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From left, retired faculty members Jean DeSaix, Arturo Escobar and Jacquelyn Dowd Hall share a laugh in Hyde Hall, home of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

Second Acts

After retiring from Carolina, a biologist, a historian and an anthropologist find new creative inspiration and continue to mentor students, write books and conduct research. Retired faculty members seldom actually … Continued

Fall 2019


Frank Bruni

Unfettered curiosity

He’s been a war correspondent. He’s covered popes and presidents. He’s written about AIDS and sexual abuse. He made New York restaurateurs blanch as the food critic for The New … Continued

Fall 2019


Rosalynn Carter, former President Jimmy Carter and Habitat CEO Jonathan Reckford answer questions during a 2018 Habitat build project in Indiana.

Seven life-changing virtues, from the CEO of Habitat for Humanity

“When the waters rise, so do our better angels,” Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States, wrote following Hurricane Harvey in 2017. “Pick a past disaster, and I’ll tell … Continued

Fall 2019


Ann Rankin Cowan’s latest gift will establish a fund to support high-impact research.

Seed funding will bolster innovative research projects in psychology

A family legacy of UNC alumni and a passion for lifelong learning continue to inspire Ann Rankin Cowan (psychology ’75) to give back to Carolina. Cowan is an avid supporter … Continued

Fall 2019


Joanne Garrett and her husband, Peter, are longtime fans of PlayMakers Repertory Company. Some of their first dates were to PlayMakers performances.

Lifelong love of theater leads alumna to support PlayMakers’ artistic director

Joanne Mills Garrett, who holds three degrees from Carolina, planned to write a Broadway play one day. Garrett received an undergraduate degree in dramatic art in 1969, a master’s in … Continued

Fall 2019


Vivienne Benesch

PlayMakers’ Benesch is Broadway bound

Vivienne Benesch, producing artistic director of PlayMakers Repertory Company, will make her Broadway directorial debut next spring with the New York premiere of Noah Haidle’s play Birthday Candles. The play … Continued

Fall 2019


Caleb King

Physician-entrepreneur to lead convergent science efforts

Caleb Kimball King (B.A. chemistry ’82), a physician and global entrepreneur, has been named executive director of convergent science. King, a Morehead Scholar and a Rhodes Scholar, has deep Carolina … Continued

Fall 2019


Digital media

New UNC research center to address 21st-century digital media questions

For the first time, social media surpassed newspapers as a news source for Americans last year. Nine in 10 Americans say they get at least some of their news digitally, … Continued

Fall 2019


Ron Alterovitz

Two major awards for computer science faculty

Computer scientists Ron Alterovitz and Mohit Bansal have won prestigious awards for their research. Alterovitz, professor of computer science, was recognized with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and … Continued

Fall 2019


Oral History Fieldwork

Oral History Fieldwork: #Throwback Photo

Students conduct interviews as part of the folklore curriculum in 1975. Christopher “Kip” Lornell (M.A. folklore ’77) is holding the boom mic for an interview with the last black medicine-show … Continued

Fall 2019