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The Politics of Polarization Features

The road to the White House is usually rocky. But this time the pavement has been split wide open by extreme polarization — and not just between Democrats and Republicans. The landscape within the parties has also fractured into the mainstream and the mavericks.

Otha Turner stands behind a horse and saddle

The South in Color Features

“The South in Color” completes an informal trilogy that Bill Ferris began with “Give My Poor Heart Ease” and “The Storied South.” The earlier works featured his black-and-white photographs of Southern musicians and writers; this is his first book of color photographs.

Chérie Ndaliko enjoys a laugh with photographer Steve Exum during the cover shoot.

Behind the scenes: The Carolina’s Human Heart photo shoot Features

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the making of our magazine cover in this photo shoot for “Carolina’s Human Heart: Living the Arts and Humanities,” featuring assistant professor of music Cherie Ndaliko and spoken word poet Will McInerney.

Black and White image of Will McInerney

“Spoken Word/Spoken Justice”: A Q&A with Will McInerney Features

“Spoken word poetry and oral storytelling are at the core of what it means to be human.” More from Will McInerney.

Kane Smego

“Spoken Word/Spoken Justice”: A Q&A with Kane Smego Features

“It is an exploration of my life through the whirlwind of hip-hop and poetry. ” More from Kane Smego.

Mohammad Moussa in front of a screen featuring an image of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha

“Spoken Word/Spoken Justice”: A Q&A with Mohammad Moussa Features

“Poetry is a transformative art form that compels people to think, to reflect and to engage. ” More from Mohammad Moussa.

Will McInerney performs spoken word, holding a microphone and gripping his chest

Carolina’s Human Heart: Living the arts and humanities Features

The arts and humanities inform, inspire, energize and excite us. They bring context and meaning to the important issues of the day — and to our lives. This fall, the College of Arts and Sciences kicks off a major new initiative, “Carolina’s Human Heart: Living the arts and humanities.”

Terry Rhodes

Jump-starting conversations and collaborations Features

A Q&A with Terry Rhodes ’78, senior associate dean for fine arts and humanities, about “Carolina’s Human Heart.”

Karen Parker

Documenting UNC’s black pioneers (theme: social justice) Features

Last year, student interns at the Southern Oral History Program interviewed 16 of the “Black Pioneers,” African-Americans who attended UNC-Chapel Hill from 1952 to 1972 and were the first students to desegregate the University.

Philosophy, Politics and Economics students pose at the Old Well

Popular minor connects philosophy, politics, economics (theme: an enlightened citizenry) Features

Anyone interested in changing the world must understand how institutions and systems work, and how the political and social environments in which they operate shape them all.

Colin Thor West with two others

Food through a new lens (theme: food and the environment) Features

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.


Creativity, conflict and social change in the Congo (theme: global engagement) Features

In 2010, Chérie Rivers Ndaliko and her husband, internationally acclaimed Congolese filmmaker and activist Petna Ndaliko Katondolo, traveled to 33 colleges and universities around the country to show their film, Jazz Mama, which documents the strength of Congolese women in the face of upheaval and violence.

Indonesian mask dancer Nani

Exploring Muslim identities (theme: tolerance and understanding) Features

Popular culture tends to view the world’s great religions as monolithic identities, when the complex history of religion encompasses a spectrum of beliefs based on location, culture and myriad other factors.

Mohammad Moussa

Poets take on topics of justice (theme: storytelling) Features

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.

Andy Lang plays the organ in Chapel of the Cross on Franklin Street

Artists After Hours Features

Introducing Artists After Hours, an occasional feature in which we interview faculty, staff and students who pursue artistic avocations in areas not directly related to their day jobs and studies.