The 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.”
Renowned folklorist William R. Ferris has captured the voices of southern musicians, artists, writers, and thinkers for forty years—and we have been proud to publish his work in Southern Cultures for nearly half of that time.
To celebrate Southern Cultures‘s 20th anniversary, we present our inaugural special omnibus ebook, The William R. Ferris Reader. Collected here for the first time are all 20 of Bill Ferris’s essays and interviews as they have appeared in our pages between 1995 and 2013, as well as an introduction to the collection by Ferris.
From folk humor to moon pies to Faulkner, Welty, Walker, and so much more, we are delighted to share this special collection of a favored friend, mentor, and colleague.
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 HopeEnterprise; Cash Michaels, award-winning editor, chief reporter/ photographer and columnist for The Carolinian; and Phoebe Zerwick, prize-winning investigative journalist with the Winston-SalemJournal and O, The Oprah Magazine. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jock Lauterer, a Senior Lecturer in community journalism at UNC.
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.
Senior Associate Director Bill Ferris spent much of December in France with his latest book, Les Voix du Mississippi, a French translation of his work on blues from the Mississippi Delta. In Les Voix and on an accompanying DVD, Ferris presents interviews with musicians, plus portraits, videos, and music.
The Center extends UNC's historic role as the world’s premier institution for research, teaching, and public dialogue on the U.S. South.
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