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Gámez Named Interim Dean of the College of Arts + Architecture
The appointment begins on July 1, following the departure of Dean Brook Muller.
   June 19, 2023

Professor of Architecture and Urban Design José Gámez has been named interim dean of the College of Arts + Architecture. His appointment begins on July 1, following the departure of Dean Brook Muller.

Gámez joined the College of Arts + Architecture in 2002 as an assistant professor of architecture and has since served in multiple leadership positions, most recently as Associate Dean...

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Festival Recognition for Theatre Professor’s Plays
Two plays by Lynne Conner received recognition this spring.
   June 19, 2023

Two plays by Professor of Theatre Lynne Conner were recently recognized by theatre festivals. Earlier this month, Conner’s The Mother was named a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, one of 148 plays chosen as semi-finalists from 614 applicants. The Mother, which was a 2018 and 2019 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist, received its world...

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Dr. Lee Gray Interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning News
Gray was the featured authority on a segment about elevators.
   May 24, 2023
Professor of Architectural History Lee Gray joined CBS Sunday Morning News on May 21 for a feature story on elevators. Gray is an international expert on elevators and escalators. Interviewed at the Biltmore House in Asheville, where the 19th-century elevator still has a staff operator, he explained how elevators changed the world....

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Graphic Design Students Create Mural for Business Affairs Office
Reese building mural designed by students in Cynthia Frank's class.
   May 23, 2023

When Richard Amon, vice chancellor for business affairs, considered the blank walls that greet guests in the recently-renovated fourth floor of Reese, he saw a collaborative opportunity to liven up the space, showcase his staff and involve students. Wheels churning, he contacted the Department of Art and Art History with an idea to create a mural to cover the walls....

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Architecture Students to Present at National Conferences
Abena Atiemo and Sydney Garceau will present at national architecture conferences in June.
   May 16, 2023

Master of Architecture student Abena Atiemo (left) and undergraduate student Sydney Garceau (right), who graduated this month with a B.A. in Architecture, will both present their research at national conferences in June.

Garceau was invited to present her research paper entitled “Proactive not Reactive:...

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Book by Architecture Professor Offers New Look at Postmodernism
Lidia Klein's book studies political architecture in Chile and Poland 1970-1990.
   May 15, 2023

Assistant Professor of Architectural History Lidia Klein’s new book, Political Postmodernisms: Architecture in Chile and Poland, 1970–1990, argues for a redefinition of postmodern architecture. While postmodern architecture is...

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Professor Receives Major Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Heather D. Freeman will produce a podcast series with Public Radio International
   April 28, 2023

Professor of Digital Media Heather D. Freeman has been awarded a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to produce her podcast, Magic in the United States: 400 Years of Magical Beliefs, Practices, and Cultural Conflicts. The $389,000 grant will fund...

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Dance Professor Featured in NoTears Project-St. Louis
Ashley Tate is a key participant in a national initiative to honor civil rights histories.
   April 28, 2023

Assistant Professor of Dance Ashley Tate traveled to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, this weekend as a key participant in the nationally recognized No Tears Project. This multidisciplinary festival was founded by Oxford American Magazine in 2017 to honor the civil rights history in its...

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Professor’s NSF Grant Allows Students to Join Research Project in Tanzania
Innovations in masonry design and fabrication could result in better, more healthful houses.
   April 27, 2023

Assistant Professor of Architecture Liz McCormick and her and co-investigator Brett Tempest, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, have received a grant from the National...

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Dance Students Perform at NYC's Joyce Theater
Students premiered a Martha Graham work reimagined by Professor Kim Jones.
   April 25, 2023

On April 22, 2023, UNC Charlotte dance students premiered a reimagined work by the iconic choreographer Martha Graham that had not been seen since 1977. And not only did they bring to life a dance piece that no contemporary audience had ever seen, they performed it on America’s most famous stage for modern dance, the Joyce Theater in New York City.

For the 10 students who performed in...

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