Institute grants 21 Schwab Academic Excellence Awards in 2018

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities proudly announces the 21 winners of the 2018 Schwab Academic Excellence Awards. The $3,000 prize recognizes faculty in each College of Arts and Sciences department across the arts, humanities and qualitative sciences. Department chairs nominate faculty for the award. Nineteen individual faculty members received the honor. Additionally, two academic departments are using the funds to support faculty research and service. Former IAH Advisory Board Chair Julia Sprunt Grumbles (who is now a member of the University Board of Trustees) established the award in 2015 to help department chairs recognize teaching and scholarship. IAH Advisory Board Vice Chair Nelson Schwab III (’67, English) has since endowed … Continued


Zia Haider Rahman will deliver the Reckford Lecture in 2018

Zia Haider Rahman delivers 2018 Reckford Lecture in European Studies

Zia Haider Rahman, author of the highly acclaimed novel In the Light of What We Know, will deliver the lecture entitled “Brexit: The Reckoning.” The event will be held at Hyde Hall on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.

Tim Marr, Faculty Fellowship Program Director

Timothy Marr named Faculty Fellowship Program Director

Marr, Distinguished Term Associate Professor (American Studies), begins serving in this new role July 1. He succeeds Associate Professor Michele Berger (Women’s and Gender Studies), who has served in the role for five years.

Hyde Hall autumn

Hyde Hall closed Feb. 26-27

The staff at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities will be immersed in training. Hyde Hall will be closed Monday, February 26 and Tuesday February 27. The building will re-open Wednesday, February 28 at 8:00 a.m., resuming normal operations.

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Humanities Happy Hour brings Fellows to the public

A collaborative program of events shared by Carolina Public Humanities and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, the series brings the work of scholars from the IAH’s Faculty Fellowship Program to members of the community.

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Reckford Lecture

The Institute hosts the annual Mary Stevens Reckford Memorial Lecture in European Studies, established in 1990 by UNC Classics Professor Kenneth J. Reckford to honor his wife, Mary Stevens Reckford (February 25, 1934 – November 12, 1987). The lecture is designed to appeal to the public, rather than specialists. Speakers are asked to provide “pleasure, instruction, an interdisciplinary approach and a sense of shared humanity.” Because Mary Reckford’s birthday is Feb. 25, the Institute hosts the lecture within the month of February.

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Weil Lecture

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities has hosted UNC’s Weil Lecture on American Citizenship since 2000. Brothers Henry and Solomon Weil established the lecture in 1915 to widen discussion of the concept in the United States. Presidents Taft and Carter, Eleanor Roosevelt, Senators J. William Fulbright and Nancy Kassebaum and Professor Lester Thurow are among the many distinguished Weil lecturers. Other recent speakers have been members of Congress, diplomats, political commentators and renowned scholars.

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