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

Professor Perucci selected as Curatorial Fellow

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COMM professor, Tony Perucci, has been selected by Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) as their 2016-17 Curatorial Fellow.

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Jane Thrailkill, UNC professor of English and CPA’s Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Scholar, says of Professor Perucci :

I am thrilled that Tony will be our next Curatorial Fellow.  His work brings together performance and politics in exciting ways, and he’s fearless about taking on difficult topics. For our 2016-2017 season he’ll be focusing on the theme of resistance, with an eye to activism on campus.

For the full release, read below.

For more about CPA and its Fellowship, visit their website.

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Professor Sarah Dempsey wins 2016 APPLES Service-Learning: Teaching Excellence Award

“Each year, APPLES presents the APPLES Service-Learning Awards to celebrate those who sustain service-learning at UNC.

Four individuals, Luis Acosta, Sarah Dempsey, Alexandra Zagbayou and Mae B. McLendon, and one community partner, Farmer Foodshare, were recognized at the annual APPLES Service-Learning Award Brunch for their on-going efforts to connect academic and service-based pursuits through their involvement with APPLES.”  {excerpted from Janell Smith’s full article, found here}

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I think it is very important to recognize these individuals, how they’re shaping the community and building strong organizations and being the change we want to see in the world. — Leslie Parkins, senior program officer at the Carolina Center for Public Service

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Sarah Dempsey – Teaching Excellence Award
Dr. Sarah Dempsey, associate professor in the Department of Communication, was honored for her excellence in teaching service-learning courses. Since 2011, Dempsey’s service-learning courses Communication and Nonprofits and Globalizing Organizations have been offered six times, and have partnered with the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG).

Dempsey said receiving the Teaching Excellence Award was a huge honor. “Doing engaged scholarship with my students is one of the most rewarding things that I do.”


For the full article on all the recipients, visit the Carolina Center for Public Service’s page.

COMM graduate student, Jonathan Foland, wins award for excellence in teaching

Jonathan Foland (Department of Communication), was one of five graduate students at UNC-CH selected to receive the 2016 Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants.  Congratulations, Jonathan!

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For more about the University’s Teaching Awards, visit here.

February 26 & 27: “Mary Domingo”

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by Anna García Romero

8 p.m. / February 26 & 27

Swain Hall, Studio 6

Admission is free with a suggested five-dollar donation; seats may be reserved via the Process Series website.

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Mary Domingo, a new play by Anne García Romero, follows the story of Mary Peabody Mann, widow of 19th century American education reformer Horace Mann. In the aftermath of her husband’s death, Mary hopes to carry on his work by translating a book by Domingo Sarmiento, a brilliant and attractive intellectual and admirer of Mann’s ideas.  As she gets deeper into her relationship with Domingo, Mary struggles to make herself heard.  She espouses the ideals of gender equality, but is she ready to stand up to the men in her life?

Crackling with wit, Mary Domingo follows one woman’s struggle to find her own voice.

This reading is co-sponsored by the Teatro Latina/o program in the UNC Program of Latina/o Studies.


Mary Domingo represents the eighth year that the Process Series has featured a work co-sponsored by the Teatro Latina/o Series and the Program in Latina/o Studies, says Joseph Megel, Artistic Director of the Process Series.  These collaborations and connections deepen and enrich our artists and the community alike, as we explore what is possible in performance, interrogating multiple disciplines, multiple cultures and the diverse reach of the arts.


About the Playwright

Anna García Romero’s plays include Mary Domingo, Provenance, Paloma, Earthquake Chica, Mary Peabody in Cuba, Desert Longing, Juanita’s Statue and Santa Concepcion. Her plays have been developed and produced most notably at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, The Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Goodman Theatre, Summer Play Festival (Off-Broadway), The Mark Taper Forum, Hartford Stage, Borderlands Theater, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Repertorio Español, The Orchard Project and South Coast Repertory. She has also written for Peninsula Films, Elysian Films and Disney Creative Entertainment. She’s been a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights Center of Minneapolis as well as a MacDowell Colony fellow. Her translation of Jordi Galcerán’s The Grönholm Method is expected to open on Broadway in Spring 2016. She’s an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. Her plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, NoPassport Press and Playscripts. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. She is an alumna of New Dramatists and the Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit. She’s currently a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists.

About the Process Series

Dedicated to the development of new and significant works in the performing arts, The Process Series (Joseph Megel, founding artistic director) features professionally mounted, developmental presentations of new works in progress. The mission of the Series is to illuminate the ways in which artistic ideas take form, to examine the creative process, to offer audiences the opportunity to follow artists and performers as they explore and discover and by so doing to enrich the development process for artists with the ultimate goal of better art and a closer relationship between artists and audiences.

About the UNC Latina/o Studies Program

Latina/o Studies as a field is constituted out of the transdisciplinary study of Latina/o cultural production and experience in terms of a whole variety of factors. Latinas/os are defined as people of Latin American and/or Iberian heritage living and working in the United States or U.S.-based but also moving between the U.S. and the rest of the Americas. Latinas/os are ethno-racially diverse, of African, indigenous, Asian, and European descent; linguistically diverse, speaking varieties of English, Spanish, Portuguese, Spanglish, African, Asian, and indigenous languages; and culturally diverse, coming from more than 35 countries and 5 continents.

The Princeton Review names COMM a top-ten major

No surprise, COMM ranks high as one of the top-ten majors to pursue during one’s undergraduate career (list compiled by Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s chief expert on education).

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Of COMM Franek, a 22-year veteran of the world of education, says:

Communication majors tend to be great storytellers with quick wits and fiery personalities. [As a COMM major] You’ll spend a significant amount of time scrutinizing different kinds of presentations—such as speeches and scripts—and the strategies behind the messages that speakers and writers use to make their points. You’ll learn about verbal and nonverbal messages, audience reaction, and the varied effects of different communication environments. It will prepare you for a wealth of career options in business, advertising, human resources, public relations, government, education, media, and social services. {excerpt}


To read the full list, check out Top Ten College Majors from Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior Vice President and chief expert on education.

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WSS application period runs 2/1 to 2/28

**NOTE: interested students must be of sophomore or junior standing by fall 2016 **


Prof. Waltman talks with The Fix about hate speech

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An interview with COMM Professor Michael Waltman was featured in the Washington Post on December 12th, 2015.



“The Fix wondered if, in the attempt to describe a range of political events, comments and proposals that have shocked even long-time presidential election watchers, political insiders might be drawing a highly similar but excessively dramatic set of conclusions.

So, The Fix thought it might be wise to check in with an expert. This time, the context our expert provides may itself frighten you. You have been warned.

The Expert

Michael Waltman is an associate professor of communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Hate on the Right: Right Wing Political Groups and Hate Speech, published this year. In 2011, a book he co-authored with John Haas, The Communication of Hate, also hit bookstores. Waltman’s research centers on the way that hate can be an effective tool when used to pursue a variety of social and personal goals.” (to read the full article, go here)

COMM featured in “For the Record” post

For the Record, the blog of the University Archives & Records Management Services team at UNC-CH, in an October post turned its focus to “The Creation of the Department of Communication Studies” (circa 1993).

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{excerpt} University Archives recently acquired records from the Department of Communication, located in Bingham Hall. The records highlighted one of the many departmental reorganizations that have shaped the university: the 1993 merger of the Department of Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures (RTVMP) and the Department of Speech Communication. The merger resulted in the Department of Communication Studies, which this month became the Department of Communication. 
To read the full piece, visit For the Record.
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