Marcie Ferris with food in focusThe arts, humanities and social sciences teach critical and creative thinking and complex problem-solving skills that will help our graduates to lead and succeed in an increasingly global, interconnected world.

After careful consideration, the steering committee chose six themes to highlight the work at Carolina that helps us understand and address the critical issues of our time.

How do people’s traditions around food differ, and how do their environments influence them? The arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences help us think critically about pressing topics such as food ethics, sustainability and food insecurity. This theme offers synergies with the university’s two-year campus-wide theme, Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives.

You can find other Food and the Environment news, research and events by tag or by a purple .

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  • 30th Annual Carolina Indian Circle Powwow held at Fetter Gym Saturday, March 4, 2017.

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    ‘A treasure’

    The Carolina Indian Circle celebrated its 30th annual powwow Saturday at Fetzer Gym with more than 30 dancers from American Indian tribes from throughout North Carolina participating in the ceremony.

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    Jewish Food in the Global South: A Symposium

    This two-day symposium will explore Jewish food in and of the global South, a concept that references the historic diversity of the American South and its vibrant cultural intersections with the nation and the world over time.

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    Maynard Adams Fellows focus on humanities for the public good

    A new fellowship funded by the Taylor Charitable Trust is supporting graduate students with interests in how humanities scholarship can be tied to a public outreach focus.

  • Maize for sale at a Burkina Faso market.

    Food through a new lens

    UNC cultural anthropologist Colin Thor West became interested in the lives of rural farmers and the challenges they face when he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa, from 1994 to 1996. Today he focuses his research on food insecurity issues in neighboring Burkina Faso.

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    UNC-King’s College London Partnership in History Produces New Book on ‘Walking Histories’

    The humble act of walking is fundamental to humankind, but as a historical subject walking has received little scholarly attention. A collaborative effort between historians on both sides of the Atlantic is looking to fill in this gap the academic literature.

  • Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law, NYU, and author of ìThe Ethicistî column in the New York Times, speaks at the inaugural Chancellorís Lecture in Ethics: ìEthics among the Humanitiesî Sept. 15, 2016 at the Kenan Theatre at the Center for Dramatic Art.

    Appiah Speech Kicks Off Carolina’s Human Heart Initiative

    Kwame Anthony Appiah, professor of philosophy and law at New York University and “The Ethicist” columnist for The New York Times, came to campus to deliver the inaugural Chancellor’s Lecture in Ethics on Sept. 15. Co-sponsored by the College of … Continued

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    Ethicist Kwame Anthony Appiah Kicks Off Humanities Celebration

    Kwame Anthony Appiah will deliver the keynote lecture “Ethics Among the Humanities” as a kick-off to a yearlong celebration of the humanities on September 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Kenan Theater.

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    UNC Wins Grant as Part of $1.65 Million NEH Next Generation PhD Initiative

    “Re-envisioning the Humanities PhD” is a year-long campus-wide conversation on graduate education in the humanities, which will be funded by a $25,000 NEH planning grant and matched by UNC.

  • Elizabeth Engelhardt examines cookbooks in an exhibit at Wilson Library. (photo by Donn Young)

    ‘Food is a Story about Class, Race and Gender’

    Elizabeth Engelhardt started writing about food by beginning with leftovers. Not the remains of a meal; the remains of her research.

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    Platter Chatter

    Jeff Sebo’s goal is to get people to think about what we put on our plates. When we question the things that people normally take for granted, we can learn to live more authentically — and do more good along the way.