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

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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.

Michele Berger, Faculty Fellowship Program Director talks with a Fellow at Hyde Hall's Fellows Room.

Call for Applications: Faculty Fellows Program Director

Faculty fellows who are currently tenured members of the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply for the position. The Director of the Faculty Fellows Program receives $10,000 in research funds.

Rev. William J. Barber II discusses the morality of citizenship in 2017 Weil Lecture

Rev. Dr. William J Barber II delivers the 2017 Weil Lecture on American Citizenship, emphasizing moral responsibility. (lecture video included)

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Patricia Matthew on the work of inclusion and equity

Patricia Matthew, Associate Professor of English at Montclair State University, delivered a talk at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities in Hyde Hall about the necessity for deep investment in equity and inclusion as part of all university ecosystems. … Continued

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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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  • Weil Lecture 2017 – Gospel Choir
  • Weil Lecture 2017 – Mark Katz
  • Weil Lecture 2017 - Theodore Shaw
  • Weil Lecture 2017 – Yara Allen
  • Weil Lecture 2017
  • Cold Mountain Collaboration Event – Charles Frazier, T Bone Burnett, Mark Katz
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