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Statement on Diversity

The Department of History is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, staff, faculty, North Carolinians, and visitors.  We believe that a broad definition of diversity is essential for the protection of human rights and human dignity.  It is also essential for lively, creative, and engaged learning and scholarship.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of educational opportunity. The University does not discriminate in offering access to its educational programs and activities on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Brooke Bauer, Recent PhD Graduate, Goes Home to Preserve Catawba Culture

brookeBrooke Bauer grew up listening to the voices of native women sitting in the shade of a huge oak tree in front of her grandmother’s home on the Catawba Indian Reservation. Unlike her grandmother, Brooke was allowed to attend public school. She dreamed of college, but put that on hold and devoted herself to her children.  Dr. Brooke Bauer, 49, is the first Catawba Indian ever to earn a PhD and is now a professor at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, teaching Native American studies and early American history. Bauer humbly expressed gratitude for the many who supported her through the years. “I realize the degree is not only for me,” she said. “It is a way of pushing back against colonialism and oppression to give back to my people.” Bauer’s work and life is the product of hard-working Catawba women. Her thesis showed how the women provided continuity for the Catawba tribe culturally through their pottery and physically with creative land-leasing. Their pottery became an integral part of the Catawba economy from the late 1700s through the 20th century. Today the tribe numbers fewer than 3,000. Dr. Brooke Bauer lived that history, and now she teaches it. Click here to read more.

Chad Bryant Discusses Recently Published Volume with WUNC’s “The State of Things”

walking_histories_coverWUNC’s “The State of Things” features Chad Bryant and Paul Readman, one of our colleagues from King’s College London, in which they discuss their recently published volume, Walking Histories: 1800-1914. In this conversation the authors discuss the ‘golden age of walking’ as well as ways in which walking can reveal much about protest, urban design, leisure, and labor, both then and now. Also co-edited by another colleague from King’s College London, Arthur Burns, and including an article by our own Iqbal Sevea, the publication represents one more iteration of a vibrant, university-wide collaboration between our two institutions. Click here to listen.

Katherine Turk Interviewed by New Books Network on Her Latest Book

15526Katherine Turk’s book Equality on Trial: Gender and Rights in the Modern American Workplace (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) explores how women tested the boundaries of work place equality following the passing of the Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Turk examines multiple legal cases, union and industry conflicts that shaped the limits of sex equality falling short of fundamental change for working class women. Title VII was a powerful weapon that weakened the sex division of labor but was unable to overturn the white, male, breadwinner standard. Turk was featured in an interview with New Books Network, listen here.

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