Humanities Program Announces New Director
Academic Affairs and University Programs are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Brian Hook to the directorship of the Humanities Program. Brian has taught in the program since his arrival in 2001 and brings with him seven years of experience as coordinator of HUM 124. In addition to lecturing regularly in the program, he was one of the editors of the HUM 124 reader and is the assessment liaison for the HUM program.
We also wish to thank Grant Hardy for his stewardship of the Humanities Program for the past three years. During his tenure as Humanities Director, Grant worked as a member of the Curriculum Review Task Force and supported a number of faculty development and programming initiatives.
Philosopher, Author & Activist
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7:30p.m.
Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena
"Author and political philosopher Dr. Cornel West discussed the role of race, gender and class in America before a full house at the University of North Carolina Asheville’s Kimmel Arena on Wednesday night."
- Mountain Express
"A line wound around UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center Wednesday evening as students, faculty and community members came out to hear Cornel West speak."
- Asheville Citizen Times
"When he speaks, whether privately to a fan or publicly to a crowd of three thousand like the one that sat raptly listening at UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Arena Nov. 6, he focuses like a laser on the subject at hand, even as his mind makes connections between Plato and Foucault, DuBois and Douglass, Nina Simone, Barack Obama, and local historian Darin Waters."
- Urban News
Sponsored by UNC Asheville History Department,Thomas Howerton Distinguished Professor of Humanities,NEH Distinguished Professor, Provost, Associate Provost,Dean of Humanities, Multicultural Student Programs,University Advancement, and Center for Diversity Education
On June 19, 2013 the American Academy of Arts & Sciences' Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences released a report called The Heart of the Matter.
Follow this link to view the report, see a brief film overview and watch the report briefing.
Among the Profiles of Noteworthy May 2013 Graduates was Humanities Minor, Graelin Chidsey.
Graelin transferred to UNC Asheville from N.C. State University's engineering program with plans to become a teacher and refocus on her love of literature. While majoring in literature and language, she minored in humanities and earned two teaching licensures, for grades 6-9 language arts and 9-12 English. As she was completing her student teaching at AC Reynolds Middle School this spring, she was asked to take over the class full-time when another teacher went on leave. This August, she will begin teaching eighth-grade humanities at her middle school alma mater, Paisley International Baccalaureate Magnet School in Winston-Salem. She earned a Bachelor of Arts with departmental distinction and cum laude honors.
Learn more about our Humanities Minor.
My UNC Asheville classes included French studies and African art and literature. It is a world-focus model – you learn how people function in society. So I have a solid humanities foundation and I feel really prepared to design and teach the course at Paisley ... it's a great opportunity. – Graelin Chidsey
Dr. Cornett was recently awarded the 2013 Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Cornett continues to work side-by-side with her students in the 16 different courses that she has taught in as many years at UNC Asheville. She currently chairs the Political Science Department and previously directed the International Studies Program – an interdisciplinary major that draws classes from political science, economics, foreign languages, and mass communication to name a few. It’s an idea sparked during her undergraduate experience at a liberal arts college in her home state of Kentucky, where she sampled several subjects before settling into political science. She earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Washington, with a plan to research the intersection of economics and politics, but she fell in love with teaching, a passion apparent to students and other faculty members.
Students leave Cornett’s classes prepared for their future courses at UNC Asheville, graduate school or a career in international affairs. In a larger context, they are ready to take on the world, and that’s what Cornett strives for, as summed up by one of her favorite readings.
“In an article we read in Humanities 414 by E.F. Schumacher, he argued that the real value of education is not that you learn facts and figures, it’s that you gain a set of intellectual tools that make your world intelligible to you. You don’t feel helpless, alienated and frightened by it. You feel empowered. That’s always inspired me,” she said. “I’m not telling my students how to think, or giving them facts and figures, but providing the intellectual tools to understand world affairs and be able to contribute to a better world.”