Professor Thrailkill Receives Board of Governors' Teaching Award

Major congratulations are due to Professor Jane Thrailkill, who has won the 2017 Board of Governors' Award for Excellence in Teaching. This teaching award, one of UNC's most prestigious, is given to one faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill each year. Professor Thrailkill joins UNC English and Comparative Literature faculty Darryl Gless (2013), Christopher Armitage (2009), Trudier Harris (2005), Thomas Stumpf (2001), and Weldon Thornton (2000) in receiving this distinguished award. Thrailkill and other 2017 teaching award winners will be honored during halftime of the UNC v. Pittsburgh men's basketball game on January 31 and will also be recognized by Chancellor Folt in an April ceremony.

Click here to read more about Professor Thrailkill and other recipients of UNC's 2017 University Teaching Awards.

HHIVE Lab Featured in Endeavors

The HHIVE Lab, created in the spring of 2015 by English professors Jane Thrailkill and Jordynn Jack, was featured in an article in Endeavors, an online magazine that covers current research and creative initiatives at UNC. Housed on the fifth floor of Greenlaw Hall, the HHIVE lab promotes research projects that link humanities scholarship to contemporary questions in the health sciences. Editor Alyssa LaFaro highlights the exciting collaborative research being done by students and faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences and the UNC School of Medicine, particularly noting the Falls Narrative Study and the Writing Diabetes Study. Check out the article for a description of these innovative research efforts, and please visit the HHIVE website for more information.

Illustration by Corina Cudebec


Grace Towery's Spenserian Discovery to be Published

In her work for English 120 with Professor Reid Barbour, UNC sophomore Grace Towery discovered in the Rare Book Collection a manuscript poem written on the flyleaf of a 1617 print edition of Edmund Spenser's poetry. Through careful research, she went on to discover that this poem is hitherto unknown by scholars. The poem is an especially interesting and complex response to the execution to the Earl of Strafford at the outset of the English Civil War in the 1640s. What started as a paper for English 120 is now a forthcoming article in Notes & Queries (publication date September 2017), an esteemed and longstanding journal published by Oxford University Press. In her article Grace provides both an edition and an analysis of the poem; and she also offers thoughts on what this poem may have been doing in a collection of Spenser's poetry.

You can read more about Grace's discovery and publication in The Daily Tar Heel.


Professor Dore Organizes Novel Sounds II Conference











On March 3, 2017, the National Humanities Center will host Novel Sounds II, its second conference on the relationship between literature and rock and roll (click here for a write-up on the first Novel Sounds conference). Organized by Professor Florence Dore, a current NHC fellow, the conference will include a keynote roundtable with music critic Peter Guralnick, novelist Roddy Doyle, and Grammy award-winning musician Steve Earle. To conclude the conference, Earle will give an 8 PM performance at UNC's Memorial Hall. Registration is $50 for general admission and $30 for students and senior citizens; tickets for Earle's performance must be purchased separately. For more information and to register, please visit the conference webpage.

Professor Floyd-Wilson Interviewed for NHC Podcast Series

Professor Mary Floyd-Wilson was recently interviewed in a podcast for the National Humanities Center. A current NHC Fellow, Professor Floyd-Wilson discusses her research on the role of the supernatural and the demonic in Shakespeare's plays and how this connects to larger Elizabethan debates about mind, religion, and causal forces. You can listen here to Floyd-Wilson's interview with Robert Newman, director of the National Humanities Center.