News & FEATURES
History Majors Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Fall 2013
The History Department would like to give a hearty congratulations to the history majors and history double majors who were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa this fall!
Reid Justus Hamilton
Matthew Kerns Humphries
Aislinn Rose Klos
William Gray Lindsey
Scott Parker Nelson
Anderson Herman Phillips
Thomas Ingram Wolf
Louise McReynolds’ Book Receives Honorable Mention for the Heldt Prize
Louise McReynolds’ Murder Most Russian: True Crime and Punishment in Late Imperial Russia (Cornell University Press, 2012) received Honorable Mention for the Heldt Prize in the category of Best Book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian Women’s Studies. The AWSS Prize Committee hailed her book as an “entertaining read [that] interweaves in an innovative way the history of justice, gender, class, and sensationalism as it masterfully depicts Russian murder with its universal and unique facets.”
Malinda Maynor Lowery Named Director of the Southern Oral History Program
Beginning July 1, 2013 Malinda Maynor Lowery will serve as the second permanent director of the SOHP, which was founded in 1973 by Jacquelyn Dowd Hall to preserve the voices of the southern past and will celebrate its fortieth anniversary this year. Housed at the Center for the Study of the American South, the SOHP has collected and analyzed more than 5,000 interviews—from mill workers to civil rights leaders to future presidents of the United States.
Leadership Team Transitions in the History Department
Lloyd Kramer‘s eight years as Department Chair came to a close on June 30, and on July 1 W. Fitzhugh Brundage began his term as Department Chair. Taking over from Jay Smith as Associate chair, Terence McIntosh moved into the position of interim Associate Chair. Kathleen DuVal completed her tenure as Director of Undergraduate Studies, replaced by W. Miles Fletcher as interim Director. Cynthia Radding continues to serve as the Director of Graduate Studies.
Lawson Kuehnert’s “Grace and Gasoline” Wins Elie Wiesel Prize
George “Lawson” Kuehnert (B.A. 2013, adviser James L. Leloudis) has won Second Prize in the 2013 Elie Wiesel Ethics Essay Contest. In his essay, “Grace and Gasoline: Self-Immolations in Modern Tibet and the Ethical Limits of Nonviolent Protest,” he questions the ethical limits of nonviolent protest and if self-immolation is a moral good or simply the cause of unnecessary human suffering. Raised in Morganton, NC, Lawson graduated from UNC with Honors. He served as an Executive and Founding Editor of traces: The UNC-Chapel Hill Journal of History. Before graduating, he received the Eugene Jackson Award for his leadership and contributions to the University.
Duke-UNC Gender, War, and Culture Workshop and Conference Series
Hyde Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill campus on Thursday, February 20th, 2014. The workshop, “Gender, War, and Empire in a Global Perspective,” is devoted to an exploration of the centrality of empire to the involvement of Europe and the Americas during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is open to the public, and no registration is necessary; a complete program may be viewed HERE. The conference, “Gender, War, and Culture: From Colonial Conquest, Standing Armies, and Revolutionary Wars to the Wars of Nations and Empires (1650s–1910),” is by invitation only, however; a complete program is available HERE.
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