animosity? Researchers find that highlighting commonalities and reducing extremist voices in the news media are among the ways to help overcome division.

Carolina celebrates Latinx Heritage Month

This year’s theme for the celebration is “Vivir Mi Vida,” or “live my life,” with a focus on sharing the stories of the Latinx community and encouraging students to express their authentic selves.


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