IAH Honors Collaboration Grant: Associate Professor Mariska Leunissen (Philosophy), Jake Rohde (’17)
Associate Professor Mariska Leunissen (Philosophy) and UNC Honors Alumnus Jake Rohde (Class of 2017), worked together as part of the inaugural IAH Honors Collaboration Grant. The Grant offers a $2,000 award to students and pairs them with a Faculty Fellow to get a unique research opportunity. We also had the opportunity to sit in on one of their sessions, where they researched the work of Aristotle. Rohde went on to Yale to pursue a graduate degree in Classics and Philosophy.
Chris Clemens, Senior Associate Dean for Natural Sciences
IAH Director Mark Katz interviews astrophysicist and College of Arts and Sciences Dean Chris Clemens about his research of the stars, as well as his self-identified conservatism on a college campus, where liberalism is the dominant language. He discusses why different views on campus are fundamental to a higher educational experience, highlighting the UNC-Duke Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program, co-directed by Philosophy Professor and Associate Professors Program Director Geoff Sayre-McCord.
Meenu Tewari, Associate Professor, City and Regional Planning
Faculty Fellow Meenu Tewari discusses her current book project on urban development in India, specifically regarding connecting people to water. She also talks about how she entered the academic side of planning as well as future writing projects she hopes to pursue outside her field.
Charles Price, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Charles Price discusses the work he did during his Fall 2017 Faculty Fellowship: his current book project on collective identity formation among the Rastafarians. He also talks about his path in becoming an anthropology professor, as well as two highly influential books.
Best podcasts of 2017
In this episode, we take a look back at some of Clay and Philip‘s favorite interviews of the year, including Rev. William J. Barber II, Mai Nguyen (City and Regional Planning), Sam Amago (Romance Studies) and the winners of the IAH Honors Collaboration Grant.
T Bone Burnett, Music Producer
T Bone Burnett is an Oscar-winning music producer, musician, and songwriter. As the producer of the soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou?, he renewed interest in American roots music. He received a Grammy Award for that album, for the soundtracks Cold Mountain (2004), Walk the Line (2006), Crazy Heart (2010), and for Raising Sand (2007). He shares his earliest memories of music and insight on current projects. He also talks about the process of his many music collaborations as well as his views on analog and digital technologies in music production.
“In the Shadow of Ferguson,” an IAH-sponsored event through the Arts and Social Justice Grant
Mai Nguyen, Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of City and Regional Planning, discusses the Dec. 8 multimedia event, “In the Shadow of Ferguson.” The multimedia performance tells the history of the St. Louis suburb from the 1896 U.S. Supreme Court decision Plessy v. Ferguson through the recent police shooting of Michael Brown. The Institute for the Arts and Humanities is sponsoring “Shadow” through its Arts and Social Justice Grant. Nguyen is also the New Faculty Program (NFP) Director at the Institute. She announces an NFP Collaboration Grant.
Enrique Neblett, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Faculty Fellow Enrique Neblett discusses his clinical psychology research on racism and health, especially the effects on African-American youth. He also talks about the work of growing funding during his research leave, as well as the books and teaching moments that inspire him.
We discuss previous conversations on leadership from the faculty fellows of the IAH’s Academic Leadership Program (ALP), including Peter Mucha, Tanya Shields, Morgan Pitelka, and Terry Rhodes. Applications for the ALP are due Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.
Kathleen DuVal, Professor of History, and Elizabeth Carbone, UNC alumnae
History Professor Kathleen DuVal And UNC alumnae Elizabeth Carbone, Class of 2017, discuss their work as recipients of the IAH Honors Carolina Collaboration Grant. The award is given to pairings of IAH fellows and Honors Carolina students working together on humanistic research.
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and pastor of the Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro. He delivers the 2017 Weil Lecture on American citizenship on Oct. 11, 2017 on campus at Hill Hall. Barber discusses voter rights and the Forward Together Moral Movement (Moral Monday’s protest) in Raleigh and the history of citizenship in North Carolina and the nation following the Civil War.
Sam Amago, Department of Romance Studies Chair
Sam Amago is Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Romance Studies Department. He discusses metafiction and Spanish film, particularly that of Pedro Almodovar, whose body of work leads to an examination of garbage and its cultural representations in 20th century Spain.
Mark Katz, IAH Director and Professor of Music
IAH Director and Music Professor Mark Katz discusses his book about music technology and his progress on his second book about hip hop diplomacy, which “helps create communities and bring people together.” Having recently returned from research leave, he also discusses the crucial impact of faculty taking time off from teaching at a research university.
Jennifer Gates-Foster, Assistant Professor Of Classics
Jennifer Gates-Foster conducts research primarily in the art and archaeology of the Near East and Egypt in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. She discusses her archaeological dig in Israel over the summer. She also talks about a book that helped her understand the complexity of her home state of Mississippi.
Nelson Schwab III, IAH Advisory Board Chair
Nelson Schwab III (’67) discusses his days at Carolina and why it is so important to support faculty for the university’s continued success. “IAH Founder Ruel Tyson’s vision was to create something that would support and foster really good professors… The better prepared, the better trained, the happier the professors are here, the better off the experience will be for the students. It creates a great learning environment. I just thought that made sense.”
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