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Timeline of 225 Years of Rhetoric, Writing, Film and Literature at Carolina

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Executive Vice President, Able Global Partners and Contributing Editor,

“English majors develop skill in writing and speaking – two critical skills for effective management. After completing a Master’s in English literature at UNC, I went on to various management positions. The skills of effective writing, analysis and critical thinking are absolutely essential when helping organizations raise funds or set a clear strategy.”

Master’s in Literature, Medicine, and Culture from UNC

“Thanks to my studies [in English and Comparative Literature], I feel well prepared to be a physician who can listen well to his patients and be sensitive to how to best meet their needs.”

Physician in Family Medicine

“While basic science courses are important, on a day-to-day basis, I was far more prepared for the art of medicine by my non-science courses. In particular, English, Creative Writing, and Comparative Literature courses helped me learn how to think critically about concepts like illness, disability and mortality– a daily affair in medicine.”

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Faculty member Rick Warner.

Professor Rick Warner Honored with Chapman Family Teaching Award

Dr. Rick Warner was awarded the prestigious UNC Chapman Family Teaching Award this week.

Karen Tucker Longlisted for 2022 Aspen Words Literary Prize

Creative Writing Professor Karen Tucker’s novel ‘Bewilderness’ was longlisted for the prestigious Aspen Words Literary Prize.

Cover to Jane Thrailkill's book 'Philosophical Siblings'

Jane Thrailkill Releases Book on James Siblings

DOECL Professor Jane Thrailkill released last November her new academic monograph, Philosophical Siblings: Varieties of Playful Experience in Alice, William, and Henry James.

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