University of North Carolina: Partnerships
Campus & Artistic Partners
- Joyce Rudinsky, professor in the Department of Communication Studies, who applied for one of UNC’s Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) Faculty Fellowships with the assistance of Carolina Performing Arts staff in order to further augment her work on the CPA-commissioned piece for Carolina Creative Campus. She received the fellowship, a $50,000 award in salary and support, and worked intensively with RENCI to develop the project.
- Ackland Art Museum (www.ackland.org) – runs an ongoing exhibition program called Perspectives, where the museum uses works from their collection that are chosen based on a collaboration with an academic partner and is intended to examine the ideas through and with works of art. For the exhibition on the death penalty, the museum worked with Writing in Law, which is a 1st year composition course for those interested in pursuing law, politics or public.
- Campus Y (campus-y.unc.edu) has a standing group names Criminal Justice Action & Awareness that examined the death penalty to coincide with Carolina Creative Campus and hosted a student art exhibition focused on the death penalty.
- Carolina Office of Parent and New Student Programs Carolina Summer Reading Program (nscpp.unc.edu) – works with CPA to maximize the discussion around the topic of the chosen Summer Reading and to coordinate complimentary programming
- Center for Human Values
- Department of Communication Studies (comm.unc.edu) -
- Produced The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions by Sister Helen Prejean, adapted into a two-hour staged reading. Director, Joseph Megel, artist-in-residence in the Department of Communication Studies.
- Communications Course: Lethal Theatre: Performance Workshop
- Partnered in the production of Parade
- Department of Dramatic Arts (drama.unc.edu) – produced several productions:
- Coyote on the Fence
- Dead Man Walking
- One-woman play, Doin’ Time: Through the Visiting Glass – This was actually external to the department; we produced it directly.
- Department of Music (music.unc.edu) – partnered in the production of Parade
- Institute of Arts and Humanities Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence (www.johnstoncenter.unc.edu) – hosted a colloquium of Paul Green’s revised adaptation of Native Son, as a part of Richard Wright centennial celebration at UNC
- Justice Theatre Project (thejusticetheaterproject.org) produced the play Still¦Life, which uses interviews from people throughout N.C. who have been impacted by the death penalty, including family members and victims, as well as attorneys, prison guards and people who are on death row.
- Parr Center for Ethics (parrcenter.unc.edu) – hosted two panel discussions, entitled:
- The Ethical Issues of Capital Punishment (10.2.2007)
- Doctors of Death? Exploring the Medical Ethical Issues of Capital Punishment (4.9.2007)
- Playmakers Repertory Company (www.playmakersrep.org) â€“ presented the production Witness to an Execution and hosted post-performance discussions
- Renaissance Computing Institute (www.renci.org) – worked with faculty artist Judith Rudinsky to develop Spectacular Justice installation (see: www.renci.org/focus-areas/project-archive/spectacular-justice# and www.renci.org/news/releases/spectacular-justice-uses-art-and-technology-to-examine-the-death-penaltyspectacular-justice-uses-art-and-technology-to-examine-the-death-penalty)
- School of Law (www.law.unc.edu) – hosted panel discussions regarding the death penalty. Dean Jack Boger was a key member of the Creative Campus advisory committee. Hosted part of Scott Langley photo exhibition
- School of Public Health (www.sph.unc.edu) – hosted part of Scott Langley photo exhibition, and hosted a reception for the exhibit, which included a co-lecture with Scott Langley and a professor of Epidemiology.
- Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History (sonjahaynesstonectr.unc.edu) – Dr. Joseph Jordan was a key member of the Creative Campus advisory committee. Hosted part of the Scott Langely exhibit, hosted a panel conversation with Our Children’s Place that included Senator Ellie Kinard, on the impact of incarceration of mothers
- Southern Historical Collection UNC Libraries (www.lib.unc.edu/mss/shc/index.html) – hosted displays and created pamphlets entitled Facing Controversy: Struggling with Capital Punishment in North Carolina.” Drawing materials from the library’s collection
Since most of the artistic work was undertaken by our own artistic community, the cross-campus partnerships not only supported the individual works, but developed on-going relationships for future collaborations.