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Meet distinguished Carolina alumni and campus visitors. Participate in arts and cultural events. Get to know professors as scholars and people. It’s all available at the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence.

Honors Arts & Dialogue

Arts and DialogTake an inside look at the performing arts at Carolina. Honors Carolina students receive free tickets to three extraordinary performances each semester and an opportunity to learn about the ideas behind the works on stage from the featured artists and distinguished Carolina faculty members.

This year, students have attended the following performances:

  • Ice Music, a multimedia work for chamber music ensemble, video, and dance. It creatively explores various aspects of ice — its structure, power, fragility, and interaction with animal life and human presence..
  • 1910’s, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music-Taylor Mac: This world premiere performance, commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts, showcases both music from and inspired by the 1910s, as well as searing social commentary on the decade. The piece will culminate in A 24-Hour History of Popular Music, Mac’s most ambitious project to date, which will feature a 24-hour marathon concert celebrating the last 240 years of popular music in America.
  • Curlew River – Benjamin Britten’s Dramatic Homage to the Japanese Noh Play: Luminous tenor Ian Bostridge returns to Memorial Hall with an outstanding British cast alongside the Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices in composer Benjamin Britten’s unforgettable church parable Curlew River. Inspired by the ritualized drama of Japanese Noh theater, Britten explores themes of community, suffering and redemption in an intriguing encounter between Japanese aesthetic and medieval mystery play, the whole shot through with mysterious and exotic music. Multimedia director and video artist Netia Jones’ haunting projections and ethereal staging distill the work to its essential contrasting elements: black and white, sound and silence, darkness and light, grief and enlightenment.

Food for Thought

Food for ThoughtEnjoy a fine meal and take part in thought-provoking conversations with some of Carolina’s most distinguished faculty members through Honors Carolina’s intimate “Food for Thought” dinner events, typically held every two weeks throughout the year.

Students have engaged in conversation with Carolina professors and thought leaders about topics ranging from Islamic terrorism and behavioral economics to political injustice. Click here to read about upcoming and past programs.

Distinguished Lectures

UNC brings many special guests to campus each year. Recent speakers include Ping Fu, co-founder of 3D software company, Geomagic, and member of President Obama’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship; David Simon, creator of The Wire on HBO; and Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity. Honors Carolina students often have the opportunity to meet with speakers in a small informal setting prior to their lecture.