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What’s Up Down South with Ted Efremoff, Fri Feb 27 at 12:30 pm

Please join us this Friday at the Love House for our first “What’s Up Down South” of 2015. Senior Associate Director Bill Ferris will introduce us to Ted Efremoff, an Assistant Professor at Greensboro College where he teaches Art, administers The Citizen Scholar Lecture Series and directs LIFT Gallery.

Ted will be talking about The Healing Blues Project, an initiative that pairs storytellers experiencing homelessness with blues musicians to create collaborative songs. As cultural producers, storytellers receive an honorarium for their story and share copyright of the song with the musicians. The Healing Blues Project has released an album and works to raise funds for The Interactive Resource Center, a day center for the homeless community of Greensboro.

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

Hutchins Lecture by Waldo E. Martin Jr., Thurs, March 19 at 4:30 pm

Please join us for the final Hutchins Lecture of the 2014-15 academic year, as Waldo E. Martin Jr. addresses “Reaping the Whirlwind”: The Contested History of the Black Panther Party. This lecture will be held in the Kresge Foundation Room (039 Graham Memorial Hall).

Black Against EmpireThis talk will draw upon the making and reception of Martin’s co-authored (with Joshua Bloom) work Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party (U of California P, 2013).  The history of the Black Panther Party is a minefield, but Martin will discuss key enduring historical controversies surrounding how the party has been perceived and conceptualized over time by various constituencies, including former party members, scholars, and ideologues.

Central to this presentation will be an analysis of two questions. First, he will discuss why the party was important in its own time and the party’s enduring historical importance. Second, he will argue for the centrality of the party’s radical politics in our continuing efforts to historicize and understand the party.

WaldoWaldo E. Martin Jr. is the Alexander F. & May T. Morrison Professor of American History & Citizenship at the University of California, Berkeley. He has authored, co-authored, and co-edited a host of authoritative works on African American History and Culture, with a special focus on the Civil Rights Movement. He is currently Co-Editor (with Patricia A. Sullivan) of the John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture at UNC Press, and he recently published (with Deborah Gray White & Mia Bay) Freedom on My Mind: A History of African Americans with Documents (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013).

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

Music on the Porch: The Commanderrs, Tuesday March 24 at 5:30 pm

Durham natives Sally South Derr and Isaac Derr describe themselves as “two young songwriters with nothin’ better to do” (with credit to Steve Miller).

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This brother-sister duo recorded their two albums, the 2014 release Set Sail and the 2015 release Where Nobody Knows Me, at the Rubber Room Studio in Chapel Hill.

 

SetSailThe Commanderrs finished their second album, featuring songs written by Isaac, despite the slight distraction of Sally flying to Hollywood to audition for American Idol. You can listen, like, share, or buy their songs on ReverbNation and Bandcamp.

This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!

Tell About the South: Emilio del Valle Escalante, Wednesday, March 25 at 12:30 pm

EmilioWhat role have Maya writers and their literatures played in the affirmation of indigenous cultural identity and the struggle for indigenous rights and self-determination in Guatemala since the 1960s? Please join us for a lunchtime discussion with Emilio del Valle Escalante, Assistant Professor of Spanish in UNC’s Department of Romance Studies, on “Maya Literary Resurgence in Guatemala.”

Professor Escalante will answer the question above by offering a critical discussion of the poetry of Kaqchikel Maya authors Francisco Morales Santos and Luis de Lión. Given that the context of the 1960s defines the beginning of a 36-year-long civil war, he argues that Morales Santos and Lión respond to that experience as well as the interest of the Guatemalan left in incorporating the Maya population into the armed struggle. These Kaqchikel authors embrace the socialist ideal proposed by the Guatemalan left while using the left to propose and build a political space to articulate their own Maya national liberation; that is, their poetry speaks of revolution and socialism as well as Maya cultural/national vindication and decolonization.

This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Patrick Horn at pathorn@unc.edu.

Global South: State of the Plate, March 27-28, 2015

This year’s Global South Conference will focus on “The Local/Global Nexus” of Southern foodways. Please join us at the FedEx Global Education Center March 27-28! A full schedule is available here.

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The conference will culminate in this year’s Chandler Lecture in Southern Business, presented by Vivian Howard, Ben Knight, Cynthia Hill, and Malinda Maynor Lowery.

Filmmaker_HillIn addition to owning and operating their Kinston, NC restaurant Chef & The Farmer, Howard and Knight star in the acclaimed PBS series “A Chef’s Life.” Hill is Producer/Director and Lowery is Co-Producer of the series. Hill is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and Lowery directs the Southern Oral History Program.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking information for the FedEx Center is available here.