Sherman Emerging Scholar Lecture Series


The Sherman Emerging Scholar Lecture Series

Chris DietrichThe Department of History is honored to present the Sherman Emerging Scholar Lecture each year. This endowed series provides a platform for young thinkers with compelling insights into the connections between the past and the present. There are few academic venues where a promising early scholar is given the opportunity to be center stage to share their intriguing ideas, not just with a university audience, but with the wider community, with concerned citizens, and with life-long learners.

Philip Sherman

How such an original lecture series came to be is a story not only of the generosity but also of the curiosity and the creative thinking of the Sherman family. Most of us in the History Department at UNCW fondly remember Virginia and Derrick Sherman, a pair of intellectually vibrant retirees who moved to Wilmington and came to value our department's public programs and academic work. Virginia devoted herself to the UN Association while Derrick enrolled in our history classes well into his 90s. Such interesting people turned out to have a pair of equally interesting children, and it is Philip Sherman and Ann Sherman-Skiba (pictured), and their spouses, who founded the Sherman Lecture endowment to honor their parents. Philip and his wife Birgitta continue to contribute to the success of this lectureship and to the Sherman program through their continued interest in the series and ongoing friendship with UNCW's History Department.

View the most recent Sherman Lecture here!