Our 2014 Global American South conference, to be held at UNC-Chapel Hill on February 21-22, 2014, will focus on “Cities, Rivers, and Cultures of Change: Rethinking and Restoring the Environments of the Global American South.”
This conference is cosponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives and the Institute for the Environment.
Margaret Palmer, director of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center at the University of Maryland, will deliver the Chandler Lecture in Southern Business History.
The Center for the Study of the American South, in collaboration with the Department of Music and the Southern Folklife Collection, is pleased to host the 2014 annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (U.S. Branch).
The conference will focus on the theme “Music Flows,” in keeping with UNC’s campus-wide Water initiative. Most sessions and exhibits will occur in the buildings that house the Department of Music, with some special events at both the Center for the Study of the American South and the Southern Folklife Collection.
Arms for Art, and Other Shenanigans
The Curious Case of a Marble Bust of John C. Calhoun
5:30–7:30 PM, Tuesday, December 3
Love House & Hutchins Forum
410 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
Southern Cultures is delighted to welcome curator John W. Coffey to help celebrate the publication of its Winter 2013 issue. Coffey will read from and discuss his essay, “Arms for Art,” about the mysterious provenance of a bust of John C. Calhoun. The event is the second in a series hosted by Southern Cultures to commemorate its 20th anniversary this academic year.
John W. Coffey is Curator of American and Modern Art at the NC Museum of Art. This event is free and open to the public.
Civil rights pioneer and legislator Julian Bond delivered the 2013 Charleston Lecture in Southern Affairs on November 19, 2013, with support from the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. Bond’s address, “Civil Rights, Then and Now,” followed the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, in which he played an important part. It also made clear his unwavering commitment to social justice. As W. Hodding Carter III, Professor of Public Policy and Leadership at UNC, says of Bond, “[He] has been an indomitable long-distance runner in the nation’s ongoing struggle over civil rights.”
View his entire speech below:
CSAS welcomes Jesse Alemán, Professor of English at the University of New Mexico, whose address, “Loreta Janeta Velazquez’s Civil War as a Cuban Woman and a Confederate Soldier,” will focus on a woman who masqueraded as Harry J. Buford, enlisted in the Confederate Army, and fought in several Civil War battles before her gender was discovered. Velazquez later published a memoir titled The Woman in Battle (1876), which recounts her cross-dressing military adventures. Professor Alemán will discuss how this narrative gives expression to an “internal civil war” between Velazquez’s sexual, gendered, cultural, linguistic, and religious identities. This lecture will be held at 4:30 in the Kresge Foundation Room, 039 Graham Memorial Hall.
Jesse Alemán has authored numerous articles in scholarly journals and edited collections, including American Literary History, The Oxford Handbook to Nineteenth-Century American Literature, and Hemispheric American Studies. He edited a reprinted version of The Woman in Battle (2003) and co-edited Empire and the Literature of Sensation (2007). Alemán has received awards for teaching excellence from both the University of New Mexico and Middlebury College, where he serves as a summer faculty member at the Bread Loaf School of English. He is currently at work on “Wars of Rebellion,” which considers Hispanic writings about the U.S. Civil War in the context of related wars in Cuba and Mexico.