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Join us at the Center for a lunchtime discussion with Chuck Reece. Together with three partners, Reece launched The Bitter Southerner, a weekly web magazine, in 2013 to tell the stories of a new(er) South. The editors have built a tremendous community around the magazine and its social media outlets, bringing together tens of thousands of readers and followers around the world. The Bitter Southerner‘s new approach to media has garnered the praise of many, including widely known journalists such as NPR’s Michelle Norris. The publication envisions “a South whose people are known for their creation, innovation, and forward thinking as much as they are known for their grace, hospitality, and conviviality.”
In his earlier life, Reece served as communications director to former Georgia Governor Zell Miller before moving into the world of corporate communications, serving as manager of global internal communications for The Coca-Cola Company. Reece returned to journalism because he believes that “the voices of the South’s smartest and most creative people are heard too faintly these days, and are too often discounted because of stereotypes in the dominant national media. Our goal is to raise those voices and, by so doing, to contribute to raising the fortunes of a changing South and its people.”
This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Patrick Horn at email@example.com.
Enjoy some of our favorite clips from the Fall 2014 Music on the Porch series! We’ll be back on the porch in Spring 2015.
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.
For more information, and to register for free, visit: www.coursera.org/course/south.
From mullet fishing on Brown’s Island to shrimping on the Gulf Coast, from recreation on the Great Lakes of the South to coastal tourism in the Sunbelt and tramping in the swampy lowlands of eastern NC, we take a look at tourism’s vital role in regional economies and the challenges of conservation and sustainability.
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“The BP Oil Spill and the End of Empire, Louisiana”
by Andy Horowitz
“‘Hey, I can survive, I’m a survivor. You see that Survivor show on TV? That ain’t nothing.”
Also in this issue, Andrew W. Kahrl examines the Sunbelt’s foundation, “plac[ing] the coast at the center of the story and seek[ing] to understand how beaches came to reflect and influence broader changes in the region’s cultures and political economy.” Christopher J. Manganiello details the rise of dams on the Savannah River, which now block the migration of shad and sturgeon. “What did the shoals look like when the lilies bloomed?” he asks. “And…what would it be like to witness the great shad migrations and fishing parties of the past?” Ian Draves addresses that question by exploring the Tennessee Valley Authority’s impact on tourism, and John James Kaiser chronicles the battle over rate hikes and regulated energy from North Carolina’s Southern Power Company (now Duke Energy).
David Cecelski’s annotated photo essay, “An Eye for Mullet,” provides witness to Brown’s Island Mullet Camp. The photos, taken by Charles Farrell in 1938, reflect a time when fish dealers in Morehead City, N.C., “loaded so many barrels of salt mullet on outbound freight cars that local people referred to the railroad as ‘the Old Mullet Line.'” Bernard L. Herman and William Arnett offer another visual take on water through the work of artists including Lonnie Holley, Ronald Lockett, and Thornton Dial Jr.
Images: “The Old Water,” 2004, Thornton Dial Jr.; Phillip Simmons, Empire, LA, 2010, photo by Andy Horowitz.