In the Know Important information for your day

Monday, Feb. 6, 2023

  • Join the artist collective known as Ghost of a Dream for a screening of short films, part of the Ackland Film Forum spring 2023 series on climate change. Free tickets will be available at the Varsity Theatre on Franklin Street for the show, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7.
  • Register now for the webinar How to Foster Happiness: Cultivating Emotional Language and Pursuing Value-Based Actions. The first Heels Care Network seminar of spring 2023 will take place noon to 1:30 Feb. 8 on Zoom and is available for students, staff and faculty.
  • Hear Rev. Ben Chavis and former Gov. Pat McCrory talk “On the Value of Bipartisanship” at the next event in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Speaker Series. The talk starts at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Stone Center, with refreshments available at 5:30 p.m.
  • Learn Project Management Basics at a human resources class taught 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 9 at the Administrative Office Building. Register online through Carolina Talent.
  • Find out how to report human trafficking with a new resource published by the School of Government.

Week of Jan. 30, 2023

Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

  • Explore the universe with a new hands-on bilingual exhibit, “Sun, Earth, Universe (Sol, Tierra, Universo)” at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.
  • Show up to hear the Honorable David E. Price, member of congress from North Carolina’s 4th district, give the Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Lecture in Public Policy Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. in Hill Hall’s Moeser Auditorium. A virtual option is available.
  • Register in advance for a wellness expo — “Be Happy. Be Well. Be Whole.” — hosted by The Graduate School and several campus partners. In addition to free lunch and refreshments, de-stress with a therapy dog, schedule a 10-minute chair massage and more. Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union.
  • Forested buffers next to streams on the University campus provide healthy habitat for terrestrial and aquatic wildlife. Learn more about new signs installed around protected stream buffers on South Campus.
  • Do you know a motivated Carolina graduate from the Class of 2023 who wants to pursue a career in public service? The Office of the Chancellor and the Office of the Provost are recruiting Chancellor’s Fellows for the upcoming year. The deadline has been extended through today.

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

  • During Black History Month, explore the University Libraries’ guide to African American genealogy.
  • At “Conversations in Modern Music,” 8 p.m. tomorrow in Hill Hall’s Moeser Auditorium, experience a free concert by composer, performer and media artist Pamela Z, who specializes in making works for voice, electronics, samples, gesture-activated MIDI controllers and video.
  • Take in Geoff Sobelle’s performance project “HOME,” which revolves around the life cycle of a house, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Tickets $10-$35.
  • What should we do, think and feel when popular artists commit morally condemnable acts? That question and others will be part of the Parr Center’s “When Good Artists do Bad Things” presentation with Erich Hatala Matthes of Wellesley College Feb. 7, 5-6:30 p.m. in 115 Howell Hall.
  • During his lecture “Mizrahim and Zionism: A History in Three Keys,” Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Hyde Hall’s University Room, Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, professor in the departments of history and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University, will present critical aspects of European and Middle Eastern (Mizrahi) Jewries in the modern Jewish state and Mizrahi history in Israeli politics. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

  • Join ChatGPT in Context to hear about where the AI bot came from and what it means for science, scholarship and public life, Feb. 3, 3-4 p.m. The interdisciplinary panel on this new technology and its real and imagined impacts is co-sponsored by the College’s history department and the Institute of Arts and Humanities, with additional support from the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life.
  • Register to join the North Carolina Botanical Garden for a Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Increasing Seeds for Conservation Needs, Feb. 9, noon-1 p.m. The event is free with a suggested $5 fee.
  • Nominations for the 2023 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Awards are due Feb. 10. The awards come with a $10,000 prize and recognize six recipients for unusual, meritorious or superior contributions made by an employee, past or present.
  • Do you know an outstanding individual or group who embodies Carolina’s commitment to community service and public engagement? Nominate them for a 2023 Public Service Award by Feb. 15.
  • Join Inhale Positivity, a 15-minute guided session on emotional detox, breathing and meditation every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:30 p.m.; and Thursday at 4:45 p.m. No registration required.

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

  • Join the Asian American Center for “Healing and Building Community through Racial Melancholia,” a talk by psychotherapist Shinhee Han on professional and emotional résumés, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in Dey Hall’s Toy Lounge.
  • Also on Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m., hear Trio Sureño — soprano Nancy King, guitarist Robert Nathanson and Laurent Estoppey on soprano saxophone — perform “Music of the 21st Century” in Hill Hall’s Moeser Auditorium. Tickets are $15, $10 for students, faculty and staff.
  • As part of Carolina’s Promote Democracy initiative, encourage students to register for Chapel Hill Peoples Academy by Feb. 6 for sessions through March 18. In the academy, students learn about town government and internships or jobs with democracy-related organizations and gain leadership skills.
  • What role do historical archives play in understanding the Black family? For answers, join the Southern Historical Collection at Carolina’s Wilson Special Collections Library Feb. 9 1:30-3 p.m. for a virtual panel discussion, “Finding Your People: Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Documenting Black Families in Special Collections and Archives.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill has been named one of the 2023 Best Workplaces for Commuters by the National Center for Transit Research. The University was one of 72 colleges and universities across the nation and one of 13 in North Carolina to receive this recognition. Learn about Carolina’s commuter incentives offered through the Commuter Alternative Program, designed to reward faculty, staff and students who use alternate modes of travel.

Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

  • Help the Committee on Fixed-Term Faculty plan a networking event for fixed-term faculty in the spring by taking a brief online survey before it closes tomorrow.
  • How do we motivate people to act in a public health crisis without inducing some degree of fear? That’s one of the topics covered in “Panic in the Streets,” a talk by Nancy Tomes of Stony Brook University. Attend at noon Feb. 1 in the Mary Ellen Jones Building room 3112 or register to watch online.
  • Experience percussion in a new way with Sō Percussion and Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winner Caroline Shaw when they perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall. Tickets are $10-$29.
  • Apply before Feb. 3 to be part of the 2023 Advocacy Award Committee, which votes each year to honor those who have helped promote LGTBQ issues, programs, research and policies.
  • Recognize students, faculty and staff for one of the many Chancellor’s Awards to be presented April 25. Check out descriptions of the awards and submit nominations by 5 p.m. Feb. 6.

Week of Jan. 23, 2023

Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

  • Beginning at noon today, Carolina employees and household members are eligible for early registration and a 7% discount for Summer Science Camps at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Register here.
  • Join a free art-making workshop with Boston-based Sheila Gallagher 1-5 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Ackland Art Museum. Use some of the processes of the artist’s plastic landscape paintings like her work “Plastic Lila,” which is currently on view at the Ackland.
  • You may have heard the Wilson Special Collections Library receive praise at this week’s Board of Trustees meeting. Learn from three researchers about projects that draw on the collections at The Wilson Library Research Forum, noon-1:15 p.m. Feb. 8. Register for the online event.
  • The Center for Faculty Excellence/Lenovo Instructional Innovation Grants program 2023-24 call for proposals is open. These grants provide funding to Carolina faculty and staff who seek to generate innovative teaching approaches and technologies to engage students, lower barriers to learning, foster student success and make teaching practices more scholarly and effective. Find out more about both the PI-led projects (up to $30,000) and Seed Grants for team-based projects (up to $50,000). Applications are due Feb. 13.
  • To help inform a study of housing affordability in and around Chapel Hill, the University and UNC Health are surveying all employees, including faculty and graduate students, about their perspectives regarding housing. Please respond to the brief online survey.

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

  • Watch the Polish movie “The Balcony” at the Varsity Theatre at 7 p.m. tonight, then discuss the film with professor Adnan Džumhur, associate director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, and assistant professor Eliza Rose, Laszlo Birinyi Sr. Fellow of Central European Studies.
  • Tomorrow, attend Jen Shyu’s performance of “Zero Grasses: Ritual for the Losses” at the CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10-$15 for the show featuring Shyu’s vocals, piano, Japanese biwa, Taiwanese moon lute and dance. Afterward, join Shyu for a moderated discussion about her creative process.
  • The Stone Center’s exhibition “If We Must Die … We’ll Fight to the End: Resistance and Revolt aboard the Slave Ship” opens Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. in the center’s Hitchcock Room with a talk by Marcus Rediker, Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh. His books, including “The Slave Ship: A Human History,” have won numerous awards and been translated into 17 languages worldwide.
  • Register for the March 23-24 Center for Faculty Excellence Faculty Showcase on Teaching, which will feature keynote speaker Paul Hanstedt presenting on “Creating Wicked Students: Higher Education in the Age of COVID” and sessions on promising teaching practices.
  • Get help with starting or maintaining an online learning experience — whether it’s a degree program, certificate program, course or noncredit offering — through Digital and Lifelong Learning.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

  • This year’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Lecture covers “Jewish vengeance during and after the Holocaust,” featuring Laura Jockucsh, Brandeis University. The lecture will reflect on the complexities of Jewish revenge. The in-person lecture is free and open to the public, Jan. 30, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Register for a workplace sustainability workshop to learn how your work unit can become more economically, environmentally and socially responsible. Participants will hear about sustainability goals and initiatives at Carolina and learn about becoming Green Office certified.
  • January is Stalking Awareness Month. The Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office and Violence Prevention and Advocacy Services are raising awareness around recognizing stalking, supporting victims and finding resources.
  • Make digital content more accessible by registering for a digital accessibility training. Spring trainings are live for registration in a variety of topics, including captioning, web accessibility basics, accessibility in course design and more.
  • The LGBTQ Center’s LGBTIQA+ Advocacy Awards committee application has been extended to Feb. 3. The committee reviews nominations and selects the LGBTIQA+ Advocacy Awards which recognize individuals and small teams that are advocating, educating, improving policies and raising awareness about issues related to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for community members of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

  • Volunteer or promote your part-time caregiving services. Helping Heels is a resource for UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, staff and students to find child care, pet care, and elder care from fellow Tar Heels. Register to become a Helping Heel by Jan. 31.
  • January is National Mentoring Month. Mentor with the McNair Scholars Program and engage with first generation undergraduate students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds or members of a group traditionally underrepresented in graduate education.
  • The Graduate School’s Royster Society of Fellows is hosting an in-person seminar, “Researchers in the digital age: Communicating your work to the public and building your public profile,” Jan. 26, noon-2 p.m. The first of a four-part series, the seminar will focus on mastering research presentations for the public, featuring Vanessa Doriott Anderson, assistant dean for academic and career development.
  • The Carolina Data Science Now seminar series continues this month with “Advancing Education, Training and Care.” This series aims to illuminate data science research and scholarship across the disciplines and foster a community of data science researchers and practitioners interested in connecting beyond domain boundaries. The event will take place on Jan. 26, at noon.
  • Save the date for the Total WellBeing Expo, March 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The Office of Human Resources will host its annual event featuring health and wellness vendors, fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and more.

Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

  • Find out more about the gig economy from assistant sociology professor Alexandrea Ravenelle, author of “Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy.” The Center for Urban & Regional Studies Speaker Series event begins at noon Jan. 25 on Zoom.
  • Get an update on privacy issues when the Center on Technology Policy hosts a Fireside Chat with Cherie Givens, the chief privacy officer at the N.C. Department of Information Technology. The chat begins at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in Dey Hall’s Toy Lounge.
  • Hear a Polish perspective on the war in Ukraine when Marek Magierowski, Poland’s ambassador to the U.S., speaks at the Krasno Global Event/Ambassadors Forum at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Attend the hybrid event online or in person at the Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education building.
  • Learn how plants grow — not just how to grow plants — in “A Gardener’s Guide to Botany,” a North Carolina Botanical Garden Hybrid Lunchbox Talk at noon Jan. 26. Botanist Scott Zona, author of the book by the same name, leads the seminar in Reeves Auditorium and on Zoom. $5 suggested fee.
  • Explore “The Southern Way of Life” with the book’s author, historian Charles Wilson, at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in Wilson Library’s Pleasants Family Assembly room. History professors William Sturkey (Carolina) and Jessica Wilkerson (West Virginia University) will join Wilson in the second half of the program, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Week of Jan. 16, 2023

Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

  • A traveling exhibition highlighting advances in global health will be on view at Carolina’s Health Sciences Library through Feb. 25.
  • Join a free, four-week cohort starting Feb. 7 to learn about different aspects of starting a business, including identifying potential markets, writing a business plan and more. Work with mentors and peers in fun breakout activities. Sponsored by the Small Business & Technology Development Center, an extension program of the UNC System, administered statewide and operated in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • Catch the next speaker in the African, African American and diaspora studies department’s colloquium series: Antonia Randolph from the American studies department presenting, “‘I Get in Ya’: Queering Straight Desire in Hip-Hop Culture,” Jan. 25 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Battle Hall 109.
  • Stop by the FedEx Global Education Center for the latest annual Carolina global photography exhibition, showcasing finalists from the 2022-23 Carolina Global Photography Competition.
  • If you haven’t seen it, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School produced a new video showcasing its values-driven culture and commitment to real-world learning experiences.

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

  • Faculty Council meets tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Auditorium at the Hooker Research Center. The meeting will be streamed live.
  • Hong Kong Ballet offers a fresh and thought-provoking retelling of “Romeo + Juliet,” Shakespeare’s timeless tale of star-crossed lovers, tomorrow at 8 p.m. and Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Tickets are $10-$89 for this Carolina Performing Arts Series event.
  • The Ackland Art Museum exhibit “Good Object / Bad Object” opens tomorrow. It features sculpture acquisitions since 1980, supplemented by loans from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the collection of James Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach.
  • Join in the campus celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Jan. 22 Unity Café 5:30-7:30 p.m., Frank Porter Graham Student Union Great Hall. The event will include song, dance and poetry by student organizations.
  • Register for the North Carolina Botanical Garden lunchbox talk “Increasing Seeds for Conservation Needs” Feb. 9 noon-1 p.m. with Emma York, NCBG conservation grower, who will discuss the importance of local plants, wild collections, propagation and seed storage. Attend at the Reeves Auditorium or via Zoom. Free, $5 suggested fee.

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

  • The Mary Junck Research Colloquium will feature E. Ciszek from the University of Texas at Austin, who will speak about research that involves historically marginalized populations, specifically LGBTQ people. Register for the event, which is at 11 a.m. Jan. 20.
  • Register (by Jan. 21) for the workshop Becoming a Better Listener, Jan. 24, 9-10 a.m. Differentiate between “listening” and “hearing,” identify characteristics of people who listen effectively and learn to overcome listening barriers.
  • The North Carolina Botanical Garden has announced its 2023 N.C. Wildflower of the Year. The buttonbush blooms in mid to late summer and is valuable to beekeepers, indigenous tribes, mammals and others. Pick up a free seed packet from the botanical garden exhibit hall to try growing your own buttonbush!
  • Faculty who conduct community engaged scholarship can create a profile or find a potential collaborator in the Community Engaged Scholars Directory. The directory, compiled by Carolina Center for Public Service, is searchable by topic area, department or school and/or geographic focus.
  • To help inform a study of housing affordability in and around Chapel Hill, the University and UNC Health are surveying all employees, including faculty and graduate students, about their perspectives regarding housing. Please respond to the brief online survey.

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

  • As Carolina’s MLK Week of Celebration continues, check out a list of books, films and other materials compiled by University Libraries to help the community learn about King’s impact and engage with his ideals.
  • Learn how Asian American studies can advance our understanding of race and immigration in America at a free public lecture by Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor Pawan Dhingra on Jan. 19. Jointly presented by Carolina and Duke University, the event begins with a 5 p.m. reception followed by a 6 p.m. lecture, both at Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center at Duke.
  • Nominate someone who’s made significant, lasting contributions to the University for membership in the Order of the Golden Fleece, Carolina’s oldest honorary society. The nomination deadline Jan. 20.
  • Reserve a spot with curator Peter Nisbet for a guided look at the Ackland Art Museum’s “Good Object / Bad Object” at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 20, the exhibition’s opening day.
  • Employees: Your 2022 Form W-2 is available in the ConnectCarolina Self Service menu. Find step-by-step instructions and user tips on the How to find your W-2 Quick Reference Card in ConnectCarolina.

Week of Jan. 9, 2023

Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

  • Need help getting around the region? Tune in to Transportation Talks, a Zoom session 2-3 p.m. today. Sponsored by the UNC Commuter Alternative Program, Chapel Hill Transit and others.
  • For the fifth consecutive year, Carolina won the national championship for flu shots. Yes, that’s a thing. Go Heels!
  • To learn more about COVID-19 — who is at risk, how well vaccines and treatments work over time and more — researchers at Carolina launched the VISION Study, the largest observational study of its kind in North Carolina. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past week you may be eligible to join — and receive compensation of $105.
  • LastPass, the password manager tool offered to the University, recently reported a security breach. If you access LastPass with a personal email account or do not log in with your Onyen or Kenan-Flagler password, you must act to protect the security of your passwords. Learn more.
  • Do you know a motivated Carolina graduate from the Class of 2023 who wants to pursue a career in public service? The Office of the Chancellor and the Office of the Provost are recruiting Chancellor’s Fellows for the upcoming year. Applications are due Jan. 31. There will be an informational webinar on Jan. 19 at 3 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

  • Attend “The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale,” a fulldome planetarium show that captures its audience with a timeless fable of courage, generosity and renewal, at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center through Jan. 22.
  • Nominate someone for the University’s Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award, the Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award or the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service through Feb. 15.
  • Register for the Feb. 22 NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference, an annual day of celebration and inspiration for anyone invested in ensuring that kids have access to healthy food, presented by the Carolina Hunger Initiative. Cost is $40 for the event held at the Friday Center.
  • The National Consortium for Data Science, RENCI and the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science are virtually hosting a Data Matters short-course series March 13-16. The weeklong series is aimed at students and professionals in business, research and government.
  • Sign up for a BeAM class and join Carolina’s maker community in the design and making of physical objects for education, research, entrepreneurship and recreation.

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

  • Attend “Artist/Scientist: Printmaking and Biology,” a one-day show of science-themed art, Jan. 13, 4-6 p.m., in the Genome Science Building, bottom floor lobby. The show features art from students in a course that merges studio art and biology.
  • Discover some of Carolina’s creative organizations and activities during the Arts for All Fair at the Ackland Art Museum Jan. 13, 6-9 p.m.
  • Join Operational Excellence for its Lean Foundations Training, open to all interested employees. The course is designed to be engaging and fun while covering tools, techniques and methodologies for productive problem-solving. Sign up for the Jan. 25 or Jan. 26 training in the Carolina Talent events calendar.
  • Know a current sophomore or junior interested in doctoral studies who is either: a first-generation student with financial need or a member of a group traditionally underrepresented in graduate education? If so, the McNair Scholars Program, funded by the Department of Education, is accepting nominations.
  • Find out the latest from Carolina’s LGBTQ Center and save the date for Pride Week, April 10-14, which coincides with the center’s 20th anniversary.

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

  • The Employee Forum will hold its monthly meeting tomorrow 9:15-11:30 a.m. To attend, contact Matt Banks at matt_banks@unc.edu for the Zoom link and password.
  • Submit your proposal for the new Science for All Summit, April 5-6, which will address access issues and strategies for STEM engagement from early education to career with experts and thought leaders. Event host Morehead Planetarium and Science Center welcomes proposal submissions until Jan. 13.
  • Get on the fast track to becoming a paralegal. Join an online information session Jan. 18 6-8 p.m. with Lead Instructor Steven McCloskey to learn about Carolina’s paralegal certificate program.
  • Recognize a faculty member who has contributed to the University’s global vision by nominating them for a Faculty Award for Global Excellence. Faculty, staff and students can submit multiple nominations. Faculty members can nominate themselves, too. Deadline is Feb. 15.
  • As spring semester starts, check out this Tar Heel Teaching and Learning Collaborative resource that provides tips for giving students flexibility with boundaries and model scripts for improving your course syllabus.

Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

  • Welcome back, students! Today is the First Day of Class of the new semester.
  • Instructors can learn 10 or more strategies to implement small groups easily in their courses in “Beyond Think-Pair-Share.” Register now for the Zoom class, which will be presented by the Center for Faculty Excellence from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Jan. 12.
  • Enjoy the musical storytelling of Grammy-nominated trumpeter Theo Croker at his Jan. 12 “Love Quantum” concert at Moeser Auditorium. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show cost $10-$29, with a 15% discount for faculty and staff.
  • Honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. at the 2023 MLK Memorial Banquet at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Friday Center. This year’s theme is “Finding Our Way Forward,” and tickets are $40.
  • Find out more about Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Evening Executive MBA at a virtual open house at 7 p.m. Jan. 16. Those who attend the webinar receive a $150 application fee waiver.

Week of Jan. 2, 2023

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023

  • Civil rights attorney Ben Crump will be the keynote speaker at Carolina’s 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture and Awards Ceremony Jan. 18 at 6 p.m., Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall. The free event is open to the public.
  • Carolina’s Primary Investigator Dashboard in Infoporte will be decommissioned Jan. 10 and replaced by RAM Reports, which provides access to the same sponsored projects data but with improved reporting and functionality.
  • Register to attend a free chat with serial entrepreneur, Kenan-Flagler Business School professor and Blue Origin astronaut Jim Kitchen Jan. 18 4-5:30 p.m., MOSAIC at Chatham Park. Kitchen teaches about starting for-profit, nonprofit and social entrepreneurial ventures and raising funding.
  • Researchers and students can apply for Wilson Library Special Collections Fellowships by midnight Jan. 31. The fellowships fund visiting researchers, master’s students in information and library science, doctoral students studying the American South and people who use the Rare Book Collection.
  • Learn the results of December’s vote on amendments to The Faculty Code.

Week of Dec. 12, 2022

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022

  • Before it closes Dec. 21, check out “Symbiosis,” a collection of works in mixed media, collage, colored pencil, watercolor and monoprints in the Arthur S. DeBerry Gallery for Botanical Art & Illustration. Exhibits rotate every two months and feature works by local artists.
  • Tar Heel fans among your holiday visitors? Take them to the Carolina Basketball Museum. Admission is free. Check the website for holiday hours.
  • If Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and Scrooge have a special place in your holiday traditions, learn about the enduring appeal of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” from Carolina experts and about annual dramatic readings of the story on campus beginning in 1918.
  • Hear trumpeter Theo Croker play Jan. 12 7:30-9 p.m. in Hill Hall’s Moeser Auditorium. He arrives behind || LOVE QUANTUM ||, his seventh studio album, which incorporates jazz, hip-hop, R&B and other genres. Visit the website for ticket information.
  • ’Tis the season: Hear the UNC Jazz Band play “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! 

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022

  • Attention, drivers: Due to the ongoing West Cameron Avenue water line replacement, some traffic patterns will be shifted this week. Today and Wednesday, the far-right southbound turn lane and far-left northbound turn lane from South Columbia Street turning onto West Cameron Avenue will be closed. Use caution and follow directions from on-site personnel.
  • One of the best sky shows of the year is expected to peak tonight and tomorrow night. Check out tips for viewing the Geminid meteor show from Amy Sayle, science education specialist at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Morehead and Little River Regional Park will host a free skywatching event 8-10 p.m. tonight in Rougemont.
  • Register for a faculty listening session to generate ideas for the future of the Carolina Womens Center and programming related to women’s and gender equity on campus. There are Zoom discussions 11 a.m. Dec. 15 and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 and three more in January to choose from. Registration is required.
  • Chapel Hill Transit will make several service adjustments during the winter holidays, with some bus routes not running on certain days in December and January. Check the holiday service calendar to stay up to date on your route.
  • Time is running out to catch the Ackland Art Museum’s “Drawn to Life” exhibit before it closes Dec. 31 and travels to the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam. The exhibit features over 70 exceptional Dutch drawings from the 17th century, including several by Rembrandt van Rijn and his pupils. 

Week of Dec. 6, 2022

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022

  • Faculty, tomorrow is the last day to vote on amendments to The Faculty Code. Check your inbox for a Nov. 18 email with a link to the polling survey.
  • Join the Star Families: Be an Astronaut show at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center Dec. 10 noon-1 p.m. Ideally for children over 7 and their families. See the website for ticket information.
  • Novelist, essayist and illustrator Daniel Wallace will speak to graduates at Carolina’s Winter Commencement Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. in the Dean E. Smith Center. No tickets required.
  • Learn how to identify the planets, bright stars and constellations that are easiest to find in December at Starry Nights 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 20.  This Morehead Planetarium and Science Center program is recommended for older teens and adults. See the website for ticket information.
  • Visit the North Carolina Gallery in Wilson Library through Dec. 22 to see “We Birthed the Movement: The Warren County PCB Landfill Protests, 1978-1982.” The exhibit features 63 photos from the protests, as well as 24 original documents including correspondence, flyers and pamphlets.  

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022

  • Reminder: The Holiday Carolina Blood Drive returns tomorrow 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in Fetzer Hall. Free parking will be available in Cobb Deck. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged.
  • What is owed to the ancestors of enslaved people and the inheritors of structural inequality? Which policies might best serve those endeavors? At 3 p.m. Dec. 8 a webinar from the Program for Public Discourse’s Debating Public Policy Series will deliberate these questions and others related to reparations. Carolina law professor Osamudia James will moderate the discussion featuring Duke public policy professor William Darity and Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy.
  • For the first time, Carolina football has been selected to play in the 2022 SDCCU Holiday Bowl against Oregon at 8 p.m. Dec. 28 in San Diego, California. The deadline for Rams Club members and season ticket holders to request tickets is 5 p.m. Dec. 9. If tickets remain in Carolina’s allotment after the request period, those will be sold to the public.
  • How can you ensure your syllabus is inviting and not discouraging? Tune in to a 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 13 Center for Faculty Excellence session and review strategies to make your syllabus more welcoming, transparent and supportive to all students. Plan to bring an existing syllabus. Register before Dec. 12.
  • Enjoy free parking in Chapel Hill’s town-owned lots every weekend in December. Find places to eat and shop and visit parkonthehill.com for more town parking information.

Week of Nov. 28, 2022

Friday, Dec. 2, 2022

  • For the second time in school history, Carolina’s football team will be playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. Cheer on the Tar Heels as they take on Clemson tomorrow at 8 p.m. If you’re in Charlotte for the game, the Marching Tar Heels will lead a team send-off from the Sheraton Hotel (555 S. McDowell St.) at 5:45 p.m.
  • Attend a free lecture recital, Opera Unmasked, tomorrow at 5 p.m. in Person Hall. Hear senior Sanya Shah extract the core themes of each act of Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera,” and then perform a variety of songs that encompass those same themes, creating an unconventional introduction to opera for audience members. 
  • Come out for a public talk with Tamlin Pavelsky, professor of global hydrology in the College’s Earth, marine and environmental sciences department, about his role in NASA’s Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission, scheduled to launch later this month. Registration is required for this free event on Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.
  • The Employee Forum will hold its monthly meeting 9:15-11:30 a.m. Dec. 7. To attend, contact Matt Banks at matt_banks@unc.edu for the Zoom link and password.
  • Carolina Public Humanities is teaming up with the Ackland Art Museum to explore the beauty of the natural world and the dynamic, multifaceted aspects of humanity in its event “The Soul of the Dutch Golden Age: Art and Literature at the Ackland,” Dec. 16 at 3:30 p.m. at the Ackland. Tickets are $30. 

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022

  • Ready for some holiday sounds? Hear Carolina’s Tuba Quartet play traditional Christmas music during tomorrow’s free First Fridays concert noon-12:30 p.m. in the Hill Hall rotunda. 
  • Dec. 4 is your last chance to check out Sculpture in the Garden, which unites the work of local artists with the curated landscapes of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. If you’re not able to get out for a self-guided tour, take a virtual tour.
  • Don’t miss a free performance by the UNC Baroque Ensemble and Consort of Viols Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Person Hall’s auditorium. 
  • On Dec. 7 Carolina Performing Arts presents Emanuel Gat Dance ”LOVETRAIN2020” 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall. It’s a choreographic ode to the sound and vibe of the ’80s, as embodied in the music of Tears for Fears, with its utopic drive and epic groove. Tickets $10-72.  
  • Learn how families can develop skills for thriving in a Focus on Family and Disability Seminar at noon Dec. 13 via Zoom. The session on therapeutic practices, which will also look at sibling relationships for people with intellectual and development disabilities, is free for interested community and family members. $25 continuing education fee for professionals.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022

  • The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Community Holiday Parade is back for a festive and entertaining celebration of the winter holiday season. The parade will start at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 3., in Chapel Hill at the intersection of Church and Franklin streets and finish at Carrboro Town Hall. 
  • The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs has relaunched its Global Partnership Awards to support faculty interested in exploring or expanding collaboration with international partner institutions. Grants are awarded at two levels — Exploration Grants up to $2,000, and Expansion Grants up to $8,000. Application deadlines for 2022-23 are Dec. 5 and March 15. 
  • The Coker Arboretum is hosting Winter Walks on UNC’s Campus, Dec. 7 and 11, 1-4 p.m. Arboretum Assistant Curator Geoffrey Neal will note broadleaf evergreens, conifers, storied hollies and more along the way. Fee is $18, $16 for members. 
  • As part of the 2022 Winter Holiday Energy Saving Initiative, temperatures will be lowered in unoccupied buildings from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2. This initiative, which began in 2012, saves chilled water, steam, natural gas and electricity, thereby reducing utility costs. Exemption requests must be submitted by 5 p.m. Dec. 9. All previous exemptions will remain in effect and a new exemption request will not be required. 
  • Carolina Performing Arts has released its Spring 2023: Digital Brochure. Check out this spring’s lineup featuring classical and jazz concerts, drama exploring the human condition and the long-anticipated North Carolina premiere of “Omar.”

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022

  • Celebrate Native American Heritage Month and LDOC with the American Indian Center. Visit the center’s lawn from 12-4 p.m. Nov. 30 for games, community and lunch from Fuller’s, a Lumbee staple.
  • Join Carolina’s music department 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 for Amahl and the Night Visitors, featuring UNC Chamber Singers, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and soloists from the New York Opera Society. General admission is $25, $5 for students, faculty and staff.
  • Hubert Davis Live!, the weekly show featuring the Tar Heels’ head coach, returns to Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery 7 p.m. Dec. 5. The one-hour show is hosted by play-by-play voice Jones Angell and streams live on GoHeels.com. Fans who can’t make it are encouraged to submit questions to asktheheels@gmail.com.
  • Join the Center for Faculty Excellence 3-4:15 p.m. Dec. 7 for “Working on Wicked Issues in Your Classroom,” a workshop in collaboration with the Program for Public Discourse. During the interactive Zoom workshop, participants will work individually and with colleagues to troubleshoot wicked issues that arise in their own classrooms.  
  • The Eshelman Institute for Innovation is now accepting pre-proposals for its 2023 annual therapeutic grant cycle. The institute seeks to fund research related to therapeutics focused on oncology, infectious disease and neuroscience but welcomes ideas for devices and diagnostics. All faculty and staff at Carolina are eligible to apply but are required to submit a pre-proposal as the first step in the process by 5 p.m. Jan. 5. 

Monday, Nov. 28, 2022

  • Join word-lovers and verbal pranksters for this year’s edition of Gram-O-Rama: Past the Participle of No Return at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in Center for Dramatic Art room 101.
  • Enjoy the UNC Symphony Orchestra’s final performance of the semester and donate to music scholarships at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at Memorial Hall. Tickets are $5 for faculty, staff and students; starting at 7 a.m. Nov. 29, you can register to watch the livestreamed concert for $5. 
  • Faculty Council meets at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 in room 1001 Kerr Hall. It’s a joint meeting of the Faculty Council and the General Faculty.
  • Listen to carols, sip hot cocoa and get some of your holiday shopping done after the Dec. 3 Chapel Hill-Carrboro community parade at the Holiday Arts Market. This collaboration of the Ackland Art Museum and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day at the Ackland.
  • Improve your stroke at group swim lessons offered by Campus Recreation in the spring semester. Registration is open for classes for all ages to be held Monday and Wednesday evenings or Saturday mornings.