News & Features 2012–2013

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History Students Honored at Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony

Lawson Kuehnert (BA 2013) garnered the E. Eugene Jackson Award, given annually to the member of the graduating class whose leadership and selfless dedication have strengthened class pride and University loyalty, enriched the lives of seniors, and made a significant contribution to the University. Kuehnert was the inaugural managing editor of the award-winning traces, a student journal of history.

Xaris Martinez, a PhD student, received a Student Undergraduate Teaching Award. These awards were established to recognize outstanding undergraduate instruction by both faculty and teaching assistants. A committee of students reviewed the teaching nominations on the basis of demonstrated and consistent teaching excellence, success in positively affecting a broad spectrum of students both in and outside the classroom, and creation of a dynamic learning environment.

Recognition for Wanda Wallace, Retiring History Department Undergraduate Coordinator

Wanda Wallace is one of this year’s winners of an Employee Forum Peer Recognition Award for exceptional service to the University. She was nominated by people who have worked with her over the years in the category of “Back Office Activities,” which may suggest less visibility than she has actually had in our department! Wanda retired at the end of May after 13 years of outstanding service in managing the department’s undergraduate program, relations with the registrar’s office, course scheduling, graduation events, and the history honor society (Phi Alpha Theta), as well as the University’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and much else.

Wanda was honored at the Peer Recognition Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 30, 3:00-5:00 p.m., in the Hyde Hall University Room. All were welcome to attend this event, which took place on the day before Wanda’s last day of work.

Five History Majors Win SURFS Fellowships to Pursue Summer Research

Congratulations to Aislinn Klos, Grace Tatter, Elizabeth Tolleson, Eric Walston, and Michael Welker, who will spend will spend the summer engaged in research, thanks to 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) awarded by the Office for Undergraduate Research. SURF award recipients receive at least $3,000. Funding for the SURF program comes from many sources including Honors Carolina, the Cancer Center, Carolina First campaign, and the Carolina Parents Council. Successful applicants are also expected to present their research at UNC’s annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research held in April.

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Selected for Mary Turner Lane AwardJacquelyn Hall

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, the Julia Cherry Spruill Professor of History and founding director of Carolina’s Southern Oral History Program, has won the 2013 Mary Turner Lane Award. The award citation noted that, “By her scholarship, Hall changed the very concept of history, developing the methodology and best practices of a new kind of history that incorporates the experiences of women and workers and minorities into understanding the past.” Read more

Molly Worthen Shares Insights about American Perspectives on Immigrants

Molly Worthen‘s “Love Thy Stranger as Thyself” appeared in the Sunday New York Times (5/12/2013). Her essay situates the current attitudes and debates about immigration reform in their historical and religious context.

Fitz Brundage and History Students Create Digital “Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina”

Brundage_Fitz_3_edited-300x200A new UNC digital collection, Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina (CommLand), is creating a portrait of the state’s history through monuments, shrines and public art. W. Fitzhugh Brundage, pictured at left in front of the Thomas Wolfe Monument on the Carolina campus, is featured in the College of Arts & Sciences web site piece by Kim Weaver Spurr. Read it here: “Mapping Historical Memory: New digital collection documents the state’s history through monuments, shrines, public art”


Announcement of Graduate Student Honors and Achievements, 2012–2013

Announcements of honors, achievements, and position placements for our graduate students are still coming in! Find the latest list here.

Hillary Hollowood Named Gilder Lehrman History Scholar

History major Hillary Hollowood is one of fifteen students in the nation selected this year for the prestigious Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Award. She will travel to New York City in June for special programs and tours with her fellow Scholars. She was advised by Joseph Glatthaar.

In her own words, Hillary explained her path to this exceptional honor: “I became interested in what I refer to broadly as Confederate civilian history when I took Dr. Glatthaar’s 390 seminar on the American Civil War. I stumbled upon Rowan County because it was one of the few areas with a consistent newspaper publication before, during, and after the Civil War and turned up wonderfully interesting information. Dr. Glatthaar urged me to continue my work by writing an honors thesis and helped me find grants that allowed me to travel to the National Archives in D.C. twice for research. There I found fascinating primary sources that both significantly contributed to my project and left me with even more questions. Eventually this resulted in completing my thesis entitled ‘A Blessing and a Curse: The North Carolina Railroad and the American Civil War in Rowan County, North Carolina, 1850–1870.’

“Dr. Glatthaar encouraged me to apply for the Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award, for which I submitted a sample from my thesis and a personal statement about my internship at Historic Stagville in Durham, working as a bartender at Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill, and the way that the National Archives and my thesis made me realize I want to be a historian. After graduating in May I am going to Europe for a month and will participate in the scholar’s weekend in New York City in June. As of right now, the plan is to take a year off and do further research on topics I did not get to fully explore as I was writing my thesis. I hope to begin a history Ph.D. program in the fall of 2014.”

Anne Mitchell Whisnant Leads Award-Winning Group of Scholars

Whisnant smallAnne Mitchell Whisnant chaired the group of scholars whose study, “Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service,” won an Excellence in Consulting (Group) Award from the National Council on Public History.

University Recognizes Brett Whalen for Excellence in Teaching

Brett Whalen is one of the 2013 winners of a Chapman Family Teaching Award. These awards are given to full-time faculty members for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Chapman Fellows join the Faculty Fellows seminar at the IAH for one semester to pursue a study project with no teaching responsibilities for that term.

Excerpt from the award: Whalen treats his undergraduates as junior colleagues and makes believers out of skeptics by igniting a passion for learning—and history—in his students. He infuses his lectures with energy and fun. “In his hands, medieval history becomes engaging, challenging and alive,” a student said. A colleague in the History Department calls Whalen the “go to” person on questions of pedagogy because he thinks deeply about teaching and constantly refines his own methods. He skillfully weaves online Sakai discussions into the classroom and laces his lectures with references to popular culture and contemporary social and political issues.

History Honors Symposium April 23

Honors 2013History Honors students gathered for their annual presentation of research results. Friends, professors, and families came to Hamilton 569 on April 23 to hear some of the best in UNC undergraduate research and to enjoy end-of-year refreshments. Click here to read more about the projects.





UNC History Graduate Wins American Historical Association Undergraduate Writing Prize

T. Fielder Valone ’11 received the American Historical Association’s Raymond J. Cunningham Prize for the best article published in a history department journal written by an undergraduate student. Valone, currently a doctoral student at Indiana University, was honored for “Destroying the Ties that Bind: Rituals of Humiliation and the Holocaust in Provincial Lithuania,” which appeared in the inaugural issue of traces: The UNC-Chapel Hill Journal of History (spring 2012). Christopher Browning was his faculty adviser.

Malinda Maynor Lowery, Engaged Scholar

Malinda Maynor Lowery graduated in late November from the Faculty Engaged Scholars Program, sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service. To learn more about the program, see the Center’s story.

Professor Lowery recently spoke with Associate Chair Jay Smith about her goals and lessons learned. Read more HERE.



Richard J. A. Talbert Shares Scholarly Expertise on Rome, in Rome

Richard J. A. Talbert completed a week-long trip to Rome where he served as the inaugural Suzanne Deal Booth Scholar-in-Residence at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies. For more about the program, and about Talbert’s lecture on “The Magnificent Peutinger Map,” see the story at the Ancient World Mapping Center.



 Inaugural Issue of History Department Student Journal Honored

Traces: the UNC-Chapel Hill Journal of History, has received second prize in the 2012 competition for the Gerald D. Nash History Journal Award, presented annually by Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society Inc. The executive student editors, Mark Hornburg and Lawson Kuehnert, deserve hearty congratulations for this accomplishment. Their faculty adviser is W. Miles Fletcher.

2012 History Graduate Awarded First Prize in the Elie Wiesel Foundation’s 2012 Ethics Essay Contest

Sarah Ransohoff ’12 traveled to New York City to accept first prize in the Elie Wiesel Foundation’s 2012 Ethics Essay Contest on September 20. Full-time juniors and seniors at accredited four-year colleges and universities are eligible to apply. The Foundation supplies suggested topics, but students are free to write about any topic as long as it pertains to ethics. You can read Sarah’s essay, “The Ethical Issues of Energy Dependence: Slavery in 1850s America and Oil Today” here. Her faculty adviser on the project was Joe Glatthaar.

Malinda Maynor Lowery Receives Hettleman Prize

Malinda Maynor Lowery is one of four recipients of this year’s Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement. She was recognized at the Faculty council meeting on September 7. The selection committee noted her outstanding contributions to research on Native American history, particularly the Lumbee Indians, as well as to the history of the American South and the evolution of digital humanities.

The Hettleman Prize, which carries a $5,000 stipend, recognizes the achievements of outstanding junior tenure-track faculty or recently tenured faculty. Phillip Hettleman, who was born in 1899 and grew up in Goldsboro, established the award in 1986. He earned a scholarship to UNC, went to New York and in 1938 founded Hettleman & Co., a Wall Street investment firm.

This is the second consecutive year a member of the History faculty has been selected for a Hettleman Prize. Last year Brett Whalen was among those chosen for this honor.

UNC Faculty at the DNC!

Watch as Peter Coclanis, Jacquelyn Hall, and other UNC scholars hold forth to journalists at the DNC here!

History Department Welcomes New Faculty Members (and Their New Courses) in Fall 2012!

Michael Cotey Morgan, Assistant Professor, studies the international history of the twentieth century, especially the Cold War. His Fall 2012 courses are “International Relations, 1618-1815” and “Human Rights in the Modern World.”



Molly Worthen, Assistant Professor, focuses on North American religious and intellectual history, particularly the ideas and culture of conservative Christianity in the twentieth century. This fall she is teaching”Global Evangelicalism” and “Sin and Evil in Modern America.”


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