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Statement on Diversity

The Department of History is dedicated to fostering a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment for all students, staff, faculty, visitors AND North Carolinians.  We believe that a broad definition of diversity is essential for the protection of human rights and human dignity in our state, in this nation, and across the globe.  Diversity, as a principle and a practice, is essential for innovative scholarship and lively, creative, and engaged learning.

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.


The “Truth” Behind Our Ancestors

lindsay_atlantic.jpgLisa 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.

History Major elected Co-President of Campus Y

Alexander Peeples, a History major, was elected co-president of the Campus Y. Professor Emily Burrill says, “he’s truly one of the most remarkable students I’ve had at UNC.” The Campus Y’s mission is to engage students, the UNC campus, and communities in the pursuit of social justice. Peeples said social justice is an important part of UNC’s campus. “UNC, I think, needs social justice … more now than ever,” he said. “I think that’s a little cliche, and the Campus Y has done a good job this year, and we can continue to do a better job.” Click here to read more about the Campus Y and it’s efforts.

The Chapter of the Professor Bronisław Geremek Prize has named the prizewinners for 2016. The main prize is awarded by the Chapter for an outstanding academic book in the field of European civilization and history. A prize is also awarded annually for an outstanding first academic book in the same field. On 22 November 2016, the Chapter voted to award this year’s main prize to Konrad H. Jarausch for his book Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century, published by Princeton University Press.

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