Senior Associate Director Bill Ferris will introduce us to Ted Efremoff, an Assistant Professor at Greensboro College where he teaches art, administers The Citizen Scholar Lecture Series and directs LIFT Gallery.
Ted will be talking about The Healing Blues Project, an initiative that pairs storytellers experiencing homelessness with blues musicians to create collaborative songs. As cultural producers, storytellers receive an honorarium for their story and share copyright of the song with the musicians. The Healing Blues Project has released an album and works to raise funds for The Interactive Resource Center, a day center for the homeless community of Greensboro.
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
The Southern Oral History Program‘s current interns–Liz Kennedy, Holly Plouff, Bryan Smith, and Samantha Gregg– have been hard at work this semester! Their project mapped the history of desegregation in North Carolina for high school teachers and created a women’s history walking tour of UNC, all through the medium of oral history. Please join us at the Center to enjoy their creative final project--a performance based on interviews with women about women’s activism at UNC and its relationship to the broader feminist movement. We know you’ll be impressed with their research and their creative use of performance as a method of disseminating their findings to the community.
What role have Maya writers and their literatures played in the affirmation of indigenous cultural identity and the struggle for indigenous rights and self-determination in Guatemala since the 1960s? Please join us for a lunchtime discussion with Emilio del Valle Escalante, Associate Professor of Spanish in UNC’s Department of Romance Studies, on “Maya Literary Resurgence in Guatemala.”
Professor Escalante will answer the question above by offering a critical discussion of the poetry of Kaqchikel Maya authors Francisco Morales Santos and Luis de Lión. Given that the context of the 1960s defines the beginning of a 36-year-long civil war, he argues that Morales Santos and Lión respond to that experience as well as the interest of the Guatemalan left in incorporating the Maya population into the armed struggle. These Kaqchikel authors embrace the socialist ideal proposed by the Guatemalan left while using the left to propose and build a political space to articulate their own Maya national liberation; that is, their poetry speaks of revolution and socialism as well as Maya cultural/national vindication and decolonization.
This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Patrick Horn at email@example.com.