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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 … Read more

The Story of Southern Food with Dr. Elizabeth Engelhardt and Rebecca Darwin

Unlike the cuisines from our country’s other three corners, southern food has an identity and culture unto itself. Bound less by ingredients and recipes, and more by people and their stories, southern food embodies the lived experiences of the region’s people, both past and present. We asked southern food experts to help us pin down what defines southern food today, and their responses shed light on the important rol … Read more

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 … Read more

The Importance of Scholarship: Faculty Fellowship Program

Hyde Hall Fellows

Our goal is to alter perspectives, open minds, and change lives. It all begins with those who have the greatest ability to do so: our faculty. We recognize that a productive scholar is continuously involved in research, writing, and creative efforts that advance knowledge in his or her particular field. However, diminished resources and increased teaching loads can make it difficult for our faculty members to work to … Read more

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 … Read more

A Commitment to Equity and Inclusion with the Racial Equity Institute

Owl image for Blog page on IAH website

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

Retired Stock Photo

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.

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.