Sharon Raynor

Sharon Raynor

Associate Professor of English

Director of the Graduate Education Program

-- Elizabeth City State University
HWL Affiliation: Visiting Faculty Fellow
Year Visiting: 2011 to 2012

Professor Raynor will be working with the Center for Documentary Studies to conduct and document community experiences, spoken memory, oral history, and the literacy and culture of silence.  She plans to explore topics including the cultural preparedness of making a memory into a story and how memories and stories can cross cultures and generations without the experiences being lost in translation.  Professor Raynor has directed two oral history projects, “Breaking the Silence: The Unspoken Brotherhood of Vietnam Veterans” and “Soldier-to-Soldier: Men and Women Share their Legacy of War,” originally funded by the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Tom Rankin, Director of the Center for Documentary Studies, said the timing could not be better for having Professor Raynor on campus.  “We are beginning a Veterans History initiative, much of that grounded in oral interviews.  Next semester Elaine Lawless, Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor in Documentary Studies and American Studies at at Duke and UNC, will be teaching a course around veterans’ history and documentary.”

Professor Raynor earned her BA and MA in English from East Carolina University and her PhD in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Raynor recently moderated a panel of the veterans who participated in "Breaking the Silence" for the Jr. ROTC program at West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte.  Click here to see news coverage of the event.



"Humanities at Large" Visiting Faculty Fellows Conference March 23-24, 2017
Visiting Faculty Fellow


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Listening to the Silence of War
-- Mar 2 2012
by Sharon Raynor I'm Sharon Raynor, one of the Humanities Writ Large initiative's three Visiting Faculty Fellows this spring. Since 1999, I have been documenting the lives of Vietnam veterans in... Read More
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Local Combat Veterans "Breaking the Silence" at Duke
-- Mar 15 2012
by Sharon Raynor This is Sharon Raynor again, picking up from my earlier post about my oral history project, "Breaking the Silence: The Unspoken Brotherhood of Vietnam Veterans." When I found out... Read More
North Carolina Welcomes Home Its Vietnam Veterans
North Carolina Welcomes Home Its Vietnam Veterans
-- Apr 30 2012
by Sharon Raynor It’s Sharon Raynor again. I spent my 39th birthday weekend with over 62,000 Vietnam Veterans and their families at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans... Read More
Collaborations to Support Digital Humanities
Collaborations to Support Digital Humanities
-- May 14 2013
In a column in The Chronicle of Higher Education William Pannapacker, Associate Professor of English at Hope College in Holland, MI, argues that teaching-focused institutions have much to gain from... Read More