Summer 2019 Announcements

It’s the start of Spring Break here in Chapel Hill, and at the Study Center we’re already getting ready for summer! The two main programs we’re most excited about, back for their second summers, are Carolina Way Camp and the Wilberforce Civic Leadership Project. Whether you’re an incoming first-year, returning UNC student, or a community member supporting Christ’s work at UNC through Study Center, learn more about these programs below!

Carolina Way Camp

Last August, we hosted our first ever four-day camp for incoming first-year students. The camp’s success far exceeded our expectations, and we are so thankful to be back again this summer! Staff applications are now open for current students, and the camper registration form will be live soon. If you are an alum, community member or parent and would like to directly support the mission of CWC, learn more about how to do so here.

Wilberforce Civic Leadership Project

The Wilberforce Civic Leadership Project, or WCLP, is an opportunity for UNC students to gain paid, hands-on experience working and serving alongside faith-based nonprofits in Kinston, NC. Last summer, three students interned with Hope Restorations. Through tangible acts of service and deeply relational experiences, students were able to grow individually, spiritually, and vocationally. This summer, we’re excited to partner again with Hope Restorations, as well as Hope Preparatory School! Current students can learn more and apply here.

Please join us in prayer that students would finish the 2018-19 school year strong, as we prepare for big things happening this summer, and that Christ’s love would continue to be seen and known in Chapel Hill!

Carolina Way Camp Recap

Carolina Way Camp Recap

Fall classes began at UNC on August 21, but the North Carolina Study Center started the year a little early with its inaugural Carolina Way Camp. 110 incoming first-years joined 30 student counselors and volunteers at Camp Thunderbird in Lake Wylie, SC to spend four days forming Christian community before starting their time at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Triangle Riff 2018 Recap

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“What is a human being?” 

On the surface this may seem like a fairly straightforward question, but when you probe it deeper, things quickly get more complicated. In a university setting, how a person answers this question often depends on the operating assumptions of his or her field. In economics, a human being is viewed as a rational economic agent. In biology, a human being is approached as a complex composite of cells, tissues and organ systems (to grossly oversimplify things). In sociology, a human being is primarily understood as a social agent contributing to larger institutions and societal patterns. 

Earlier this month, the NC Study Center brought together seventeen faculty members from UNC, Duke, NC State and Wake Forest to explore how Scripture and Christian thinkers throughout the ages have traditionally responded to the question, “What is a human being?” We partnered with UNC's Intervarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries, the Duke Center for Christianity and Scholarship, and The Veritas Forum to host the event, the 2018 Triangle Riff Faculty Conference.

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Through teaching from New Testament professor Dr. Ross Wagner and Reverend Allan Poole along with breakout discussion sessions, faculty members were challenged to grapple with the Christian doctrine of imago dei, the image of God.  What does it mean to be made in the image of God? What are the implications of this doctrine for academic thought within the range of disciplines?  How would our work in the university look different if we held this truth clearly in front of us?

After two days of prayer, fellowship and engaging with big questions, the conference concluded with a celebratory dinner and the group dispersed. Our hope, however, is that the theological insights, practical takeaways and relationships formed at the conference will remain for a long time to come.

The following Monday, we returned to work with an email in our inboxes from a faculty attendee that contained this excerpt: 

“I was deeply moved both by the lessons on our identities as image bearers, as well as the wonderful personal interactions I had with the other faculty....Our new graduate students arrived on Monday, and as they filed into the seminar room, they all seemed to glow a little brighter as I recognized them as each bearing God’s uniquely human stamp." 

Amen!

Matt Hoehn
Director of Christian Thought

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To see more photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page here.

Announcing our first Senior Faculty Fellow: Dr. C. Dianne Martin

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. C. Dianne Martin has accepted our invitation to serve as the first ever Senior Faculty Fellow of the NC Study Center! Dr. Martin is a close friend of ours, having participated in numerous past seminars, served as a panelist at the 2017 Wilberforce Conference, and taken it upon herself to meet with and mentor many undergraduate students.

Senior Faculty Fellows are carefully selected UNC professors who put their academic discipline into conversation with Christian faith and theology. As Senior Faculty Fellows, they teach seminar classes at the NC Study Center, make themselves available to meet with students during office hours, and offer input into other programming. This fall, Dr. Martin will be leading a seminar called: ‘Technological Immortality: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places.’ Through film analysis, group readings, and small-group discussion, this seminar will invite students to consider emerging trends in technology (e.g. artificial intelligence, transhumanism) from the lens of Christian ethics.

Dr. Martin presenting at the 2017 Wilberforce Conference on Robots & the Theology of Personhood.

Dr. Martin presenting at the 2017 Wilberforce Conference on Robots & the Theology of Personhood.

Dr. C. Dianne Martin is a computer scientist and the former Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at George Washington University. She now teaches courses through the UNC Department of Computer Science and the School of Information and Library Sciences. In the 1960s, Dr. Martin was a programmer for IBM on the Apollo space project. She wrote programs that helped make possible the first moon landing in 1969. During her distinguished career, she was also a program director at the National Science Foundation from 1998 to 2000, chief policy officer at GeoTrust from 2000 to 2001, and chair of the GWU computer science department from 2002 to 2005. She attends Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Chapel Hill, NC.

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If you are interested in participating in Dr. Martin's 'Technological Immortality: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places' seminar this fall, let us know HERE.

Yam Jam 2018

On February 10, 2018, 40,000 POUNDS OF SWEET POTATOES were hauled in with a dump truck and dropped on the front lawn to be bagged and delivered to local food banks. The event began in the morning and went until all the sweet potatoes were bagged and ready to be donated.

This event was embraced by the University community and appeared on UNC newsfeeds. It was recirculated by newspapers across the country, and it recently appeared as the back cover of the UNC General Alumni Review as pictured below! 

This was our second annual Yam Jam, hosted in partnership with First Fruits Farm, run by UNC alum and NFL-player-turned-farmer Jason Brown. We can't wait for next year!

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