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.

Spring 2017: COMM 371

Are you still in need of a class for the spring semester?  Consider COMM 371: Argumentation offered on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.  This course examines the theory and practice of argument and deliberation in communication studies, drawing from resources in rhetorical studies, informal logic, and argumentation. Intended for pre-law, public policy and other students interested in argumentation.
If you need help enrolling, please email Emily Cooper at

Spring 2017 Courses

Is your Spring semester schedule finalized? Still have room for another course? Help us fill up the below courses!








Comm 682:  “Histories and Theories of the Moving-Image: Pasts, Presents, Futures”
Spring 2017
Tue/Thur 330-445pm

Open to Graduate Students and Undergrads (Juniors and Seniors Only)
No prerequisite for graduate students
Prerequisite for Undergraduates:  Art 159, Comm 140, Engl 142, or Permission of Instructor for Undergraduate Students

Course Topic:  Theories of moving images, and imaging technologies, from the primitive to the not-yet-existing. Concentration on electronic, post-electronic, and intermedia moving-image work in the U.S. from the early 1970s–especially New York schools (the Kitchen, the Whitney Museum affiliates, the East Village, etc.) and California styles (including certain types of full-blown postmodernism)–through to the era of the Internet. Focus on the issues that these works pose for how to think about what “media” and “images” are and have been, how they work today, and how they might develop in the near and more distant future.

Required Materials: outside screenings via the web plus a collection of 20th century critical writings, mostly writings (including the more “para-academic” writings) connected with the above and other avant-garde traditions, such as: Barthes, *Camera Lucida*; John Tagg’s work on the advent of photography; Susan Sontag and her legacy in the United States; Bersani and Dutoit’s book *Forms of Being: Cinema, Aesthetics, Subjectivity;* dialogues between various writers about Warhol’s films; Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s *Television: A Novel;* and Jacques Derrida’s filmed discussions with Bernard Stiegler around electronic and digital media.






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”

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

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