Please join us on the porch to appreciate a multimodal artist who defies all genres and categories. During his week-long visit to UNC-Chapel Hill in late September and early October, Lonnie Holley will visit classes in Art, Folklore, and American Studies, create new sculptures with found and recycled materials, engage in public conversations, and give a musical-spoken word performance, “Thumbs Up For Mother Universe,”at the Center.
Over the last forty years, Holley has created an amazing series of sculptures, assemblages, and multimedia performances. Working primarily with “scrap,” recycled, and found materials, he creates art from the detritus of modern American society. Holley’s aesthetic is centered in rehabilitated beauty: finding art in the ugly places. Although he has recently been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post, Lonnie’s work has largely lived outside the curated spaces of art museums and critical reviews. He represents what American Studies professor Bernie Herman calls the “Birmingham-Bessemer School”: a cohort of Alabama artists whose work speaks to the deep conflicted histories of the American South and beyond.
You can hear a sample of Lonnie’s music and see more of his work here.
As part of the Stone Center’s Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film, the Center is pleased to co-sponsor a screening of the 2013 documentary film “The Reconstruction of Asa Carter,” directed by Douglas Newman.
Forrest Carter was best known for his “autobiography,” The Education of Little Tree. Published as a memoir about his life as a Cherokee orphan in the Tennessee hills, the book was embraced by critics as a seminal work of Native American literature and topped the New York Times bestseller list. But Forrest Carter was neither Cherokee nor an orphan. He was actually Asa Carter, a notorious white supremacist and KKK leader. Asa had gained national attention when his followers attacked Nat King Cole on stage, as well as local notoriety for his involvement in a shootout. Most notably, he penned George Wallace’s infamous 1963 “Segregation now, Segregation forever” speech. This film examines Asa Carter’s reinvention as “Forrest Carter,” posing the question, “Did he ever really change?”
This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. Free parking is available in the Bell Tower Parking Deck behind the Stone Center.
A former SRC member discusses his project.
Stop by the Love House & Hutchins Forum to learn about twelve summer research projects funded by the Center. Our Southern Research Circle — graduate students in History, Anthropology, English & Comparative Literature, American Studies, City & Regional Planning, Environment & Ecology, Statistics & Operational Research, and the School of Education — will present their findings in poster format. Come learn about a range of exciting projects at the cutting edge of Southern Studies. From baptism rituals in Gullah culture to bioarcheology in North Carolina cemeteries to the “Mississippi modernism” of Charles Henri Ford, these presentations will showcase some of UNC’s best and brightest young scholars at the beginning of their promising careers.
Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
When self-described “North Carolina-born banjoist, fiddler, singer-songwriter and nomad” Joe Troop graduated from UNC and moved to Buenos Aires, says his bandmate Diego Sánchez, “he ruined everything.” Before that, Sánchez had claimed to be “the only banjo player in Argentina.”
Now the acoustic world-music duo is returning stateside for their first U.S. tour, funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign. Join us on the porch at the Love House for a blend of traditional North Carolina and Latin American music, inspired at Carolina and perfected 5,000 miles away. This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!!
In her Hutchins Lecture, titled “Tracing Atlantic Revolutions: One Family’s Itinerary,” Professor Scott will talk about the research that went into the writing of her recent book (coauthored with Jean M. Hébrard) Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation (Harvard UP, 2012; paperback, August 2014), which traces one family’s interaction with law and official documents across five generations. The story begins in West Africa with the enslavement of a woman named Rosalie, then follows her to the French Caribbean at the time of the Haitian Revolution. Rosalie’s daughter Elisabeth later settled in Louisiana, but in the face of hostility to free persons of color, the family migrated to France. Two of Elisabeth’s sons then returned to Louisiana to become equal-rights activists during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Piecing together this family’s history helps to place Reconstruction in the southern United States into a transnational perspective, with threads continuing into 20th-century Europe. This lecture will be held at the Pleasants Room in UNC’s Wilson Library.
Rebecca J. Scott is the Charles Gibson Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. At the Law School, she teaches a course on civil rights and the boundaries of citizenship in historical perspective, as well as a seminar on the law in slavery and freedom. Freedom Papers has been awarded the 2012 Albert Beveridge Book Award in American History and the James Rawley Book Prize in Atlantic History, both from the American Historical Association. The book also has been awarded the 2013 Chinard Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies and the Institut Français d’Amerique. Scott received an AB from Radcliffe College, an MPhil in economic history from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in history from Princeton University. She has held the Guggenheim Fellowship and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.