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Rachel Hynson, UNC History Alumna, Recently Published an Article

LALACS photoRachel Hynson (PhD 2014, adviser Kathryn J. Burns) recently published an article: “‘Count, Capture, and Reeducate': The Campaign to Rehabilitate Cuba’s Female Sex Workers, 1959-1966,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 24, no. 1 (January 2015): 125-153.


Julia Spruill Professor Emerita, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Receives 2015 Stephen E. Ambrose Oral History Award

hqdefaultThe Living History Society at Rutgers University has awarded the 2015 Stephen E. Ambrose Oral History Award to Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Founding Director of the Southern Oral History Program and Julia Spruill Professor Emerita at UNC. The award annually honors an individual who has significantly contributed to the field and practice of oral history. Past recipients have included Tom Brokaw (2005), Steven Spielberg (2006), Studs Terkel (2007), Rick Atkinson (2008), Ken Burns (2009), David Isay (2010), Elizabeth and Michael Norman (2011), Isabel Wilkerson (2012), Michael Beschloss (2013), and Peter Bergen (2014).

Professor Kathleen DuVal featured in American Revolution Documentary

Professor Kathleen DuVal was a featured scholar on the American Revolution documentary, which debuted on the American Heroes Channel on December 15 and 16.



Laura Sims, History PhD Candidate, Has Chapter Published

Laura Sims (adviser Donald M. Reid) got a chapter published in an edited volume: “Making Sense of the Harki Past: Harki History, Collective Memory, and Historiography 1954-2013,” in A Practical Guide to French Harki Literature, ed. Keith Moser (New York: Lexington Books, 2014)

UNC History Alumna Wins the Julia Cherry Spruill Prize

bookAt this year’s meeting of the Southern Historical Association, the Southern Association for Women Historians announced that recent UNC PhD Katy Simpson Smith won its annual Julia Cherry Spruill Prize for the best published book of the year in Southern women’s history. We Have Raised All of You (LSU Press, 2013) compares the mothering practices, beliefs, and experiences of white, black, and Native American women in the early South.


Raul Necochea discusses his new book with HCS-Manguinhos

Raul_Necochea_peqRaul Necochea provides a novel perspective on population-control programs and discusses the role of the many actors, such as US bilateral aid, Catholic and Protestant churches during an interview with the blog HCS-Manguinhos. The interview is about his new book, A History of Family Planning in Twentieth Century Peru. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014).


Karen Hagemann receives the Berlin Prize Fellowship

photo_small-42Professor Karen Hagemann has been awarded the Berlin Prize Fellowship for Spring 2015 at the American Academy in Berlin. Unlike many fellowship programs or institutes of advanced study, “the American Academy in Berlin is determinedly non-monastic” their fellows “become involved in Berlin’s cultural, social, and intellectual scene beyond the walls of the Academy” and allows the fellows “to pursue their work in a manner that encourages participation in the vibrant life of Berlin and Germany,” according to the Academy’s website.

UNC History Graduate wins Historical Society of North Carolina’s 2013-14 R. D. W. Connor Award

nchr0414-2Warren Milteer has won the Historical Society of North Carolina’s 2013-14 R. D. W. Connor Award for best article in the North Carolina Historical Review for his April 2014 article “Life in the Great Dismal Swamp: Free People of Color in Pre-Civil War Gates County, North Carolina.” Warren received his PhD from our department last spring under the direction of Kathleen DuVal.



John F. Kasson’s new book featured with Q&A session: “Shirley Temple Up Close”

Temple_ShirleyLibraryofCongressphotoJohnKassonbookJohn F. Kasson outlines the connections between Shirley Temple, FDR, and The Great Depression in his new book, “The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America” for the Carolina Arts & Sciences magazines.

To read the Q&A please visit Carolina Arts & Sciences College Bookshelf

(photo courtesy of the Harris & Ewing Collection, Library of Congress)



Leuchtenburg interviewed in PBS Roosevelts series

leuchtenburg_william_0902The Roosevelts: An Intimate History chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. It is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative. Viewers who have spent time in Chapel Hill may spot another familiar face.

William Leuchtenburg, William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of History at Carolina, is interviewed in the new Ken Burns film, which debuted nationally Sunday night. As a leading scholar on Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Leuchtenburg was glad to see the family’s history in the spotlight.

Katy Simpson Smith, UNC History Alumna, Debuts First Novel

UNC Chapel Hill history alumna Katy Simpson Smith (PhD 2011, Advisers Jacquelyn Hall and Kathleen DuVal) is featured on NPR’s All Things Considered where she discusses her debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea (HarperCollins, 2014). (Listen to the interview here)

Her novel is receiving rave reviews. North Carolina’s Indyweek reports, Smith’s novel “had major houses tripping over themselves to publish it after the Frankfurt Book Fair, 28-year-old Katy Simpson Smith, makes a persuasive bid to join the ranks of Hilary Mantel and Marilynne Robinson—people who have informed visions of history and the writing gifts to make them sing.” (Read full Indyweek article here)




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