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Community Events

Spring 2024 Programming

Digital and Lifelong Learning will showcase the research, discoveries, and ideas of UNC-CH faculty with free, in-person events open to the public of all ages. Whether you’re an avid knowledge-seeker expanding your horizons or a curious young learner, we’re here to highlight the diverse and creative activities happening right in our local area. We hope you’ll join us in nurturing the bond between Carolina and the local community.


Beyond Spring Cleaning: Confronting the Strange Magic of Personal Possessions

Julia Ridley Smith, Lecturer, Creative Writing Program, Department of English & Comparative Literature
Tuesday, April 30th | 6:00 – 7:30PM | Registration encouraged.

Explore the intersection of material culture and identity with a thoughtful journey of possessions, grief, and joy.

Learn more about Beyond Spring Cleaning: Confronting the Strange Magic of Personal Possession


Past Events

Healthy Eating and Sustainable DietsA fork with a bouquet of lettuce and vegetables.

Dr. Lindsey Smith Taillie, Associate Professor, Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Thursday, March 28 | 6:00 – 7:30PM

Everybody eats… but how do we eat in a way that tastes good, keeps us healthy, and helps protect the planet?

Learn more about Healthy Eating and Sustainable Diets.


Race, Basketball, and the American Dream Two arms, one African American and one white, reach up towards an orange basketball during a tip-off.

Matt Andrews, Associate Professor, Department of History
Tuesday, September 26th | 6 – 7:30PM

Basketball is not just a gameā€”it is part of the larger story of civil rights and racial politics…

Learn more about Race, Basketball, and the American Dream.


From Trash to Treasure: Plastics and SustainabilityA large, boat sized clear plastic bottle floats at the surface of the water. Underwater, more empty plastic bottles can be seen piling up.

Frank Leibfarth, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Thursday, October 19th, 2023 | 6 – 7:30PM

By the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish…

Learn more about From Trash to Treasure: Plastics and Sustainability.