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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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Carolina Women’s Center Announces 2016-2017 Faculty Scholars

photo_small-82The Carolina Women’s Center (CWC) is proud to announce its Faculty Scholars for the 2016–2017 academic year. For “The Pei Mei Project: History, Gender and Memory Through the Pages of a Chinese Cookbook,” Michelle T. King investigates “Fu Pei-mei’s life and career as the doyenne of Chinese cooking as a window into three key issues in postwar society in Taiwan, including the development of foodways as a critical national political project, shifting gender roles and transnational constructions of Chinese/Taiwanese identity through successive generations.” Fu’s culinary lessons and other memories of food, eating and cooking seem to mediate “inter-generational, transnational connections” between the middle-class women who remained in Taiwan and who emigrated for their education. The project envisions a bilingual English-Chinese educational website that will also “build an international, intergenerational, virtual community of interested Pei-mei fans, foodies and Chinese diasporas.” King is an associate professor of history. Due to other professional commitments, she will serve as a Faculty Scholar in 2017-2018. To read the full article and about the other Faculty Scholars announced, please click here.

Jim Leloudis Reflects on the History of Social Change at UNC


Interviewed by the Daily Tar Heel, Jim Leloudis said history can be used to expand our capacity to imagine the future we want to live in. “It’s kind of hard to do that imagining when you work on the assumption, ‘well, the world we live in now, that’s just the way it is, right?’ No. People make history. People make choices,” he said. “We might look back at some of those moments of choice and go down some of those possibly avenues and say ‘oh my goodness, I’m so glad we didn’t go there.’ Down others, you may say ‘oh wow, I never knew that that had been a possibility.’” Leloudis recently served as an expert witness for the NAACP’s lawsuit against the state of North Carolina concerning its voter ID law, and he’s a member of the UNC history task force created by Chancellor Carol Folt. Click here to read the full interview.

“Out of Ashes” Wins Honorable Mention for the 2016 PROSE Award

photoKonrad H. Jarausch’s “Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century” (Princeton University Press, 2015) won Honorable Mention for the 2016 PROSE Award in European & World History, Association of American Publishers. The PROSE Awards annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in 54 categories.


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