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LIVE: Up Close with Nikole Hannah-Jones

June 24, 2020 @ 2:30 pm

Join us for a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning author Nikole Hannah-Jones ’03 MA and Carolina professor Jim Leloudis. They will discuss Nikole’s Carolina story, her career – specifically her award-winning work on The 1619 Project, and her thoughts on the current social justice movement. There will be an opportunity to submit questions.


The New York Times Magazine
Nikole Hannah-Jones is a domestic correspondent for The New York Times Magazine focusing on racial injustice. She is the creator of The 1619 Project, a groundbreaking look at the impact of slavery 400 years after the first slaves arrived in what would become the United States. She has written on federal failures to enforce the Fair Housing Act, the resegregation of American schools and policing in America. Her extensive print and radio reporting on the ways segregation in housing and schools is maintained through official action and policy has earned a National Magazine Award, a Peabody Award and a Polk Award. She was also named a 2017 MacArthur Fellow. Most recently, in May 2020 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for a sweeping, provocative and personal essay for the ground-breaking 1619 Project, which seeks to place the enslavement of Africans at the center of America’s story, prompting public conversation about the nation’s founding and evolution.

Hannah-Jones earned a bachelor’s in history and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2019, Hannah-Jones received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the General Alumni Association (GAA). She previously received the GAA’s Distinguished Young Alumna Award.

College of Arts and Sciences
Peter T. Grauer Associate Dean for Honors Carolina
Director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence

James Leloudis is Associate Professor of History, Peter T. Grauer Associate Dean for Honors Carolina, and Director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence. He earned his B.A. in History with highest honors from UNC in 1977, an MA from Northwestern University in 1979, and a Ph.D. from UNC in 1989. His teaching and research interests include the modern South and the history of higher education. Leloudis is the recipient of an Undergraduate Students Teaching Award and the Ruth and Phillip Hettleman Award for Outstanding Scholarly Accomplishment by Young Faculty. His published works include Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (1987), and Schooling the New South: Pedagogy, Self, and Society in North Carolina, 1880-1920 (1996), both from the University of North Carolina Press. He is currently completing a book on the War on Poverty.

Leloudis is co-chair of the University’s 15-member commission on History, Race and a Way Forward, which focuses on archives, history, research and curation; curriculum development and teaching; and engagement, ethics and reckoning. Jim is a recipient of the GAA’s Faculty Service Award.




June 24, 2020
2:30 pm