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Leuchtenburg interviewed in PBS Roosevelts series
The 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
A conversation with Chris Browning, the recently retired Frank Porter Graham Professor of History