Events Calendar

Wilson Library Exhibit: Imagining the Civil War, 1861-1900

On Friday, April 24th at 5:30pm, UNC undergraduates will open, introduce, and provide tours for the Wilson Library's new exhibit, "Imagining the Civil War, 1861-1900." The students have spent the semester studying Civil War literature with Professor Eliza Richards and Graduate Research Consultant Leslie McAbee.

The exhibit will run from April 24th to July 20th. For more information, visit the UNC Library blog.

Event Date: 

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 5:30am

Making Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

Please join us for the Making Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Culture Graduate Student Conference on April 4-5th. Faculty keynotes include Drs. Pamela Smith (Columbia), Patricia Palmer (King's College London), and John Lavagnino (King's College London). Talks will be held in Hyde Hall and the Pleasants Family Room in Wilson Library. For a full schedule visit

Event Date: 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:00am to Sat, 04/05/2014 - 7:00pm

The Critical Speakers Program: Pamela Smith

Professor Pamela Smith comes to us from Columbia University, where she researches and teaches courses in early modern European history and the history of science. She will give a presentation as part of the Critical Speakers Series:

Talk: "From Matter to Ideas: Making Natural Knowledge in Early Modern Europe"
  • Date: April 5, 2014
  • Time: 5:00 pm
  • Location: Peasants Family Room, Wilson Library
This event is co-sponsored by the Rare Book Collection at Wilson Library and by CoLEAGS. Smith will be appearing as keynote speaker at a joint University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/King's College London conference, "Making Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Culture."

Event Date: 

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 5:00pm

The Critical Speakers Program: Riche' Richardson

Professor Riché Richardson comes to us from Cornell University, where she researches and teaches courses in African American literature, southern studies, and gender in the Africana Studies and Research Center. She will give two presentations as part of the Critical Speakers Series:

Talk: "Monumentalizing Mary McLeod Bethune and Rosa Parks in the Post-Civil Rights Era"

  • Date: April 3, 2014
  • Time: 3:30 pm
  • Location: Kresge Foundation Common Room, Graham Memorial 039
Seminar: "Re-imagining the National Body and Black Femininity in the Transnational South"
  • Date: April 4, 2014
  • Time: 3:30 pm
  • Location: Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall


Event Date: 

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:30am to Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:30am

The Critical Speakers Program: Lisa Lowe [CANCELED]

Professor Lisa Lowe comes to us from Tufts University, where she researches and teaches courses in modern British and Asian diaspora literature; race and ethnic studies; decolonization and postcolonial thought; and transnational feminism. She will give two presentations as part of the Critical Speakers Series:
Talk: "The Social Life of Empire: Nineteenth-Century London, Boston, and Hong Kong"
  • Date: March 18, 2014
  • Time: 3:30 pm
  • Location: Toy Lounge, Dey Hall
Seminar: "Liberalism and Empire"
  • Date: March 19, 2014
  • Time: 3:30 pm
  • Location: Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall

Event Date: 

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 3:30am to Wed, 03/19/2014 - 5:00am

The Critical Speakers Program: Jonathan Kramnick

Professor Jonathan Kramnick comes to us from The Johns Hopkins University, where he researches and teaches courses in eighteenth-century literature and philosophy, philosophical approaches to literature, and cognitive science and the arts. He will give two presentations as part of the Critical Speakers Series:

Talk: "Presence of Mind"
  • Date: March 6, 2014
  • Time: 3:30 pm
  • Location: Toy Lounge, Dey Hall
Seminar: "Literary Studies and Science"
  • Date: March 7, 2014
  • Time: 3:30 pm
  • Location: Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall

To prepare for his presentations, please read "Literary Studies and Science: A Reply to My Critics" and  "Against Literary Darwinism" by Professor Kramnick, as well as "Another Literary Darwinism" by Angus Fletcher and "Science vs. The Humanities, Round III" by Steven Pinker and Leon Wieseltier. 

Event Date: 

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 3:30am

The UNCommon: UNC's Interdisciplinary Conference for Nineteenth-Century Americanists

The UNCommon:
UNC’s Interdisciplinary Conference for Nineteenth-Century Americanists
Wednesday, March 12
Starts at 8:30 a.m. in Hyde Hall
Breaksfast, lunch, and dinner provided with RSVP:
For more information, visit our website:


The UNCommon is an interdisciplinary conference that aims to bring UNC’s 19th-century Americanists together to share research and avenues to professionalization. Faculty, graduate students, and alumni from the fields of English and Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, History, and Art History will forge connections, collaborate, and celebrate UNC’s work in the study of the nineteenth-century U.S. during this one-day conference on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

An important part of the day’s events will be several panels on professionalization, during which UNC alumni from each of the participating departments will share their experience in making the transition from graduate school to a career. We also welcome representatives from King’s College London’s Nineteenth-Century Studies to provide a crucial transatlantic perspective to the “UNCommon” discussion. Students, graduate students, and faculty from several UNC departments and from King’s College London will also have the opportunity to present and discuss their current research throughout the day. To this end, we aim to incorporate a variety of perspectives on the study of nineteenth-century American culture and society.

Event Date: 

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 9:30pm

2014 Distinguished Writer-in-Residence: Stewart O'Nan

The 2014 Distinguished Writer-in-Residence was Stewart O’Nan, who visited campus February 24-28.  While at UNC, O’Nan met with creative writing students, participated in a panel on baseball, and gave the annual Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Reading, during which he read from his forthcoming novel about F. Scott Fitzgerald. 

For more information about O'Nan or the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Program, please see the links at the bottom of the page.







Pictures from top to bottom:
1. Stewart O'Nan dons a Carolina cap, to the delight of the audience, during his Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Reading. (photo by Graham Terhune)
2. Creative writing faculty member Jim Seay speaks with Stewart O'Nan (photo by Graham Terhune)
3. Distinguished Writer-in-Residence program donors Richard Hibbits (left) and his wife Ford Hibbits (right) with Weldon Thornton, Professor Emeritus of English (photo by Graham Terhune)
4. Daniel Wallace with his senior honors fiction students (photo by Graham Terhune)
5. Stewart O'Nan speaks with creative writing students (photo by Graham Terhune)

Past Distinguished Writers-in-Residence

Stewart O'Nan biography


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Event Date: 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 7:30pm