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2013 Spring Events Preview

In true IAH fashion, this spring has been a busy and inspiring semester here at Hyde Hall – and it’s not over yet! Mark your calendar and please join us for some of these exciting events.

New Faculty Microtalks

Hands presentingLast fall, the Institute solicited feedback from new faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences about the kinds of resources they needed to be successful at Carolina. Two needs that emerged very quickly were: 1) integration into the wider campus community, and 2) more opportunities to collaborate with others across departments. 

In response, we are pleased to announce two sessions of microtalks by new faculty on Monday, April 8, and Wednesday, April 10. Twenty-one faculty members in their first and second years at UNC will give brief, informal talks on their work in the humanities, arts or qualitative social sciences, providing an opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration and a chance to present their scholarship to the wider campus community. 

Presenters on Monday, April 8

  • Towns Middleton (Anthropology):  “Recognition, Autonomy and Other Facets of the Political Contemporary in India” 
  • Christian Lentz (Geography):  “Where is Dien Bien Phu? Decolonization and the Politics of Asia’s National Frontiers” 
  • Kumarini Silva (Communication Studies): “He loves me/not: Race and Patriarchy in the Global Circulation of Romance” 
  • Klaus Larres (History): “Enlightened Self-Interest? The US and the Unity of Europe Past and Present” 
  • Kathy Perkins (Dramatic Art): “TaSUba-Institute for Arts and Culture: The Gem on the Indian Ocean” 
  • Juan Alamo (Music): “Cross-Cultural Communication through Music” 
  • Toan Phan (Economics): “Economic Growth and Arab Spring Revolutions”
  • Iqbal Sevea (History): “'From Bards to Jesters: Caste and Religious Transmission in Modern Punja”
  • Chris Teuton (American Studies): “The Gagora Rhetoric of Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars Club” 
  • Susan Harbage Page (Women’s & Gender Studies): “US-Mexico Border Project: Recent Art Interventions” 

Presenters on Wednesday, April 10

  • Jessica Boon (Religious Studies): “The Mystical Language of Pain” 
  • Patricia Amaral (Romance Languages): “Language Use Matters” 
  • Uffe Bergeton (Asian Studies): “History Word by Word: Lexical Semantic Approach to Epistemic Changes” 
  • Priscilla Layne (Germanic and Slavic Languages): “Beyond Black Face: Poaching Blackness in German Popular Culture and the Limits of Appropriation” 
  • Sabine Gruffat (Art): “I Have Always Been a Dreamer: The Problem with Documentary” 
  • Daniel Kreiss (Journalism & Mass Comm.): “Media Events, Twitter Publics, and Active Spectatorship” 
  • David Navalinsky (Dramatic Art): “Making Connections through Theater” 
  • Lee Weisert (Music): “Environmental Sound Installations” 
  • Neal Thomas (Communication): “Social Computing and the Manufacture of Sense” 
  • Brandon Bayne (Religious Studies): “Christian Martyrdom and the Colonization of the Americas” 
  • Juliane Hammer (Religious Studies): “Men are the Protectors of Women”

A reception will follow each session, which will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm in the Hyde Hall University Room on both days. For more information, please visit:

Josipa Roksa Lecture

Josipa RoksaJosipa Roksa, associate professor of sociology and education at the University of Virginia and author of Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, will participate in a discussion at UNC about what students are actually learning and how we can improve undergraduate education. Academically Adrift holds sobering lessons for students, faculty, administrators, policy makers, and parents—all of whom are implicated in fostering a contemporary campus culture that does not promote learning. Higher education faces crises on a number of fronts, but Roksa’s report that colleges are failing at their most basic mission demands the attention of us all.

The discussion is in conjunction with our IAH Advisory Board meeting, as well as an Institute-sponsored faculty working group that is exploring the nature and potential of public research universities. The lecture will take place in Graham Memorial in the Kresge Foundation Common Room at 3:00 pm on Thursday, April 18. For more information, please visit:

Save the date

Please also save the dates for these upcoming lectures!

Mark Rosen: The Medici Archive Project and the Early Modern Digital Humanities
March 28 at 4:00 pm in the Hyde Hall Incubator
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Paul Patton: Foucault, Rawls and Political Philosophy
April 2 at 4:00 pm in the Hyde Hall University Room
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Carrie Preston: Isadora Duncan’s Modernist Prose – Looking Back and to The Rite
April 9 at 3:30 pm in the Hyde Hall University Room
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Nikolas Rose: A New Sociology for a New Century?
April 26 at 3:30 pm in Dey Hall Toy Lounge
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