News & FEATURES
History Students Honored at Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony
Lawson Kuehnert (B.A. 2013) garnered the E. Eugene Jackson Award, given annually to the member of the graduating class whose leadership and selfless dedication have strengthened class pride and University loyalty, enriched the lives of seniors, and made a significant contribution to the University. Kuehnert was the inaugural managing editor of the award-winning traces, a student journal of history.
Xaris Martinex, a Ph.D. student, received a Student Undergraduate Teaching Award. These awards were established to recognize outstanding undergraduate instruction by both faculty and teaching assistants. A committee of students reviewed the teaching nominations on the basis of demonstrated and consistent teaching excellence, success in positively affecting a broad spectrum of students both in and outside the classroom, and creation of a dynamic learning environment.
Recognition for Wanda Wallace, Retiring History Department Undergraduate Coordinator
Wanda Wallace is one of this year’s winners of an Employee Forum Peer Recognition Award for exceptional service to the University. She was nominated by people who have worked with her over the years in the category of “Back Office Activities,” which may suggest less visibility than she has actually had in our department! Wanda retired at the end of May after 13 years of outstanding service in managing the department’s undergraduate program, relations with the registrar’s office, course scheduling, graduation events, and the history honor society (Phi Alpha Theta), as well as the University’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and much else.
Wanda was honored at the Peer Recognition Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 30, 3:00-5:00 p.m., in the Hyde Hall University Room. All were welcome to attend this event, which took place on the day before Wanda’s last day of work.
Five History Majors Win SURFS Fellowships to Pursue Summer Research
Congratulations to Aislinn Klos, Grace Tatter, Elizabeth Tolleson, Eric Walston, and Michael Welker, who will spend will spend the summer engaged in research, thanks to 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) awarded by the Office for Undergraduate Research. SURF award recipients receive at least $3,000. Funding for the SURF program comes from many sources including Honors Carolina, the Cancer Center, Carolina First campaign, and the Carolina Parents Council. Successful applicants are also expected to present their research at UNC’s annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research held in April.
Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Selected for Mary Turner Lane Award
Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, the Julia Cherry Spruill Professor of History and founding director of Carolina’s Southern Oral History Program, has won the 2013 Mary Turner Lane Award. The award citation noted that, “By her scholarship, Hall changed the very concept of history, developing the methodology and best practices of a new kind of history that incorporates the experiences of women and workers and minorities into understanding the past.” Read more . . .
Molly Worthen Shares Insights about American Perspectives on Immigrants
Molly Worthen‘s “Love Thy Stranger as Thyself” appeared in the Sunday New York Times (5/12/2013). Her essay situates the current attitudes and debates about immigration reform in their historical and religious context.
Fitz Brundage and History Students Create Digital “Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina”
A new UNC digital collection, Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina (CommLand), is creating a portrait of the state’s history through monuments, shrines and public art. W. Fitzhugh Brundage, pictured at left in front of the Thomas Wolfe Monument on the Carolina campus, is featured in the College of Arts & Sciences web site piece by Kim Weaver Spurr. Read it here: “Mapping Historical Memory: New digital collection documents the state’s history through monuments, shrines, public art”
Announcement of Graduate Student Honors and Achievements, 2012–2013
Announcements of honors, achievements, and position placements for our graduate students are still coming in! Find the latest list here.
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Upcoming Conferences and Collaborations
War, Demobilization and Memory: The Legacy of War in the Era of Atlantic Revolutions
London, May 30–June 1, 2013