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Cayla Colclasure sits at a desk in Wilson Library flipping through documents related to her research.

Prison camps and the Western North Carolina Railroad

Southern Futures Townsend Fellow Cayla Colclasure is studying the prison labor that built the Western North Carolina Railroad, which weaves through Old Fort in McDowell County, North Carolina.

Fenaba Addo stands outside near a tree.

How student debt affects Black borrowers more

Biden’s plan to tackle the student loan crisis is a good start, but it doesn’t do enough to address racial disparities, says public policy expert Fenaba Addo.

The Warren County Courthouse in Warren County, NC.

Reckoning and re-imagining in Warren County

UNC-Chapel Hill folklorist Glenn Hinson and playwright Jacqueline Lawton are working with community members to examine difficult topics in Warren County’s history and to help forge a new future.

Guzzo named new director of the Carolina Population Center

Karen Benjamin Guzzo, has been named the new director of the Carolina Population Center. Guzzo served as professor of sociology at Bowling Green State University, where she was also the director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research. She is a College of Arts and Sciences Ph.D. alumna.

Excavations by UNC-Chapel Hill archaeologist reveal first known depictions of two biblical heroines, episode in ancient Jewish art

This 10th season of excavations in the ancient Galilean synagogue at Huqoq uncovers intricate mosaic floor panels dating back nearly 1,600 years.

Steve Davis kneels down on the ground and talks to a group of students. He is standing in a trench.

Unearthing North Carolina’s past

This summer, undergraduates are experiencing history firsthand as part of the archaeology program’s field school.

Samba Camara sits in his office with a camera in the foreground and his computer in the background.

Preserving endangered Islamic manuscripts

Scholars from the department of African, African American and diaspora studies and a University Libraries digitization specialist traveled to Senegal and Mali to preserve and digitize 6,000 pages of handwritten Islamic manuscripts.