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Events & Experiences

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:

  • L-E-V with Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, an adventurous dance ensemble which merges movement, music, lighting, fashion, art, and technology – each uniquely expressive while emotionally entwined.
  • The Manganiyar Seduction: Equal parts rock concert, global music performance and dazzling theatrical experience, The Manganiyar Seduction creates a rapturous union between the traditional music of the Manganiyars and the visual seduction of Amsterdam’s red light district.
  • World Blues, featuring Taj Mahal Trio, Vusi Mahlasela, and Fredericks Brown featuring Deva Mahal.

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.

The Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence

Honors Carolina is located in the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, situated in the heart of campus in Graham Memorial.

Small classrooms provide a perfect setting for Honors Carolina seminars and a comfortable lounge hosts programs that bring together undergraduate students and distinguished professors and University guests. (And the leather sofas are a great place to study.)

Students also come here to learn about undergraduate research, pursue distinguished scholarships, and take advantage of the Beasley Multimedia Center.