Professor Jane Thrailkill Receives 2017 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

Professor Jane Thrailkill has received the 2017 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Board created this award in 1993 to underscore the importance of teaching and to encourage, identify, recognize, reward, and support good teaching within the University. Each recipient is honored at their respective campus Spring commencement ceremony by a member of the Board of Governors and receives a $12,500 stipend and a bronze medallion.

Visit the UNC System website to read an interview with Professor Thrailkill and the other recipients.

Professor Jessica Wolfe Selected as a Long-Term Fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library

Professor Jessica Wolfe has been selected as one of seven long-term fellows at the Folger Shakespeare Library in 2017-18. She will hold the O.B. Hardison Jr. fellowship, named for a much-beloved UNC professor of Renaissance Literature who received both his BA and MA degrees from our department and, in 1969, left UNC to serve as director of the Folger. Wolfe will be working on a biography of George Chapman, a Renaissance playwright and poet who was also the first English translator of Homer. For more information, visit

Americanist Speaker Series presents: Marlene Daut, 4/27 @ 7 p.m.

Please join us for the next UNC-Duke Americanist Speaker Series event:

The Americanist Speaker Series presents: Marlene L. Daut

(University of Virginia)

"A Transnational Literary Geography of the Haitian Atlantic” 

Thursday, April 27, 7:00 p.m.

2605 McDowell Road
Durham, NC
At the home of Priscilla Wald & Joseph Donahue

Refreshments provided!


This talk discusses eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Afro-diasporic writing and art from across the Americas about the Haitian Revolution. By exploring a broad range of engagement with the Haitian Revolution by writers living throughout the Atlantic World, Professor Daut reveals a traveling language of Haitian revolutionary thought to be central to the development of not only Afro-diasporic anti-slavery activism, but a broader transatlantic European and U.S. American abolitionist literary culture.

Marlene L. Daut is Associate Professor of African Diaspora Studies at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies and the Program in American Studies at the University of Virginia.  Her first book, Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865, was published in 2015 by Liverpool University Press' Series in the Study of International Slavery. Her second book, Baron de Vastey and the Origins of Black Atlantic Humanism, is forthcoming in fall 2017 from Palgrave Macmillan’s series in the New Urban Atlantic. She is  currently a fellow at the National Humanities Center, where she is working on her next project entitled, An Anthology of Haitian Revolutionary Fictions (Age of Slavery). She is also the co-creator and co-editor of H-Net Commons’ digital platform, H-Haiti, and she curates the website You can follow her on Twitter: @fictionsofHaiti

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Dr. Connie Eble Cited in NY Times Op-Ed

Dr. Connie Eble, UNC's "resident grammar guru," is cited by Frank Bruni in his April 8th New York Times op-ed, "What Happened to Who?". Dr. Eble weighs in on the transition from the use of the pronouns "who" and "whom" to "that", highlighting the tensions between grammar and the historical usage of words. Dr. Eble earned her PhD at UNC Chapel Hill, studying Germanic philology and traditional American descriptive lingusitics, and later she conducted extensive research on the social function of vocabulary, publishing Slang and Sociability: In-Group Language among College Students (UNC Press, 1996). Dr. Eble continues to collect slang terms from her students at UNC while researching language development and variation, with a focus on her native state, Louisiana.

PIT Journal Release and Call for Submissions

The newest cycle of the People, Ideas, and Things (PIT) Journal has been released, and you can access the articles here. The PIT Journal offers undergraduates the opportunity to learn about, create, and publish original research.


Cycle 8 Call for Submissions: Multimedia Scholarship

The PIT Journal is looking for multimedia undergraduate scholarship for publication in the fall of 2017. Submissions will also be considered for inclusion in a PIT Digital Scholarship Festival to be held in the fall. This cycle will focus on scholarship in video, audio, graphic, and mixed media formats. Submissions should present some form of academic research (either primary or secondary) with appropriate citations and permissions for the use of materials. At the same time, submissions can push the boundaries of what counts as scholarship. Submissions might range from podcasts and audio essays to informational graphics or data visualizations, from videos that tell a research "story" to curated collections that translate social media into scholarship--to name a few options. These and other possibilities that explore new ways of developing and delivering undergraduate research are all welcome.

Undergraduates interested in publishing work in the PIT Journal should submit research projects on the website. The deadline for individual submissions is May 15th, 2017.

Instructors interested in collaborating with the PIT Journal and submitting student work developed in a class should sign up by contacting Daniel Anderson ( by March 24th, 2017. Final submissions will be due no later than May 19th.