Join us at the Center for the opening act of our 2015-16 Music on the Porch series! UNC’s very own Harmonyx & Achordants seek to promote unity and diversity on campus and beyond through their music. This evening of a capella awesomeness, which is part of UNC’s “Week of Welcome,” is free and open to the public.
Come hungry, because our friends from American Meltdown will be here to serve up their award-winning burgers and gourmet melts! Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!
Join us in the FedEx Global Education Center for a film screening and conversation with former Mississippi Governor William Winter and former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt. This Southern Documentary Project film received the 2015 Emmy for Best Historical Documentary from the Southeast division of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Governor Winter was awarded a 2008 Profile in Courage award for his efforts to sponsor, promote, and sign into law Mississippi’s Education Reform Act of 1982. Among other reforms, the act mandated statewide public kindergarten, compulsory school attendance, higher standards for teacher and student performance, and the creation of a lay state board of education.
This event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and MFA|EDA at Duke as well as UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives, Global Research Institute, Carolina Center for Public Service, Southern Historical Collection, and Center for the Study of the American South. A trailer for the film can be viewed here.
This fall the Center is honored to showcase a photography collection titled Rostros del Tiempo: Faces of Time. Taken by Charles D. Thompson, Jr., these portraits depict the faces of former Braceros (or sometimes their widows, who stand for them) who once worked in U.S. fields, harvesting crops and providing food for American consumers from 1942-1964. These elderly men and women gather every Sunday in Ciudad Juarez to protest because they still have not received the retirement benefits they earned half a century ago. We are honored to host former Bracero Don Modesto as well as professor and community organizer Luis Alfonso Herrera Robles. You can read about the Braceros in Thompson’s new book, Border Odyssey (University of Texas Press, 2015), or view a short film about the Border Odyssey project here.
These photographs represent thousands more ex-Braceros near Ciudad Juarez and elsewhere in Mexico and the U.S., including those not pictured and those already passed on–as well as workers everywhere whose pay has been shortchanged. The event will also feature Luis Del Río and Juanito Laguna performing traditional Latin American rhythms and folk/rock tunes from their forthcoming album, “Inmigrante.” This event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.
Join us at the Love House for one of the hottest jazz acts in the Triangle. The quartet includes bandleader Eric Przedpelski on saxophone, David Klingman on piano, Philip Norris on bass, and Atticus Reynolds on drums. Fresh off a summer concert series in New Jersey, the quartet will celebrate the release of their debut album, Wild Goose Chase.
This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!
In this performance with the Process Series, Cherokee actor and writer DeLanna Studi explores the enduring impact of the Trail of Tears on contemporary communities using research, interviews, and her own family’s experience. Along with her father and a documentarian, Studi retraced the steps of her ancestors from their homestead in Murphy, North Carolina to their present home near Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
The Trail of Tears may be a defining moment of Cherokee history, but does it define us as a people? Do we live in the past or do we focus on the future? Studi will spend a month in residency at UNC-Chapel Hill turning her firsthand research on the Trail into an original dramatic work. Corey Madden directs this intimate yet communal journey of loss and renewal. This program is co-sponsored by the American Indian Center and the Southern Oral History Program. Both shows, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 8:00 pm in the Black Box Theatre in Swain Hall.