In celebration of the 2014 conference of the U.S. branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, CSAS will host a free catered reception this Thursday evening with local favorites Bevel Summers. Here’s how ReverbNation describes the band:
Bevel Summers performs with the philosophy of quick draw pistoleer the Sundance Kid from the famed 60′s post-modern Western: “I’m better when I move.” Likening comparisons from Johnny Cash to The Wailers to Fleetwood Mac and back, the band’s choruses seem to burst through the confines of whatever hole-in-the-wall joint or basement they’re playing, and you might feel, for an instant, as if you’re on a back porch in the middle of the woods, the sounds of fiddle, summer crickets, lush harmonies, and the plink of guitar strings melding so effortlessly. At their core, these songs were borne of the blues, but in their live incarnation, Bevel Summers is joyful. This is what youth feels like — the highs and the lows, and the late nights full of whiskey and music in between.
Are you a UNC graduate student seeking a supportive environment to write your dissertation? Do you suffer from writer’s block, acute procrastination, or other dissertation-related afflictions?
If so, we invite you to take part in the first-ever “dissertation bootcamp” at the Center during the week of Spring Break. Participants will dedicate a block of time to writing each day. You’ll gain momentum on a project, make tangible progress, develop effective writing habits, and perform the often isolating task of “just writing” within a supportive community.
Graduate students who have begun the writing process will benefit the most. You should come prepared to produce and revise pages. Participation is free. We’ll meet Monday, March 10th through Friday, March 14th from 9:00 am–2:00 pm. Each session will include a half-hour break for lunch, discussion, and decompression.
Participants will have full access to the Center’s kitchen amenities (refrigerator, microwave, and coffee machine). Common areas can be used after the sessions for chatting, discussing work, and sharing writing. We regret that we can not provide free parking, but the Morehead Planetarium parking lot is two blocks away.
Space is limited, so spots in the bootcamp will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
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 special events at the Center for the Study of the American South and Wilson Library’s Southern Folklife Collection. View the complete IASPM program here.
Jessica B. Harris, Professor of English and Culinary History at Queens College/C.U.N.Y, will deliver her address, “Links in the Chains: Culinary Connectedness in the Atlantic World.“ Sponsored by the The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, the Institute of African American Research, and the Department of American Studies, this lecture will examine the cultural and culinary connections shared by the foodways of the African Atlantic World. This event will be held in the Kresge Foundation Room, 039 Graham Memorial Hall.
Jessica B. Harris is the author of twelve cookbooks documenting the foods and foodways of the African Diaspora. Her most recent, High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America, won the International Association of Culinary Professionals 2012 cookbook award for culinary history. Her other books include guidebooks to France and Paris and a book documenting the beauty secrets of women of color. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Harris has contributed to popular publications ranging from Essence to Saveur to German Vogue. Dr. Harris holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College, Queens College, The Université de Nancy, and New York University.
Dr. Harris was the inaugural scholar in residence in the Ray Charles Chair in African-American Material Culture at Dillard University in New Orleans, where she established an Institute for the Study of Culinary Cultures. Dr. Harris is currently a professor at Queens College/C.U.N.Y. and is at work establishing an Institute for connecting culinary cultures. In 2012, she was asked by the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture to consult on the development of their new cafeteria.