Faculty News & Awards: 2013–2014

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Jacquelyn Hall reflects upon her career at UNC


Hall sat down with former graduate students Anna Krome-Lukens and Jessie Wilkerson to discuss her active life in Chapel Hill. Here is a link to their exchange.


A conversation with Chris Browning, the recently retired Frank Porter Graham Professor of History


Browning, a pioneer in Holocaust Studies, sat down with graduate student Derek Holmgren to discuss his career, and legacy. Here is a link to their exchange.



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.

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.

Professor Kenneth Janken Selected to Lead the Center for the Study of the American South

The Department of History congratulates Professor Kenneth Janken on his selection to lead the Center for the Study of the American South. Janken came to Carolina out of graduate school in 1991, and is on the faculty of the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies with an adjunct appointment in the Department of History. His research and writing focuses on themes in the history of the American South such as race, power, politics, and justice. Janken has written two biographies of major figures in African American and southern history and is completing a history of the Wilmington Ten and political conflicts in that city and in the state in the 1970s.



Louise McReynolds’ Book Receives Honorable Mention for the Heldt Prize

Louise McReynolds’s 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

Lowery SOHPBeginning 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.

Read more here.


History Department Welcomes Karen Auerbach!

This semester the History Department welcomes Karen Auerbach, assistant professor and Stuart E. Eizenstat Fellow, to the faculty. Professor Auerbach received her BA from Rutgers University and her PhD from Brandeis University. Her Research focuses on the social history of Polish Jews in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She published her first book on the reconstruction of Jewish communities and identifications in Poland after WWII and will be teaching classes through the department which focus on modern Jewish history and East European Jewish history. Previously, she was the Kronhill Lecturer in East European Jewish History at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

In her first semester at UNC-CH, Professor Auerbach is teaching

  • HIST 190: The Search for Modern Jewish Identity and
  • HNRS 353: Ghettos and Shtetls? Urban Life in East European Jewish History


Leadership Transitions

The end of 2013 marks a transition in several crucial leadership positions in the department. Terry McIntosh is stepping down as Interim Associate Chair, and will be succeeded by Louise McReynolds. Miles Fletcher has completed his term as Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies and now Lisa Lindsay will assume the duties of DUS. On behalf of everyone in the department, I want to express our sincere gratitude to Terry and Miles for their generous service on behalf of the department. I also would like to express my gratitude for their wise counsel. At the same time, I want to thank Louise and Lisa for taking on these essential leadership positions.

We also welcome Molly Worthen as Interim Placement Director while John Sweet, the serving Placement Director, enjoys a respite from the duties. Given the contemporary job market, this service to our graduate students is vital and we are fortunate that John, and now Molly have undertaken it.

W. Fitzhugh Brundage
Chair, Department of History


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