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Tell About the South: Rob Shapard, Tues, April 21 at 12:30 pm

Rob Shapard copyPlease join us at the Center for a lunchtime discussion with Rob Shapard, a doctoral student in U.S. History and 2014-15 McColl Fellow at CSAS. In his talk, Calculating Eye and Rough Hand: Turning Longleaf into Board Feet and Sawdust,” Shapard will describe the perspective of one sawmilling firm, the Louisiana Central Lumber Company, toward the old-growth Louisiana longleaf pine forests that it felled and milled into lumber in the early twentieth century. The language that the company used to describe longleaf and other trees, a kind of “lumber lexicon,” reveals this perspective and helps to explain the company’s effectiveness in making lumber from longleaf. The topic is one aspect of Shapard’s doctoral dissertation on attitudes toward longleaf pine across the American South. Shapard is a native of the erstwhile textile town of Griffin, Georgia, a former journalist, and a student/scholar of environmental history and oral history.

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

Music on the Porch: Ellis Dyson and the Shambles, Thurs, April 16 at 5:30 pm


Join us on the porch (and lawn) for a lively show by the inimitable Ellis Dyson and the Shambles! This sextet is composed of undergraduate jazz musicians with a deep-seated love and respect for the conventions and practices of the traditional Appalachian musicians that came before them. Front man Ellis Dyson (banjo) knows how to command a crowd with his exuberance and effortless swagger, while supporting instrumentalists Danny Abrams (saxophone), Matt Hall (trumpet), Ledah Finck (fiddle), Nate Huvard (guitar), and Ford Garrard (bass fiddle) provide a tasteful, yet exciting harmonic backing. You can enjoy a recent dorm-room jam by the Shambles here.

Whiskey BusinessWhile still touring in support of their debut EP, Whiskey Business, The Shambles intend to release their debut full-length album soon. As long as there is moonshine in the hills of North Carolina, Ellis Dyson and the Shambles will continue to bring the ruckus. This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!

Dr. Mindi Spencer on “Southern Discomfort,” Wed, April 15 at 4:30 pm


Music on the Porch: Mipso, Tues, Apr 14, 2015 at 5:30 pm

**Due to a forecast of inclement weather, this event will be held in the large auditorium of the Genome Science Building, room G-100.** Free parking will be available after 5:00 pm in the Bell Tower Parking Deck.**  


Join us for a night of live music and conversation with UNC’s very own Mipso! These self-described “renegade traditionalists” are doing their part to take three-part harmony and Appalachian influences into new territory. Formed in Chapel Hill in 2010 and fresh off their 5,000-mile “Tour of Everywhere,” the band features Jacob Sharp (mandolin), Wood Robinson (bass), Joseph Terrell (guitar), and Libby Rodenbough (violin). You can sample some tunes from their 2013 album “Dark Holler Pop” on their website, on Bandcamp, or at ReverbNation.

This show is free and open to the public. Bring an umbrella and stay for a while!

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

MWilliamsJoin us at the Love House & Hutchins Forum as living legend Mary D. Williams performs “Music from the Movement,” accompanied by Wilbur Tharpe. A combination of spirituals, protest songs, and inspiring tunes 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!