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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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A Podcast for Historians to Share What They Do and Why It Mattersswq-logo

Bookmark this new podcast The So What? Question from Evan Faulkenbury, recent PhD alumnus and now Assistant Professor of History at SUNY Cortland. The idea for this podcast is simple says Faulkenbury, “conversations between historians about their research and why general audiences should care”. The podcast will cover all fields of history. Listen to Episode 0 for more information and listen to the inaugural episode of “The So What? Question,” where Evan talks with Lloyd Kramer about his book, “Nationalism in Europe and America: Politics, Cultures, and Identities since 1775.”

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.

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