Morehead-Cain Alumni Visiting Distinguished Professor
This professorship brings to campus distinguished guests who engage undergraduate students and the larger university on issues of broad intellectual and social significance. The professorship was established in 2009 with a generous gift from past recipients of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship, the University of North Carolina’s oldest and most prestigious academic merit award.
Taylor Branch, B.A. ’68 (Spring 2012)
Carolina alumnus Taylor Branch won the Pulitzer Prize for Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, the first volume in his acclaimed three-volume history of the civil rights era. Most recently, he published The Clinton Tapes, a vivid account of the thoughts of a sitting president based on 79 interviews he conducted with Bill Clinton between 1993 and 2001. Branch and Associate Dean for Honors Carolina James Leloudis will teach an Honors Carolina seminar on the history of the Civil Rights Movement.
Sir Christopher Meyer (Spring 2010)
Sir Christopher served as British ambassador to the United States from 1997 to 2003. With that posting, he completed 36 years of distinguished public service, during much of which he was at the heart of British foreign policy. Sir Christopher is the author of Getting Our Way, a 500-year history of British diplomacy, and anchored a three-part BBC documentary based on that work. He and Professor Ted Leinbaugh taught an Honors Carolina seminar titled “Empire and Diplomacy.”