As part of the new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Brett Whalen (History) and Christopher Clemens (Physics) have been awarded a First-Year Seminar Course Development grant for Time and the Medieval Cosmos. This innovative class will introduce first-year students to the basic motions of the solar system as viewed from the Earth along with the mechanical and mathematical models used to reproduce them, while exploring the history of medieval and early modern education, theology, and natural philosophy. It will be taught for the first time in the fall 2018.
Global Heel Marko Dumančić ’10 Ph.D. Explores Conceptions of Masculinity in Eastern Europe and Russia
Dumančić’s talk, which will take place in room 4003 at the FedEx Global Education Center on Wednesday, September 20, will focus on a topic he has been interested in since he was a teenager: masculinity in Russia and Eastern Europe. In his talk, entitled “Stonewall Never Happened: Conceptualizing Queer History and Rights in Russia and Eastern Europe,” Read more here.
UNC History’s Department Chair, W. Fitzhugh Brundage, discusses Confederate monuments with PBS News Hour. See the video here
How should Americans remember the past and confront the deep wounds of slavery? The events of recent weeks have intensified a national conversation about Confederate monuments, with calls to remove them from public spaces. William Brangham talks to Peniel Joseph of the University of Texas, W. Fitzhugh Brundage of the University of North Carolina, Pierre McGraw of the Monumental Task Committee. See the video here
Featured on UNC.EDU Spotlight | Meet a new Tar Heel: Patricia Dawson: Incoming Department of History Doctoral Student
Patricia Dawson is an incoming doctoral student with the Department of History who will study Cherokee history, following in the footsteps of her great-great-great aunt, who is believed to be the first Cherokee woman to earn a doctorate. Read more here
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News & FEATURES
NEW FACULTY BOOK ALERT!
The Land Of Enterprise: A Business History of the United States (Simson & Schuster Press, 2017)
In The Land of Enterprise, Benjamin Waterhouse charts the development of American business from the colonial period to the present. It explores the nation’s evolving economic, social, and political landscape by examining how different types of enterprising activities rose and fell, how new labor and production technologies supplanted old ones—and at what costs—and how Americans of all stripes responded to the tumultuous world of business. In particular, historian Benjamin Waterhouse highlights the changes in business practices, the development of different industries and sectors, and the complex relationship between business and national politics.
The “Truth” Behind Our Ancestors
Lisa A. Lindsay wrote a guest post in the UNC Press Blog about her recently published book, Atlantic Bonds: A Nineteenth-Century Odyssey from America to Africa. A decade before the American Civil War, James Churchwill Vaughan (1828–1893) set out to fulfill his formerly enslaved father’s dying wish that he should leave America to start a new life in Africa. Tracing Vaughan’s journey from South Carolina to Liberia to several parts of Yorubaland (present-day southwestern Nigeria), Lisa Lindsay documents this “free” man’s struggle to find economic and political autonomy in an era when freedom was not clear and unhindered anywhere for people of African descent. Lindsay explores the human tendency to shape our ancestors into who we need them to be. To read the post, click here.