Month: December 2016

Tar Heel Reader approaches 10 million books read

Tar Heel Reader, an online program that helps students with disabilities learn to read independently, is nearing 10 million books read. The site, which was created by Karen Erickson of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies and Gary Bishop of the department of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, …

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Pentecostalism and prestige in the Dominican Republic

  Structure. Loyalty. Faith. Leadership. The characteristics exhibited by churchgoers share many similarities to the values of gang members. Both groups believe in the power of the collective and something greater than themselves. At least, that’s what UNC religious studies professor Brendan Thornton discovered after conducting research in the Dominican Republic. The analysis Thornton provides …

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Winter commencement spotlight: ‘A true Tar Heel’

More than a decade ago, Barbara Jones left Carolina after her sophomore year and began a series of service jobs that included the Marine Corps, law enforcement and Emergency Medical Services. This weekend, Jones will receive her bachelor’s degree in history from the College of Arts and Sciences, returning “home to Carolina,” she said, to finish what she started.

Proving innocence: Lessons from the Wilmington Ten

  Shards of glass explode into a fiery rainstorm as a Molotov cocktail crashes through a window of Mike’s Grocery in downtown Wilmington. Firefighters arrive to put out the blaze, but are shot by a group of vigilante gunmen on a nearby rooftop. The building survives the flames that Friday evening — only to be …

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William Blake Archive launches redesigned web site

The William Blake Archive has launched a redesigned web site, making it easier than ever for educators and scholars to access and study Blake’s works. The web site is a hypermedia archive of Blake’s poetry and art that is sponsored by the Library of Congress and supported by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Rochester.