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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)

Jacquelyn Hall reflects upon her career at UNC


Hall sat down with former graduate students Anna Krome-Lukens and Jessie Wilkerson to discuss her active life in Chapel Hill. Here is a link to their exchange.


A conversation with Chris Browning, the recently retired Frank Porter Graham Professor of History


Browning, a pioneer in Holocaust Studies, sat down with graduate student Derek Holmgren to discuss his career, and legacy. Here is a link to their exchange.



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