Faculty News & Awards 2015–2016

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Anne Whisnant Accepts Whichard Professorship at East Carolina University

Whisnant-smallAlthough she is sad to leave the Office of Faculty Governance, the ECU professorship affords a not-to-be-missed opportunity to focus on her work as a practicing historian. The Whichard Professorship was endowed in the 1990s by the family of David and Virginia Whichard, who led the Greenville /Daily Reflector for many decades. It is assigned annually to one of the humanities departments. National recruitment for the 2016-17 professorship focused on finding a scholar with expertise in North Carolina history and public history, and the ability to contribute to ECU’s campus conversation about race, university history, and public commemoration. As some of you may know, ECU’s trustees recently renamed Aycock Hall and signaled their intent to sponsor a campus history museum and website. It seemed a near perfect fit with her longtime research and writing on the history of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the National Park Service, her ongoing teaching and consulting in public history, her work in digital history, and her students’ recent creation of a website on the history of buildings and their namesakes at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Anne Whisnant will teach her Public History course for the UNC History department in spring 2017.

Institute For the Arts and Humanities Podcast Featuring Kathleen DuValKathleen-DuVal

When it comes to telling the story of our nation, Professor Kathleen DuVal says she is most fascinated by the stories that have not been told. Her latest book, Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution, has won the Deep South Award, the Journal of the American Revolution’s Book of the Year Award, and was a finalist for the George Washington Prize. The book explores the narratives of eight stakeholders in the Gulf Coast during the Revolutionary War. She recently was honored with the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Professorship, which supports excellence in undergraduate teaching. For more on the conversation, listen to the IAH podcast here.

Donald J. Raleigh Receives 2016 Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring

Mentor-2-2016-2-300x225Donald J. Raleigh, the Jay Richard Judson distinguished professor, has received the 2016 Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring. The Graduate School presents the annual award to a faculty member who has: encouraged graduate students to establish their own records of scholarly activity, provided a supportive environment that brings forth the very best from students, and achieved a successful record of graduate degree completion among students he or she has advised. One nomination letter said the following: “Don’s attitude toward mentoring has resulted in a real community of scholars, recognized and respected by our field of Russian history. He creates a cooperative atmosphere among his students, encouraging them to share knowledge, evaluate one another’s work and assist one another in the research field.”  Read more here.

Carolina Women’s Center Announces 2016-2017 Faculty Scholars

photo_small-82The Carolina Women’s Center (CWC) is proud to announce its Faculty Scholars for the 2016–2017 academic year. For “The Pei Mei Project: History, Gender and Memory Through the Pages of a Chinese Cookbook,” Michelle T. King investigates “Fu Pei-mei’s life and career as the doyenne of Chinese cooking as a window into three key issues in postwar society in Taiwan, including the development of foodways as a critical national political project, shifting gender roles and transnational constructions of Chinese/Taiwanese identity through successive generations.” Fu’s culinary lessons and other memories of food, eating and cooking seem to mediate “inter-generational, transnational connections” between the middle-class women who remained in Taiwan and who emigrated for their education. The project envisions a bilingual English-Chinese educational website that will also “build an international, intergenerational, virtual community of interested Pei-mei fans, foodies and Chinese diasporas.” King is an associate professor of history. Due to other professional commitments, she will serve as a Faculty Scholar in 2017-2018. To read the full article and about the other Faculty Scholars announced, please click here.

Jim Leloudis Reflects on the History of Social Change at UNC

33341_leloudisfInterviewed by the Daily Tar Heel, Jim Leloudis said history can be used to expand our capacity to imagine the future we want to live in. “It’s kind of hard to do that imagining when you work on the assumption, ‘well, the world we live in now, that’s just the way it is, right?’ No. People make history. People make choices,” he said. “We might look back at some of those moments of choice and go down some of those possibly avenues and say ‘oh my goodness, I’m so glad we didn’t go there.’ Down others, you may say ‘oh wow, I never knew that that had been a possibility.’” Leloudis recently served as an expert witness for the NAACP’s lawsuit against the state of North Carolina concerning its voter ID law, and he’s a member of the UNC history task force created by Chancellor Carol Folt. Click here to read the full interview.

“Out of Ashes” Wins Honorable Mention for the 2016 PROSE Award

photoKonrad H. Jarausch’s “Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century” (Princeton University Press, 2015) won Honorable Mention for the 2016 PROSE Award in European & World History, Association of American Publishers. The PROSE Awards annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in 54 categories.


La Serna wins ACLS Collaborative Research Grant Award

migueldelasernaMiguel 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

andrewsCheck 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

mmlphoto2013Malinda 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

Duval CoverThis 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

Jacquelyn Hall interviewing Katherine Lumpkin in 1974

PRESS-LOGO-03-300x300The Southern Oral History Program has created their first podcast called Press Record featuring Evan Faulkenbury and Rachel Seidman from the department. The podcast is about the joys and challenges of learning history by talking to those who lived it. The Southern Oral History Program conducts original research on the history and culture of the American South. Since 1974, they have collected more than 5,000 interviews with southerners from all walks of life, from politicians to activists, business owners to millworkers, educators to artists. These interviews make up a rich record of life in the American South in the voices of those who experienced it.

EPISODE 1 is available now: “Silence Speaks Volumes”. In the pilot episode they discuss silence and power in oral history. They talk with Southern Oral History Program founding Director Jacquelyn Dowd Hall about a 1974 interview with Katherine DuPre Lumpkin. Stay tuned for the next episode coming in February 2016 on the SOHP’s Back Ways project about segregation in the rural South. The podcasts should also be available via iTunes, etc. within the next several days!

Lloyd Kramer Named Recipient of the 2015 William F. Little Distinguished Service Award

Gil and Kramer at A & S Foundation DinnerLloyd 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

bill-leuchtenberg-202x300William E. Leuchtenburg, Kenan Professor Emeritus of History, has been named the first recipient of the Jonathan B. Howes Lifetime Achievement Award. NC President Tom Ross will give the award to Kenan history professor emeritus during the RFA’s meeting Nov. 20 at the Friday Center. The Howes Award was established by RFA to recognize a retired faculty member of UNC-Chapel Hill for a lifetime of outstanding teaching, research and public service as emulated by the lifetime and contributions of the late Jonathan Howes. It is intended to encourage, recognize and reward University faculty for service to the community as well as major contributions to the University and their own academic discipline.

 Molly Worthen’s Latest Article in the New York Times on Lecturing

MWheadshot8-200x300“Isn’t the old-fashioned lecture on the way out?” writes Molly Worthen in her newest article for the New York Times. “Those who want to abolish the lecture course do not understand what a lecture is. A lecture is not a declamation of an encyclopedia article.” Click here to read her full post on this trending topic.

Kenneth Janken Selected for the R.D.W. Connor Award

Janken-199x3001-199x300Kenneth 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

TPerdueTheda 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.


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