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Reckoning and re-imagining in Warren County

July 19, 2022

UNC-Chapel Hill folklorist Glenn Hinson and playwright Jacqueline Lawton are working with community members to examine difficult topics in Warren County’s history and to help forge a new future.

Emily McDonnell: A passion for telling contemporary Native American stories

April 5, 2022

Ph.D. student Emily McDonnell (American studies) is a proud citizen of the Navajo Nation. She is currently a Humanities for the Public Good Fellow at the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs. We caught up with McDonnell for  Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week.

Seeking Justice

July 26, 2021

UNC folklorist Glenn Hinson and students provided research that informed the re-enactment this summer of a 1921 Warren County court trial where 16 Black men were unfairly accused after being threatened by a white mob.

Two take on new humanities roles in the College of Arts & Sciences

July 22, 2020

Seth Kotch, associate professor of digital humanities in American Studies, has assumed the role of director of the Southern Oral History Program, and Ashley Melzer, a writer, filmmaker and longtime contributor of editorial and digital content to Southern Cultures and the Center for the Study of the American South, will lead the Humanities for the Public Good initiative.

A path to public humanities work: Graduate student Pallavi Gupta

August 21, 2019

Pallavi Gupta (geography) worked on a photo-narrative project with a group of women workers in Hyderabad, India, to visualize and build public understanding of the dangers of unsanitary conditions in Hyderabad train stations and to advocate for the health and well-being of sanitary waste workers.