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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.

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Anne Whisnant Accepts Whichard Professorship at East Carolina University

Whisnant-smallAlthough she is sad to leave the Office of Faculty Governance, the ECU professorship affords a not-to-be-missed opportunity to focus on her work as a practicing historian. The Whichard Professorship was endowed in the 1990s by the family of David and Virginia Whichard, who led the Greenville /Daily Reflector for many decades. It is assigned annually to one of the humanities departments. National recruitment for the 2016-17 professorship focused on finding a scholar with expertise in North Carolina history and public history, and the ability to contribute to ECU’s campus conversation about race, university history, and public commemoration. As some of you may know, ECU’s trustees recently renamed Aycock Hall and signaled their intent to sponsor a campus history museum and website. It seemed a near perfect fit with her longtime research and writing on the history of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the National Park Service, her ongoing teaching and consulting in public history, her work in digital history, and her students’ recent creation of a website on the history of buildings and their namesakes at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Anne Whisnant will teach her Public History course for the UNC History department in spring 2017.

Institute For the Arts and Humanities Podcast Featuring Kathleen DuValKathleen-DuVal

When it comes to telling the story of our nation, Professor Kathleen DuVal says she is most fascinated by the stories that have not been told. Her latest book, Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution, has won the Deep South Award, the Journal of the American Revolution’s Book of the Year Award, and was a finalist for the George Washington Prize. The book explores the narratives of eight stakeholders in the Gulf Coast during the Revolutionary War. She recently was honored with the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Professorship, which supports excellence in undergraduate teaching. For more on the conversation, listen to the IAH podcast here.

Alumna Reflects on Russian Scholarship in the US and Europe

A decade after leaving Chapel Hill, Rósa Magnusdottir said she still refers back to much of what she learned while at UNC. While it was a challenge to start writing and thinking academically in English, Magnusdottir credits UNC’s supportive environment and the influence of mentors with easing that transition. “My advisor, Don Raleigh, will always remain an influential figure in my life,” Magnusdottir said. “I had a great relationship with Bob Jenkins, whom I worked with in the Burch Honors Program in Vienna and Bosnia-Herzegovina for two summers. I also learned a lot from all of the people in my entering cohort and am extremely grateful for the amazing and growing network of UNC Russianists.” “I learned a lot about teaching, about being a student and I learned to set high standards for my work,” Magnusdottir said. “The most valuable lesson I took from UNC’s Russian history program was that an internationally recognized faculty can be collegial and supportive.” After completing her degree in 2006, Magnusdottir received a job at Aarhus University in Denmark, where she first joined the faculty as an assistant professor of Russian studies. She then moved up to an associate professorship in Russian studies, and currently serves there as a tenured associate professor of history. Read more here

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