This recent article in Western North Carolina Magazine examines Cherokee efforts to strengthen traditional culture and language. It also features UNC American Indian Studies postdoctoral fellow, Ben Frey.
University Gazette article on Danny Bell’s work and his recognition through the 2014 C. Knox Massey Service Award.
Link to Frank Stasio’s May 27, 2014 interview with John F. Kasson here.
Check out Laura Lacy’s wonderful piece on our first class of PhD students in the Graduate School’s Carolina Chronicle here.
Congratulations to Professor Dan Cobb, who has been awarded a Faculty Development Grant from the Summer School to design an online version of AMST/HIST 110: Introduction to the Histories and Cultures of Native North America. The five-week course will be launched in the summer of 2015.
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.
In addition to its review in The Atlantic, you can read reviews for The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Weekly Standard, and Newsday.
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.
American Studies-based Digital Innovation Lab began working with the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies (http://lac.chass.ncsu.edu) two years ago to map the migration and settlement of hundreds of families in North Carolina cities a century ago from what is now Lebanon, but was then a part of the Ottoman Empire. The idea grew out of a casual conversation between Robert Allen, Professor of American Studies and Director of the DIL, and John Blythe, a staff member of the North Carolina Collection, whose mother’s family was a part of that immigration story.
At the beginning of spring term 2014, the sixteen students in Robert Allen’s DIL-linked American Studies first year seminar on family history were introduced to the potential of digital history and to the wealth of primary source material available to UNC students through Ancestry.com and Newspapers.com by researching four Lebanese immigrant households and writing narratives around the census enumerations, immigration records, naturalization petitions, and city directory listings in which household members appear. They were able to take advantage of millions of pages of nineteenth- and early-20th century North Carolina newspapers recently digitized and made accessible to UNC students, faculty, and staff through a collaboration between the UNC Library and Ancestry.com subsidiary Newspapers.com. The students presented their first drafts at a family history workshop for K-12 educators on January 21, 2014. They are working with Mapping Early NC Lebanese Households project manager Stephanie Barnwell to revise their narratives with the goal of incorporating their research into “Household Spotlight” features that will be added to the project in the coming weeks.
American Studies major Anna Faison has worked as an undergraduate research assistant on the project, and contributed this spotlight narrative on the Baddour family of Goldsboro: http://digital.nclebanese.org/spotlights/baddour/ , which will serve as a model for the first-year students’ narratives.
With support from the First Year Seminar Office, the class will visit the exhibit in early April, meet and enjoy a Lebanese meal with Professor Akram Khater, Director of the Khayrallah Center.
Lessons learned from the project and its data structure are currently being applied to new DIL community history projects, including the “reconstruction” of one of the largest cotton mill villages in North Carolina in the early 1920s, using census enumerations accessed through Ancestry.com, and historic maps provided by the North Carolina Collection.
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!
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Read the full story from the UNC homepage here.
Link to Digital Innovation Lab story on the course.
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.