FYS Documentary Theatre 09The 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.

Whether stories are borne out of our own histories and experiences or from our imagination, we interpret and create them whether we are writing novels or plays, performing poetry slams or rap, making films or exploring the narrative potential of other media. Every storyteller needs a receptive and responsive audience.

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    How costumes unfold

    Students in UNC’s costume production MFA program have worked for weeks to bring costume renderings by New York-based designer Andrea Hood from paper to stage for the show, which runs through April 29.

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    PlayMakers Repertory Company presents “My Fair Lady”

    PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s “My Fair Lady,” the most “loverly” musical of them all, at the Paul Green Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art April 5-29.

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    PlayMakers stages Shakespeare for all

    This year, in addition to producing Twelfth Night as part of their main-stage season, PlayMakers also brought Measure for Measure to the local community through their inaugural Mobile Shakespeare unit.

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    PlayMakers Repertory Company presents “Twelfth Night”

    PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” at the Paul Green Theatre March 1-19. The production is directed by Jerry Ruiz, Associate Artistic Director at PlayMakers, in his directorial debut with the company.

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    ‘Rooms: A Dance Drama’ explores issues of gender, race, identity

    The piece “Yes,” which opens the “Rooms: A Dance Drama” performance, is about the complicated relationships that women have with one another — sometimes helping each other and sometimes acting against each other. (photo by Kristen Chavez) Ayana King stands … Continued

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    PlayMakers Repertory Company announces 2017-2018 season

    The 2017-2018 Main-stage season from UNC-Chapel Hill’s professional theater in residence leaps into multiple perspectives on questions of morality, family, history’s edges and the complexities of human connection.

  • Professor Jim Ketch (right) and music major Renee McGee ’20 perform “Fanfare for a New Theater” by Igor Stravinsky at the ceremony. (photo by Kristen Chavez)

    A home worthy of great music

    When scheduling the Feb. 8 dedication of the renovated Hill Hall and ribbon cutting for its modernized auditorium, the music department certainly planned to show off its superior acoustics with performances of Bach and Schubert by faculty and students. But … Continued

  • Ketch teaches students of all ages. He says the best advice he gives them is to quickly develop a vivid aural imagination, an idea of “what you want something to sound like.” (photo by Dan Sears)

    Celebrating 40 years of jazz at Carolina

    Jim Ketch is a music professor in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences and a passionate jazz musician. As a professional trumpeter, his talent has taken him around the globe and has allowed him to perform with Aretha Franklin and in venues like Carnegie Hall. This is the 40th year of Ketch’s leadership of the Carolina Jazz Festival. We talked to him about the origins of his talent, his love of the trumpet and his most memorable performances. The 2017 Jazz Festival starts on Feb. 15

  • Dolly Parton’s first recording will be the first release in a new partnership between UNC Library’s Southern Folklife Collection and Yep Roc Records. (Dolly Parton publicity still from the Southern Folklife Collection)

    Southern Folklife Collection teams up with local record label

    Music lovers will soon be able to own rare audio history, thanks to a partnership between the Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Yep Roc Records, based in Hillsborough. The SFC, part … Continued

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    PlayMakers Repertory Company presents “Intimate Apparel”

    This quietly beautiful story explores the struggle of finding intimacy and purpose while chasing your dreams. The show runs Jan. 25-Feb. 12.

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    Pentecostalism and prestige in the Dominican Republic

    Upon conducting research in the Dominican Republic, UNC religious studies assistant professor Brendan Thornton found that gang members could leave their lives behind by becoming a part of the Pentecostal Church.

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    Structure. Loyalty. Faith. Leadership. The characteristics exhibited by churchgoers share many similarities to the values of gang members. Both groups believe in the power of the collective and something greater than themselves. At least, that’s what UNC religious studies professorBrendan … Continued

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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.

  • The Wilmington Ten held a press conference at Central Prison in Raleigh to denounce Governor Jim Hunt’s decision not to pardon them.

    Proving Innocence: Lessons from the Wilmington Ten

    “The Wilmington Ten” is UNC professor Kenneth Janken’s third book. He’s also written two biographies, one on Rayford Logan — a Civil Rights Movement activist — and another on former NAACP President Walter White.

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    ‘The Hole Story’ behind Daniel Wallace’s new children’s book

    Daniel Wallace has written and illustrated a new children’s book, The Hole Story, about a Hole and his search for a place in the world (recommended for readers ages 2 to 7.) We recently chatted with Wallace about the book.

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    You think that’s funny? A professor explores the ‘why’ behind humor

    What is the connection between humor and philosophy? “I learned that in order to understand why something is funny, you must understand the philosophical ideas behind ethics and beauty,” said Madison Scott, another student in Matthew Kotzen’s class.

  • Grammy winners The Steep Canyon Rangers practice with the Carolina Bluegrass Band during the Carolina Bluegrass Summit at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Photo by Melanie Busbee/UNC-Chapel Hill)

    Breaking down Bluegrass

    Playing in a new class called the Carolina Bluegrass Band, Liz Short experienced a surreal moment when the band shared a stage with the Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers.

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    One Giant Leap in the Dark

    We can’t know how a transformative experience — like walking on the moon — will change us until we make that first small step. UNC philosopher L.A. Paul explains.

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    PlayMakers Repertory Company presents ‘The May Queen’

    PlayMakers Repertory Company presents the regional premiere of The May Queen, an acclaimed original comedy by Molly Smith Metzler, Nov. 22-Dec. 11, directed by Vivienne Benesch.

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    A classic returns to the stage

    For Vivienne Benesch, producing artistic manager for PlayMakers, the decision to revisit Arthur Miller’s The Crucible during PlayMakers’ 2016-2017 season and an election year was an easy one. The Crucible, in its essence, is a play about people living in … Continued

  • Mohammad Moussa’s work, “Shattered Glass,” is a reflection on the tragic shootings of his three friends last year. (photo courtesy of Mohammad Moussa)

    Poets take on topics of justice

        A close friend of the three Muslim students slain in Chapel Hill in 2015 will bring a multimedia performance he created in their honor to the UNC campus in the spring. “Shattered Glass,” by NC State graduate Mohammad … Continued

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    PlayMakers celebrates 40 years with Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’

    PlayMakers Repertory Company celebrates 40 years of professional theater with its main-stage production of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” which runs in the Paul Green Theatre Oct. 19-Nov. 6. Special events associated with the show begin Oct. 12. Miller’s landmark play … Continued

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    Big Man on Campus

    One hundred years ago, Thomas Wolfe boarded a train in Asheville, bound for Chapel Hill. He arrived on campus Sept. 12, 1916, a precocious, gangly youth with a baby face atop a 6-foot-3-inch frame. He was only 15 and still growing.

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    Jill McCorkle to Deliver Thomas Wolfe Lecture Oct. 4

    North Carolina native and nationally acclaimed “born story-teller” Jill McCorkle will receive the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Prize and deliver the annual lecture on Oct. 4 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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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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    Detroit ’67 Opens PlayMakers’ Main-stage Season

    PlayMakers Repertory Company opens the 2016-17 main-stage season with Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ‘67 on stage Sept. 14 through Oct. 2. Special events associated with the show begin Sept. 7. It’s 1967, and the world is shifting for two siblings running an … Continued

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    The UNC Process Series Announces 2016-17 Season: Spoken Justice

    The Process Series: New Works in Development, now entering its ninth year, presents Spoken Justice, a season of provocative, powerful performances exploring seminal issues of social justice, past and present. Focusing on North Carolina stories and local artists, the main … Continued

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    Stephen Israel ’66 Honors Renaissance English Professor Who Changed his Life

    “My colleagues have M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, which I do not,” said Israel. “However, it is my communications skills that have paved the way for my success, and I attribute much of that to O.B. Hardison.”

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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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    History, Social Commentary, and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

    Randall Styers and William Sturkey will provide historical context for both witch hunting in the early modern era, as well as Communist “witch hunting” in the U.S. in the 1950’s.

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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.

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    Creating an archive of civil rights voices

    This story was originally published in the online edition of Carolina Arts & Sciences magazine. Assistant professor of digital humanities Seth Kotch doesn’t think textbooks give a full picture of the civil rights era. “We learn about the civil rights movement … Continued

  • Chapel Hill, NC January 30, 2013 -  Heidi Kim is an assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UNC Chapel Hill. Her research and teaching ranges through 19th-21st century American literature, and she has recently been researching the history of the Bunker twins. Students Hetali Lodaya, Jimmy Fulcher Jr and Ellen Lesser are also researching with Professor Kim. Many of the Bunker twins' papers and artifacts are house at UNC's Wilson Library. Photography by Steve Exum.  (exumphoto.com)

    When Literature and History Leap Off the Page

    Heidi Kim believes in having her students create projects that connect literature and history and stretch beyond the walls of the University.

  • DJ A-Minor (André Barden) performs for students in a first year seminar class, Making and Marketing Music in the Digital Age.  The class is taught by Mark Katz who routinely brings professional DJs to the class to talk about their work and demonstrate their skills. (photo by Mary Lide Parker)

    They’ve Got the Beat

    Creative writing professor Bland Simpson and music professor Mark Katz are inspiring students’ creativity with their classes in popular music.

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    Hungry for the Humanities

    After 35 years, the Program in the Humanities is more popular, inventive and relevant than ever.

  • Kathryn Hunter-Williams (back row, right) and her first-year seminar class in documentary theater. (photo by Kristen Chavez)

    Dramatic Art Lecturer Receives Arts Grant for Project Focusing on Men on Death Row

    Kathryn Hunter-Williams and her colleague Lynden Harris have received a MAP Fund grant to support the project “Serving Life,” which explores race, class, compassion and justice with men on death row and those sentenced as children to life without parole.

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    Connecting Scholarship and Cultural Preservation in Panama

    For more than a decade, the fruits of Renee Craft’s field research — audio and video interviews in technical formats ranging from Hi8 to mini-DV — had been sealed away in “oversized Tupperware tombs” under her bed.

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    The Music of Discovery

    Lee Weisert’s music has taken a number of forms, from pieces made exclusively from the sounds of shattering glass to more familiar combinations of electronic elements with orchestral instruments.