How to Argue Online

How to Argue Online

What should people do if they want to go beyond expressivity, beyond reading what they already agree with and writing for others who already agree? What kinds of online argument carry the best possibility of changing others’ minds, resulting in a better democracy? The humanities and social sciences give us some excellent principles and tools for listening, speaking, and disagreeing well.

Q&A with Former Advisory Board Chair, Caroline Williamson

Caroline Williamson, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Caroline Williamson served as a member of the IAH Advisory Board from 2006–2018, and led the board as its Chair from Fall 2016 through Spring 2017. Williamson is the President, Treasurer, and Director of the B. Robert Williamson, Jr. Foundation. The foundation was created in 2012 in memory of her late husband, and it provides financial support for nonprofit organizations that focus primarily on the education and empo … Continued

A Commitment to Equity and Inclusion with the Racial Equity Institute

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Last year, you might remember when the staff at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) completed a racial equity and inclusion workshop offered by the Greensboro-based organization, Racial Equity Institute (REI). Our team found that racial equity education was imperative to leadership development. For this reason, the IAH hosted the two-day training at Hyde Hall on May 13-14, 2019.

Pursuit of Perseverance with Student Assistant Niadiquay

Niadiquay Everette

Niadiquay Everette has been a part of the Institute’s staff for nearly four years as a work-study events assistant. Currently studying abroad in South Africa, she reflects on her time at Carolina before graduating this spring semester. “When I first met Ebony, I did not anticipate the ways in which my relationship with her would change my life,” said Niadiquay.

Navigating Retirement After an Academic Career

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Preparation for retirement is particularly challenging for members of the academic community who have spent the majority of their lives engaged in research, teaching, and leadership. Recognizing retirement as a life-shaping event, the UNC Retired Faculty Association (RFA) and the Institute for Arts and Humanities initiated a major new initiative: The IAH Retired Faculty Program.

Humanities in Leadership


Many organizations, both in and outside of higher education, offer leadership programs focused on acquiring skills to address the complex challenges that faculty leaders face. Embracing its humanistic roots, the IAH takes leadership development a step further: we work to also grow the interpersonal skills of our leaders, building their capacity for introspection, emotional intelligence, and fostering a community of p … Continued

Q&A with 2019 Reckford Lecturer, Dr. Stefani Engelstein

Dr. Engelstein will deliver the 25th Annual Mary Stevens Reckford Lecture on Monday, February 25. Her lecture titled “The Opposite Sex: A History” will connect literature and science and the idea of “the opposite sex.” We sat down with Dr. Engelstein to learn more about her research and how it lead to her lecture topic.

Approaches to Writing Across Disciplines

Throughout the years the IAH has been home to many faculty that pursue writing projects of all kinds — from novels, to biographies, and plays. In anticipation of our Fellows Celebration, we’re taking a look back at guests on “The Institute” podcast that shared their approaches to writing, research, and staying inspired.

Seeing Faculty Support Firsthand

Angela O'Neill, Director of Development

As the director of development for the Institute, I am able to witness the dedication to faculty support and the impact that our donors have on campus firsthand, something that I am humbled by every day. Most recently, I was able to observe the final Faculty Fellowship session of the semester, whereby Fellows from six departments across the College discussed the culmination of their research over the last four months … Continued

The Basis of a Brand

Sophia Ramos, Communications Specialist

Today, it makes sense that branding is essential to the success of a company. The number of times a person can interact with a company’s brand is higher now more than ever. Branding is a term mentioned frequently across industries, but what exactly is it and why is it important?