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Co-sponsored event: Frederick Douglass’s Legacies

Art by Blake Chamberlain

As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s birth, we consider the following questions: What would Frederick Douglass think of 2018? What did his contemporaries think of him? What was Douglass’s impact, then and now? What is (y)our understanding of this great historical figure?

Join us at the Chapel Hill Public Library in Meeting Room B on Thursday, Feb 22 at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors: Carolina Public Humanities, Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro, and Orange County NAACP chapter.

Hutchins Conversation: Lisa McKeithan, Tues, March 6 at 4:30 pm

Health and the Humanities in Practice: Using a Liberal Arts Approach to Rural Health Challenges in North Carolina

Lisa McKeithan (far right) and the CommWell Health team accept an award for their work

Lisa McKeithan, MS, CRC, is Director and HIV/AIDS Researcher at CommWell Health Clinics in Dunn, North Carolina, an award-winning not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center. McKeithan is Director of CommWell Health’s NC-REACH program, which serves patients who are both HIV-positive and homeless. The National Rural Health Association named it Outstanding Program of the Year, and McKeithan the Outstanding Educator of the Year. In conversation with Dr. Martha King, Teaching Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill, McKeithan will discuss the ways in which the humanities and social sciences shape her approach to healthcare in the rural South.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in 039 Graham Memorial Hall.

Hutchins Conversation: Jason Oliver Chang, Tues, Mar 20 at 4:30 pm

Anti-Chinese Racism and the Making of the Mexican Mestizo

Jason Oliver Chang is Assistant Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. At UConn he is an affiliated faculty member with the Maritime Studies Institute as well as the Institute of Latinx, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies and the Associate Director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute. In 2010 Jason earned his PhD in Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Chino: Anti-Chinese Racism in Mexico, 1880-1940 (University of Illinois Press, 2017) and co-author of Asian America: A Primary Source Reader (Yale University Press, 2017). He has published articles in the Journal for Asian American Studies, the Pacific Historical Review, and the Journal of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures in the Americas. Jason’s current work rewrites Asian American history from the perspective of Chinese, South Asian, and Filipino sailors to think how racial formations work at sea.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the University Room at Hyde Hall. Special thanks to our co-sponsors: the Department of American Studies, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, the Department of Asian Studies, the Carolina Asia Center, the Chinese Undergraduate Student Association, the Carolina Hispanic Association, the Latina/o Studies Program, the Center for Global Initiatives, and the Institute for Arts and Humanities.

Making America: Immigration & Entrepreneurship in North Carolina, Tues, March 27 at 7:00 pm

Our 2018 Chandler Conversation in Southern Business History features four leading entrepreneurs who hail from around the world but now call North Carolina home. Please join us in the FedEx Global Education Center for this free panel discussion. Parking is free after 5:00 pm in the McCauley parking deck, directly below the FedEx Center.

Utibe Udoh is the owner of African Land, a retail establishment in Durham that specializes in African clothing, jewelry, sculptures, paintings, and other cultural products. Founded in 1989, the store is a “tribute to Motherland, Africa,” promoting African culture and heritage in North Carolina. Born in Lagos State, Nigeria, Udoh moved to Durham in 1981 to attend college. He received his B.A. in accounting from North Carolina Central University and an MBA from Campbell University.

Uli Bennewitz was born in Lima, Peru, raised in a small Bavarian village in Germany, and educated in Devon, England. He first came to the U.S. in 1980, and his first job was to clear 9,000 acres of farmland in eastern North Carolina. Hoping to build a healthier local food system without chemicals and factory food processing, Bennewitz built the Weeping Radish in Grandy, which has since grown into a 24-acre farm, brewery, butchery / charcuterie, and restaurant complex. He has been credited with inspiring the “brewpub bill” that enabled the microbrewing industry to boom in North Carolina.

Perla Saitz is the Program Director and Co-Owner (with Rebeca Cabrera) of the CHICLE Language Institute in Chapel Hill. The institute offers classes in language and literature for children and adults, as well as translation and interpreting services in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, Portuguese, Karen, Burmese, Kinyarwanda, and Swahili. Saitz was born in Mexico City, but she has lived in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area since 1999. Cabrera is from Costa Rica, and she moved to North Carolina in 2009.

Amit Singh co-founded Spectraforce Technologies in 2004. Spectraforce is a global IT consulting, workforce solutions and IT outsourcing services firm with corporate headquarters in Raleigh and 11 offices/development centers across the U.S., India, and Jamaica. Amit moved from India to the United States in 1997 and completed the Executive MBA program at Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2003. Today, Spectraforce provides a portfolio of consulting, staffing, and outsourcing services and solutions to a broad range of clients and industries worldwide.

This panel discussion will be moderated by LaChaun Banks. Banks is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where she studied global economics, trade, and development. She also attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong and earned an Executive MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School. As Associate Director for NCGrowth, Banks leads programs in economic development and manages teams that support local start-ups and businesses in rural areas. She specializes in creating jobs and equitable opportunities for people across the state.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors: the Center for Global Initiatives, the Carolina Asia Center, the Department of Asian Studies, the Latina/o Studies Program at UNC-CH, the Carolina Hispanic Association, the Center for European Studies, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, NCGrowth, and the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise.

Co-sponsored Event: Who Was Frederick Douglass? Mon, Feb 5 at 7:00 pm