The LYNX Blue Line Extension’s first trip in March 2018 signaled dramatic change for UNC Charlotte and the Charlotte community. For researchers Isabelle Nilsson and Elizabeth Delmelle, the new line and the neighborhoods it passes through between Uptown Charlotte and the main campus represent a living laboratory for research exploring how transit investments affect neighborhood change and the implications for residential mobility and income segregation.
Twelve years ago, the first issue of Exchange was published. With this magazine, we want to connect to our alumni and friends, not just to send a one-way missive, but to invite a response back from you: to exchange. In this issue, we particularly celebrate the exchange that occurs in the student research experience.
This Spring 2017 issue of the UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts & Science's Exchange magazine illustrates the theme of mentorship. Stories in this issue confirm that bonds between students and faculty mentors are crucial to the college's mission of educating students to be critical and imaginative thinkers and engaged citizens in a rapidly changing world.
UNC Charlotte historian Aaron Shapiro thinks deeply about the impact of society’s resting places and the importance of protecting and understanding them. In his co-teaching of a history class called “Preserving Memory in the Digital Age,” Shapiro strives to help students broaden their perspectives on cemeteries and their surrounding communities, through in-depth research and class work.
In the context of our deeply divided and polarized country, we asked faculty members in UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences to meditate on the state of their disciplines and look toward the future for the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Exchange magazine.