Community Connections

Honors Carolina Community Connections help students develop and strengthen ties with peers, faculty, alumni, distinguished visitors, and campus resources.

Spring 2018

Arts & Dialogue: Dez Mona and B.O.X, SÁGA

LUNCH WITH THE ARTISTS:
Thursday, January 18
12:30 pm–1:30 pm
Gerrard Hall
PERFORMANCE:
Thursday, January 18
7:30 pm
Moeser Auditorium, Hill Hall

Come engage with Dez Mona and Belgian music collective B.O.X (Baroque Orchestration X) for an informal conversation and lunch in Gerrard Hall and then attend the evening performance at Hill Hall. B.O.X gathers some of today’s finest antique instrument virtuosi and collaborates with indie rock artists, creating genre-bending new sounds and building bridges between audiences. Likened to Tom Waits and Nina Simone, Dez Mona—one of Belgium’s finest bands—fuses jazz, classical, gospel and French art song. In a riveting meeting of minds, the groups will perform SÁGA, their latest collaboration, on January 18th at 7:30pm in Moeser Auditorium. Named for the Goddess of history, the performance features a completely new repertoire of intense ballads about the soul, the search for a home and the quest for light in a flawed world. Learn more here.

Food for Thought with Professor Danielle Zurcher

Wednesday, January 24
6:30–8:00 pm
Graham Memorial 011

Danielle Zurcher received her training at the intersection of polymer and organic chemistry, designing and improving novel materials for sensing toxic water contaminants. She also has experience developing curriculum for organic laboratory courses and polymer-themed outreach activities. Her current interests lie in curriculum development for large introductory courses, as well as implementing effective teaching methods to promote student engagement. She is in her first year at UNC as a Teaching Assistant Professor and is currently teaching CHEM 261.

Food for Thought with Professor Christopher Clark

Tuesday, February 6
6:30–8:00 pm
Graham Memorial 011

Christopher J. Clark’s research focuses on black electoral representation and its influence on political processes. He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the causes and consequences of black descriptive representation in the American states. In this work, he analyzes the factors associated with blacks getting elected to the state legislature, when black state legislative caucuses are created, as well as the impact that blacks serving in state legislatures has on policy outcomes beneficial to blacks (black interests), black political involvement, and black political attitudes. In addition, he has work that examines how the presence of other underrepresented groups in legislative bodies influences political processes.

Coffee & Conversation with Carol Hee

“Business Action and Climate Change in the Trump Administration”

Friday, February 16
12:15 pm–1:15 pm
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Carol Hee teaches courses in sustainable enterprise and environmental strategy. Her research interests concern how companies can reduce costs, minimize risk and gain competitive advantage by implementing strategies guided by environmental and social concerns. Dr. Hee received an honorable mention in the Dr. Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Sustainability in Business Curricula for 2010. Presented by the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, the prize encourages efforts to expose business students to state-of-the-art environmental sustainability knowledge. She joined UNC Kenan-Flagler after working at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a science writer and systems analyst.  She assisted in the improvement of its scientific information management system, wrote for the EPA web site, and edited such influential works as the Air Quality Criteria for Particulate Matter and Perchlorate Environmental Contamination: Toxicological Review and Risk Characterization. She earned her PhD from UNC’s Department of Marine Sciences for research concerning the global carbon cycle and factors controlling the storage of carbon in marine sediment; MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler; and BS in biology from the University of Scranton, where she minored in biochemistry and philosophy.

Arts & Dialogue: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Formosa

Tuesday, March 6
7:30 pm
Memorial Hall

Off the coast of 16th-century China, Portuguese sailors saw a great verdant mass rising from the sea. Anointing the future Taiwan, they exclaimed, Formosa! Beautiful! Born from land and lore, Formosa is a work of abstract beauty in which only the universal remains—love and life mediated by tragedy, hope and rebirth. Ethereal projected images evoke mountains and rivers, earthquakes and tsunamis. With dancers trained in meditation, Qigong, martial arts, modern dance and ballet, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan transforms ancient aesthetics into thrilling modern celebrations of motion. Learn more here.

Arts & Dialogue: Daymé Arocena

Credit: Casey Moore
Wednesday, April 4
7:30 pm
Memorial Hall

Santería chants, complex rhythms, fluid jazz stylings and nuanced Afro-Cuban soulfulness mark singer/composer Daymé Arocena’s impact on the unfolding history of Cuban music. One of the most inviting ambassadors for the country’s contemporary sound, her virtuosity, charisma and warmth were recognized by the Havana Cultura Mix project, in which producers from around the world recorded in Cuba with local musicians. Her 2016 album One Takes features Horace Silver’s “Gods of Yoruba” among a collection of masterfully reimagined rare covers that further bridge her musical worlds. Learn more here.

Food for Thought with Professor Jane Thrailkill

Wednesday, April 11
6:30 – 8:00 pm
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Jane F. Thrailkill was recently honored with the Manekin Family Award for Teaching Excellence in Honors Carolina. Dr. Thrailkill swerved away from a career in health care and instead earned her Ph.D. in English and American Literature. Her interest in medicine has persisted, however: her first book studied the influence of medical ideas on American authors such as Mark Twain, Henry James, and Kate Chopin. She is Co-Director of HHIVE (Health & Humanities: Interdisciplinary Venue for Exploration). Her talk for TEDxUNC looks at the serious issue of hospital-based delirium and describes how literary study can give insight into medical problems. Dr. Thrailkill has been recognized for her commitment to undergraduate teaching by a number of university-wide teaching awards and a Bank of America Honors Distinguished Term Chair.

 

Fall 2017

Coffee & Conversation with Larry Han ’16

Monday, August 28
11:00 am–12:00 noon
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Larry graduated with a Master of Global Affairs from Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in 2017 and a BSPH in Biostatistics from UNC in 2016. He has worked on a number of data-driven projects, including developing new metrics to assess PGA TOUR player and tournament value, a social entrepreneurship for sexual health (SESH) project in Guangzhou and Hong Kong, and a RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine efficacy study in Malawi. In addition to the Schwarzman, Larry won the Gates Cambridge, Churchill, and Goldwater fellowships. In his free time, Larry plays golf and tennis and cheers for the Tar Heels. Join us to hear about Larry’s experiences and learn how you can apply for these scholarships.

Are you interested in earning a graduate degree in Beijing? Studying at Cambridge? Pursuing a career in math, science, or engineering? Join us to hear about Larry’s experiences and learn how you can apply for these scholarships.

Arts & Dialogue: Jojo Abot

Thursday, September 7
7:30 pm
Memorial Hall

Dive into the dreamy multiple worlds of Ghanaian global fusionist Jojo Abot, coupling Afrobeat, jazz, reggae and electronica with fashion, film, literature and performance art. Dividing her time between Accra, Copenhagen and New York City, Jojo Abot’s ongoing project FYFYA WOTO (New Birth | New Discovery) examines Self as a provocative tool in the discovery, exchange and evolution of identity. Poised to take the world by storm with her uniquely coined Afro-Hypno-Sonic sound and otherworldly perspective, Fall 2017 sees her on tour with the legendary Lauryn Hill. Discover more here.

Meet the Artist: Jojo Abot and Ensemble

Friday, September 8
12:30 pm–1:30 pm
Graham Memorial Lounge

Jojo Abot is a Ghanaian artist expressing herself through music, film/photography, literature and performance art. FYFYA WOTO, meaning New Birth – New Discovery serves as the theme and title for her ongoing project exploring SELF as a provocative tool in the discovery, exchange and evolution of the subject of IDENTITY in relation to appropriation vs appreciation in a growing global conversation around shared space and shared identities. Come meet Jojo Abot and her ensemble. Learn more about Jojo Abot here. Pizza will be served.

Food for Thought with Professor John Paul

Wednesday, September 13
6:30 pm–8:00 pm
Graham Memorial 011

John Paul is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Dr. Paul teaches extensively in the department’s residential and distance (Executive) Master’s degree programs. Courses include:  Leadership Management in Healthcare Organizations; Strategic Management; Business Planning for Health Care Organizations; and Health Care Program Evaluation.

He is chair of the HPM Committee on Educational Excellence and Innovation which has the goal of strengthening the department’s teaching approaches and use of technology in the classroom.

Prior to joining UNC-CH, Dr. Paul was a Vice President at RTI Health Solutions, a pharmaceutical industry consulting firm. He also served as U.S. Director, Global Health Outcomes, at GlaxoWellcome plc, and was Director of Clinical Economics for the GlaxoWellcome Care Management Division. As a Senior Health Services Researcher at RTI International, Dr. Paul led Patient Outcome Research Team (PORT) studies, as well as both Federal and state Medicare and Medicaid capitation studies.

In addition to his experience in the U.S. public and private sectors, Dr. Paul has extensive experience with health care issues faced by resource-constrained countries in Africa and Asia, initially as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and subsequently through projects such as the USAID-funded Water and Sanitation for Health (WASH) project. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of World Health & Population for eight years.

Coffee & Conversation with Aneri Pradhan

Monday, September 18
12:15 pm–1:15 pm
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Aneri Pradhan is the Founder and Executive Director of ENVenture, a social enterprise that finances and trains rural civil society leaders in Uganda on clean energy entrepreneurship. Her expertise is on market-led development, innovation, and adoption of sustainable technologies in over 15 countries in Africa and Asia. Previously, she was a Program Manager for Facebook working on emerging markets technology innovation & sustainability and prior was as an Energy Access Officer at the United Nations Foundation advising African governments on the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative. She is a frequent and sought out speaker on clean energy and entrepreneurship, including UN Conferences, TEDx, Universities, embassies, and international conferences. She has a MSc in Environment & Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Food for Thought with Professor Michael Dunn

Wednesday, September 27
6:30 pm–8:00 pm
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Michael Dunn specializes in Sociology, and his research focuses on social issues arising from new technologies in work, as well as the role of education on labor market outcomes. With degrees from both the University of Washington and the University of California-Irvine, he is currently working on a book manuscript that discusses the impact of online platforms on workers. He is known for the constant enthusiasm that he brings to his class, and inspiring students to become engaged and invested in social issues.

Concerts in Context: Cold Mountain

Thursday, September 28
6:30 pm–Talk @ Historic Playmakers Theatre
7:30 pm–Performance @ Memorial Hall

Honors Carolina, in partnership with Carolina Performing Arts and Arts@the Core, presents Concerts in Context: a pre-concert lecture series. Prior to the Carolina Performing Arts event, two professors will co-lead a talk to provide musical and historical context for the upcoming performance. A limited number of free tickets will be offered to students to attend the Carolina Performing Arts event as a group. Discover more here.

Food for Thought with Professor Anna Bardone-Cone

Wednesday, October 11
6:30 pm–8:00 pm
Graham Memorial 011

Anna Bardone-Cone, PhD is the Principal Investigator of the studies conducted within the Bardone-Cone Lab. Her primary research interests lie in the sphere of eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image. She and her lab have several lines of research including: 1) defining eating disorder recovery and remission; 2) identifying and testing pathways to bulimic symptoms with particular interest in the role played by psychosocial variables (e.g., perfectionism, self-efficacy, social comparison, stress) and how these variables interact; and 3) examining cultural, familial, and media factors related to disordered eating and body image. Dr. Bardone-Cone is a member of the Eating Disorders Research Society and a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and has led an active program of eating disorder research since 1999. With her past and ongoing research studies, Dr. Bardone-Cone has sought to identify contributing factors to disordered eating and body image in order to better understand pathways to eating patterns and body image, including risk and resilience factors, and pathways to recovery.

Coffee & Conversation with Kristin Irish

Thursday, October 26
12:30 pm–1:30 pm
Graham Memorial 011

Kristin Irish is Director & Global Head of Professional Development BMO Capital Markets.  In her role she is responsible for the overall strategy and management of Capital Markets development, programming, resourcing and learning.  Previously, Kristin was  at UBS running Americas campus recruiting for the Investment Bank, including managing the sales & trading and investment banking summer intern programs.  Prior to UBS, Kristin worked in the Career Development Office at the Yale School of Management (MBA) where she was Deputy Director and Senior Relationship Manager for the Financial Services industry, working with students interested in joining the field, and companies and alumni looking to hire.  Additionally, Kristin spent 15 years in Sales and Trading working at Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, T Rowe Price and two technology boutiques.  She has her BA from Lehigh University and MBA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Honors Carolina First Year Gala

Friday, November 3
7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum

Enjoy a night at the Ackland Art Museum-complete with appetizers and music, and connect with members of the Honors Carolina Class of 2021.

Arts & Dialogue: Spektral Quartet

Monday, November 6
7:30 pm
Moeser Auditorium, Hill Hall

The Chicago-based Spektral Quartet are funny people. Their bios once took the form of Q&As with questions including “Which string quartet in history had the best hair?” and “What should Spektral Quartet’s metal, alter-ego band name be?” (The best answer: “Extended Deathniques.”) When performing Morton Feldman’s 6-hour-long second string quartet, they created a ridiculous, ‘80s-style workout video called “SIX-HOUR ABS!” And their most recent album, Serious Business, includes a composition by Chris Fisher-Lockhead built around close transcriptions of stand-up comics. Their humor—and their personalities in general—are integral to what they do, signs of the expressivity central to their musical approach. This approach allows the quartet to devise creative, diverse programs that draw connections across centuries. For this concert, they contemplate conceptions of Romanticism. It opens with Augusta Read Thomas’ Chi, one of two works on the program written specifically for the quartet. Using “Chi” and other Eastern concepts of energy as guiding metaphors, the piece seeks to embody the sound of Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago. While the odd numbered movements brim with interlocking rhythms, it is the even-numbered movements, with their inward gaze and individual focus, that paint a vision of romanticism. The concert concludes with one of the pillars of Romantic-era string quartet repertory: Brahms’ first quartet from 1873. The work sits at a historical hinge, simultaneously paying homage to Beethoven and other early 19th-century masters while also paving the way for later advances by Bartók and Schoenberg. Discover more here.

Meet the Artist: Spektral Quartet

Tuesday, November 7
11:30am–12:30pm
Graham Memorial 039

The Chicago-based Spektral Quartet are funny people. Their bios once took the form of Q&As with questions including “Which string quartet in history had the best hair?” and “What should Spektral Quartet’s metal, alter-ego band name be?” (The best answer: “Extended Deathniques.”) When performing Morton Feldman’s 6-hour-long second string quartet, they created a ridiculous, ‘80s-style workout video called “SIX-HOUR ABS!” And their most recent album, Serious Business, includes a composition by Chris Fisher-Lockhead built around close transcriptions of stand-up comics. Their humor—and their personalities in general—are integral to what they do, signs of the expressivity central to their musical approach. This approach allows the quartet to devise creative, diverse programs that draw connections across centuries. Come meet the Spektral Quartet. Learn more about Spektral Quartet here. Pizza will be served.

Concerts in Context: Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower

Friday, November 17
7:00 pm–Talk in the Pamela Heavner Gallery @ Memorial Hall
8:00 pm–Performance @ Memorial Hall

Honors Carolina, in partnership with Carolina Performing Arts and Arts@the Core, presents Concerts in Context: a pre-concert lecture series. Prior to the Carolina Performing Arts event, two professors will co-lead a talk to provide musical and historical context for the upcoming performance. A limited number of free tickets will be offered to students to attend the Carolina Performing Arts event as a group. Discover more here.

Cheerwine & Design Painting Event

Monday, November 27
8:00 pm–9:00 pm
Horton Residence Hall, Seminar Wing Room 176

Have you always wanted a Chapel Hill painting decoration for your room?  Now is your chance to make one! The Honors Carolina Student Board welcomes all first year students to our Cheerwine and Design painting event. Painting supplies (and Cheerwine/snacks) will be provided.  If you don’t live in Horton, no need to worry!  Someone from the Honors Carolina Student Board will be at the front entrance of Horton from 8:00-8:30 pm to let you in.  After 8:30pm, email arosalie@live.unc.edu, and we can send someone to let you in. Come join us for this fun break from midterms; we can’t wait to see you there!  Spaces are limited to 38 students.

Final Exam Study Space

Thursday, December 7
9:00 am–9:00 pm
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Enjoy a quiet place to study with free blue books, scantron sheets, snacks, and ample outlets.