“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.


Moore Internship Fund 2017

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The John & Tatiana Moore Fund

Fund Details & Application Process

♦  The fund provides stipends of up to $2,000.

♦  Around 2-4 applicants will be selected to receive a stipend from the Moore Internship Fund according to the quality of their internship and their financial need.

♦  Any COMM student is welcome to apply.

♦  Preference will be given to sophomores and juniors who have secured internships at companies or organizations located in major metropolitan areas.


Moore Internship Fund Flyer (2017)
Moore Internship Fund Application Outline

In 2005, Moore established the John and Tatiana Moore Student Internship Fund in the Department of Communication Studies (now the Department of Communication) in the College of Arts and Sciences to encourage promising students to think big and augment their Carolina classroom education with work experiences far from campus.  The fund provides stipends to communication majors who have earned internships related to their course of study, with a preference for students studying in major cities.

{Excerpt from “John Moore is a Big Apple, Blue Suit Guy with Carolina Blue Roots.” Read full article here}

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.

The Swain Studio Six Performance Series

The Department of Communication presents: The Swain Studio Six Performance Series. These six unique performances will begin at 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. The Sunday matinee performances will begin at 2:00 p.m.


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”

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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

Prof. Alexander Craft receives Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship

Congratulations to Professor Renee Alexander Craft, chosen as one of eight faculty members, nationwide, to receive the 2016 Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship.

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Alexander Craft, who holds a joint appointment in the department of communication and the curriculum in global studies, was awarded the fellowship to expand her project Digital Portobelo. The project focuses on the Congo, a unique Afro-Latin community on the Caribbean coast of Panama, blending African, Central American and Caribbean traditions. {excerpt}  To read the full article, visit the College of Arts & Sciences

2 undergrads in COMM chosen as 2016 Burch Fellows

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Of the five students from UNC-CH who were selected as recipients of the 2016 Burch Fellowship, to pursue unique and self-initiated proposed experiences anywhere off Carolina’s campus, two hail from the COMM department:

Sarah K. Adams is a double major in music and communication

Prakash Kadiri is pursuing an interdisciplinary major, with a focus on film production, as well as a Writing for the Screen & Stage minor

Congratulations to all 2016 Burch Fellows!

To read more about Sarah, Prakash, and the other 2016 recipients, visit UNC Global’s announcement