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African American History Month Lecture by Khalil Muhammad, Tues, April 7 at 7:00 pm

Khalil Muhammad lecture

Music on the Porch: Mary D. Williams, Thursday, April 9 at 5:30 pm

MWilliamsJoin us at the Love House as living legend Mary D. Williams performs “Music from the Movement,” accompanied by Wilbur Tharpe. A combination of spirituals, protest songs, and inspiring music from the Civil Rights Movement, this performance will take you on an aural history tour from the time of slavery through the present day. Williams is an African American historian and performer with over twenty years of experience performing songs and narratives about southern black culture. Tharpe accompanies Williams on her performances around the country and has over forty years of experience in music.

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

Tell About the South: Elizabeth Engelhardt, Tues, March 31 at 12:30 pm

EngelhardtAn often-repeated line about the southern food story is that restaurant culture was delayed in the U.S. South relative to the rest of the nation. Even Kim Severson’s recent New York Times profile of female chefs in North Carolina is a version of the argument. Concurrently, Elizabeth Engelhardt made the argument in her most recent book, A Mess of Greens, that we should study the foods and tables in the middle—beyond the fetishized plantation tables of excess or the differently romanticized tables of black and white poverty—to understand the daily decisions that connect past and future, processed and home grown, regional and national, individual and structural of southern food. This discussion, titled “Boardinghouse Space: Rewriting Southern Food Studies,” proposes that the public, middling restaurant table has been hiding in plain sight: the understudied, undercounted, but ever-present boardinghouse table in southern communities large and small.

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

SC Food Issue Release at Southern Season, Fri, Mar 27 at 6:00 pm

Join us at Southern Season’s Cooking School for a tasteful evening of southern food and wine, as we celebrate the “Third Helping” of the Southern Cultures food issue. The party starts at 6:00 pm on Friday, March 27th, just after the first sessions of our “State of the Plate” conference adjourn. Come one and all! The Southern Season chefs will serve up Cornbread Crostini with Braised Pork, Buttermilk Biscuits with Pimento Cheese, Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs, Shrimp and Cheese Grits, and Chocolate Chess Pie–all with expertly selected wine pairings! If you’re on a diet, come with a friend. Your ticket also includes a copy of this perennially buzzworthy issue of Southern Cultures.

SC Food Issue launchAfter we taste a few plates, we’ll enjoy a reading by Marianne Gingher from her article, “Pie Love You, Cake Live Without You,” which appears in this issue. Tickets are available here! We look forward to celebrating with you.

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.