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Saba Taj is a Durham based visual artist. Photo courtesy of Guido Villalba Portel.

Visual artist Saba Taj returns to UNC as a visiting lecturer

Taj, a queer Muslim artist with South Asian background, graduated from UNC with a Masters of Fine Arts in 2016 and is now serving as a visiting professor. Taj's artwork pulls from the intersection of their identities and takes influence from stories from the Quran and Islam. “My parents are immigrants from Pakistan,” Taj said. “I am a Southerner. I'm born and raised in North Carolina. I've been socialized as a woman, as well. And all of those things intersect and create a particular perspective I've added that's layered and that's hybrid.”

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A collection of the Harry Potter book series. Courtesy of Tribune News Service.

Column: The resurgence of nerdy trends is a good thing

"In my own experience, I remember being harassed for liking Harry Potter in middle school. I was called a “nerd” and made fun of for liking the books and seeing the movies, especially by my female peers. So, it is a bit hurtful to see these same individuals posting about their house on Facebook, or adding to the trend of dressing up in outfits inspired by the characters."

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The UNC Process Series will virtually present a reading of “Cascade,” a play about the climate crisis written by UNC alumnus Jim Grimsley, on April 16 and 17. Photo courtesy of Joseph Megel.

UNC Process Series presents virtual reading of play about life after climate crisis

“They’re facing the fact that they can’t stay where they are because it’s simply getting to be too hot and chaos is beginning to take over in North Carolina, so they’ve just got to get out,” playwright Jim Grimsley said. “I’m trying to write about a world in which everything that we know right now has been thrown up in the air by the fact that we didn’t pay any attention to the notion of global warming.”

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