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History Department Boasts Twenty-one New Phi Beta Kappa Initiates

  • Congratulations to the outstanding history majors who became members of Phi Beta Kappa in Fall 2013  and Spring 2014!
  • Erin Elizabeth Brown
  • Colleen Elizabeth Fisher
  • Richard Meyer Frost
  • Haley Ann Gfeller
  • Adam Douglas Glasser
  • Reid Justus Hamilton
  • Richard Turner Henderson
  • Erica Morgan Hicks
  • Scott Hiers
  • Matthew Kerns Humphries
  • Aislinn Rose Klos
  • William Gray Lindsey
  • Scott Parker Nelson
  • Anderson Herman Phillips
  • Oliver Brennan Rose
  • Kristopher Michael Sandifer
  • Atar Stav
  • Jessica Lynn Stone
  • Grace Tatter
  • Michael David Welker
  • Thomas Ingram Wolf


Southern Conference on Slavic Studies

Two of our students were the big winners at the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies! The awards carried a cash prize.

Ray Belanger was recognized for the best undergraduate paper for his “Everywhere and Nowhere: Elite Masculinity in Sixteenth-Century Muscovy.” The committee was impressed by the depth of his research, and his ability to contribute to a developing historiography about gender in Medieval Russia.

Aaron Hale-Dorrell was recognized for the best graduate paper for his “Khrushchev’s Corn Crusade: The Industrial Ideal and Agricultural Practice in the Era of Post-Stalin Reform, 1953–1964.” The committee appreciated the extent to which the author wove Soviet agricultural practices into the global scene.

A Chef’s Life Wins 2014 Peabody Award

Congratulations to co-producer Malinda Maynor Lowery and everyone involved in the PBS hit show A Chef’s Life. Winners of this year’s Peabody Awards were announced April 2.

Molly Worthen Discusses Healthcare Reform in the New York Times

The New York Times published Molly Worthen’s article “As Vermont Goes, So Goes the Nation?” discussing healthcare reform in their online Sunday Review (4/05/2014).

French Translation of Give My Poor Heart Ease Honored

The French translation of UNC historian William Ferris’s  book, Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues (UNC Press, 2009), has won a prestigious prize from Académie Charles Cros in the world music book category.

Les Voix du Mississippi (Editions Papa Guédé), the French translation, received the Coup de Coeur de l’Académie Charles Cros Musiques du Monde for Ferris and publisher Benjamin Daussy. The Charles Cros Academy acts as an intermediary between government cultural policy makers and professionals in the music and recording industries. It was named for Charles Cros, one of the pioneers of sound recording.

Phi Alpha Theta Hosts History Quiz Bowl

On March 1, UNC’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, hosted a history-themed quiz bowl tournament for high school students from surrounding counties. UNC senior and Phi Alpha Theta member Katie Harper organized the event with help of fellow members Burt Westermeier, Cate Hutson, Meredith Pate, Lauren Overby, and Maggie Howell, among others. Prof. Lisa Lindsay, as the adviser of UNC’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, also helped make the quiz bowl a success. Prof. W. Fitzhugh Brundage, History Department Chair, adjudicated the final round and during lunch high school students visited with two of the History Department’s professors, Prof. Miles Fletcher and Prof. Lloyd Kramer. The following high schools brought one or more teams: from Durham County, Northern High School, Trinity School, and Durham School of the Arts; from Wake County, Millbrook High School, Wakefield High School, and Cary High School; and North Carolina School of Science and Math. Millbrook High School’s team won first place against the Durham School of the Arts team in the final round. Phi Alpha Theta members enjoyed the event and hope that UNC’s chapter can annually organize such a quiz bowl to engage North Carolina youth, inspire a passion for history, and provide prospective students with an opportunity to learn about Carolina.​

Lloyd Kramer Appointed First Faculty Director of Program in Humanities and Human Values

Lloyd Kramer, professor of history, has been appointed the first faculty director of the Program in the Humanities and Human Values (HHV) in the College of Arts and Sciences. His five-year term begins July 1, 2014. An outstanding teacher, scholar, administrator and leader, Kramer has been a highly respected member of our faculty since 1986. His exceptional knowledge and experience, and his deep interest in cross-cultural exchanges and the influence of social-political contexts on the ideas of important intellectuals, make him exceptionally qualified to lead HHV. He served two terms as chair of the department of history (2004–2013). He has led HHV seminars and been involved in many HHV events since 1987. He is an expert scholar and teacher of modern European intellectual history, with particular attention to France. He is the author or co-author of seven books and numerous other publications. In his new role, he will oversee the Program’s creative and administrative staff, develop programs and implement collaborations across the University and the state. He will serve as a public face of the program, recruit and work with board members and lead HHV in fundraising efforts.

Oral Histories of French VeteransAnndal and veterans

Doctoral candidate Anndal Narayanan traveled to Brittany to interview French veterans of the Algerian War of Independence. Even though this was a limited sample of self-selected interviewees, Narayanan was struck by their bitterness at the rejection and indifference they perceived in society. One objected that the young men of his village who had not served refused to talk to veterans. Another noted that the greatest rejection came from veterans of World War II, who did not consider the young generation to be ‘real’ veterans. While humble about their military service and life stories, these men were pleased that a young foreign historian was according them a kind of recognition they feel they have scarcely received in their own country.

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