Community Connections

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

Fall 2018

Honors Carolina Class of 2022 Social

Friday, August 31
12:15pm – 1:15pm
Graham Memorial, Morehead Lounge

The Honors Carolina Student Board invites the Honors Carolina Class of 2022 to a School Year Kickoff. Meet members of the board, connect with your classmates, and join us for some board game fun!

Food for Thought: James Lesher, Department of Philosophy

Wednesday, September 12
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Graham Memorial 011

James Lesher is the author of four books and more than seventy articles on aspects of ancient Greek philosophy. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He has held research fellowships at Harvard University, Princeton University, the Center for Hellenic Studies, and the National Humanities Center. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Ancient Philosophy. He has received multiple citations for excellence in teaching, including being named Distinguished Scholar-Teacher in 2003. His publications include: Xenophanes of Colophon; Fragments (Toronto, 1992) The Greek Philosophers: Greek Texts with Notes and Commentary (Bristol/Duckworth, 1998) Plato’s Symposium: Issues in Interpretation and Reception (co-edited with Debra Nails and Frisbee Sheffield), (CHS/Harvard U. P., 2006), and From Inquiry to Demonstrative Knowledge: New Essays on Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics (Academic Printing and Publishing, 2010). He is currently at work on two projects: a study of the interaction between early Greek poets and philosophers, and a study of Greek philosophical ideas in the poetry of Louis MacNeice.

Honors Carolina First Year Gala & Dessert Reception

Friday, September 28
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Ackland Art Museum

Come enjoy a night touring the Ackland Museum galleries and connecting with members of the Honors Carolina Class of 2022.

You Are Everything: Intermedia Improvisation Workshop by Jen Shyu

Saturday, September 29
11:00am – 1:00pm
CURRENT ArtSpace+Studio

Join internationally-celebrated educator Jen Shyu for a workshop for artists and non-artists who want to tap into their creative sides. The goals of this intermedia workshop are to encourage people to find freedom outside of their comfort zones and to bring people together from all different backgrounds and disciplines, inspiring everyone to fearlessly pursue their passions with the most personal, daring, and innovative approach. All majors and class years are welcome. Space is limited.

Lunch and Learn with Jay Spruill, Partner, LeClairRyan (legal aspects of start-ups)

Tuesday, October 2
12:30–1:30 pm
Graham Memorial 011

The Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship and Honors Carolina are pleased to host Jay Spruill, Partner, LeClairRyan for a conversation regarding the legal aspects of start-ups, especially in FinTech. Jay represents banks, finance companies, alternative online lenders, and other financial institutions in connection with regulatory and commercial matters affecting their business. He has assisted financial institutions in the design and documentation of consumer financial products and services, the purchase and sale of assets, the resolution of regulatory issues raised by federal and states agencies, and the implementation of risk management strategies. Jay devotes much of his practice to advising financial institutions on the application of state and federal consumer finance laws. He is Team Leader of the firm’s Marketplace Funding Team. The Marketplace Funding Team helps clients take advantage of financial technology (“FinTech”) innovations in connection with online loan platforms and other digital loan services. Having previously served as General Counsel for the Virginia Bankers Association, Jay has authored numerous bills enacted by the Virginia General Assembly affecting banking and finance in Virginia. He also served on a five-lawyer working group responsible for making recommendations to the Virginia Code Commission on the re-codification of the banking and finance title of the Code of Virginia. Jay regularly assists banks in complying with regulatory requirements of the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Concerts in Context: The Intersection of Environmental Justice and Politics in NC

Friday, October 5
Pre-Performance Talk: 6:30pm, Gerrard Hall
Performance: 8:00pm, Memorial Hall

Join us for a performance and panel discussion focused on public health, environmental justice, and politics. In the play, An Enemy of the People, a city’s drinking water is contaminated, and two brothers, the town’s doctor and mayor, line up on opposite sides of a war pitting money and politics against the health and safety of the town. Prior to the performance, the issues will be put into context of NC through a panel discussion with NC Senators Smith and Woodard and Representative Butler. Honors Carolina students who participate in the pre-performance panel can redeem free tickets to the performance. Ticketing information will be detailed in the event registration confirmation.

Lunch & Learn: Michael Trinh, Senior Counsel at Google Legal

Monday, October 8
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Gardner Hall, Suite 104

Michael Trinh is Senior Counsel at Google Legal, where he focuses on building technology solutions to address consumer protection issues online. His team is leading Google’s efforts to help combat the opioids addiction epidemic, and last spring partnered with the US Drug Enforcement Agency to help Americans dispose of excess prescription drugs (which are fueling the crisis). In addition to using the Google.com homepage, his team created Mapping tools used by 50,000 users on the first day alone. The Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship and Honors Carolina invite you to join us for lunch with Michael to learn more about his path.

Food for Thought: Miguel La Serna, Department of History

Wednesday, October 10
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Graham Memorial 011

Miguel La Serna teaches Latin American history, with a focus on guerrilla insurgencies and counterinsurgencies. He has written extensively on the armed conflict in 1980s and 90s Peru and is the co-author (with Duke anthropologist Orin Starn) of The Shining Path: Love, Madness, and Revolution in the Andes (Norton, forthcoming 2019).

Food for Thought: Bernard Bell, Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship

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

Bernard Bell is the chairman and CEO of Urban Media Solutions (UMS), a media consulting firm that coaches high-growth startups, corporations and government agencies on traditional media and digital strategy around the urban market. He was most recently the senior vice president in the Office of the President for TV One, a lifestyle and entertainment cable network. He joined the network in 2003 as the second employee and led the successful growth of the network from a $130 million investment to a $600 million valuation within 54 months. He started his career at TV One as senior vice president of sales and marketing. Prior to joining TV One, Bell held senior sales and marketing positions at Tribune Media Services in Chicago, ICTV an internet startup based in Silicon Valley, Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) based in Knoxville and NYC and Discovery Channel based in Bethesda, MD. He started his sales career at IBM as an account executive in Winston-Salem, NC. Originally from Greensboro, NC, Bell holds both a BA and an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Laura Klinger, Executive Director of UNC TEACH Autism Program and Associate Professor, UNC Department of Psychiatry

Friday, November 2
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Graham Memorial 039

Laura Grofer Klinger is a clinical psychologist, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the UNC School of Medicine, and the Executive Director of the UNC TEACCH Autism Program. She serves on a variety of community advisory boards including Sesame Street (initiative to increase ASD awareness), Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (supporting their development of an insurance policy for individuals with ASD), Government Accountability Office (adult transition), and Extraordinary Ventures (an employment program for adults with ASD). Dr. Klinger consults to school systems and employment programs internationally about best practices for supporting the transition to adulthood including supports for employment and postsecondary education. Her research includes the study of learning differences in individuals with ASD and the development of community-based intervention programs to promote successful adult outcomes.

Cross Cultural Exchanges: Engaging the African University Exchange Program

Monday, November 5
12:15pm – 1:15pm
Graham Memorial 039

Operated by UNC Student Government, the African University Leader Exchange Program is a bold initiative that aims to create an intellectual and cultural exchange between the brightest student leaders from the continent of Africa and the University of North Carolina. Please join us for an insightful discussion that will explore the similarities and differences between American and African college experiences.

Food for Thought: Hilary Lithgow, Department of English and Comparative Literature

Tuesday, November 13
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Graham Memorial 011

Hilary Lithgow specializes in Victorian and early Modernist British literature, as well as the literature of war from World War I to today. She is especially interested in the role of story-telling in making sense of human experience and the effects of impersonality and trauma on literary style. Her current work focuses on contemporary literature of war, the military-civilian divide, and the ways in which people are changed when their moral codes are violated. Professor Lithgow is also interested in the work that literature and the humanities can do outside the university and from 2014-2017 she co-facilitated Vets For Words, a book group for military veterans administered by the North Carolina Humanities Council with support from the NEH.

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.

Lunch and Learn with Elizabeth G. Taylor, Executive Director of the National Health Law Program (NHeLP)

Tuesday, February 13
12:15–1:15 pm
Graham Memorial 039

Elizabeth G. Taylor is executive director of the National Health Law Program (NHelP), a nationally recognized legal nonprofit dedicated to protecting and advancing the health rights of low income and underserved individuals. Elizabeth has spent her career advancing justice both in the courtroom and the board room. She joined NHeLP from the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served for three years as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General during the first and second terms of the Obama Administration. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, Yale Divinity School, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Elizabeth is delivering the 2018 Frank Porter Graham Lecture, “Healthcare’s Seven Dirty Words”, on 2/13 at 7:00pm in the FedEx Global Education Center. Join Elizabeth for an informal lunch prior to her talk.

Coffee & Conversation with Carol Hee

“Business Action and Climate Change in the Trump Administration”

Friday, February 16
12:15 pm–1:15 pm
Graham Memorial 039

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.

Coffee and Conversation with Robbie Bach

Civic Engineer and Retired President of the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft

Thursday, February 22
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Graham Memorial 039

Robbie Bach joined Microsoft in 1988 and over the next 22 years worked in various marketing, general management and business leadership roles.  He played an important role as a marketing leader in the successful development of the Microsoft Office business, and subsequently led the creation and development of the Xbox business where he served as the Chief Xbox Officer.  Bach retired from Microsoft in 2010 as the company’s President of the Entertainment and Devices Division.

Robbie now works as a Civic Engineer with corporate, philanthropic, and civic organizations who are driving positive change in our communities. He guest lectures extensively at schools such as UCLA, the University of North Carolina, Notre Dame, Santa Clara University, Seattle University, and the University of Washington.  He also speaks to corporate, civic, and trade show audiences across the country.  In 2015, he completed his first book, Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal.  For more information, see www.robbiebach.com.

As part of his civic commitment, Robbie serves on the national board of governors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and for the local Boys and Girls Club chapter in Bellevue, WA.  He has served as chairman of both of these boards.  He is also a member of the United States Olympic Committee board of directors, the board of directors for the Puget Sound chapter of Year-Up, and the board of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC.  His corporate responsibilities include being co-owner of Manini’s, Inc., a gluten-free pasta and flour company, and serving on the board of directors for Sonos Inc.

He was an Arjay Miller Scholar at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he earned his MBA, and a Morehead Scholar at UNC where he earned his degree in economics and was also named an Academic All-American on the Tar Heel’s tennis team.

Lunch and Learn with Dr. Joseph Cooper, Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut and Founder of Collective Uplift

Friday, March 2
12:15 – 1:15 pm
Graham Memorial 039

Dr. Cooper joined the Sport Management program at the University of Connecticut in August 2013. Prior to joining the faculty at UConn, Dr. Cooper served as an instructor and graduate teaching assistant at the University of Georgia while completing his doctorate. Dr. Cooper’s research agenda focuses on the nexus between sport, education, race, and culture with an emphasis on sport as a catalyst for holistic development and positive changes in society. He is a member of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Cooper is also the founder of Collective Uplift (CU), an organization designed to educate, empower, and inspire students across racial and ethnic backgrounds at UConn (and the world) to maximize their full potential as holistic individuals both within and beyond athletic contexts. Honors Carolina is pleased to partner with Men of Color Engagement to host this event.

Food for Thought with Dr. Shimul Melwani, Kenan-Flagler Business School

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

Dr. Melwani teaches courses on global leadership and organizational behavior to undergraduate and graduate students. Her research interests meet at the intersection of emotions and interpersonal processes in organizations. She is conducting groundbreaking research on the influence of gossip – the negative and positive consequences of initiating and participating in it – for individuals, dyads and groups in the workplace. She also is examining the interpersonal influence of discrete emotions on organizationally relevant outcomes. By studying the interpersonal effects of discrete emotions, such as contempt, compassion and anger in a series of different work contexts, her research provides a richer picture of how emotions influence attributions, relationships and performance of both those expressing emotions as well as perceiving them. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology and Psychological Science.

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.

Concerts in Context: Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei

TALK:
Thursday, March 22
6:30 pm
Gerrard Hall
PERFORMANCE:
Thursday, March 22
7:30 pm
Memorial Hall

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and banjo player Abigail Washburn returns to the Memorial Hall stage with Beijing-born vocalist and guzheng prodigy Wu Fei. This enchanting duo is a musical resolution to specific and differing issues about home. Prior to the Carolina Performing Arts event, two professors will speak and provide some context for the experience. A limited number of free tickets will be offered to students to attend the Carolina Performing Arts event as a group.

Lunch and Learn with Toshi Reagon, 2018 Hillard Gold ’39 Lecturer

Monday, March 26
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Graham Memorial 039

Toshi Reagon is a versatile singer, composer, musician, curator and producer with a profound ear for sonic Americana–from folk to funk, from blues to rock. Among many accolades, Tohi is a National Women’s History Month Honoree, 2010 recipient of OutMusic’s Heritage Award, 2015 Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow, the first University of North Carolina Mellon Foundation DisTIL fellow and the 2018 UNC Hillard Gold ’39 Lecturer. Join us for an informal lunch to learn more about Toshi’s path.

Lunch and Learn with John Lattanzio, Astrophysicist and 2018 Morehead-Cain Alumni Visiting Distinguished Honors Professor

Wednesday, March 28
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Graham Memorial 039

Lattanzio is an astrophysicist who works on understanding stars and how they make the elements that comprise our world. He serves as President of the International Astronomical Union’s Commission on Stellar Evolution and is a professor in the Monash Centre for Astrophysics at Monash University in Australia. Previously, Lattanzio held positions in Canada and France, at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy, and at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Lattanzio is an Honorary Fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia.

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.

 

Lunch and Learn with Shaida Jarrahi Horner, JD, CPA

Wednesday, April 11
12:15 – 1:15 pm
Graham Memorial 039

Shaida Jarrahi Horner, JD, CPA, is an experienced trust and estates attorney, having assisted hundreds of clients with comprehensive estate and trust administration, as well as tax and probate law issues. She joined Wake Forest University as Assistant Vice President, Gift Planning & Marketing in August 2012. In her current role with the University as Associate Vice President, Gift Planning, Ms. Horner helps individuals and their advisors design and evaluate charitable giving plans. In addition to her experience in trust and estate law, Ms. Horner also has extensive experience in addressing issues related to multigenerational estate and business succession plans. Before joining Wake Forest University, Ms. Horner was Vice President of Estate Settlement at Wells Fargo Bank. Ms. Horner is active in the North Carolina Bar Association and a number of charities and civic organizations in Forsyth County and is a frequent speaker on philanthropy. Ms. Horner earned her BA and her Master of Accounting degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her JD degree from Wake Forest University.

Food for Thought with Professor Jane Thrailkill

Medical School Burnout: How the Humanities Can Help with Empathy Drain

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

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.

Honors Carolina Student Board Spring Celebration

Wednesday, April 25
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Graham Memorial Educational Foundation Terrace

Come join us for a relaxed, picnic-style gathering with made-to-order grilled food, friends, and lawn games.

Tea & Conversation with James Norwood Pratt

Wednesday, May 2
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Graham Memorial 039

Tea Lover? Relax over a refreshing yet stimulating cup and enjoy discussing THE ROMANCE OF TEA with America’s Leading Tea Lover, James Norwood Pratt. He is an amazing story-teller with an amazing story to tell – how a miracle of vegetation and a harmless beverage has become humanity’s favorite habit. He will choose an amazing tea or two to serve—white, green, or maybe oolong or black. Come for tea and meet JNP! A master story teller reveals how humanity’s favorite habit has changed the world. With books translated into multiple languages and numerous articles, columns, videos and print and TV interviews in US and overseas media, James Norwood Pratt is quite possibly the world’s most widely read authority on tea and tea lore. Since the first edition of his classic Tea Lover’s Treasury appeared in 1982, he has been an inspiring presence on the international tea scene. He has served as Honorary Director of America’s first traditional tea house and International Juror at India’s first Golden Leaf tea competition. He is the author of James Norwood Pratt’s Tea Dictionary, the worldwide tea trade’s standard reference work, and is America’s acknowledged Tea Sage. In 2015 he was the recipient of the John Harney Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Tea Expo. A native son of North Carolina, he lives with his wife Valerie Turner Pratt in San Francisco.

Fall 2017

Coffee & Conversation with Larry Han ’16

Monday, August 28
11:00 am–12:00 noon
Graham Memorial 039

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
Graham Memorial 039

Enjoy a quiet place to study with free blue books, scantron sheets, snacks, and ample outlets.