Congratulations COMM Class of 2017!

If in the midst of all the graduation excitement you did not receive a program at the Department of Communication commencement ceremony, here is the digital PDF. The program is a wonderful keepsake to remember the day on which your years of dedication, hard work, and accomplishments were recognized.

Congratulations to the graduates of the COMM Class of 2017!

How do you prepare for Hollywood?

Are you considering a career in Hollywood? Check out the article “The Minor Details: The college minor that preps you for Hollywood.” The article focuses on the Writing for the Screen and Stage minor (WSS) offered here in the Department of Communication at UNC Chapel Hill. You can follow WSS announcements and events on their Facebook page.

Summer 2017 Courses

Looking to advance ahead in your course work? Consider one of these summer courses to help you achieve that goal. (Don’t forget to scroll down to Summer Session II)


Summer COMM 224 flyer

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COMM 318 online

Fall 2017 Courses

Beginning to organize your fall schedule? Check out these exciting Fall 2017 course offerings!


COMM 364 Hamilton
COMM 390 flyer 2017
COMM 390.003 Craft

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“Brown Threat”: A New Publication by Professor Silva

Dr. Kumi Silva is proud to announce the publication of her new book: Brown Threat: Identification in the Security State. Curious about the content? Read the book summary below:

“What is “brown” in—and beyond—the context of American identity politics? How has the concept changed since 9/11? In the most sustained examination of these questions to date, Kumarini Silva argues that “brown” is no longer conceived of solely as a cultural, ethnic, or political identity. Instead, after 9/11, the Patriot Act, and the wars in Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan, it has also become a concept and, indeed, a strategy of identification—one rooted in xenophobic, imperialistic, and racist ideologies to target those who do not neatly fit or subscribe to ideas of nationhood.

Interweaving personal narratives, ethnographic research, analyses of popular events like the Miss America pageant, and films and TV shows such as the Harold and Kumar franchise and Black-ish, Silva maps junctures where the ideological, political, and mediated terrain intersect, resulting in an appetite for all things “brown” (especially South Asian brown) by U.S. consumers, while political and nationalist discourses and legal structures (immigration, emigration, migration, outsourcing, incarceration) conspire to control brown bodies both within and outside the United States.

Silva explores this contradictory relationship between representation and reality, arguing that the representation mediates and manages the anxieties that come from contemporary global realities, in which brown spaces, like India, Pakistan, and the Middle East pose key economic, security, and political challenges to the United States. While racism is hardly new, what makes this iteration of brown new is that anyone or any group, at any time, can be branded as deviant, as a threat.” (Book Summary taken from Minnesota Press website)

Check out more book details and sales at Minnesota Press.


Robinson Audio Art

An audio art piece, created by Mark Robinson, the Multimedia Lab Director and Lecturer for the Department of Communication, has been solicited and will be featured in “re-volt-ing: an art show in protest” at the Distillery Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts.

UNC’s “Spotlights” features Northside Neighborhood & the Jackson Center for Saving and Making History

Jackson Center photo (2016)


Professor Della Pollock, the Jackson Center for Saving and Making History, and the Northside Neighborhood of Chapel Hill were featured in the UNC Spotlights — “Northside’s Future Takes Shape” (May 23, 2016; originally printed in April’s University Gazette; written by Patty Courtright)

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For a 2013 piece about Professor Pollock’s work in the classroom and the community, see here.

In the news — “The Color of Courage”

ColorofCourage (actor still)

photo: Mitch Capel (L), Sonny Kelly (R)

The News & Observer

Actors bring Civil War stories to life

At the end of their performance, Capel and Kelly stripped off their soldier’s jackets and stood as the students and staff members who’d crowded into the long, narrow room applauded. No one seemed to mind when questions and answers ran over, making lunch a little late.  A student asked how the men made it so real.  {excerpt}

To read the full article and see the accompanying slide-show, visit here.
To see clips of Kelly and Capel in action, visit here.
ColorofCourage (Mar8 2016)(castphoto)

photo: S. Kelly (L), M. Capel (R)

COMM Ph.D. student, Sonny Kelly, has received the UNC Performing Arts Special Activities Fund grant in support of his project with Mitch Capel entitled, The Color of Courage, a celebration of the legacy of African American soldiers who fought in the Union Army during the Civil War.

UNC’s team ties for first-place in the ACC Debate Championship’s coastal division!

Earlier this month, the University of North Carolina hosted competitors for the second annual ACC Debate Championship.

Building upon a longstanding tradition of debate between ACC schools, this year’s tournament featured teams from ten ACC schools, including Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pitt, Virginia and returning champions Wake Forest.

ACC Debate Tournament 2016 (snip)


The tournament brings the same intense, tournament style, school-versus-school model of competition that characterizes ACC athletic competition into the classroom, said Christian Lundberg, an associate professor in the department of communication in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences and the event organizer.  More importantly, it demonstrates that the ACC is as dedicated to fostering competitive excellence in academics as it is to fostering athletic competition.

The topic for the debate was “Resolved: That the United States should adopt substantially stricter gun control regulations, including a prohibition on carrying firearms at college and university campuses.”  Competitors had to prepare to debate both sides of the question, alternating between defending both the affirmative and the negative during the contest.

I think it is phenomenal that the ACC supports academic competition, and especially that it supports debate, said Lundberg.  One of our most pressing public problems is that we have lost the ability to talk through tough partisan issues reasonably, and the ACC Debate Championship provides concrete proof that the ACC values the deliberative skills that are crucial to academic success, and to the success of American democracy.

{excerpt; to read the full article visit The College of Arts & Sciences}

To view the debates, visit the YouTube channel.

COMM alum Elliot Darrow quoted in the Wall Street Journal

Elliot Darrow (Red Shoes poetry)

COMM Performance Studies alum Elliot Darrow ’15 was interviewed for an article on poetry slam, featured in the Wall Street Journal:

Poetry is Art, but Poetry Slams are Sport, Bound by Pages of Rules

April 8, 2016

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watch a video of Darrow’s poem