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After filing stories from around the world for 25 years and completing my first book, I began to think less about what I might accomplish as an individual, and more about how to serve as a steward of this work for future generations. This line of questioning led me to the classroom, and a new kind of engagement that gives me tremendous joy. "   ---csm


In 2001, following a national search, Catherine S. Manegold was named the James M. Cox, Jr. Professor of Journalism at Emory University in Atlanta. There, she developed classes in journalism history and ethics, magazine writing, narrative non-fiction, business writing, South African history, and other topics, directed a summer study abroad program in Cape Town, South Africa, and developed an award-winning teaching style recognized with Emory’s William H. Fox Award for Emerging Excellence in Teaching and Service, and the SGA’s “Crystal Apple” for teaching excellence. A powerful mentor in an out of the classroom, she was named as the faculty member who most “encouraged and helped students to excel, and who exemplifies intellectual rigor and enthusiasm for scholarly pursuits" by inductees to Phi Beta Kappa in four consecutive years.

Outside the classroom, Manegold served on Emory's oversight committee for Phi Beta Kappa, on the selection committees of the Rhodes Scholarships, Truman Scholarships, and the Lucius Lamar McMullen Award. She served on the executive committee of the Women’s Studies Department; was a faculty alternate on the President’s Commission on Race and Ethnicity; was chair of the advisory committee of the CDC/Knight Public Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta; and served on the Advisory Board of the Carter Center’s Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism.

In 2004, with her colleague, historian Leslie Harris, Manegold helped design, launch and direct the Transforming Community Project  (TCP), a university-wide initiative designed to open the Emory community to a deep exploration of the history of race and ethnicity within its own ranks. This work, embraced by the University in its ten-year strategic plan, won a Ford Foundation grant and the backing of faculty, staff, students and administrators. The TCP, now directed by Dr. Harris, has since engaged more than 1,500 members of the Emory Community in difficult dialogues around race and prejudice and is a model program being replicated in regional high schools.

During the successful launch of the TCP, Manegold looked north and found a troubling vacuum in her understanding of the history of enslavement in New England -- her home turf. To fill that gap, she began to look for a project that could tell this important story in a single, sweeping narrative. This search led her to Massachusetts where she began to reseach the story of a 600-acre farm and 150 years of slavery on that ground. In 2006, fully committed to this new project, she resigned from her chair at Emory to devote herself fully to her work on Ten Hills Farm. Grants and fellowships from the NEH, Harvard University, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College, provided research funds, office space, and community support. The result, in January 2010, was publication of her second major work of non-fiction: “Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in New York.”

Manegold now teaches narrative non-fiction, journalism, a class on the translation of serious works of non-fiction into film, and other courses at Mount Holyoke College.



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