We are pleased to welcome (and welcome back) a fantastic group of undergraduates for the 2016-17 academic year. Pictured below (clockwise L-R): Marina Greenfeld, a first-year student from Saxapahaw, NC; Madison Schaper, a junior English major from Metuchen, NJ; Mitra Norowzi, a first-year student from Raleigh, NC; and Cassidy Hampton, a sophomore from Tampa, FL majoring in Mathematical Decision Sciences. Not pictured: Hallie French, a senior English major from Aurora, NC, and Jordan Jenkins, a sophomore history major from Morganton, NC.
New episodes of Press Record, our podcast about the joys and challenges of learning history by talking to those who lived it, are released three times each semester on SoundCloud and iTunes. Check it out here!
Did you miss our featured speakers last semester? Not to worry–all three lectures are now available online. David Garcia discusses “Music of Latin@s and their Predecessors in the United States before 1900”; Angela Jill Cooley examines the “evolution of urban food culture in the Jim Crow South”; and Gregory D. Smithers uncovers the origins of the Cherokee diaspora.
In 1993, the Oral History Association established a series of awards to recognize outstanding achievement in oral history. We are delighted and honored to announce that New Roots/Nuevas Raíces: Voices from Carolina del Norte is the recipient of the 2016 Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award (Major Project). Congratulations and many thanks to our wonderful colleagues at the Southern Oral History Program, who is a major partner in New Roots, and at the Latino Migration Project in the Institute for the Study of the Americas and in University Libraries. This project is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Read more and learn about other award recipients here.
Friends and family of Marguerite Pegram Hutchins gathered in Chapel Hill on June 1, 2016 to mourn her passing and to remember a life lived to the fullest. Together with her late husband James, Marguerite traveled (for business or pleasure) to every country in the world. An archive of previous James and Marguerite Hutchins Lectures (with downloadable videos) is available here, and our 2016-17 lecture series will be posted in the fall.
In a 2015 interview for the Southern Oral History Program, Mrs. Hutchins recalled that as a child in Winston-Salem, “You were taught to be honest, and work hard, and appreciate others, and help the community.” Her life put those principles to work, and she still managed to have fun almost everywhere she went. Comments from Marguerite’s 95th birthday party are available here, and a full obituary is available here.