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SOHP Intern Performance, Wed, Dec 9 at 10:00 am


This semester, SOHP interns Alex Ford, Destinie Pittman, Devin Holman, and Monique Laborde interviewed members of the “Black Pioneers” — the earliest cohorts of African American students who attended UNC between 1952-1972. On December 9th, the interns will share their research at the Love House and Hutchins Forum. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

You can learn more about SOHP internships and listen to a sample podcast produced by previous interns here.

Charleston Lecture by Rhonda Y. Williams, Thurs, Nov 19 at 4:30 pm

Charleston2015“The Evidence of Things Done: Social (In)Justice & Struggles in the 21st Century”

Through a blending of prose and poetics and historical and contemporary times,            Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams will bear witness to the representations, politics, and activist campaigns that expose the tragic everydayness of inequality, as well as the entrenched regimes of injustice that continue to impact black life and existence in the United States. Rhonda_Y_WilliamsFrom poverty and the increasing wealth gap, to redlining and predatory loans, to redevelopment and gentrification, to police brutality and the criminal justice system, to #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName, the limits of democracy and the workings of power stand exposed. This lecture ponders, in the prophetic thinking of James Baldwin and the activism of Ella Baker: By whose lives do we judge democracy, and what roles must the people play?

Dr. Williams is an Associate Professor of History as well as the founder and director of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University. She is the author of Concrete Demands: The Search for Black Power in the 20th Century (2015) and The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women’s Struggles against Urban Inequality (2004). She currently serves as co-editor of the Justice, Power, and Politics series for the University of North Carolina Press.

This talk is co-sponsored by the History Department, Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center of Black Culture and History, and UNC Press. The talk will be held on Thursday, November 19 at 4:30 pm in the University Room of Hyde Hall.

Tell About the South: Bland Simpson & Ann Cary Simpson, Tues, Nov 17 at 12:30 pm

LittleRiversJoin us at the Center for a lunchtime discussion with Bland Simpson and Ann Cary Simpson. Bland and Ann Cary will discuss their new book, Little Rivers and Waterway Tales, which tells new tales of coastal North Carolina’s “water-loving land,” revealing how its creeks, streams, and rivers shape the region’s geography as well as its culture. Ann Cary, who contributed nearly sixty photographs to the book, joins Bland in telling the stories of those who have lived and worked in this country, chronicling a distinct environment and way of life.

TheSimpsonsBland Simpson is Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as pianist for the Red Clay Ramblers. Photographer Ann Cary Simpson is a consultant with Moss + Ross of Durham and interim director of NC Catch, a nonprofit supporting fishermen and local seafood.

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

UNC Process Series: And So We Walked, Nov 13-14, 2015


In this performance with the Process Series, Cherokee actor and writer DeLanna Studi explores the enduring impact of the Trail of Tears on contemporary communities using research, interviews, and her own family’s experience. Along with her father and a documentarian, Studi retraced the steps of her ancestors from their homestead in Murphy, North Carolina to their present home near Tahlequah, Oklahoma. “While the Trail of Tears is a defining moment in our Cherokee history, it does not define who we are,” says Studi.

DelannaStudi will spend a month in residency at UNC-Chapel Hill turning her firsthand research on the Trail into an original dramatic work. Corey Madden of UNC School of the Arts directs this intimate yet communal journey of loss and renewal. This program is co-sponsored by the American Indian Center, the Southern Oral History Program, and CSAS. Both shows, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 8:00 pm in the Black Box Theatre in Swain Hall.

Southern Cultures Music Issue Launch, Fri, Nov 6 at 5:30 pm

21-3CoverOur Music Issue is back, featuring Johnny Cash’s last interview, Emmylou Harris as the widow of Nashville, Muscle Shoals and the rise of FAME Recording Studios, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Dutch band Normaal, huapango arribeno musicians and the making of a “Mexican South,” the remaking of Beale Street, a newly discovered ballad of Ella May Wiggins, the community of New Orleans musicians, and more — including a collection of new southern music.

Join us for the issue launch with Anna & Elizabeth, who are included our new compilation. As NPR’s Bob Boilen says of the duo, “They came to NPR and brought many of us to tears with some of the most yearning harmonies I’ve heard at the Tiny Desk. These songs are given few embellishments — sometimes a fiddle is added to a single voice, sometimes a banjo or guitar chimes in — but always the power is in the sparseness. If you’ve never thought your tastes would lean to mountain music, take a deep breath and soak it all in.”

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the new music issue will be available for purchase.