Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, Associate Professor of History at the University of Indiana, will speak about “Making a Way out of No Way: Black Women in the Old South” in the Kresge Foundation Room, 039 Graham Memorial Hall.
Examining life, liberty, and ideas about civil rights from the perspective of those invested with the least formal power in the Old South, this lecture will show how black women in Charleston, South Carolina used all the resources at their disposal to enjoy a freedom of their own design. Drawing on family papers, legislative documents, probate records, parish registers, census data, tax lists and city directories, Myers considers black women as social, economic, and political actors in the antebellum South. She will also share her recent research on Richard Mentor Johnson, a Kentucky statesman who served as Vice President under Martin Van Buren, and Julia Chinn, a black woman who became Johnson’s common-law spouse for twenty years.
Amrita Chakrabarti Myers is a historian of the black female experience in the Old South. Her first book, Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston, (UNC Press, 2011) has received numerous awards, including the 2012 Phillis Wheatley Book Prize from the Northeast Black Studies Association and the 2012 Julia Cherry Spruill Book Prize from the Southern Association of Women Historians. Myers’ work has been supported by a Scholarly Research Fellowship from the Kentucky Historical Society, a Mellon Fellowship from the Library Company of Philadelphia, and a Research Fellowship from the University of South Carolina.
Our 2014 Global American South conference, to be held at UNC-Chapel Hill on February 21-22, 2014, will focus on “Cities, Rivers, and Cultures of Change: Rethinking and Restoring the Environments of the Global American South.”
This conference is cosponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives and the Institute for the Environment.
Margaret Palmer, director of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center at the University of Maryland, will deliver the Chandler Lecture in Southern Business History.
The Center for the Study of the American South, in collaboration with the Department of Music and the Southern Folklife Collection, is pleased to host the 2014 annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (U.S. Branch).
The conference will focus on the theme “Music Flows,” in keeping with UNC’s campus-wide Water initiative. Most sessions and exhibits will occur in the buildings that house the Department of Music, with some special events at both the Center for the Study of the American South and the Southern Folklife Collection.
Arms for Art, and Other Shenanigans
The Curious Case of a Marble Bust of John C. Calhoun
5:30–7:30 PM, Tuesday, December 3
Love House & Hutchins Forum
410 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
Southern Cultures is delighted to welcome curator John W. Coffey to help celebrate the publication of its Winter 2013 issue. Coffey will read from and discuss his essay, “Arms for Art,” about the mysterious provenance of a bust of John C. Calhoun. The event is the second in a series hosted by Southern Cultures to commemorate its 20th anniversary this academic year.
John W. Coffey is Curator of American and Modern Art at the NC Museum of Art. This event is free and open to the public.
Civil rights pioneer and legislator Julian Bond delivered the 2013 Charleston Lecture in Southern Affairs on November 19, 2013, with support from the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. Bond’s address, “Civil Rights, Then and Now,” followed the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, in which he played an important part. It also made clear his unwavering commitment to social justice. As W. Hodding Carter III, Professor of Public Policy and Leadership at UNC, says of Bond, “[He] has been an indomitable long-distance runner in the nation’s ongoing struggle over civil rights.”
View his entire speech below: