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UNCW History Department to Host 12th Annual Sherman Emerging Scholar Series

Monday, September 30, 2013

The University of North Carolina's Department of History will host Emerging Scholar Matthew Gillett on Thursday, October 3 for their annual Sherman Emerging Scholar Lecture Series, the University announced today. Gillett's lecture "Atrocity and Accountability" will investigate some of the most serious criminalities known to mankind and the mechanisms available to serve justice upon those responsible.

"Connecting our students with an up-and-coming leader provides an opportunity for them to engage in an intellectual conversation with an expert they can relate to," said Department Chair Paul Townend. "This lecture series has become an integral part of our programming and we look forward to our Emerging Scholar selection each year. It is a rigorous process but one that allows us to provide the campus community with an intriguing scholar whose research whose research is relevant and global, and who encourages us to understand the relationship between the past and the present.

Gillett received his law degree from the University of Michigan, and recently began his Ph.D. studies in the Netherlands. He serves as a trail attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He is the author of numerous articles and a book chapter on international criminal law, covering topics as diverse as crimes against the environment, the crime of aggression, and terrorism. He served on the New Zealand delegation at the Kampala Review Conference on the International Criminal Court in Kampala in 2010.

The Sherman Series was established to honor two lifelong learners and friends of the Department of History, Virginia and Derrick Sherman. Each spring, the History Department's selection committee announces the topic of their upcoming lecture and conducts a national search to select the Emerging Scholar. The scholar visits the campus to visit classes, meet with faculty and students, and provide a public lecture. The day after, the speaker is joined by a panel of experts to further discuss the lecture.

The lecture will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. on October 3 in the Burney Center and is free and open to the public. For more information and to request special accommodations, call 910-962-3656.