Faculty Travel Hosts

About Our Faculty

Many Tar Heel Travel trips feature lectures by our award-winning faculty. Faculty members who have traveled with us recently or who are scheduled to travel with us include the following.

Peter Coclanis

Coclanis_Peter_webPeter Coclanis, Albert R. Newsome Professor and former chair of the history department, is director of the Global Research Institute at UNC. The Global Research Institute, founded in 2009, is envisioned as a center for scholarly research on key international questions. Previously, he served as UNC’s first associate provost for international affairs, providing leadership for the University’s international endeavors, serving as spokesman and overseer of international activities, and leading in the development of UNC’s global mission.  In fall 2005, Coclanis held the Sir Thomas Stafford Raffles Distinguished Professorship in History at the National University of Singapore.  He travels a great deal to Southeast Asia and has published extensively on the region, and serves on the board of the Kenan Institute Asia.  Born in Chicago, Coclanis received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1984, joining the faculty at UNC that same year. Professor Coclanis will serve as lecturer on our Classic Germany trip in 2018 and on our Classic China and the Yangzte trip in 2019.

Marsha Collins

Marsha Collins

Marsha S. Collins is a Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a hispanist and a comparatist, specializing in the Literature and Culture of Early Modern Spain in relation to other European Literatures and Cultures of the 16th and 17th centuries. She is the author of Imagining Arcadia in Renaissance Romance (Routledge, 2016), and is currently writing a book on friendship and community in Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote. Professor Collins earned her PhD at Princeton University and previously served as the Royster Distinguished Professor for Graduate Education at Carolina. Collins will serve as enrichment lecturer for our Spain ~ Andalucia alumni trip in 2020.

Bart Ehrman

Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has taught since 1988.  Professor Ehrman has published extensively in the fields of New Testament and Early Christianity, having written or edited thirty-one books, including five New York Times Bestsellers.  He has also recorded eight lecture courses for The Great Courses (The Teaching Company).   More than two million copies of his books and courses have been sold, and his books have been translated into twenty-seven languages. Professor Ehrman will serve as lecturer on our Discover Egypt & the Nile Valley trip in 2020.

Bill Ferris

Bill Ferris

William R. Ferris, a widely recognized leader in Southern studies, African American music and folklore, is the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the senior associate director of its Center for the Study of the American South. He is also adjunct professor in the curriculum on folklore.

The former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (1997-2001), Ferris has conducted thousands of interviews with musicians ranging from the famous (B.B. King) to the unrecognized (Parchman Penitentiary inmates working in the fields).

He has written or edited 10 books and created 15 documentary films. He co-edited the massive “Encyclopedia of Southern Culture” (UNC Press, 1989), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His other books include: “Mule Trader: Ray Lum’s Tales of Horses, Mules and Men” (1992), “Local Color” (1982, 1992), “Images of the South: Visits with Eudora Welty and Walker Evans” (1978), “Mississippi Black Folklore: A Research Bibliography and Discography” (1971), “Blues from the Delta” (1970, 1978, 1988), translated into Italian as “Il Blues del Delta” (2011), and “Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues” (2009), translated into French as “Les Voix du Mississippi” (2013).  His most recent book, “The South in Color: A Visual Journal,” was published in 2016 by the University of North Carolina Press.

Bill Ferris’ films include “Mississippi Blues” (1983), which was featured at the Cannes Film Festival. He has produced numerous sound recordings and hosted “Highway 61,” a weekly blues program on Mississippi Public Radio for nearly a decade. He also has published his own poetry and short stories.

A native of Vicksburg, Miss., Ferris was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, where he taught for 18 years. He also taught at Yale University and Jackson State University. A graduate of Davidson College, he received a Ph.D. in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania (1969).

He has won many prestigious honors, including the Charles Frankel Prize in the Humanities, the American Library Association’s Dartmouth Medal, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award, and the W.C. Handy Blues Award. In 1991, Rolling Stone magazine named him among the Top Ten Professors in the United States. He is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society. In 2014, the French translation of Give My Poor Heart Ease won the Coup de Coeur de l’Académie Charles Cros Musiques du Monde prize from Académie Charles Cros in the world music book category, and Ferris received the B. L. C. Wailes Award, given to a Mississippian who has achieved national recognition in the field of history by the Mississippi Historical Society.  In 2017, Ferris received the Mississippi Governor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement.

At Carolina, Ferris has been teaching classes on the history of music in the American South and its impact on the region’s history and culture. His students have explored Native American songs, Appalachian folk ballads and Afro-American hymns, spirituals and work chants, and considered a range of forms including blues, country music, gospel, jazz, rock, and rap.

Ferris will serve as enrichment lecturer for our Scottish Isles & Norwegian Fjords alumni trip in 2019.

Bernie Herman

Bernard Herman

Bernie Herman is the George B. Tindall Professor and Chair of American studies. He was educated at the College of William and Mary before receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Herman is the author of The Stolen House; Architecture and Rural Life in Central Delaware, 1700-1900; and Town House: Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City, 1760-1830—each awarded the Abbott Lowell Cummings Award as the best book on North American vernacular architecture. He has published essays on quilts, self-taught and outsider arts, foodways, historical archaeology, vernacular photography, and theoretical approaches to the study and interpretation of objects. His current research projects include Quilt Spaces, an oral history of quilts and quilt makers, a history of first-period (1675-1740) Delaware Valley houses, and a collection of essays, Troublesome Things, exploring themes in outsider arts and craft. Herman will serve as enrichment lecturer on our Cruise Rhine River alumni trip in 2019.

Richie Kendall

Richie Kendall

Ritchie Kendall coordinates the selection of Honors Carolina students and is responsible for Honors course programming and extracurricular activities. He is an award-winning English professor who has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, and Assistant Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature. He led the inaugural Honors London Semester Abroad and has directed the program three times since. He is the author of The Drama of Dissent, an investigation of late medieval and Renaissance religious nonconformists and their uneasy relationship with contemporary theater. Currently, he is completing a book manuscript, Funny Business: Telling Stories of Economic Innovation and Change. The study examines a range of emergent economic activities in England and America, beginning in the late sixteenth century and concluding with Hollywood responses to the merger and acquisition scandals of the 80’s and the financial collapse of 2008. Discussing artists from Shakespeare and Marlowe to Daniel Defoe to Charles Dickens to Oliver Stone, the book explores cultural excitement and anxiety about major shifts in wealth production and the disruptive social changes they engender. Dean Kendall earned his undergraduate degree from Yale, and then master’s and PhD degrees at Harvard. Dean Kendall will serve as enrichment lecturer for our Journey to Corwall alumni trip in 2020.

Lloyd Kramer

Lloyd Kramer

Kramer’s interests focus on modern European history with an emphasis on 19th-century France. He is particularly interested in historical processes that shape cultural identities, including the experiences of cross-cultural exchange and the emergence of modern nationalism. Other research and teaching interests deal with the roles of intellectuals in modern societies and the theoretical foundations of historical knowledge. His teaching stresses the importance of reading, discussing and writing about influential books in various eras of European history and world history. One recurring theme in all of his research and teaching stresses the importance of cross-cultural exchanges in modern world history. Kramer will serve as enrichment lecturer for our Normandy alumni trip in 2019.

Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness
Jodi Magness is currently Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and adjunct professor of classics and archaeology.  Her career has included research and teaching positions at Brown University and Tufts University, where she taught Classical Archaeology for ten years.  Her 2002 book on The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls won the Biblical Archaeology Society’s award for “Best Popular Book on Archaeology” and was selected as an “Outstanding Academic Book for 2003” by Choice Magazine.  Magness will serve as enrichment lecturer on our Israel: Timeless Wonders alumni trip in 2019.

Don Raleigh

Donald J. Raleigh

Don Raleigh is the Jay Richard Judson Distinguished Professor of History. His research and teaching interests focus on twentieth-century Russian history. As a political and social historian, he wrote extensively on the Russian Revolution, with a particular emphasis on local history. Access to long-sealed Soviet archives shaped his later work on the Russian civil war as did his interest in cultural history. More recently, Professor Raleigh has practiced oral history in the post-WWII period and is currently writing a biography of Soviet leader Leonid Ilich Brezhnev. His most recent book is Soviet Baby Boomers: An Oral History of Russia’s Cold War Generation (Oxford University Press, 2012). Raleigh has traveled to Russia 40 times since 1971 and served as the enrichment lecturer on three alumni tours to Russia and Ukraine. Professor Raleigh with serve as enrichment lecturer on our Grand Danube Passage trip in 2020.

Kevin Stewart

Kevin Stewart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley and his research is focused on the evolution of mountain belts, including the Rocky Mountains of Montana and Wyoming. Stewart has won several University teaching awards and is the co-author of Exploring the Geology of the Carolinas from UNC Press. He has served as UNC enrichment lecturer on previous alumni tours to Alaska and the national parks of the Northwestern and Southwestern U.S. Professor Stewart will serve as lecturer on our Norwegian Splendor trip in 2018.

Terry Rhodes

Terry Rhodes

Professor of Music, has served as Senior Associate Dean for Fine Arts and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at the UNC since 2012.

Rhodes received her doctor of musical arts and master of music from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, and her bachelor of music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Especially known for her work in contemporary music, she has been on the music faculty since 1987, serving as UNC Opera Director and a member of the voice faculty, and as departmental chair from 2009 to 2012.

Rhodes has performed in more than 20 countries throughout Europe, Central and South America, and across the U.S. The soprano has earned a fine reputation as a performer of new works, having presented numerous premieres at home and abroad. Rhodes lived several years in Italy, and returns annually to teach and perform in various parts of the country, working since 2003 in Spoleto, Italy.

Professor Rhodes will serve as our lecturer on the Flavors of Chianti tour in 2019.

Stephen Walsh

STEPHEN J. WALSH is the Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor; Professor of Geography; Director, Center for Galapagos Studies; Co-Director, Galapagos Science Center, San Cristobal Island, Galapagos Archipelago, Ecuador; Member, Curriculum for the Environment & Ecology; Research Fellow, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Adjunct Professor, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador.

In the Galápagos Islands, Walsh is leading the UNC Galapagos Initiative with faculty from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Galápagos National Park. Walsh is conducting a host of research topics in the Galápagos Islands that include mangrove forests and endemic bird populations; land use and invasive plant species; social and ecological vulnerability of beaches; and dynamic systems modeling of social, terrestrial and marine subsystems in the Galapagos Islands and the interactions of local factors and global forces on social and ecological dynamics and adaptive behaviors for sustainability. Much of the research is conducted at the Galapagos Science Center, which is also shared with students from UNC through Study Abroad Programs that are conducted during the spring semester as well as summer sessions. In addition, Walsh is the Co-Editor of a new Galapagos Book Series with Springer Science & Business Media, “Social and Ecological Interactions in the Galapagos Islands.” The first book in the Series was recently published, edited by Walsh & Mena (2013), “Science and Conservation in the Galapagos Islands: Frameworks & Perspectives.”

Professor Walsh will serve as lecturer on our Galapagos Islands trip in 2020.

Brent Wissick

Brent Wissick

Brent Wissick is the Zachary Taylor Smith Distinguished Term Professor in the Department of Music, where he has taught cello, viola da gamba and chamber music since 1982. A member of Ensemble Chanterelle and principal cellist of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, he is also a frequent guest with American Bach Soloists, Folger Consort, Boston Early Music Festival, Concert Royal, Dallas Bach Society, Vancouver Early Music Festival and Collegio di Musica Sacra in Poland. With these ensembles has recorded for the Centaur, Albany, Koch, Radio Bremen, Bard and Dux labels as well as in the soundtrack for the Touchstone film Casanova. His online video article, “The Cello Music of Bononcini” can be viewed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music and several of his teaching videos are posted on the website of the Viola da Gamba Society of America. He served as president of that society from 2000 through 2004 and chaired its international Pan-Pacific Gamba Gathering in Hawaii during the summer of 2007.

In addition to teaching cello at UNC, he directs its Cello Choir, Viol Consort and Baroque Ensemble; he also teaches classes in Historical Performance Practices and String Methods for Music Education Students as well as a First-Year Seminar in the Physics of Music with Laurie McNeil, chair of the Physics Department. He has served as mentor of the Kenan Music Scholars and is chair of the String Area.
His current research and performance interests include the cello music of Benjamin Britten, Chopin’s Cello Music on period instruments and French Gamba Music. A graduate of the Crane School of Music at Potsdam College in NY and of Penn State (MM cello, 1978), he also studied with John Hsu at Cornell University and was an NEH Fellow at Harvard in the 1993 Beethoven Quartet Seminar. He has taught at the College of St Scholastica in Minnesota (1978-82), Chautauqua Institution and the 1997 Aston Magna Academy at Yale; and has presented lectures, master classes and recitals at schools, colleges and workshops throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Wissick will serve as enrichment lecturer for our Journey Along the Elbe alumni trip in 2019.