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Hutchins Lecture by David Hurst Thomas, Thursday, September 18 at 4:30 pm

ThomasOur first Hutchins lecture of the 2014-15 academic year, titled “Romance and Reality in the Deep South’s Mythical Mission Past,” will address the nostalgia and romance that has long surrounded the Franciscan and Jesuit missions across America. From San Francisco through the Southwest to the American South, mainstream American history has constructed and perpetuated an idealized, romanticized version of the Spanish mission – complete with Mission Revival architectural styles and reconstructed archaeological sites that sometimes resemble Hollywood stage sets. This illustrated talk draws upon recent archaeological evidence from St. Catherines Island (Georgia) and suggests more historically appropriate perspectives on the mission heritage of the Deep South. The discovery of Mission Santa Catalina de Guale has contributed significantly to knowledge about early inhabitants of the island and about the Spanish presence in Georgia, nearly two centuries before the arrival of British colonists. This lecture will be held in the Pleasants Room at UNC’s Wilson Library.

St CatherinesDavid Hurst Thomas has served since 1972 as Curator of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History.  He has organized and directed more than 100 archaeological excavations, including the discovery of Gatecliff Shelter in Nevada, the deepest archaeological rockshelter in the Americas. He has also taught at Columbia University, New York University, University of California (Davis), University of Florida, University of Nevada, and the City College of New York. Thomas is the author of over 30 books, including St. Catherines: An Island in Time (University of Georgia Press, 2010) and Skull Wars (Basic Books, 2001).

Call for Proposals: State of the Plate!

StateOur 2015 Global American South conference will focus on “The State of the Plate: Food and the Local/Global Nexus.” Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives, the Global Research Institute, the Department of American Studies, and the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the conference will be held March 27-28, 2015 in the FedEx Global Education Center.

Presentations will focus on specific southern flavors and ingredients, broadly defined, as both concept and reality in the American South. Each session will include respondents who are engaged in the practical aspects of food today, including farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and community leaders.

The deadline for our Call for Proposals is November 15, 2014. Please send proposals as well as any questions to plate@unc.edu.

Music on the Porch: Open the Door for Three with Jerron Paxton, Monday, September 22 at 5:30 pm

Open the Door for Three

Please join us on the porch for an exciting performance by Open the Door for Three! The trio, self-described as a “road-tested, audience-approved, high-octane, fist-in-glove, laughing-out-loud trio of Irish musicians,” consists of Liz Knowles, Pat Broaders, and Kieran O’Hare. The trio takes its name from an old Irish slip jig which they regularly perform. Liz has also assembled an impressive CV as a solo performer, appearing with the New York Pops, Cherish the Ladies, and the Celtic Legends.

JerronPaxtonbanjoTraditional blues and bluegrass performer Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton will open with songs and stories about the black roots of the banjo. This performance, which is free and open to the public, was made possible through the NEA-funded Black and Global Roots project, with support from Carolina Seminars and the Friday Center. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!

Tell About the South: Kathleen DuVal, Tuesday, September 23 at 12:30 pm

Kathleen DuValPlease join us at the Center for a lunchtime discussion with Kathleen DuVal, Associate Professor of History at UNC-Chapel Hill. DuVal’s talk, titled “Independence Lost: The Gulf Coast in the American Revolution,”  focuses on the Revolutionary War on the Gulf Coast. There, Spaniards, Britons, Creeks, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Acadians, enslaved and free African Americans, and others—but not American revolutionaries—took advantage of the war to forward their own ambitions. Based on her research for a forthcoming book by the same title, “Independence Lost” tells an alternative story of the American Revolution with unexpected actors, forgotten events, and surprising consequences, including incorporation into a rising American republic.

A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to pathorn@unc.edu.

Music on the Porch: UNC Student Jazz Combo, Thursday, September 25 at 5:30 pm

Come join us on the porch and hear UNC’s homegrown jazz virtuosos, coached by Jim Ketch, Ed Paolantonio, and Stephen Anderson. With members hailing all the way from North Carolina to Copenhagen, The Renaissance Collective is a diverse group of musicians whose contemporary sound is both cutting-edge and firmly rooted in the jazz tradition.

The group includes Nate Huvard (Guitar), Atticus Reynolds (Drums), Adam Maloney (Bass), David Klingman (Piano), Jorgen Stenbaek (Trumpet), Eric Przedpelski (Alto Sax), Cameron Cook (Tenor Sax), and Hope Thomson (Vocals). The students will perform a mix of contemporary jazz, original compositions, and their own interpretations of selections from the Great American Songbook.

Jazz_Combo

This performance will showcase the flourishing jazz program at UNC-Chapel Hill. In recent years, the university’s jazz band and jazz combos have hosted and performed with the Marcus Roberts Trio, Wycliffe Gordon, Jamey Aebersold, Phil Degreg, Greg Gisbert, the Lynn Seaton Trio, Harry Waters, and many others. We can’t wait to see what good things they have in store for us. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!