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Faculty News and Updates

Margaret Andersen contributed an article for the blog of the French newspaper Libération. She has begun work on a second book project and published an article in French Politics, Culture, and Society based on that research.

Kristen Block‘s new article, “Slavery and inter-imperial leprosy discourse in the Atlantic World,” has just been published in Atlantic Studies: Global Currents (February 2017). She led a study-abroad May-term course in Havana, Cuba, on Slavery in Cuba and the Atlantic World.

Daniel Feller contributed two chapters to Andrew Jackson in Florida. He was a panelist at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic and the Southern Historical Association and continued his public outreach with presentations for the National Council for the Social Studies and for Humanities Texas. He was also featured in CNN’s Race to the White House. The Society for History in the Federal Government awarded its Thomas Jefferson Prize to The Papers of Andrew Jackson: Volume X, 1832, at a ceremony at the National Archives in Washington.

Jacob Latham published Performance, Memory, and Procession in Ancient Rome (Cambridge 1026), a lavishly illustrated history of one of Rome’s most important and enduring public spectacles.

Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius was interviewed in Lithuania for a German documentary film by Florianfilm. A Master Race for the Emperor is being shown on German and French public television. In November 2016, he lectured at the conference on 1916 at the National WWI Memorial and Museum.

Laura Nenzi spent the academic year in Tokyo as a visiting professor at the Institute for Gender Studies of Ochanomizu University. She also delivered the keynote speech for the Japanese History Workshop at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Tore Olsson had a busy and exciting year. As an NEH fellow, he completed his first book. His 2015 article “Sharecroppers and Campesinos” won two national awards. Most importantly, he had the rare opportunity of interviewing Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, a living legend in Mexican politics and son of 1930s president Lázaro Cárdenas!

Lynn Sacco’s Dolly Parton’s America, the first course in the History Honors sequence, was featured locally in The Torchbearer and on WBIR, Knoxville’s NBC affiliate, and nationally in Country Living, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. Read more.

Julie Reed returned to her graduate alma mater to deliver the Hutchins lecture at UNC sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South.