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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dr. Linda Oxendine named to Humanities Council board

The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, announced the appointment of seven new board members, including Dr. Linda Oxendine, professor emeritus of UNC Pembroke.

Linda OxendineDr. Oxendine was appointed to a three-year term. She was chair of UNCP’s American Indian Studies Department from 1989 - 2006 and director and curator of the Native American Resource Center from 1982 - 86.

The Humanities Council supports, through grants and public programs, conversations on the cultures and heritage of North Carolina.

Dr. Oxendine has a long history with the Humanities Council. She previously served two three-year terms on its board.

“I was very pleased to be asked to serve again,” Dr. Oxendine said. “I enjoyed it, and I support what the Humanities Council does in giving grants statewide in support of a variety of community projects.

“Their grants are empowering, I find,” she said. “They do some great work.”

In fact, a recent grant to Dr. Olivia Oxendine, a UNCP faculty member, resulted in an article and documentary film that investigated what was lost and what was gained by the Lumbee communities as a result of school integration. That research project was featured on the cover of the Humanities Council’s summer magazine.

Dr. Linda Oxendine has received numerous awards for her work in education and has published widely on the American Indian and Lumbee history, culture and language.

With Dr. David Eliades, she wrote “Pembroke State University: A Centennial History.” With Walt Wolfram and Dr. Stan Knick, a UNCP anthropologist, Dr. Oxendine co-authored “Fine in the World: Lumbee Language in Time and Place.”

A Pembroke native, Dr. Oxendine earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She attended UNCP for two years before graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Humanities Council also announces the appointment of a new chair, Townsend Ludington, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Boshamer Distinguished Professor of American Studies and English, Emeritus.

Six other board members were named including:

  • Cynthia Brodhead of Durham is a member of the advisory boards of Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art and Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
  • Cammie R. Hauptfuhrer of Charlotte.
  • Lowell McKay Whatley Jr., an attorney and mayor of the Town of Franklinville. He is an architectural historian, archaeologist and photographer.
  • Timothy A. Minor of Greensboro is the associate vice chancellor of University Development at North Carolina A&T State University.
  • Glenis Redmond of Asheville is a poet and recipient of the 2005-06 North Carolina Arts Council Literary Award.
  • Dr. Neva J. Specht of Deep Gap is a professor of history at Appalachian State University and is on the board of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

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