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SC App Launch & Picnic, Thurs, July 9 at 5:30 pm

Summer2015coverTo celebrate the Summer 2015 issue release from Southern Cultures, we’re having a beach picnic–right here in Chapel Hill! The new issue features the Ali-Quarry fight in Atlanta, contested stereotypes of southern motherhood, Civil War novels by Vietnam vets, lesbian print culture in North Carolina, and the UNC Student Strike of 1970–plus Bulgarian Faulkner, gorilla stories, thwarted lynchings, and a circus cemetery in “Little Dixie.” We’ll also unveil the new Southern Cultures app from UNC Press, which allows readers to access our award-winning content on the go.

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Join us at the Love House for a summer picnic, comments by John Sherer, and fantastic beach music by The Legacy Motown Revue! This event is free and open to the public.

Italy and the American South: Seba Pezzani, Thursday, April 9 at 3:00 pm

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Join us at the Love House & Hutchins Forum for the next installment of “What’s Up Down South?” hosted by William R. Ferris. Ferris will be joined by translator and blues musician Seba Pezzani, as well as novelists Jeffery Deaver and Joe Lansdale.

Pezanni translated Ferris’s Blues From the Delta into its Italian edition, Il Blues del Delta, and has also worked with Deaver and Lansdale. The four will discuss the collaborative process of translating. For the second half of the program, Pezzani, who tours with his band RAB4 and directs a blues festival in Piacenza, Italy, will perform with Lansdale’s daughter and Texan singer-songwriter Kasey Lansdale.

Sacred Spaces Art Reception, Thurs, Feb 5 at 5:30 pm

ASpencerLynchburg2013_53Please join us at the Center as we unveil our Spring 2015 art exhibit, “Sacred Spaces: A Look Inside the Home of Harlem Renaissance Poet Anne Spencer.”

These photographs by John M. Hall reveal the beautiful and unique home and garden of Anne Spencer in Lynchburg, Virginia. The house, which is registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark, served as a salon and southern outpost of the Harlem Renaissance, as the Spencers hosted literary luminaries such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, and many others. Spencer also served as the first librarian at the all-black Dunbar High School from 1923-1945. During this period, she helped establish the Lynchburg chapter of the NAACP, led a campaign to hire black teachers, and served on committees to improve the legal, social, and economic aspects of African Americans’ lives.

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Anne Spencer’s biographer, Professor Emeritus J. Lee Greene, noted that while moving through her home, Spencer would often “recall a person, an incident, a memory, an object that… made the room seem sacred to her.” This exhibit celebrates the rich legacy of Anne Spencer, including her poetry, her activism, her family, and her home. In addition to a performance by local musicians from the Durham Symphony Orchestra, the reception will include remarks by Professor Greene, photographer John M. Hall, and Spencer’s granddaughter, Shaun Spencer-Hester, who currently serves as curator for the Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum. North Carolina poet Jeffery Beam will read a small selection from Spencer’s work. You can listen to oral histories related to the Harlem Renaissance, African American poetry and activism, and many other related subjects here.

This event, which is co-sponsored by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Sacred Spaces Art Exhibit

ASpencerLynchburg2013_53Please stop by the Center and check out our Spring 2015 art exhibit. These photographs by John M. Hall reveal the beautiful and unique home and garden of Anne Spencer in Lynchburg, Virginia. The house, which is registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark, served as a salon and southern outpost of the Harlem Renaissance, as the Spencers hosted literary luminaries such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, and many others. Spencer also served as the first librarian at the all-black Dunbar High School from 1923-1945. During this period, she helped establish the Lynchburg chapter of the NAACP, led a campaign to hire black teachers, and served on committees to improve the legal, social, and economic aspects of African Americans’ lives.

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Anne Spencer’s biographer, Professor Emeritus J. Lee Greene, noted that while moving through her home, Spencer would often “recall a person, an incident, a memory, an object that… made the room seem sacred to her.” This exhibit celebrates the rich legacy of Anne Spencer, including her poetry, her activism, her family, and her home. You can listen to oral histories related to the Harlem Renaissance, African American poetry and activism, and many other related subjects here.

This exhibit, which is co-sponsored by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, is free and open to the public.

Hutchins Lecture: Leslie Bow, Thurs, Jan 29 at 4:30 pm


Bow_Leslie_port10_8556Where did the Asian sit on the segregated bus? Drawing from her book, ‘Partly Colored': Asian Americans and Racial Anomaly in the Segregated South, Leslie Bow traces narratives that attempted to reconcile Asian Americans to segregation’s distinction between black and white.

Investigating the ways in which racially “in-between” subjects and communities were understood within the South, Bow locates Asian American representation in visual culture and memoir as a site of cultural anxiety and negotiation.  What she uncovers is not so much an alternative account of white supremacy, but a genealogy of repressed dissonance that has consequence for the ways that we remember the Jim Crow era and its legacy. This lecture will be held in the Kresge Foundation Room (039 Graham Memorial Hall).

Partly_ColoredLeslie Bow is Professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of ‘Partly Colored’ (NYU Press, 2010) and Betrayal and Other Acts of Subversion (Princeton UP, 2001), as well as the editor of the four-volume collection Asian American Feminisms (Routledge, 2012). Bow has served as Director of Asian American Studies, on the editorial board of American Literature, and on the Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association (MLA). Her current book project examines fantasy portrayals of race.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.