Faculty News & Awards: 2014–2015

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UNC Article Spotlights Recently Retired John and Joy Kasson

kasson_joy_john_15_012“Joy and John married in June 1968 at the Yale Faculty Club on the New Haven Green. John earned his PhD in American studies from Yale in 1971, and Joy earned the same degree a year later. The Kassons came to Carolina in fall of 1971. John had a tenure-track position in the History department and Joy became an assistant professor in American studies and the program’s first full time faculty member. For the next 42 years, American Studies was her home. The decision to retire this summer was almost as difficult as the one they made together to come here.” To read the full article, click here.


Kathleen DuVal’s New Book Recently PublishedDuvalCover

Kathleen DuVal teaches Early American history and American Indian history. The Publisher states that “over the last decade, DuVal has revitalized the study of early America’s marginalized voices”. In her newly published book, Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution (Random House), she recounts an untold story as rich and significant as that of the Founding Fathers: the history of the Revolutionary Era as experienced by slaves, American Indians, women, and British loyalists living on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Read more about her book here.


Award for Distinguished Service to Labor and Working-Class History

Jacquelyn HallJacquelyn Dowd Hall, Julia Cherry Spruill Professor Emerita, received the award for Distinguished Service to Labor and Working-Class History. The Labor and Working-Class History Association is an organization of scholars, teachers, students, labor educators, and activists who seek to promote public and scholarly awareness of labor and working-lass history through research, writing, and organizing.

Molly Worthen Appointed Contributing Writer for The New York Times

MWheadshot8-200x300The New York Times brought on 20 new online-focused writers as contributors for its op-ed and Sunday Review sections. The new contributor batch includes several prominent authors, journalists and academics. Stay tuned to The New York Times for pieces by Dr. Molly Worthen. She writes about religion, ideology and American politics.

D6Q3_16745173_Joe_Glatthaar1Joseph T. Glatthaar Receives 2015 Eliot Morison Award

Joe Glatthaar, the Stephenson Distinguished Professor of History, has received the 2015 Samuel Eliot Morison Award from the Council of the Society for Military History.  The award is reserved for scholars whose distinguished body of work represents a significant contribution to the field of military history.

Julia Spruill Professor Emerita, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Receives 2015 Stephen E. Ambrose Oral History Award

hqdefaultThe Living History Society at Rutgers University has awarded the 2015 Stephen E. Ambrose Oral History Award to Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Founding Director of the Southern Oral History Program and Julia Spruill Professor Emerita at UNC. The award annually honors an individual who has significantly contributed to the field and practice of oral history. Past recipients have included Tom Brokaw (2005), Steven Spielberg (2006), Studs Terkel (2007), Rick Atkinson (2008), Ken Burns (2009), David Isay (2010), Elizabeth and Michael Norman (2011), Isabel Wilkerson (2012), Michael Beschloss (2013), and Peter Bergen (2014).

Professor Kathleen DuVal featured in American Revolution Documentary

Professor Kathleen DuVal was a featured scholar on the American Revolution documentary, which debuted on the American Heroes Channel on December 15 and 16.

Raul Necochea discusses his new book with HCS-Manguinhos

Raul_Necochea_peqRaul Necochea provides a novel perspective on population-control programs and discusses the role of the many actors, such as US bilateral aid, Catholic and Protestant churches during an interview with the blog HCS-Manguinhos. The interview is about his new book, A History of Family Planning in Twentieth Century Peru. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014).


Karen Hagemann receives the Berlin Prize Fellowship

photo_small-42Professor Karen Hagemann has been awarded the Berlin Prize Fellowship for Spring 2015 at the American Academy in Berlin. Unlike many fellowship programs or institutes of advanced study, “the American Academy in Berlin is determinedly non-monastic” their fellows “become involved in Berlin’s cultural, social, and intellectual scene beyond the walls of the Academy” and allows the fellows “to pursue their work in a manner that encourages participation in the vibrant life of Berlin and Germany,” according to the Academy’s website.

John F. Kasson’s new book featured with Q&A session: “Shirley Temple Up Close”

Temple_ShirleyLibraryofCongressphotoJohnKassonbookJohn F. Kasson outlines the connections between Shirley Temple, FDR, and The Great Depression in his new book, “The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America” for the Carolina Arts & Sciences magazines.

To read the Q&A please visit Carolina Arts & Sciences College Bookshelf

(photo courtesy of the Harris & Ewing Collection, Library of Congress)


Leuchtenburg interviewed in PBS Roosevelts series

leuchtenburg_william_0902The 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.

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