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Carolina’s Human Heart: Living the Arts and Humanities

The arts and humanities inform, inspire, ignite and excite us. They bring context and meaning to the important issues of the day — and to our lives. In fall 2016, the College of Arts & Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill launched a yearlong initiative that amplifies and integrates the work that College faculty, staff, students and alumni are doing in the wide array of fields that the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences embrace.

Events, lectures, conferences, new research, courses, performances, exhibitions — you’ll find all of that and much more at this website, which is designed to serve as a central resource to assist academic departments, units and other schools at UNC-Chapel Hill to further conversations and collaborations. Read more about the initiative at the College’s website or read the press release here.

Follow Carolina’s Human Heart on social media at @unccollegeheart on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


The six themes

To recognize the important role that the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences play in helping us understand and address the major issues of our time, this yearlong initiative will bring special focus to six major themes: Social Justice, An Enlightened Citizenry, Tolerance and Understanding, Global EngagementFood and the Environment and Storytelling.

On this website, each theme – Social Justice, An Enlightened Citizenry, Tolerance and Understanding, Global Engagement, Food and the Environment and Storytelling – is represented by a colored brushstroke in our Carolina’s Human Heart logo. Look for the colors or search the tags to find stories and events that relate to each theme. (Of course, many topics cover multiple themes.)


A message from Terry Rhodes, senior associate dean for fine arts and humanities

Terry Rhodes

This is my life’s passion. I’ve been a UNC faculty member for almost 30 years. I’m moving into my fifth year as senior associate dean for fine arts and humanities, and I’ve been teaching and performing for a long time. I see on a daily basis the way arts and humanities can create bridges of understanding. I know how a book or play or performance or op-ed can really have an impact and make significant differences in people’s lives.

The humanities and arts are so much a part of people’s lives: they enrich us, unite us and help us understand what it means to be human.

Though the celebration is a yearlong initiative, Carolina’s Human Heart will live on to continue the legacy of great arts and humanities education at UNC.

I invite you to browse this website to find information about related news and feature stories, resources and links to advance your own study of the humanities, and a calendar of events.


A look back

As Carolina’s Human Heart draws to a close, here’s a video highlighting the year’s events, artists, celebrations and more:


Discover the Arts, Humanities and Qualitative Social Sciences


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.

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.

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.