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February 14

The art and art history department presents Somewhere Over the Border, a collection of works by Andrew Ellis Johnson that depict migrants in their strength — possessing a past and dreaming a future. The collection will be displayed in the John and June Allcott Gallery in Hanes Art Center 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Mar. 8. For more information, visit https://

February 15

At noon, join professor Frayda Bluestein in the School of Law faculty lounge for the Center for Media Law and Policy’s interdisciplinary lunch series. February’s topic is Government Transparency in the Age of Social Media: First Amendment and Good Governance Issues. Bluestein, who will lead the discussion, is the David M. Lawrence Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government in the School of Government. For more information and to RSVP, visit https://medialaw.

February 20

The  CEO Action CheckYour Blind Spots unconscious bias tour comes to campus for a short visit with its highly interactive and eye-opening virtual reality and gaming technology. Its purpose is to expose our students, faculty and staff to the nuances of unconscious biases.  Tour the bus 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Hanes parking lot behind Memorial Hall. Also, visit the adjoining tent featuring resources and services available on campus, and enjoy lunch at the food truck of a local vendor.

February 21

The next Innovate Carolina Network Forum event will explore how innovators are embracing the power of diversity. Innovation Thrives on Diversity is free and will be held noon–1:30 p.m. in the Pleasants Room in Wilson Library. Speakers will include Angel Patel, student co-founder of Kids Code; Ed Boyd, entrepreneur-in-residence and adjunct professor; Anita Jackson (shown here), Eshelman School of Pharmacy; and Don Hobart, associate vice chancellor for research. For more information and to register for the event, search for Innovate Carolina Network Forum at 21

The Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies will host a 6:30– 8:30 p.m. seminar on the Russian civil war in in the FedEx Global Education Center. Regionalism, Local Government and the First Months of White Rule in Ekaterinburg, August-November 1918 is the topic Dakota Irvin, a doctoral student in history, will discuss. For more information, visit dakota-irvin.

February 23

In collaboration with the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, Carolina Public Humanities presents Art Beyond Hostilities: Music and Film in Israel and Palestine. This Saturday morning seminar will focus on cinema and music, using the Oscar-nominated Israeli-Palestinian film “5 Broken Cameras”
(2011) as a case study for the promise, hindrances and shortcomings in Israeli-Palestinian collaborations in cinema. The event costs $65 to attend and will be held 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register for the event, visit




February 25

The next event in the Parr Center for Ethics lecture series Ethics Across the Disciplines will feature Paula McAvoy, an assistant professor of social studies education in the teacher education and learning sciences department at NC State’s College of Education. She and co-author Diana Hess wrote “The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education,” which won the 2016 American Educational Research Association Outstanding Book Award and the 2017 Grawemeyer Award for Education. In her talk, McAvoy will consider if teachers are justified in steering discussions of moral and political controversy. The 5–6:30 p.m. event in Peabody Hall room 104 is free and open to all and includes refreshments.

February 25

Stefani Engelstein, professor and chair of the Germanic languages and literature department at Duke University, will deliver the lecture “The Opposite Sex: A History” as part of the 25th Annual Mary Stevens Rockford Lecture in European Studies. The Institute for Arts and Humanities’ talk, followed by a reception, will be held 7–9 p.m. in the University Room at Hyde Hall. For more information and to register, visit


February 27 – March 17

When a chance discovery leads to evidence of a seismic shift in scientific thinking, Galileo Galilei — father, hero, heretic — sparks a dangerous dispute with authority. To challenge the idea that the earth is the center of the universe is to challenge the all-powerful Roman Catholic Church. Brecht’s “Life of Galileo” dramatizes the battle between belief and reason considers whether proof matters when dogma reigns. The PlayMakers production will be directed by Vivienne Benesch, producing artistic director. Tickets start at $15. For showtimes, related events and to order tickets, visit http://playmakersrep. org/show/galileo.



Feb. 28. Doctoral students may apply for the Pre-Dissertation Exploratory Award or the James Peacock REACH Fellowship, for those interested in exploring alternative academic (Alt-Ac) careers. For more information about eligibility, available funding and to submit an application, visit

Feb. 28. Register for the sixth annual 2019 UNC Clean Tech Summit, sponsored by the Institute for the Environment and the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at Kenan-Flagler Business School. The event will highlight the latest innovations, trends and challenges in the clean technology industry and how North Carolina is playing a key role in leading the way to a global clean energy economy. The event will be held Feb. 28-March 1 at the Friday Center. To register, visit

Feb. 28. Register for the 2019 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute, an educational opportunity designed for anyone involved in the care and education of young children with special needs in inclusive settings. The institute will be held May 7-9 at the Friday Center for Continuing Education. For more information, visit https://

March 1. Apply for the Center for the Study of the American South’s McColl Dissertation Year Fellowship in Southern Studies. This fellowship is designed to support the completion of a dissertation by a Carolina doctoral candidate on a subject related to the history, culture or society of the American South and includes in-state tuition for up to three credit hours, health insurance and a stipend of $18,000. For more information, visit https://south.

March 1. Apply for oral history summer fellowships and field research awards sponsored by the Southern Oral History Program. Graduation students may apply for the Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Research Fellowship, which provides one graduate student with $4,000 to pursue research pertaining to oral history during the summer of 2019. Undergraduates may apply for one of three competitive summer 2019 undergraduate field research awards ($2,500 for 10 weeks of fieldwork). The recipients will research and collect oral histories for one of SOHP’s research projects: Stories to Save Lives: Health, Illness and Medical Care in the South (two awards) or Southern Mix: Voices of Asians and Asian Americans in the American South (one award). For more information, visit https://

March 15. Apply for UNC Idea Grants, which range from $10,000 to $20,000 for up to one year. The awards from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research are meant to serve as initial support for researchers and give them a competitive edge in securing additional internal or external funding. Awarded projects begin July 1. To learn more and to submit a proposal, visit or email


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