Critical Speakers Series presents Sidonie Smith, "Manifesto for the Humanities"

After a remarkable career in higher education, Sidonie Smith offers Manifesto for the Humanities as a reflective contribution to the current academic conversation over the place of the humanities in the twenty-first century. Her focus is on doctoral education and opportunities she sees for its own reform.
 
Grounding this manifesto in background factors contributing to current “crises” in the humanities, Smith advocates for a twenty-first century doctoral education responsive to the changing ecology of humanistic scholarship and teaching. She elaborates a more expansive conceptualization of coursework and dissertation, a more robust, engaged public humanities, and a more diverse, collaborative, and networked sociality.
 
The event is free and open to the public.

Professor Jane Thrailkill Unites the Literary and Medical Communities

Professor Jane Thrailkill

Professor Jane Thrailkill co-directs the Health and Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Venue for Exploration lab (HHIVE). She conducts research, teaches classes, and mentors students about the intersections between literature, health care, healing, the clinic, and the medical industry. The Daily Tar Heel has published a piece detailing her recent activities. Read the full article here.

Visit HHIVE's website here: http://hhive.unc.edu/

Contact Professor Jane Thrailkill for more information about HHIVE: tkill@unc.edu

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CoLEAGS Faculty Mentoring Awards

CoLEAGS is pleased to present this year's Faculty Mentoring Awards to Professors Inger Brodey and Heidi Kim. Graduate students nominate professors for these awards every spring. Congratulations, Professor Brodey and Professor Kim! Thank you for all your support and guidance.

The IAH awards John McGowan the Johnson Prize

UNC English and Comparative Literature Department faculty member Dr. John McGowan is the 2016 recipient of the George H. Johnson Prize for Distinguised Achievement by an IAH Fellow.

All are invited to attend the award ceremony, which will take place on Friday, Novermber 4th at 4:00pm in Hyde Hall.

Melissa Clay has written an article for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities about the prize, with full text available on their website:

John McGowan, the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and Director Emeritus of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, is the 2016 recipient of the George H. Johnson Prize for Distinguished Achievement by an IAH Fellow.

Presented by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences, where McGowan served as Director from 2007-2014, the Johnson Prize is a lifetime achievement award.

“I know John McGowan—a renowned scholar of literary and political theory—best through his role as the second Director of the IAH, and my predecessor,” said IAH Director Mark Katz, who is on research leave. “In his eight years at the IAH he worked tirelessly to promote the scholarship and welfare of Carolina’s faculty, whether through funding research and collaboration, creating programs to attend to the needs of professors at different stages of their careers, or simply engaging in enthusiastic intellectual conversation with whomever came through Hyde Hall. With this award we recognize how deeply the IAH, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University are in his debt.”

The IAH began granting the award in 2008. George Johnson is one of the Institute’s greatest ambassadors, and the IAH created this award to honor George while at the same time recognizing exemplary contributions by faculty in the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences. The biennial award provides the recipient $7,500 and a banquet in his/her honor. Janet and George Johnson consider this a very important award and are delighted to be involved with the ceremony, scheduled for Nov. 4.

“I was thrilled [to learn I won the award],” said McGowan.  “George is one of the great people in the world. To be associated with him is wonderful.”

The IAH podcast with John McGowan is also available to stream on Soundcloud.

 

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