Heidi Kim primarily teaches courses on American literature, including Asian American literature and the literature of the Japanese American incarceration. Favorite authors to teach include William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison. Prof. Kim’s teaching was recognized with the J. Carlyle Sitterson Freshman Teaching Award in 2014. Read about the award on p. 4 of this pdf!
Her courses frequently feature a research-intensive component in which students do original research in a collection held in Wilson Library. Click on the Carolina Arts & Sciences cover to the left, which shows Prof. Kim in the Wilson Library stacks, to read a 2013 feature on Prof. Kim’s engaged classrooms.
Students then share their work with the public through public events, library exhibits, and digital exhibits. This Durham Herald-Sun article describes a 2015 event investigating a little-known piece of UNC institutional history.
Click through to view some of Prof. Kim’s students’ outstanding work:
STUDYING POSTON, featuring items from Sally Lucas Jean’s time serving as a public health official in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II.
LETTERS FROM WORLD WAR I, featuring items from a variety of Wilson Library’s holdings of soldiers’ letters.