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Rocky Mount Mills invoice from 1970.

The story of North Carolina’s Rocky Mount Mills

UNC’s Community Histories Workshop has developed Digital Rocky Mount Mills, a website with resources and information for those interested in the mill’s history, the North Carolina textile industry, K-12 pedagogy, African American genealogy, oral history and memory, historic preservation and economic development.


Photo of six women, dated 1937.

New Student-curated Online Exhibition Looks at Women’s Experiences at Carolina

“Climbing the Hill: Women in the History of UNC” focuses on women’s experiences at Carolina, covering a range of intersectional topics, including sexuality, race and age. The exhibition’s timeline begins before the admittance of the first female student, Mary McRae, in 1897, with artifacts including a dance card that men used to record their dance partners’ names when attending balls.


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.


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.


shot of the bell tower at an angle with a beautiful blue sky and orange and yellow flowers in the foreground

College of Arts & Sciences recognizes 12 new distinguished professors

Congratulations to the 12 faculty who were recently appointed distinguished professors or distinguished term professors in the College of Arts & Sciences. Their new appointments take effect July 1.


Picture shows the beach and dunes in Rodanthe, on the Outer Banks.

New center helps prepare the state for increasing environmental threats

The Center for Resilient Communities and Environment is working with North Carolina communities to understand their vulnerability to natural stressors and help them develop strategies to strengthen their community’s resilience.


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