07.06.21 | Overheard

“This is not my fight. … It’s not my job to heal The University of North Carolina. That’s the job of the people in power who created the situation.”

Nikole Hannah-Jones ’03 (MA)

05.07.21 | Overheard

“I think all of our teachers have done a tremendous job navigating this new virtual learning and teaching environment, but it’s not the same as being in the classroom. I think we have a long ways to go in assessing the impact of the year gone by.”


Cathy Moore ’97 (MSA), superintendent, Wake County Public School System

03.16.21 | Overheard

“My grandmother always drilled into me that women need to be strong, and the way she thought of being strong is education. You’ve got to have an education. You’ve got to have your own job. You’ve got to stand on your own feet.”

– Zeynep Tufekci, “Prescient Moments

03.02.21 | Overheard

“A historic social uprising for racial justice was taking place. As an academic, I felt that my university also needed to be part of the reckoning.”

Kia Caldwell, "The Fierce Urgency of Now"

02.01.21 | Overheard

“I really enjoy this place where the science meets the rest of the world. Science itself is beautiful, but when you can take that beautiful science that inspires awe and have it become part of the world at large, it makes a gigantic difference in many, many more people’s lives.” 

Sudip Parikh ’95

01.14.21 | Overheard

“When you’re depressed, your world operates in shades of gray, and you believe that you’re the reason for it.”

Jake Lawler ’20

09.15.20 | Overheard

“I am Christian. I’m Black. I am Southern, I’m an empath. I’m feisty, sassy and fashionable. That’s kind of how I describe myself. I would say that my role as a scientist is really about my passion and purpose for the world and for giving back to the world.”

Kizzmekia Corbett ’14 

07.23.20 | Overheard

“I remember looking up at the walls and being really overwhelmed by the magnitude of the portraits but also looking for myself and not really finding it.”

Elijah Heyward ’18

04.02.20 | Overheard

E-cigarettes emit neither smoke nor vapor. They emit aerosol. “And what do you associate with that word? A spray can. Chemicals. Something nasty. But it was beautifully marketed as vapor. ”

Ilona Jaspers

12.02.19 | Overheard

“Look, this is really Art History 101. There are two women, and one takes up almost as much space as the other. What does that mean?”

Denise Murrell ’76