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Cover of the fall 2023 edition of Carolina Arts & Sciences features archaeologists working on a mosaic from the ancient Huqoq site in Israel. The headline reads: Magnificent Mosaics. Other teasers for stories are shared with the words Also Inside: Heels in Silicon Valley, Water, water everywhere and English major's debut novel.

Magnificent Mosaics: In our cover package, learn how an archaeological dig in Israel has revolutionized our understanding of ancient Jewish religious and cultural life. ALSO INSIDE: Heels in Silicon Valley; Water, water everywhere; and an English major’s debut novel.

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Headshot of Banu Gökarıksel

Borders and boundaries Faculty Up Close, Tar Heels Up Close

Political geographer Banu Gökarıksel directs Carolina’s popular curriculum in global studies while exploring her own research about global and local belonging.

Peter Grauer smiles as he gives a lecture in the FedEx Global Education Center.

Frey lecturer discusses Bloomberg career, Carolina roots Features

Bloomberg Chairman Peter T. Grauer stressed the personal and professional value of relationships and the critical thinking skills he gained in his Carolina liberal arts education at the Frey Lecture on Sept. 12.

Headshot of Rayna McClendon

The Hollywood storyteller Alumni Up Close, Tar Heels Up Close

Alumna Rayna McClendon found her love of screenwriting through classes in the department of communication at UNC.

Nicolas Pegard in his lab at UNC, surrounded by optical equipment.

Optimizing optics Faculty Up Close, Tar Heels Up Close

Nicolas Pégard’s lab helps neuroscientists tackle research challenges with custom-designed optical technology.

People hold candles in the darkness at a memorial tribute to Zijie Yan in the Dean E. Smith Center.

‘One of the kindest persons I’ve ever met’ The Scoop

Tar Heel community mourns the tragic loss of nanoscience researcher Zijie Yan.

Carolina alumni (from left) Wood Robinson, Joseph Terrell, Libby Rodenbough and Jacob Sharp of the band Mipso sit on a bench in front of a white wall.

Carolina Rolling By Finale

Carolina alumni (from left) Wood Robinson, Joseph Terrell, Libby Rodenbough and Jacob Sharp of the band Mipso have been captivating audiences with their sweet harmonies for over a decade. The band is currently on tour promoting its sixth album, Book of Fools. Terrell shared with “Carolina Arts & Sciences” magazine the handwritten lyrics to “Carolina Rolling By,” the first track released, and it’s a song that Tar Heels will likely be singing on repeat.

A contemporary-style bookshelf adorned with plants that serves as a modern decorative element for virtual office backdrops, studio backgrounds, or can be printed in a large format to enhance a back wall.

Add to your reading list: More books by College faculty and alumni Chapter & Verse

In addition to our Chapter & Verse feature, enjoy more books by faculty and alumni in the fall 2023 issue.

Headshot of Ari Green leaning on a railing in a Chapel Hill neighborhood

‘Root shock’ Student Up Close, Tar Heels Up Close

Graduate student Ari Green is studying the experiences of Black people being displaced from their homes and communities in three urban areas.

Kevin Guskiewicz addresses a small crowd of people while standing on the the new stone ramp of the Old Well.

A new look for the Old Well The Scoop

The Old Well has been reopened after undergoing renovations, including the installation of a sloped pathway and modifications to lower the drinking fountain, to improve its accessibility for all visitors.

Frank Leibfarth in his lab, wearing a lab coat, gloves, and safety goggles, leans over a collection of metallic and plastic equipment.

Leibfarth named Institute for Convergent Science fellow The Scoop

Chemist Frank Leibfarth, who is researching a potential method of recycling that could reshape the industry, has been named the inaugural Institute for Convergent Science faculty fellow.

Headshots of Hugo Méndez (left) and Nina Martin (right)

National Humanities Center taps two for summer residencies The Scoop

Hugo Méndez in religious studies and Nina Martin in geography were recently selected for summer residencies at the National Humanities Center, the world’s only independent institute dedicated exclusively to advanced study in all areas of the humanities.

The interior of a classroom, with nine students and one presenter.

Graduate students enhance career skills with King’s College partners The Scoop

More than 30 Carolina graduate students advanced their research and gained valuable career skills by organizing and participating in academic workshops with graduate students at one of Carolina’s strategic partners, King’s College London, this past summer.

Jim Hirschfield speaks to a group of students in a large outdoor shelter.

Students turn downed trees into art The Scoop

Jim Hirschfield and his students collaborate with the Carolina Tree Heritage program to give downed trees on UNC’s campus new life by creating sculptures out of their wood.

The mosaic of Samson carrying the Gate of Gaza on his shoulders.

A Monumental Synagogue, Magnificent Mosaics Features

A decade-long, UNC-led archaeological dig at Huqoq in Israel has revolutionized our understanding of ancient Jewish religious and cultural life.

Overhead view of a flooded area, the tops of buildings and trees visible above the surface of the water.

Digital resource helps planners prep for natural disasters The Scoop

With support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American Planning Association, UNC’s Coastal Resilience Center has launched a website to help communities plan for and evaluate natural disasters.