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The New Interim Chair Patricia Sawin

Patricia Sawin will serve as interim chair of the Department of American Studies for the academic year 2022-23.

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Department of American Studies Statement in Support of American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

The Department of American Studies (AMST) at UNC offers our full support to the Native graduate and undergraduate students who authored the petition to save American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) at UNC-Chapel Hill. AMST acknowledges our role in creating the need for the petition and the value to Native students and communities of the possibility for UNC students to earn a degree in AIIS.

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PhD Student Irene Newman wins 2022 Impact Award

“My research argues that the Greensboro Massacre, a turning point for white power organizing in the United States, depended on the long-term efforts of a large community network made possible by the work of women involved in the United Racist Front. Specifically, my thesis demonstrates that understanding the shift in white power organizing that occurs in the late 1970s and early 1980s in North Carolina is critical in understanding the contemporary histories and tensions of North Carolina and the rest of the nation.”

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Harvard returns Standing Bear’s tomahawk to Nebraska tribe

BOSTON (AP) — A tomahawk once owned by Chief Standing Bear, a pioneering Native American civil rights leader, has been returned to his tribe after being housed for decades in a museum at Harvard University.

Members of the Ponca tribes in Nebraska and Oklahoma visited the Massachusetts university on June 3 for the ceremonial return of the artifact, the tribes said in a recent announcement.

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COFFEE CHAT: Patricia Sawin



This week we’re chatting with Patricia Sawin, Chair of the Department of American Studies, specializing in the everyday stories that people tell to make sense of their experiences and to share a little of themselves in an engaging way . Read on to learn more about her work, hobbies, and advice she values.

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