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Musical Change a’Coming with Dr. Jocelyn Neal

Whose musics should be studied and performed in music departments?  What background do students need to succeed in college-level music studies?  And what skills, knowledge, and experiences should the study of music impart?



Catalytic Leadership with Professor Patricia Parker

Who is Ella J. Baker, and what can we learn from her efforts that helped strengthen equity in America? Dr. Patricia Parker, Chair of the Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has an answer.



Seeing through Cloth: Looms and Power in French Colonial West Africa

Victoria Rovine

My current book project is focused on textiles and weaving in the French colony of Soudan Français (today Mali) during the interwar period of the 1920s and 30s.  On the face of it, this topic seems a world away from the pandemics of disease and racism we face today.  Yet, I find resonances of the contemporary moment in this art historical study of cloth and colonial power…



Artistic Disruptions of Antiblack Violence

Torin Monahan

Torin Monahan, Professor of Communication and IAH Faculty Fellow, writes about themes he has been exploring in his current project on art, race, and surveillance.



Faculty Fellows Expanding the Field of African American and African Diasporic Studies

Faculty Fellows Expanding the Field of African American and African Diasporic Studies

We address four questions currently being tackled by professors at UNC-Chapel Hill, who are also Faculty Fellows at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Their investigations also put the African American and African Diasporic experience at their center, greatly expanding the fields of study that their research represents.



How to Host Effective Virtual Events

Since the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic, industries around the world had to quickly pivot into making experiences and events available to their audiences virtually. While webinars have been available for years now, the shift into online events can create unique challenges. How do you ensure your audiences are engaged, as they would be in person? How can your teams be quickly equipped to manage events virtua … Continued



Chaos, COVID-19, and Julius Caesar

“JULIUS CAESAR” at Playmakers

Written in 1599 and first performed at London’s Globe Theatre, Julius Caesar reflects the shaky nature of English society in the later years of Queen Elizabeth I’s rule as she increasingly relied upon spies and propaganda to maintain a semblance of stability. The Earl of Essex and Robert Cecil vied for political power.  Like the United States now, Shakespeare’s Rome was in a moment of great transition.



A Candidate of the Crowd

In Elia Kazan’s 1957 film A Face In the Crowd, Andy Griffith stars as Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes, a singer and drifter who is discovered by a radio journalist (Patricia Neal) while reporting on a rural county jail. Rhodes’s folksy charm is a hit with radio audiences, and he soon auditions for a television show.  Bristling at all the advertising copy he’s expected to read, Griffith turns his back on the studio audience, … Continued



The Global Economy & the U.S. Vote

While we, as a discipline, have long been attentive to how economic concerns and anxieties affect voters’ choices (and firms’ lobbying on trade policies), we were less focused on how these concerns interacted with anti-other attitudes. That is, we tended to assume that voters’ material considerations – about their own households or about the broader economy – were more important drivers of vote choices than their cul … Continued



Electability is a cynical political gesture—we can do better

This is the first installment of the IAH Election Blog Series. The series aims to provide intellectual, humanistic and artistic insights on the 2020 U.S. elections. Dr. Kumi Silva talks about the term “electability” and argues that it delimits what is democratically possible to that which preserves the economic relations, social hierarchies, and political practices that have already enabled the suppression of the pop … Continued



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