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CSAS Welcomes 2015-16 Work-Study Students!

WorkStudy1516Please help us welcome our latest additions to the CSAS team. From left to right, they are Tanner Glenn, a sophomore majoring in Political Science; Katie Yelton, a senior majoring in American Studies with a minor in Women’s Studies; Cassidy Hampton,Jernigan a first-year planning to major in Mathematical Decision Sciences; and Karen Ortiz, a junior majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience. Molly Jernigan (right) is a senior majoring in Global Studies, with minors in French and History. We are happy to have these fantastic folks at the Love House and Hutchins Forum!

Dr. Mindi Spencer on “Southern Discomfort,” Wed, April 15 at 4:30 pm


Tell About the South: Chuck Reece, Fri, Feb 13 at 12:30 pm

Chuck ReeceJoin 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

Fall 2014 Music on the Porch clips

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.




Jim Ketch’s Late Night Composition

Faculty Jazz Ensemble

Straight, No Chaser

Troop & Sanchez, Yulumbraba

Troop & Sanchez, Tango

Troop & Sanchez, On & On

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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