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Tell About the South: Karida Brown, Tues, Dec 5 at 12:30 pm

In this talk, Brown will introduce her new research project, The Subaltern School, in which she undertakes a global socio-historical examination of segregated schooling. In the spirit of the CSAS colloquia, she will “tell about two Souths”: that of the U.S. South and that of South Africa, through their shared struggles over how we “do” history in this integrated, “post-racial” era. Focusing on the current battles over commemorative monuments on college campuses, she will share insights from the #RhodesMustFall movement in South Africa to open a discussion about the current protests over Silent Sam.

Karida Brown is a visiting scholar in UNC’s Department of Sociology. She received her PhD in Sociology from Brown University, and her dissertation received the 2017 American Sociological Association Best Dissertation Award. For more information about the Eastern Kentucky African American Migration Project (EKAAMP), click here.

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs to will be appreciated. Light refreshments will be served.

Tell About the South: Ryan Emanuel, Tues, Nov 28 at 12:30 pm

“Indigenous Communities and Environmental Justice”

In the Southeastern United States, indigenous communities are often omitted from discussions about environmental justice. These omissions permeate public policy and have serious implications for Native American tribes living in the region today. A case in point is the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile long fossil fuel pipeline that would impact several Native American tribes in the southeastern US. This talk focuses on the efforts of tribes, organizations, and individuals currently working to voice indigenous concerns about environmental justice and other topics related to this major infrastructure project.

Ryan Emanuel is Associate Professor and University Faculty Scholar in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NC State University. His recent article “Flawed Environment Justice Analyses” appeared in the journal Science in July 2017. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs to will be appreciated. Light refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored event: Alice Gerrard, Ruth Perry & Friends at Nightlight, Fri, Nov 17 at 8:00 pm

This Friday, Nightlight Bar & Club will host local legend of traditional and folk music Alice Gerrard, performing with Jim Watson and Cliff Hale. Following their performance, singer/ songwriter and MIT Professor Ruth Perry will discuss and perform ballads from the Scottish Enlightenment, together with vocalist Susan Pepper, fiddlers William Ritter and Jon Newlin, and NC heritage award fellow Bobby McMillon

Tickets are available here and more information is available on this Facebook Event.  This event is co-sponsored by Black & Global Banjo Roots, Appalachian State University, Our Town of Boone & Folklife, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Charleston Lecture by Philip & Pierce Freelon, Thurs, Nov 16 at 7:00 pm


Join us in the Stone Center Theatre for the 2017 Charleston Lecture in Southern Affairs by Philip and Pierce Freelon, titled “Black Space Making and the Built Environment.”

Philip Freelon is a renowned architect who served as the lead designer for the Stone Center as well as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Pierce Freelon is a musician and social entrepreneur who founded Blackspace and ran for Mayor of Durham in 2017. These two visionary leaders will discuss past and present challenges and opportunities in the struggle to create spaces for creative expression and social justice, and Renee Alexander Craft will lead the conversation.

This event, co-sponsored by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, is free and open to the public. Free parking is available after 5:00 pm in the Bell Tower parking deck.

“Southern Things” Issue Launch, Thurs, Oct 26th at 5:30 pm

Join us at the Love House & Hutchins Forum as Southern Cultures quarterly celebrates its fall issue on Southern Things. We’re hosting a pop-up museum of haunted objects (those lived-in, well-worn, maybe nostalgic, maybe loathed things that just keep hanging around) and associated stories. Object owners include Heather & Phil Cook, Jen Wasner, Daniel Wallace, April McGreger, Alice Gerrard, and more.

This special issue was guest edited by Bernie Herman, and features essays on Mississippi’s Rhinestone Cowboy, West Virginia’s last broom maker, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s orange grove, North Carolina’s former mines, Louisiana’s Coushatta tribe, Charleston’s Jewish artifacts of the Confederacy, the Deep South’s penchant for Dutch ovens, and more!

This event is free and open to the public, but you can subscribe to Southern Cultures or view the journal via Project Muse here.