There will be several practicing public historians, as well as collaborators from our Driving Through Time digital project, who will visit our course to discuss their work.
Here you’ll find biographical information on our guest speakers as we receive it.
Confirmed speakers are:
Bob Anthony has been the Curator of the North Carolina Collection at UNC’s Wilson Library since 1994. He received his M.S.L.S. from UNC in 1982 and his B.A. from Wake Forest in 1975. He is the author or editor of many books, articles, and papers about numerous facets of North Carolina history, all of which may be seen on his CV here.
Joyce is Project Manager for the Triangle Research Libraries Network’s collaborative large-scale digitization project “Content, Context & Capacity,” where she leads quantitative and qualitative evaluation efforts. Previously, she was a Fellow at NCSU Libraries, where she helped staff analyze and visualize library data to support data-driven decision-making. Joyce serves on the editorial advisory board for the open-access journal “Evidence Based Library and Information Practice.” She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Masters in Information Science in 2009.
Rebecca Dobbs earned a PhD in geography from UNC in 2007, with an emphasis in historical geography. One of her main interests is in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in the study of the past, as a tool for organization, analysis, and display of historical data. Her doctoral work examined the role of the indigenous-origin Indian Trading Path in the patterns of colonial settlement and the emergence of settler towns in the NC Piedmont. More recently she has been working with undergraduate students on microscale historical geographies of Chapel Hill using archival sources, fieldwork, and GIS; a selection of her students’ research posters can be seen at http://www.unc.edu/hgis/student/. She is an independent scholar who teaches courses at UNC and facilitates the historical GIS working group HGIS Carolina (http://www.unc.edu/hgis).
Wendy Hillis is a licensed architect who, on August 31st of this year left her position as the Campus Historic Preservation Officer at UNC Chapel Hill to become the Executive Director at Preservation Durham. She is always looking for interns — so talk to her if you’re interested!
A California native, Wendy has worked on historic buildings throughout the United States and Europe, including stints in New Orleans as a historic resource consultant to FEMA following Hurrican Katrina and in France as the 2007 recipient of an international fellowship for historic preservation architects.
Wendy holds a Masters Degree in Architecture with a Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia and an MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Sam received her Master’s in Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011. As a library science graduate student, Sam worked as a research assistant at many archival and digitization jobs, including the Southern Folklife Collection, Hugh Morton Collection of Photographs and Film, “Driving Through Time” digital project, and UNC-TV. In her current role as Digital Production Manager on the Triangle Research Libraries Network’s collaborative large-scale digitization project “Content, Context & Capacity,” Sam supervises digital production, digital content management, graduate and undergraduate student assistants, and the Outreach and Promotion working group.
Tim McMillan is a senior lecturer in the department of African and Afro-American Studies and serves on the University History Council and the Faculty Executive Committee and Faculty Council. He received 3 degrees from UNC culminating in a Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1988. McMillan researches and teaches about the social construction of race, particularly the memories of race at UNC.
Cecelia Moore is special assistant to the Chancellor and a PhD candidate in US History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her duties in the Chancellor’s Office include writing, research and support for campus events.
She holds a masters degree in public history from North Carolina State University with a concentration in archives and special collections. Her dissertation examines the Federal Theatre Project in North Carolina in the 1930s, a New Deal jobs program that worked with UNC drama faculty on community theatres. Their best-known collaboration was The Lost Colony symphonic drama on Roanoke Island.
Eric Muller is Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor in Jurisprudence and Ethics at the University of North Carolina School of Law. He came to Carolina in 1998 from the University of Wyoming College of Law, where he began his academic career. Before entering academia he worked as a practicing lawyer, first at a New York City law firm and then as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Newark, New Jersey. He earned his Juris Doctor degree at Yale Law School.
From 2008 through 2011, he served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the UNC School of Law. In 2010 and 2011, he received the Frederick B. McCall Award for excellence in teaching at the law school. He also received the Outstanding Teacher Award at the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1997.
His scholarly research focuses primarily on the wartime imprisonment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II. For links to his scholarship and additional information, please visit his law school webpage.
Della Pollock is Professor, Department of Communication Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill. Her primary areas of interest are performance, cultural, and memory studies. She is also Interim Director of the Southern Oral History Program and Executive Director of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History, established in the spring of 2009.
Natalia “Natasha” Smith is Head of the UNC Libraries’ Digital Publishing Group and the PI on the Driving Through Time project. Since 1995, Natasha has actively worked with digital humanities. She was one of the founding members of the Digital Library Federation Working Group on Encoding Standards that created the “TEI in Libraries Best Practices Guidelines.” She served two terms on the Association of the Computers and the Humanities (ACH) Executive Council. While at UNC, she has successfully sought, authored, led, and managed eighteen externally funded projects that helped disseminate Carolina research and new knowledge and provide for public benefit. Several of those grants are given by federal agencies, most notably the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. Smith has closely collaborated with cultural heritage institutions in North Carolina, the United States, and other countries.
Hudson Vaughn is the Associate Director of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History and convener of the Northside Project in collaboration the Center for Community Self-Help. A former UNC-CH Robertson Scholar and native of Memphis, Vaughn graduated from the university in 2008. Since then, he has also worked as a Program Director at Campus Y, conducting 75 interviews for their 150th Anniversary celebration in 2009; as an Associate and Fellow with the Breaking New Ground: African-American Land Loss Project, conducting 70 interviews, to be accessioned to the Southern Historical Collection; and as Coordinator of Undergraduate Initiatives at the Southern Oral History Program.
Peter Zasowski studied history and Latin at Marshall University and recently received a masters degree in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC, he spent a year and a half working with the Carolina Digital Library and Archives on such projects as Driving Through Time and Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina. His involvement with digital humanities primarily involves geo-referencing maps, virtual tours, and other aspects of interactive geo-spatial history. He is particularly interested in practical applications of digital humanities work in museums, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions.
Dr. Kenneth Zogry is both a public and an academic historian. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from North Carolina State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from UNC-Chapel Hill. His graduate research led to a 2004 Impact Award from the Graduate School at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is also a graduate of the Attingham Summer School in England, and the Institute in Early Southern Material Culture (Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts/UNC-Greensboro).
Dr. Zogry has been in the field of public history for nearly 25 years, including positions as assistant curator of Old Salem in Winston-Salem, curator of the Bennington Museum in Vermont, and executive director of the Pope House Museum in Raleigh. He has served as a consultant to historic house museums from North Carolina to Maine, and is certified by the state of North Carolina to write nominations for the National Register of Historic Places. He has taught courses in American history, North Carolina history, African American history, and museum studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, NCSU, and Peace College. Since 1998 he has served as official historian of the Carolina Inn on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, and since 2010 as public history curator for the Institute for Emerging Issues on Centennial Campus at NCSU. Dr. Zogry is also currently under contract to write his third book, a history of The Daily Tar Heel, to be published in time for the paper’s 120th anniversary in 2013.
Dr. Zogry has written more than a dozen articles and book and exhibit reviews for publications including the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts, the Public Historian, The Journal of the National Parks Service, and the North Carolina Historical Review. He is the author of two books: ‘The Best the Country Affords’: Vermont Furniture, 1765-1850, which won the Charles F. Montgomery Award (1995), and The University’s Living Room: A History of the Carolina Inn, which won two awards from the Printing Industry of the Carolinas (2000). He plans to revise his doctoral dissertation for publication, which is entitled The House Dr. Pope Built: Race, Politics, Memory, and the Early Struggle for Civil Rights in North Carolina.
See an August 2011 interview done by UNC-TV in which Dr. Zogry discusses the work he has done at the Carolina Inn.