City and Regional Planning Associate Professor Mai Nguyen is the New IAH Faculty Program Director. The Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) serves as UNC-Chapel Hill’s faculty home for interdisciplinary conversation and collaboration. The IAH supports its mission through its commitment to three interrelated areas of faculty life: scholarship, leadership, and fellowship.
In the last three decades, North Carolina has been a steady victim of multiple major storms and flooding, landslides, drought, and wildfires. These natural hazards damage infrastructure, hurt the economy, and even lead to fatalities in some cases — which is why so many UNC researchers from across campus research and develop programs, technology, and plans surrounding these topics.
We typically do not use literature for city planning texts, but Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (1952) deserves careful consideration. Ellison weaves a narrative through New York City’s urban spatial structure to map how race is physically built into the city’s neighborhood composition, street networks, and utilities.
“The speaker series course and the larger certificate program are designed to expose students to practitioners and scholars that are regarded as among the best in the field,” says CRC Director and DCRP Professor Gavin Smith. “This approach allows students to gain insights that are not possible through traditional educational methods. We believe this is one component of the certificate that makes it unique.”
In partnership with UNC's Center for Community Capital, JPMorgan Chase & Co. launched PRO Neighborhoods, a $125 million, five-year initiative to identify and support solutions for creating economic opportunity in disadvantaged neighborhoods around the country.