“Manners, Memory, and Murder in America’s Holy City”
Sometimes called the “Holy City,” Charleston, South Carolina is one of America’s oldest and most historic cities. It has won numerous awards for its residents’ politeness, and it has been chosen as a top destination for world travelers. However, the nation was shocked by the racially motivated murders that occurred at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the summer of 2015. The reverberations of this tragic event were felt most powerfully across the South, where they amplified ongoing and crucial debates about the region’s understanding of history, memory, and race. In this lecture, Powers will examine the meaning of what happened in Charleston, the cultural introspection it triggered, and its ongoing significance for understanding life in the South today.
Bernard E. Powers, Professor of History at the College of Charleston, has published numerous works on African American social and cultural evolution. His book Black Charlestonians: A Social History 1822-1885 (University of Arkansas Press, 1994) won a Choice Award for Best Academic Books. Powers also served as associate editor for The South Carolina Encyclopedia (Columbia: USC Press, 2006), and he recently co-authored We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel (Thomas Nelson, 2016).
This lecture, to be held in the Pleasants Family Room at Wilson Library, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Since they formed in 2004, The Old Ceremony have built a unique body of recordings that evoke distinctive musical and lyrical sensibilities, while tapping into a rich, unmistakably Southern vein of melodic songcraft and vivid storytelling. The band appeared at Atlanta’s Summer Shade Festival in August, and they performed with The Connells at Raleigh’s Little Theater on September 17.
Taking their name from Leonard Cohen’s classic album, The Old Ceremony are singer/songwriter Django Haskins, drummer Dan Hall, vibes/organist Mark Simonsen, bassist Shane Hartman, and violinist Gabriel Pelli. Their last album, Sprinter, was released in 2012 by Yep Roc Records, and you can hear them on ReverbNation and YouTube.
This event is free and open to the public, and it will happen RAIN OR SHINE! Wear galoshes and stay for a while!
Join us for a public poster session, as our 2016 grant and fellowship recipients present their summer (and ongoing) research with the Southern Research Circle (SRC). Successful applicants were awarded from UNC-Chapel Hill’s departments of Geography, Anthropology, Music, English & Comparative Literature, City & Regional Planning, and American Studies.
These students examined competing models of municipal recovery after major storms, engaged in archeological digs, performed with Afro-Cuban jazz musicians, and interviewed survivors of environmental disasters, to mention just a few of their impressive projects. Stop by to see the exciting new directions these young scholars are moving in their respective fields of study.
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Ray Cashman has been called a “gritty baritone” and “gumbo troubadour” that can “conjure up the ghosts of the Mississippi.” He has worked as a carpenter, a forklift driver, a mystery shopper, a field hand, a fry cook, a car salesman, a long-distance driver, a bartender, a store clerk, a plumber, a roofer, and a stay-at-home Dad.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Texas, Cashman now resides in Nolensville, Tennessee, where he writes songs about “love, food, music, murder, illicit substances, and the yearning to leave small-town America.” His music is also influenced by his travels around the South (and abroad) and his love of Southern Gothic literature. Cashman’s sixth studio album, Slow Drag, is due out in October 2016, and clips are available on SoundCloud and ReverbNation.
This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!