Academic Excellence Week: Hewit Distinguished Professor of History Lecture Wednesday

Susan Schulten, the 2013 UNC Hewit Distinguished Professor of History, will present "The Meaning of Maps" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Panorama Room of the University Center,

The lecture, open to the public free of charge, will focus on an American culture that is saturated with maps, from Google Maps to geographic information systems.

Schulten, professor and chair of the University of Denver's History Department, will examine how maps came to be used in the 19th century United States, not only to identify locations and represent the landscape, but also to analyze information.

Through maps of the weather, the population, the economy, disease, and even their past, Americans gradually learned to view themselves and their nation in altogether new ways.

A signing of her newest book, Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America will follow the lecture. For more, please see

The William E. Hewit Endowment, the UNC History Department and Phi Alpha Theta are sponsoring the event.

The lecture is one of several activities during Academic Excellence Week April 7-13. Other activities promoting academic excellence and recognizing student, faculty and staff scholastic achievements during the week include:

  • Teaching and Learning Fair: Faculty from a variety of disciplines will exchange ideas, strategies, assignments and other tools that foster academic excellence through teaching and learning during the fourth annual Teaching and Learning Fair from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the University Center Panorama room and Aspen suites. Schedule.
  • Research Day: More than 350 undergraduate and graduate students from nearly every academic discipline at UNC will share information about their research projects during 258 presentations from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, throughout the University Center's second floor. Top research projects will be selected for recognition. List of presentations.
  • Distinguished Scholar Luncheon: UNC's Faculty Research and Publications Board will honor the 2013 A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar, college scholars and faculty achievements from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the University Center Panorama room.
  • College- and School-Hosted Events: A variety of UNC's colleges, schools and programs will honor faculty and student academic achievement with convocations, banquets and other events during the week.

For a complete schedule of activities or additional information about UNC's celebration of academic excellence, visit or contact the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership at 970-351-2940.

Academic Excellence Week is coordinated and sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research; the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership; and the Graduate Student Association along with academic departments and programs across campus.