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Halloween Festival on October 27th!

The American Studies Student Association in collaboration with Wilson Library, ArtsEverywhere, and the Southern Oral History Program is hosting a Halloween Festival on October 27! For this event, we are also looking for spooky story submissions and just seeking overall publicity! I am reaching out because this event may be of interest to the English and Comparative Literature department and we’d love to share this with interested students 🙂  If so, here are two blurbs about the event!


For the short story submission: Celebrate Halloween with the UNC American Studies and Southern Oral History Program by submitting your short Halloween tale to read on October 27! The deadline to submit is October 21. Both original stories/personal experiences and local tales you’ve come across are encouraged! We also welcome folklore and fun tales and would love to hear stories from all over the map.


And for the event itself: Celebrate Halloween with us Wednesday, October 27 on the Quad! There will be opportunities to share stories (and compete for the best with spooktacular prizes), listen to oral histories from the archives, make buttons, paint pumpkins, eat some baked goods, listen to music, and so much more!

Placemakers X Arts Everywhere Student Opportunity

We welcome submissions for a new project titled ‘Placemakers’, supported by Carolina Performing Arts and the Creative Futures Public Service in the Arts grant. This project is in collaboration with Arts Everywhere, a comprehensive initiative at the UNC-Chapel Hill to make the arts a fundamental part of the University culture and daily campus life..

As students at UNC, we are a part of our community at UNC and in Chapel Hill. We create our narrative, and we want to explore this narrative through Placemakers. This project will showcase student artwork that is inspired by the themes and events of the past year and a half, including quarantine, mental health, advocacy, and more. How has the UNC community evolved since 2020? Now that we have returned to campus, what does the UNC community mean to you?

This opportunity is open to all UNC students interested in sharing their narratives! Please submit your artwork in response to this prompt by October 31st at 11:59 pm. We welcome group and individual submissions of all art forms. If you are creating a group submission, please have only one member of the group complete the submission and include the contact information of your group members. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at

Humanities opportunity for students

A Chance for ECL Majors to share their work with a national audience at this Undergraduate Research Conference –present your thesis or a research-based term paper! (Set up an appt with Dr. L. at if you’d like help crafting your application.)

Applications open for Johns Hopkins University’s third annual Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium. The symposium was designed to offer students across the country the chance to gather together and disseminate their humanities and interdisciplinary research on a national scale. COVID forced us to adapt to a virtual event, but that, in turn, was a great success with close to 1,000 participants and more than 25,000 visits to the conference site to date. This year’s event will be virtual as well, held live April 8th-10th, 2022, and our application portal is now open. The submission deadline is February 15, 2022.

The 2022 Macksey Symposium will feature the following:

  • A robust national student audience: undergraduate students from any two or four-year college or university who would like to present their original humanities and/or interdisciplinary scholarship.
  • Multiple panels of student papers and original creative works.
  • A keynote delivered by the contemporary poet Elisabet Velasquez, who recently released When We Make It and whose poetry has been featured in TIDAL, NBC, Latina Magazine, and more. Elisabet Velasquez will share in a fireside chat with students about creative inspiration and her research process.
  • Multiple professional development panels featuring Johns Hopkins graduate students and faculty as well as JHU Press editors.

Following the conference, student participants will also have the opportunity to work with our peer editors to revise their presentation into a journal-length publication for our journal of proceedings, the Macksey Journal. Student feedback about Macksey has been overwhelmingly positive, with 93% of students saying that they were very or highly likely to recommend Macksey to a friend or colleague and over 90% rating their experience at the conference as satisfied or highly satisfied.

Registration will be $175; late registration will be $205. You can learn more at our conference site: We would also be glad to answer any questions you might have. We are also holding virtual drop-in hours for students to ask questions about the symposium, the application, and creating an abstract. Those hours are:

  • November 10, 2021: 1:00-2:00pm eastern
  • November 18, 2021: 5:00-6:00pm eastern
  • January 27, 2022: 5:00-6:00pm eastern
  • February 9, 2022: 1:00-2:00pm eastern

Students can email to indicate their interest in drop-in hours.

The Yackety Yack (est. 1890), UNC’s yearbook, is looking for staff members for the 2021-22 yearbook! We need writers to write short articles, photographers to take photos of events and sporting games, and graphic designers to put these elements together on the page! This is a great opportunity to get involved on campus and build a portfolio.

If you’re interested, please fill out our sign-up form as soon as possible. Though we ask for samples of your work, no experience is needed.