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.
I don’t know about you, but Emily Wallace knows about the importance of Duke’s mayonaie when it comes to pimento cheese and the deep histories of the American South.
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Professor Marcie Cohen Ferris talks about the histories and cultures of Southern foodways and her forthcoming book The Edible South. Read the interview or scroll down for the audio.
Professor William Ferris’s new book The Storied South continues to receive accolades. Recent reviews and posts appeared into the The Atlanta Journal Constitution and other publications including:
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Michael D. Green
Michael David Green, Professor Emeritus of American Studies and History at the University of North Carolina, died at Duke University Hospital on August 23, 2013, at the age of 72. He suffered from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and underwent a lung transplant on November 18, 2012. His impending death from complications did not diminish his gratitude to the lung donor’s family and to the Duke staff who gave him nine months of life that he did not expect to have.
Green was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Myrtle (Brownie) and Merton Green and grew up in Grundy Center, Mount Vernon, and Oelwein. He graduated from Cornell College in 1963, and earned his Ph. D. in history at the University of Iowa in 1973. He taught at West Texas State University, Monmouth College, the University of Iowa, Dartmouth College, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Kentucky, and the University of North Carolina. He was a superb lecturer and a devoted mentor. He retired from UNC in 2009.
Green was a distinguished scholar of American Indians. At Dartmouth College, he chaired Native American Studies for eight years, and at UNC he founded the American Indian Studies Program. He was author of seven books, including The Politics of Indian Removal (1982) and North American Indians (2010). He held fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Newberry Library’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian, among others.
An avid traveler, Green trod on seven continents and waded in five oceans. He never saw a museum or an industrial ruin that he did not want to visit. But he also enjoyed experiencing the places he traveled–wandering through local markets, sitting in cafes, attending performances, and visiting old friends and new. His enthusiasm for travel often coincided with his interest in transportation, and he always found the journey as exciting as the destination. Trains were his favorite, especially the trains from Puno to Cuzco in Peru, Nairobi to Mombassa in Kenya, and Denver to Salt Lake City in the U.S. After his retirement in 2009, he and his wife embarked on a four-month trip around the world by land and sea that took him on the Queen Mary across the Atlantic, the Trans-Mongolian and Tibetan railways across Europe and Asia, and a container ship, the Hanjin Miami, across the Pacific.
Green’s favorite mode of transportation was the automobile. At the age of three he could name all the cars parked on the town square, and over his lifetime, he amassed a huge collection of toy cars, trucks, and busses—a graduate student once remarked that he had more toys than books in his study. He also liked the real thing, and he is survived by his 1954 Carolina blue Chevrolet, 1960 Cadillac, 1972 Suburban, and 1974 Airstream trailer, which he took to Key West every Christmas for a decade.
Green had a strong sense of social and economic justice, which led him to support the Peace and Freedom Party and the Citizens Party before he settled into the Democratic camp at middle age. His keen sense of humor, however, enabled even Republicans to enjoy his company.
His friends and family will remember him for his powerful intellect, his eclectic interests, the twinkle in his eye, and his appreciation of a good joke and a smooth whiskey.
Green is survived by his wife Theda Perdue and Welsh terrier Calamity Jane of Chapel Hill; first wife Andrea Ohl of Terlingua, Texas; daughter Julia Green of Alpine, Texas; son Daniel Green and his wife Neda Shashani-Green of Newark, Delaware; son Thomas Green and his wife Victoria Mountain of Boston; granddaughters Samin Green of Hampshire, Tennessee, Asudeh Green of New York City, and Penelope and Sofie Green of Boston; sister Diana Rasmussen and her husband Paul of Des Moines, Iowa; brother David Green and his wife Caron of Lanai City, Hawaii; a niece and four nephews; two great nieces and two great nephews.
Memorial gifts may be made to the American Indian Studies Fund 60110, Arts and Sciences Foundation, 134 East Franklin Street, CB 6115, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. The family also requests that friends consider becoming organ donors in his memory.