Congratulations to Professor John Kasson! His new book The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America was recently reviewed in The Atlantic. Read the review here.
Congratulations to Professor Dan Cobb, who will have contributions to two edited volumes, Beyond Two Worlds (SUNY Press) and Native Diasporas (University of Nebraska Press), published this summer. The chapters are drawn from his ongoing research on the life and work of Flathead author and activist D’Arcy McNickle and the the international context of Native activism, respectively.
Posted on February 20, 2014 by Pamella Lach
I am thrilled to announce that DH Press came in as Second Runner Up in the “Best DH Tool or Suite of Tools” category for the 2013 Digital Humanities Awards. 511 votes were cast in our favor. This public recognition reflects the hard work and dedication of the entire DH Press Team, past and present, without whom the we would not have gotten this far.
DH Press Project Team
Project Manager: Pam Lach
Developers: Joe Hope (RENCI), Michael Newton (DIL/CDHI)
Current Project Team: Stephanie Barnwell
Past Members of Project Team: Jade Davis, Bryan Gaston, Chien-Yi Hou, with contributions from Joe Ryan (ITS Research Computing)
DIL Director: Robert Allen
And a big thanks to our Clients and Partners: Renee Alexander Craft (Communication Studies and DIL/IAH Faculty Fellow), Seth Kotch (Southern Oral History Program), Michelle Robinson (American Studies), Anne Whisnant (History/American Studies), and the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies at NCSU. Check out their projects!
Look for more good things to come with the upcoming release of DH Press 2.0!
This tiny mention of a train trip to school was unseen for 131 years until UNC student Thomas Haire found it through Newspapers.com, which is digitizing microfilms of newspapers in the North Carolina Collection of the UNC Libraries. Students in Professor Robert Allen’s first-year seminar researched the lives of black artisans, free and enslaved, from New Bern, N.C.
The faculty of the Department of American Studies convened to discuss the American Studies Association Resolution on the Academic Boycott of Israel. The spirit of our discussion was open and generous. At the conclusion of our conversation, we came together around the following statement:
UNC Department of American Studies Statement Regarding the
American Studies Association Resolution on the Academic Boycott of Israel
The Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill will continue our departmental affiliation with the American Studies Association. We are committed to the object of the association as stated in its constitution, “the promotion of the study of American culture through the encouragement of research, teaching, publication, the strengthening of relations among persons and institutions in this country and abroad devoted to such studies, and the broadening of knowledge among the general public about American culture in all its diversity and complexity.” (http://www.theasa.net/about/page/constitution_and_bylaws/)
- The department reiterates its support for academic freedom, including the right of scholars and students to study, discuss, assemble, collaborate, travel, and publish freely.
- The department as a whole does not take a position on the recent resolution of the American Studies Association to support a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The department does affirm the right of individual faculty and students to speak and act on political and ethical issues according to the dictates of their own conscience.
- The department plans to engage critical issues raised by the ASA resolution (the “call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions,” “academic freedom for Palestinian students and scholars,” and academic freedom in a global context) in future departmental colloquia open to the larger university community.
Further information on the American Studies Association Resolution may be found at: http://www.theasa.net/american_studies_association_resolution_on_academic_boycott_of_israel
UNC-CH Chancellor Folt’s statement regarding the American Studies Association resolution may be found at: http://uncnews.unc.edu/2013/12/31/unc-chapel-hill-issues-statement-rejecting-boycott-israeli-academic-institutions/
The American Studies Association honored Professor Joy Kasson with the prestigious Mary C. Turpie Award at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The Mary C. Turpie Prize, established in 1993, is given to the candidate who has demonstrated outstanding abilities and achievement in American Studies teaching, advising, and program development at the local or regional level. Professor Kasson has achieved all of that and more in her decades of teaching, service, and scholarship. All of us at Carolina celebrate her award with pride.
Professor Philip Gura reminds his readers of the centrality of early American literary texts to founding national pronciples.
Professor Philip Gura explains the deeper philosophical contexts of the “selfie” on the occasion of its celebration as the Oxford English Dictionary word of the year.