Department Statement on HB2

In light of the recent passage of NC House Bill 2 (HB2), members of the UNC Chapel Hill Department of English and Comparative Literature reaffirm our commitment to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment, particularly with regard to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.  We are fully committed to the University’s Policy Statement on Non-Discrimination, which prohibits discrimination and harassment based on “age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status”  (See the full university policy at http://sexualassaultanddiscriminationpolicy.unc.edu/about/our-policy/.) We also endorse the protections encoded in Federal Title VII and Title IX regulations. 

UNC-Chapel Hill is a world-class research university that serves the people of the State of North Carolina by attracting and retaining the very best faculty, staff, and students from around the state, the country, and the world. The provisions of the recently passed HB2 violate the mission and interests of UNC-CH by making it impossible to protect valued faculty, staff, and students from discrimination arising simply because of who they are. As academics in the humanities, we are deeply aware of the injustices and damage caused by discrimination based on categories of race, ethnicity, class, gender orientation, gender and sexuality. We cannot be silent on HB2 and be true to our vocation. We ask our colleagues and fellow citizens to stand with us and urge the North Carolina General Assembly and the Governor of North Carolina to repeal HB2.   

Our department embraces and celebrates diversity and individual rights.  We strive to enable all our faculty, our staff, our students, and our public constituencies to participate fully and with mutual respect in an increasingly interdependent world.  We reaffirm the department’s commitment to maintaining a welcoming environment in which faculty, staff, and students harmoniously work and learn together.

To learn about resources available to students, please contact the LGBTQ Center (phone 919-843-5376; online https://lgbtq.unc.edu/programs-services/report-harassment); Safe at UNC (online at http://safe.unc.edu/file-a-report/); the Office of the Dean of Students (phone 919-966-4042); or the department (phone 919-962-5481).

Furst Forum: David Ricks Wednesday, April 13

Please join us for the Spring 2016 Furst Forum with Dr. David Ricks, Professor of Modern Greek and Comparative Literature at King's College London for his talk

"'I walk about the streets of Elsinore': Cavafy's Shakespearean Perambulations"
Wednesday, April 13th, 5-6PM
 
Murphey Hall Auditorium 116

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2016 Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement

On April 5, Jeanne Moskal received the University's 2016 Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement, of which Dean Smith was the first recipient. The citation praises Moskal's  "meticulous attention to individual students' strengths and weaknesses" in cultivating their professional development, her commitment to "keeping the humanities humane," and the list of advisees' achievements featured on her office door. In February UNC-CH showcased the recipients of this year's awards at its basketball game against Pittsburgh.

Above: Kelli M. Holt, Grant Glass, Jeanne Moskal, Rachael Isom

Above: Elizabeth Shand, Taras Mikhailiuk, Suzanna Geiser, Jeanne Moskal, Emily Brewer, Alex Zelenak, Carlie Wetzel

 

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