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Tell About the South: Ted Shaw, Tuesday, September 16 at 12:30 pm

Ted ShawPlease join us at the Love House and Hutchins Forum for a lunchtime discussion with Ted Shaw, Director of UNC’s Center for Civil Rights. Shaw serves as the Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law at UNC School of Law, where he teaches Civil Procedure and Advanced Constitutional Law. Before joining the faculty of UNC Law School, Professor Shaw taught at Columbia University Law School from 2008-2014. During that time he was also “Of Counsel” to the law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright (formerly Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP).  His practice involved civil litigation and representation of institutional clients on matters concerning diversity and civil rights.

The title of Professor Shaw’s talk will be “The Work and Mission of the Center for Civil Rights.” Since its founding by Julius L. Chambers (1936-2013) in 2001, the Center has strived to extend America’s promise of justice, prosperity, and opportunity by elevating families and communities above the boundaries of race, class, and place. Its mission is to use community-based impact advocacy and legal education and scholarship to advance strategies that secure social, economic, and environmental justice for low wealth, minority families, and neighborhoods.

A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to pathorn@unc.edu.

Fish and an Ish! Friday Fish Fry & Photo Exhibit, September 12 at 5:30 pm

Join us at the Love House and Hutchins Forum for the opening reception of our fall art exhibit, “An Eye For Mullet,” co-sponsored by UNC Press and the Department of American Studies. These photographs, taken in a North Carolina mullet camp by Charles A. Farrell in 1938, were collected and curated by historian David S. Cecelski for an annotated photo essay that will (finally) appear in the Fall 2014 issue of Southern Cultures. “Our world today is so different than that of only a century ago,” writes Cecelski, “that few people can recognize even the most basic aspects of daily life and labor as seen in [these] photographs.” Yet the black-and-white images reveal “the changing nature of our relationship to the ocean and seashore.” You can listen to voices and stories from the Southern Oral History Program‘s “Coastal Carolina” series here.

Saltbox logoTo celebrate the issue’s release, we have invited Ricky Moore of Durham’s Saltbox Seafood Joint to serve up some of his signature sustainable seafood from the Carolina coast. We’ll also enjoy live music on the porch by Wayne Martin & Friends. The reception is free and open to the public, and $20 gets you “Fish and an Ish”: a plate of Ricky’s delicious seafood plus the Fall 2014 issue of Southern Cultures. To purchase tickets, click here.

Deltra Tate named Administrative Manager of CSAS

Deltra2The Center for the Study of the American South proudly announces Deltra Tate as our new Administrative Manager and Events Coordinator. Her appointment began on July 7, 2014. Tate comes to the Center from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where she served as a staff specialist in the Admissions Department.

“Deltra Tate brings expertise in human resources management and event planning to the Center,” said Kenneth Janken, Interim Director of the Center.  “A native and life-long resident of Durham and a product of North Carolina’s public schools, Deltra has earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration.  With her varied experiences in higher education and private industry, Deltra is certain to ensure the smooth running of the Center and its programming.”

“An Eye for Mullet”: Photographs by Charles A. Farrell / Text by David S. Cecelski

Our Fall 2014 Art @ the Center exhibit, co-sponsored by UNC Press and the Department of American Studies, features photographs from a seasonal mullet fishing camp at Brown’s Island in Onslow County, North Carolina. The photographs were taken in 1938 by Charles A. Farrell, to be published in a book that never quite made it to press. However, they will (finally!) appear in the Fall 2014 issue of Southern Cultures as an annotated photo essay by historian David S. Cecelski, who is working to bring a collection of Farrell’s photos to publication with UNC Press. “Our world today is so different than that of only a century ago,” writes Cecelski, “that few people can recognize even the most basic aspects of daily life and labor as seen in [these] photographs.” Yet the black-and-white images reveal “the changing nature of our relationship to the ocean and seashore.” You can listen to voices and stories from the Southern Oral History Program‘s “Coastal Carolina” series here.

Fish sliderJoin us for the exhibit’s opening reception on Friday, September 12, when we will enjoy sustainable Carolina seafood from Ricky Moore’s Saltbox Seafood Joint as well as live music on the porch by Wayne Martin & Friends. The reception is free and open to the public, but $20 gets you “Fish and an Ish”: a plate of Ricky’s delicious seafood and the special water issue of Southern Cultures. To purchase tickets, click here.

2014 Moxie Scholars Give Final Presentation

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On Friday, July 11, the 2014 Moxie Scholars presented a short video, a group mural, and an interactive dialogue with participants from the summer seminar. These six undergraduates discussed their internships with community organizations in the Triangle area, as well as their study of the history of women’s rights. They unveiled a collectively painted mural of Ella Baker, reflecting Baker’s philosophy of participatory democracy and her work as a Chapel Hill-based organizer during the Civil Rights Movement.