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Experts debate affirmative action in admissions at UNC as Supreme Court weighs the issue

BY: - March 1, 2023

Last week, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Program for Public Discourse began its 2023 series of public discussions with a panel on affirmative action in university admissions. This week, that discussion is available in its entirety on the program’s YouTube channel.   In late October the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in cases over affirmative action in […]

Campus workers union to rally, deliver demands to UNC Board of Governors

BY: - February 22, 2023

The UNC Board of Governors will hold a full day of committee meetings Wednesday – and they’ll have a few guests. UNC System workers of UE Local 150, the North Carolina Public Service Workers Union, will hold rallies both at the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and at the UNC System office in downtown Raleigh. Among their […]

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Commentary: UNC Chapel Hill trustees misfire with rushed and ill-conceived plan to launch conservative school

BY: - February 13, 2023

Two weeks ago, the UNC Board of Trustees arrived in Chapel Hill hellbent on launching yet another salvo in the campus Culture Wars. They surprised everyone with a resolution calling for the creation of a new “School of Civic Life and Leadership.” Comprised “of a minimum of 20 dedicated faculty,” this proposed school would help develop student “skills in public discourse” in the service of “promoting democracy and serving to benefit society.”

UNC program to spotlight affirmative action in admissions, abortion in public discussion series

BY: - January 12, 2023

UNC Chapel Hill’s Program for Public Discourse will begin 2023 with public discussions of  affirmative action in university admissions and abortion – two divisive social issues, one now before the Supreme Court and the other a renewed battleground in state legislatures, including North Carolina’s. In late October the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in […]

Experts to discuss reparations for slavery in UNC event

BY: - December 1, 2022

Reparations to Black Americans for slavery is one of the nation’s oldest and fiercest political debates. Next week, expert scholars will debate the issue as part of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Program for Public Discourse. The December 8 event, part of the program’s Debating Public Policy Series, will bring together Dr. William Darity, professor of Public Policy […]

Tillis, Cunningham to meet in UNC discussion of friendships across the political divide

BY: - November 10, 2022

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and former N.C. State Senator Cal Cunningham, a Democrat, will meet this evening as part of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Abbey Speaker series. The event, to be held at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center and livestreamed on Zoom, will focus on building and maintaining friendships across the political […]

Affirmative action supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - November 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — The onset of rain did not deter students and supporters of affirmative action from protesting Monday morning outside the U.S. Supreme Court while justices considered two cases that could reshape the college admissions process. “It’s not a secret that if you eliminated race conscious policies, it would further diminish the number of students […]

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Sen. Paul Wellstone and the portents of his death, two decades later

BY: - October 24, 2022

When I was a kid I spent most summers riding my bicycle along every back road within 25 miles of our house near Forbes, Minnesota. This habit toured me through the nooks and crannies of the Mesabi Iron Range, the geography of which still wallpapers the interior of my brain. I went everywhere, but there […]

Experts to talk intellectual diversity in UNC-Chapel Hill panel discussion

BY: - October 5, 2022

At a politically volatile time in America’s history, what does intellectual diversity mean on the nation’s college campuses? Is it attainable – and if so, is it always desirable? As both students and faculty  at UNC-Chapel Hill continue to wrestle with issues of speech and political ideology on campus, a panel of experts will come together Thursday to […]

College and university presidents: Time to speak up

BY: - September 26, 2022

As students, faculty and administrators at North Carolina’s colleges and universities struggle with questions of free speech and academic freedom, veteran leaders in higher education — including a former chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill — are urging them to speak up on difficult issues. Last week Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University, cited a a […]

UNC-Chapel Hill students discuss free expression on campus in public forum

BY: - September 15, 2022

As both students and faculty wrestle with speech issues on campus, a panel of undergraduates came together this week for a discussion on free expression and the environment on campus at UNC-Chapel Hill. The “Can We Talk?” panel, organized and co-sponsored by the Program for Public Discourse and the university’s Political Science department, was instigated […]

Cunningham, Tillis to meet in UNC discussion on friendships across the political divide

BY: - August 11, 2022

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and former N.C. State Senator Cal Cunningham, a Democrat, will meet in November as part of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Abbey Speaker series. The event, to be held November 10 at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center and livestreamed on Zoom, will focus on building and maintaining friendships across […]