La Serna wins ACLS Collaborative Research Grant Award
Miguel La Serna and Duke University anthropologist Dr. Orin Starn sought an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) grant to write a complete history of Peru’s Shining Path insurgency. La Serna and Starn’s book, The Last Revolution: Shining Path and the War of the End of the World, will document the rise and fall of the Peru Shining Path Maoist guerilla group in the final decades of the twentieth century. The book is under contract with W.W. Norton & Company. La Serna and Starn’s access to voices not yet fully explored in academia will provide insights and understandings into the Shining Path group’s actions, as well as adding to the understanding of the logic of collective violence. The aim of this fellowship program is to offer small teams of two or more scholars the opportunity to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project.
Matthew Andrews’ Fall HIST 120 Course Filmed for C-SPAN’s Lectures in History Program
Check out this episode of Lectures in History from American History TV on C-SPAN. In his Fall History 120 course, Matthew Andrews talked about how the racial tensions of the 1980s were reflected in the sports of the era, particularly when white and black athletes faced off in boxing matches and basketball games. He argued that athletes became symbols around which conversations and disagreements over racial issues took place. This episode aired on C-SPAN over the weekend and is now available online. Watch it here.
Q&A with NEH Public Scholar Malinda Lowery
Malinda Lowery, recipient of an NEH Public Scholar grant, is writing a history of the Lumbee Indians. The expected publication date is Fall 2017 with the University of North Carolina Press. She started this project in 2011, and before she received the grant she was drafting an average of one chapter a year, on top of teaching and directing UNC’s Southern Oral History Program. Now, “thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities program and to the university’s generous support”, she can “produce something not only worth writing, but worth reading”. Read the Q&A with Malinda here.
Kathleen DuVal Awarded 2015 Book of the Year Prize by the Journal of the American Revolution
This year’s winner is Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution by Kathleen DuVal. “DuVal expands the geographic boundaries of the traditional narrative outward to include the Gulf Coast region, with its diverse populations: loyal British colonists and rebellious British colonists; Spanish colonists; Acadian refugees; Creek, Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw native nations, and factions within each; Africans enslaved under British and under Spanish rule. This sweeping cast produced complex webs of allegiances that DuVal deftly uncovers.” The annual award goes to the non-fiction volume that best mirrors the journal’s mission: to deliver passionate, creative and smart content that makes American Revolution history accessible to a broad audience. The award honors meticulous, ideally ground-breaking research combined with a well-crafted narrative that appeals to scholars and non-academic readers alike. To read more, please visit the Journal of the American Revolution’s website.
The Southern Oral History Program Creates First Podcast
Lloyd Kramer is the recipient of the 2015 William F. Little Distinguished Service Award, recognizing faculty, staff and volunteers who have served the College of Arts and Sciences through their outstanding leadership. Kramer has been a member of the Carolina faculty since 1986, becoming professor of history in 1995, Dean E. Smith Distinguished Term Professor from 2003 to 2009, and chair of the history department for two terms. He was named the first faculty director of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Program in the Humanities and Human Values, having served on its advisory board, participated in its long-range strategic planning, led executive seminars on the humanities at off-campus venues, and presented lectures for its “Adventures in Ideas ” program. Read the Resolution to Honor Lloyd Kramer presented at the Arts and Sciences Foundation dinner on November 6, 2015.
William E. Leuchtenburg, Kenan Professor Emeritus of History, to Receive Howes Award
Kenneth Janken Selected for the R.D.W. Connor Award
Kenneth Janken, Director of CSAS and our colleague, has won the R.D.W. Connor Award, which is given by the Historical Society of North Carolina for the year’s best article to appear in the North Carolina Historical Review. Kenneth’s winning article is entitled “Remembering the Wilmington Ten: African American Politics and Judicial Corruption in the 1970s.”
Carolina Chronicle Names Theda Perdue, Professor Emerita, an Academic Superhero
“Theda Perdue has amassed many accolades and achievements during her career of 30-plus years. She says her most rewarding role can be summed up in three words: graduate student mentor. She reflects, specifically, on her 13 years at Carolina: “I came to UNC at the height of my career, and graduate students were my top priority. Mentoring a graduate student is a creative enterprise and a collaborative process. I have enjoyed it so much, and my graduate students have been very gifted and hard working.” Click here to read the full article by the Carolina Chronicle.
Donald Raleigh’s Book Newly Translated
Moscow publisher, Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, published a Russian-language translation of Donald J. Raleigh’s Soviet Baby Boomers: An Oral History of Russia’s Cold War Generation (Oxford University Press, 2012), Советские бэйби-бумеры. Послевоенное поколение рассказывает о себе и о своей стране. See more here.