Professor Zane is on the move

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J. Peder Zane, chairman of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, will be a featured speaker at an interdisciplinary symposium at Western Carolina University (WCU) on April 10. “North Carolina in Dialogue: Our Past, Present, and Future,” will include speeches and panel discussions focusing on North Carolina’s politics, history, and culture. The keynote event will be provided by Harvey Gantt, pioneering civil rights activist, former Charlotte mayor, and US Senate candidate.

According to WCU’s web site, “The symposium will provide a platform for the public and WCU’s students, faculty, and staff to learn from distinguished scholars and public activists/intellectuals. The symposium will also build a dialogue between scholars, activists, and the audience so they may learn how they can work together to improve the future of North Carolina.

Zane will deliver remarks and participate on a panel examining political partisanship in North Carolina. He will be joined by Dr. Dan Carter, a Bancroft Prize-winning historian and University of South Carolina Professor emeritus, whose books include “Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South,” “When the War Was Over: the Failure of Self Reconstruction in the South,” and “The Politics of Rage.”

Zane has been chairman of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication since 2012. Before joining the faculty at Saint Augustine’s University, he was the book review editor and books columnist for The News & Observer (N&O) of Raleigh, where his work won several national awards including the Distinguished Writing Award for Commentary from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Before joining the N&O, he worked for The New York Times.

Zane has published has published three books: “Remarkable Reads: 34 Writers and Their Adventures in Reading” (2004), “The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books,” and, with Professor Adrian Bejan of Duke University, “Design in Nature” (2012). This May, the University of South Carolina Press will publish a collection of Zane’s writing on literature, “Off the Books.”

Way to go Professor Zane!

Campus Events


Sunday, May 8: Baccalaureate Program; 6 p.m.; Saint Augustine's Chapel


Friday, May 13: Stone of Hope Gala; 7 p.m.; Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC; $100 per person


Saturday, May 14: Commencement; 9 a.m.; University Quadrangle