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Music on the Porch: Harmonyx & Achordants + American Meltdown! Thurs, Aug 20 at 5:30 pm


Join us at the Center for the opening act of our 2015-16 Music on the Porch series! UNC’s very own HarmonyxAchordants seek to promote unity and diversity on campus and beyond through their music. This evening of a capella awesomeness, which is part of UNC’s “Week of Welcome,” is free and open to the public. Meltdown

Come hungry, because our friends from American Meltdown will be here to serve up their award-winning burgers and gourmet melts! Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!

Music on the Porch: Lakota John & Kin, Thurs, Sept 3 at 5:30 pm

Join us at the Center for an evening of blues music! A proud Lumbee and Oglala Nation family of talented musicians, Lakota John & Kin are based out of Robeson County, North Carolina. Lakota John, at 18 years old, is a master guitarist with a voice that sounds beyond his years. He grew up listening to his dad’s music collection, picked up the harmonica at age seven, and added the guitar at age nine. A year later, he bought himself a glass slide and picked up the slide guitar. At 16, he released Lakota John and Kin, his debut record on the Music Maker label.

Lakota John and Kin pic

Since the creation of blues music, Native people have paid an often overlooked but deep contribution to the musical tradition. Charlie Patton, Scrapper Blackwell, Jesse Ed Davis, Elizabeth Cotton, and Jimi Hendrix are among the many great blues and jazz artists that celebrated their Native American heritage. Lakota John & Kin continue this blues tradition, fusing traditional tunes with their rich heritage.

This show is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for awhile!

Governors’ Film Screening & Conversation: The Toughest Job, Wed, Sept 9 at 5:30 pm

ToughestJob2Join us in the FedEx Global Education Center for a film screening and conversation with former Mississippi Governor William Winter and former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt. This Southern Documentary Project film received the 2015 Emmy for Best Historical Documentary from the Southeast division of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Governor Winter was awarded a 2008 Profile in Courage award for his efforts to sponsor, promote, and sign into law Mississippi’s Education Reform Act of 1982. Among other reforms, the act mandated statewide public kindergarten, compulsory school attendance, higher standards for teacher and student performance, and the creation of a lay state board of education.


This event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and MFA|EDA at Duke as well as UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives, Global Research Institute, Carolina Center for Public Service, Southern Historical Collection, and Center for the Study of the American South. A trailer for the film can be viewed here.

Rostros del Tiempo Art Reception, Thurs, Sept 10 at 5:30 pm

BorderOdysseyThis fall the Center is honored to showcase a photography collection titled Rostros del Tiempo: Faces of Time. Taken by Charles D. Thompson, Jr., these portraits depict the faces of former Braceros (or sometimes their widows, who stand for them) who once worked in U.S. fields, harvesting crops and providing food for American consumers from 1942-1964. These elderly men and women gather every Sunday in Ciudad Juarez to protest because they still have not received the retirement benefits they earned half a century ago. We are honored to host former Bracero Don Modesto Zurita Estrada as well as professor and community organizer Luis Alfonso Herrera Robles. You can read about the Braceros in Thompson’s new book, Border Odyssey (University of Texas Press, 2015), or view a short film about the Border Odyssey project here.


These photographs represent thousands more ex-Braceros near Ciudad Juarez and elsewhere in Mexico and the U.S., including those not pictured and those already passed on–as well as workers everywhere whose pay has been shortchanged. The event will also feature Luis Del Río and Juanito Laguna performing traditional Latin American rhythms and folk/rock tunes from their forthcoming album, “Inmigrante.” This event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.


Music on the Porch: Eric Przedpelski Quartet, Thurs, Sept 24 at 5:30 pm

WildGooseChaseJoin us at the Love House for one of the hottest jazz acts in the Triangle. The quartet includes bandleader Eric Przedpelski on saxophone, David Klingman on piano, Philip Norris on bass, and Atticus Reynolds on drums. Fresh off a summer concert series in New Jersey, the quartet will celebrate the release of their debut album, Wild Goose Chase.

Przedpelski Quartet

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