In Memory of Darryl Gless

Darryl GlessA memorial service for Darryl James Gless, Distinguished Professor of Renaissance Studies in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, will take place 4 p.m. Sunday, August. 24, at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on campus. 

With great sadness, we meet the loss of our beloved Darryl Gless. Since joining us in 1980, Darryl brought to our department and the University a spirit of generosity and an unmatched ability to lead and create. His scholarship and teaching inspired generations of students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, as recognized by his receiving a University Tanner Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1983 and the Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013. Darryl also provided a vital voice for the humanities, and he translated that voice into action as both Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature and Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities. Darryl’s tireless work in defense of the humanities garnered the attention of President Clinton, who appointed him to the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1994. Invaluable as a colleague, visionary as a leader, cherished in the classroom, Darryl embodied every aspect of what it means to be a person and professor. We celebrate his life even as we recognize just how dearly he will be missed.

Darryl Gless's family asks that memorial gifts be made to the Darryl Gless Graduate Student Support Fund at UNC-Chapel Hill. Please send checks by mail to Arts and Sciences Foundation, Campus Box 6115, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-6115, with a note in memo line (or attached correspondence) that the gift is for the Darryl Gless Graduate Student Support Fund or follow this link to make a contribution online.

The family also requests that friends consider donating blood and platelets and register as bone marrow donors in his memory. The News and Observer has posted more details about Darryl’s life and achievements.

A memorial service for Darryl will take place 4 p.m. Sunday, August. 24, at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on campus.  

Parking is available on Stadium Drive, and for a fee, at the Rams Head Deck.





Congratulations to the University Teaching Awards Winners!

Congratulations to our colleagues who have won University teaching awards:
Eric Downing, who is jointly appointed in German and Comparative Literature, was recognized for distinguished teaching at the Post-Baccalaureate level.
Eliza Richards won a Chapman Family award for outstanding teaching, which confers a semester’s fellowship at the IAH.
Suzanne Geiser won a Tanner Award commending outstanding teaching by a graduate student.

Thank you all for your outstanding work in the classroom!

Critical Speakers Series- Lisa Lowe

Professor Lisa Lowe (Tufts University) will visit to deliver a lecture and seminar as part of the Critical Speakers Series.

Talk: "Colonial Difference and the Neoliberal Present" // March 19 (Thursday) @ 3:30 in Toy Lounge, Dey Hall.

Seminar: "Liberalism and Empire" // March 20 (Friday) @ 3:30 in Donovon Lounge, Greenlaw Hall.

For questions about these events, contact Professor David Baker at>



Toy Lounge, Dey Hall & Donovon Lounge, Greenlaw Hall

Event Date: 

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 4:45am to Fri, 03/20/2015 - 6:45am