Distinguished Spartan Scholars

This program brings distinguished humanities faculty to the public, offering speakers to churches, retirement communities, country clubs, libraries, bookstores, and other community organizations.  If your group wishes to host a Distinguished Spartan Scholar, please contact the HNAC program administrator for information about fees and booking: hnac@uncg.edu


2016-2017 Distinguished Spartan Scholar, Sheryl Oring

Sheryl Oring’s work examines social issues through projects that incorporate old and new media to tell stories, examine public opinion and foster open exchange. Oring’s work has been shown at Bryant Park in New York City; the Berlin Wall Memorial; the Jewish Museum Berlin; the 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, CA; the San Diego Museum of Art; as well as in major festivals such as Encuentro in São PauloBrazil, the Art Prospect Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Art in Odd Places in New York. She recently completed a large-scale public art installation at the San Diego International Airport, and is currently working on a public art commission at the Tampa International Airport. Oring, the recipient of grants from Franklin Furnace and Creative Capital, works as an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her forthcoming book Activating Democracy: The I Wish to Say Project is due out in Fall 2016 from Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press.

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2016-2017 Distinguished Spartan Scholar, Charles Bolton

bolton-photoCharles Bolton, a Professor of History, works on the history of the U.S. South in the nineteenth and twentieth century.   His books include Poor Whites of the Antebellum South: Tenants and Laborers in Central North Carolina and Northeast Mississippi (1994), The Hardest Deal of All: The Battle over School Integration in Mississippi, 1870-1980 (2005), and William F. Winter and the New Mississippi: A Biography (2013).  He has a particular interest in the use of oral history to document the region’s past.  A former director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at the University of Southern Mississippi, Bolton has taught oral history methods and practice in a variety of formats, including a Fall 2016 Honors course at UNCG that involves a collaboration with the Greensboro Public Library and StoryCorps, the national oral history organization.  Bolton is also the recipient of major grants from the Mississippi Humanities Council, NASA, and the U.S. Department of Education.


Distinguished Poet Laureate, Donovan Livingston

Donovan Livingston is an award-winning educator, spoken word poet, and public speaker. In 2016, his Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation address “Lift Off” went viral, reaching over thirteen million views. Since his pivotal speech, Livingston has been featured on CNN, NPR, BBC, Good Morning America, and in news outlets across Europe, Australia, India, and South Africa. His convocation address will be published as a book by Spiegel & Grau in 2017.

A believer in the enormous opportunities that education provides, Livingston inspires students, educators, and communities with his conviction that every child has the right to “lift off” and achieve their dreams. Drawing on personal experiences as well as scholarship, Livingston examines the legacy of social inequalities in America’s school system and encourages educational reform as a means to greater change.

Livingston has earned master’s degrees from Columbia University and Harvard University, and is now a doctoral candidate at UNCG.

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