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Q and A with new Secretary of the Faculty Vin Steponaitis

Vincas P. Steponaitis came to Carolina in 1988 to be the director of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology in the College of Arts and Sciences. When Faculty Council reconvenes this fall, Steponaitis will have a new role, as the first new Secretary of the Faculty in 20 years.


African voters show lack of support for climate change policies

Elected officials in Africa who advocate for adoption of climate change policies may actually lose voter support, according to new research by public policy scholars at UNC-Chapel Hill and Harvard University.


Well Said: The intersection of politics and the Olympics

The Olympic Games may have been founded to serve as a political-free zone to foster peace, but it hasn’t always worked out that way. As the world turns its attention to for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, UNC’s “Well Said” podcast features a conversation with historian Andrew Matthews about the intersection of politics and the Olympics.


Getting to Know the American Presidents

Emeritus UNC College of Arts & Sciences history professor William Leuchtenburg talks about his new book, 20th-century presidents, and the personal experiences that shaped his understanding of them.


New mosaics discovered in synagogue excavations in Galilee

UNC-Chapel Hill archaeologist and project leader Jodi Magness says no other ancient synagogue contains such a rich collection of mosaics depicting biblical stories.


American Council of Learned Societies awards 2016 research fellowships

Faculty and graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences have won 2016 fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) to support their research. ACLS, based in New York City, is a private, nonprofit federation of national scholarly organizations in the humanities and related social sciences. ACLS fellowships and grants are awarded to scholars for excellence in … Continued


Exploring silence as a vehicle of deeper thought

Senior Rukmini Deva is a SURF recipient and undergraduate researcher in biology, with a minor in religious studies. Her research focuses on monastic silence — a lifetime of voluntary commitment to silence and/or “stillness.”