Posts Dated Archive: January 2014

Ebony and Ivy: our history and our present

I’ve been doing a small, non-random survey of people with whom I came into contact over the last couple weeks. I asked them how they felt about the fact that some of our best universities were not just places of higher learning; they were bastions of slavery, even in the North. White people were, like me, shocked. African Americans said they were not shocked or surprised. They knew. We didn’t. Maybe a lot of us took some comfort in thinking slavery was a Southern problem. Read More

Legislators visit the School

We had a wonderful visit from 16 legislators and various legislative staff members last week. University of North Carolina President Tom Ross and Chancellor Carol Folt welcomed the group, and both stayed for the entire session, an important mark of their commitment. They both spoke knowledgeably about our School and its value to North Carolina. Associate Vice Chancellor Don Hobart gave concrete examples of the value of UNC-Chapel Hill research for North Carolina. Read More