Initiative showcasing UNC-Chapel Hill arts and humanities kicks off Sept. 15

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Initiative showcasing UNC-Chapel Hill arts and humanities kicks off Sept. 15


Yearlong effort highlights events, research and collaborations in Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences


(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Sept. 8, 2016) – “Carolina’s Human Heart: Living the Arts and Humanities,” a major initiative showcasing the work that faculty, staff, students and alumni at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are doing in the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences, will kick off Sept. 15, with noted philosopher and New York University professor Kwame Anthony Appiah.


Sponsored by Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences, the yearlong effort includes lectures, performances, conferences, new research, courses, exhibitions and more. Many of the events are free and open to the public.


The debut event with Appiah, who writes the popular The Ethicist column for the New York Times Magazine, will mark the inaugural Chancellor’s Lecture in Ethics. Sponsored by the College and its Parr Center for Ethics, Appiah will discuss “Ethics Among the Humanities” at 5:30 p.m. in the Center for Dramatic Art’s Elizabeth Kenan Theatre.


“‘Carolina’s Human Heart’ shows our ongoing commitment to the arts and humanities and their importance to our everyday lives,” said Terry Rhodes, senior associate dean for fine arts and humanities in the College and chair of the initiative’s steering committee. “Dean Kevin Guskiewicz asked me to organize this initiative as a way to spark creative collaborations and conversations among Carolina faculty, students and staff. We also want to make sure that the larger community is aware of these cultural offerings available to them.”


The College of Arts and Sciences has more than 20 academic departments and curricula and 10 interdisciplinary centers devoted to the fine arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences.


“Carolina’s Human Heart” focuses on six subject themes: social justice, an enlightened citizenry, tolerance and understanding, global engagement, food and the environment, and storytelling. The themes highlight work at Carolina that helps us understand and address the critical issues of our time, said Rhodes.


A new website will act as a central resource for Carolina’s Human Heart. Events and original content on the website are categorized and color-coded by theme.


Fall events include:


Spring events include a performance of “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” at Memorial Hall and the Maynard Adams Symposium on the Humanities with philosopher Martha Nussbaum.




About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 317,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.


Carolina’s Human Heart contact: Kristen Chavez, (919) 962-9269,

UNC Communications contact: MC VanGraafeiland (919) 962-7090,