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Co-sponsored event: “One Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom,” Sun, Feb 14 at 3:00 pm

In celebration of Black History Month, the Friday Center proudly presents a free theatrical performance presented by dramatic artist Mike Wiley on Sunday, February 14 at 3:00 pm.

Noble JourneyHis one-man play, One Noble Journey, tells the story of Henry “Box” Brown, an African American born into slavery, who overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to gain a life of freedom. After the death of his first master, Henry’s family was torn apart and parceled out to various beneficiaries of the estate. Eventually Henry married and had children, only to have his wife and children sold to a new owner and never seen again. This devastating incident was Brown’s breaking point. He devised an ingenious escape plan—sealing himself in a wooden box for shipment to friends and freedom in Philadelphia. Although he was not subjected to physical violence, Henry’s story, as the basis of the play, demonstrates that the cruelty of slavery was just as devastating to the heart as it could be to the body. One Noble Journey offers a powerful lesson of freedom, faith, and the triumph of the human spirit.

Admission is free, open to the public, and appropriate for all ages. Advance registration is requested: call 866-441-3683 or email fridaycenter@unc.edu.

Tell About the South: Taylor Livingston, Wed, Feb 17 at 12:30

Please join us at the Center for a lunchtime discussion titled “Social Medicine: Prenatal Care in a Group Setting.”

This is not your standard biomedical prenatal visit: there are nametags, cookies, and group yoga. CenteringPregnancy (CP) is a facilitative, non-hierarchal group prenatal healthcare program, which challenges the traditional provider-patient model of prenatal care and its central tenet that women and their pregnant bodies need medical professionals’ surveillance and intervention. Research has shown that participants of CP have better perinatal outcomes than women seeking traditional prenatal care. However, why CP participants have better perinatal outcomes is unknown. Based on an ethnographic investigation of CP sites in Durham, NC, this talk explores how the macro-level forces of cultural and historical intersections of race, gender, and socioeconomics in the South influence the subjective experience of CP programs.

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Taylor Livingston is a PhD candidateLivingston in UNC’s Department of Anthropology and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Her dissertation examines the intersections of race, class, and gender in the South through the lens of motherhood. Specifically, she researches how history, race, and class shape the birth outcomes of women participating in CenteringPregnacy. Taylor also coordinates the undergraduate intern program for the Southern Oral History Program.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

New Roots / Nuevas Raíces program & reception

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Please join us in the FedEx Center for Global Education to celebrate the launch of the New Roots/ Nuevas Raíces: Voices from Carolina del Norte oral history website and digital information system. This bilingual initiative documents demographic transformations in North Carolina by collecting extraordinary stories of Latino migration, settlement, and integration.

This interactive event will feature listening stations where guests can sample these interviews for themselves and an opportunity to talk to the New Roots team, which includes archivists, anthropologists, software developers, UNC students, and North Carolina residents who have donated their stories. Music will be provided by members of Charanga Carolina. Come learn about the South’s New Roots / Nuevas Raíces!

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored event: Swimming in Dark Waters, Sun, Feb 28 at 7:30 pm

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Hosted by Carolina Performing Arts, “Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience” features Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops together with folk singer/songwriter Bhi Bhiman and cellist/singer Leyla McCalla. The trio delves into the profound yet too often overlooked history of protest, subversion, and cultural resistance by musicians of color in the United States, from its original inhabitants to recently arrived immigrants. Receive a 10% discount off your ticket prices by entering the code UNCSOUTH10.

Best of 2015 Music on the Porch!

While we await the return of spring weather, check out some of our favorite clips from last year’s Music on the Porch shows! Join us back on the porch (and around campus) this spring, Thursdays at 5:30 pm.