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Film Screening: The Reconstruction of Asa Carter, Thursday, October 2 at 7:00 pm

Diaspora FestivalAs part of the Stone Center’s Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film, the Center is pleased to co-sponsor a screening of the 2013 documentary film “The Reconstruction of Asa Carter,” directed by Douglas Newman.

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Forrest Carter was best known for his “autobiography,” The Education of Little Tree. Published as a memoir about his life as a Cherokee orphan in the Tennessee hills, the book was embraced by critics as a seminal work of Native American literature and topped the New York Times bestseller list. But Forrest Carter was neither Cherokee nor an orphan. He was actually Asa Carter, a notorious white supremacist and KKK leader. Asa had gained national attention when his followers attacked Nat King Cole on stage, as well as local notoriety for his involvement in a shootout. Most notably, he penned George Wallace’s infamous 1963 “Segregation now, Segregation forever” speech. This film examines Asa Carter’s reinvention as “Forrest Carter,” posing the question, “Did he ever really change?”

This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. Free parking is available in the Bell Tower Parking Deck behind the Stone Center.

Panel Discussion: From George Wallace to New Orleans After Katrina: Southern Race and Politics on Film

wallacejacksonPlease join us in the Freedom Forum on Tuesday, November 18 at 4:30 pm for a panel discussion, using documentary films as the starting point for a larger conversation about how race relations have unfolded in Southern politics. Sharing clips from their own work, our guests will engage the legacies of African Americans who directly challenged Jim Crow, the white segregationists who resisted those challenges, and political actors of all races and approaches. The panelists will explore what has and has not changed in this country’s reckoning with civil rights and racial equality.

panelistsThis panel, moderated by Malinda Maynor Lowery (Director, Southern Oral History Program, UNC-Chapel Hill), is co-sponsored by the Southern Oral History Program, the Southern Documentary Fund, and Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies.


Register now for a free online course with William R. Ferris

A new, free, six-week online course that explores the stories, music and art of the American South will be offered Oct. 13 to Nov. 28, developed and taught by the Center’s Senior Associate Director, William R. Ferris, in conjunction with the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

About the Course:

This course explores the stories, music, and art of the American South and considers how they serve as a window on the region’s history and culture. We will see how the region’s distinctive sense of place defines music and literature in each generation. From small farms to urban neighborhoods, from the region itself to more distant worlds of the southern diaspora, stories, music, and art chronicle places and the people who live within them.

Our course explores the nature of oral tradition and how its study can provide a methodology for understanding Southern literature. We will discuss Southern artists and photographers and will show how the history and traditions of the South influences their work. We will consider the work of Southern Writers and discuss how they utilize specific stories, music, and art as a structure for literary forms such as the novel and the short story. Lastly, we look into the rich history of southern music and its roots in work chants, fife and drum, and one-strand on the wall musics.

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Film Screening & Discussion, Friday, April 11 at 7:00 pm

Editor & Dragon

Please join CSAS and the N.C. Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists as we present a free screening of The Editor and the Dragon in the Freedom Forum. Produced and directed by Walt Campbell and Martin Clark, this film relates the story of a small-town newspaper editor and his confrontation with the Ku Klux Klan. Following the film screening, we will host a panel discussion featuring Ken Ripley, veteran publisher, owner, and editor of the Spring Hope Enterprise; Cash Michaels, award-winning editor, chief reporter/ photographer and columnist for The Carolinian; and Phoebe Zerwick, prize-winning investigative journalist with the Winston-Salem Journal and O, The Oprah Magazine. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jock Lauterer, a Senior Lecturer in community journalism at UNC.

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In 1953, Horace Carter earned a Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service for his reporting on the KKK. Carter persevered in the face of death threats and used the editorial authority of North Carolina’s Tabor City Tribune to protest the Klan’s racist rhetoric and vigilantism. Carter’s bold reporting and the unwavering integrity of his editorials helped lead to the first federal intervention in the South during that era and to the arrest and conviction of nearly 100 klansmen. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this documentary film relates the story of Carter’s courage and the battle for the soul of a small North Carolina town.

Film Screening and Director Q&A: The Muslims Are Coming! Friday, February 7 at 7:00 pm

film promo2The Center is pleased to co-sponsor a film screening and discussion with Negin Farsad, director of the award-winning 2012 documentary The Muslims Are Coming!  Together with Dean Obeidallah and several other Muslim-American comedians, Farsad toured the American “heartland” (including many Southern cities and towns) with two objectives: first, to dispel stereotypes through “Ask a Muslim” booths and Muslim-themed comedy shows, and second, to document the mixed responses that she and her fellow comics received. The documentary reflects Farsad and Obeidallah’s commitment to what they call “social justice comedy.”

Please join us at 7:00 pm on Friday, February 7 at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Building.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is planned and organized by the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. NCCAF will host its fourteenth annual comedy festival including over 160 acts of stand-up, sketch comedy, and musical improv in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Durham from February 6-16, 2014. The film screening and discussion are co-sponsored by UNC’s Department of American Studies, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, and Duke’s Center for Muslim Life.