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Hutchins Lecture by Gregory D. Smithers, Thurs, Feb 11 at 4:30 pm

The Cherokee Diaspora: An Indigenous History of Migration, Resettlement, and Identity – Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library, UNC

Cherokee DiasporaThe Cherokee are one of the largest Native American tribes in the United States, with more than three hundred thousand people across the country claiming tribal membership and nearly one million people internationally professing to have at least one Cherokee Indian ancestor. In this revealing history of Cherokee migration and resettlement, Professor Gregory Smithers uncovers the origins of the Cherokee diaspora and explores how communities and individuals have negotiated their Cherokee identities, even when geographically removed from the Cherokee Nation headquartered in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Beginning in the eighteenth century, the author transports the reader back in time to tell the poignant story of the Cherokee people migrating throughout North America, including their forced exile along the infamous Trail of Tears (1838–39). Smithers tells a remarkable story of courage, cultural innovation, and resilience, exploring the importance of migration and removal, land and tradition, culture and language in defining what it has meant to be Cherokee for a widely scattered people.

IMG_2380Gregory D. Smithers is an Associate Professor of Native American History at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of The Cherokee Diaspora (Yale University Press, 2015) and Slave Breeding: Sex, Violence, and Memory in African American History  (University Press of Florida, 2013), and the co-editor (with Brooke N. Newman) of Native Diasporas (University of Nebraska Press, 2014).

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

Best of 2015 Music on the Porch!

While we await the return of spring weather, check out some of our favorite clips from last year’s Music on the Porch shows! Join us back on the porch (and around campus) this spring, Thursdays at 5:30 pm.

Co-sponsored event: “One Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom,” Sun, Feb 14 at 3:00 pm

In celebration of Black History Month, the Friday Center proudly presents a free theatrical performance presented by dramatic artist Mike Wiley on Sunday, February 14 at 3:00 pm.

Noble JourneyHis one-man play, One Noble Journey, tells the story of Henry “Box” Brown, an African American born into slavery, who overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to gain a life of freedom. After the death of his first master, Henry’s family was torn apart and parceled out to various beneficiaries of the estate. Eventually Henry married and had children, only to have his wife and children sold to a new owner and never seen again. This devastating incident was Brown’s breaking point. He devised an ingenious escape plan—sealing himself in a wooden box for shipment to friends and freedom in Philadelphia. Although he was not subjected to physical violence, Henry’s story, as the basis of the play, demonstrates that the cruelty of slavery was just as devastating to the heart as it could be to the body. One Noble Journey offers a powerful lesson of freedom, faith, and the triumph of the human spirit.

Admission is free, open to the public, and appropriate for all ages. Advance registration is requested. Call 919-962-3000, 866-441-3683, or email fridaycenter@unc.edu.

Tell About the South: Taylor Livingston, Wed, Feb 17 at 12:30

Please join us at the Center for a lunchtime discussion titled “Social Medicine: Prenatal Care in a Group Setting.”

This is not your standard biomedical prenatal visit: there are nametags, cookies, and group yoga. CenteringPregnancy (CP) is a facilitative, non-hierarchal group prenatal healthcare program, which challenges the traditional provider-patient model of prenatal care and its central tenet that women and their pregnant bodies need medical professionals’ surveillance and intervention. Research has shown that participants of CP have better perinatal outcomes than women seeking traditional prenatal care. However, why CP participants have better perinatal outcomes is unknown. Based on an ethnographic investigation of CP sites in Durham, NC, this talk explores how the macro-level forces of cultural and historical intersections of race, gender, and socioeconomics in the South influence the subjective experience of CP programs.

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Taylor Livingston is a PhD candidateLivingston in UNC’s Department of Anthropology and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Her dissertation examines the intersections of race, class, and gender in the South through the lens of motherhood. Specifically, she researches how history, race, and class shape the birth outcomes of women participating in CenteringPregnacy. Taylor also coordinates the undergraduate intern program for the Southern Oral History Program.

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

New Roots / Nuevas Raíces program & reception

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Please join us in the FedEx Center for Global Education to celebrate the launch of the New Roots/ Nuevas Raíces: Voices from Carolina del Norte oral history website and digital information system. This bilingual initiative documents demographic transformations in North Carolina by collecting extraordinary stories of Latino migration, settlement, and integration.

This interactive event will feature listening stations where guests can sample these interviews for themselves and an opportunity to talk to the New Roots team, which includes archivists, anthropologists, software developers, UNC students, and North Carolina residents who have donated their stories. Music will be provided by members of Charanga Carolina. Come learn about the South’s New Roots / Nuevas Raíces!

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