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Spring 2016 Hutchins Lectures Now Streaming

Did you miss our featured speakers last semester? Not to worry–all three lectures are now available online. David Garcia discusses “Music of Latin@s and their Predecessors in the United States before 1900”; Angela Jill Cooley examines the “evolution of urban food culture in the Jim Crow South”; and Gregory D. Smithers uncovers the origins of the Cherokee diaspora.

Southern Cultures presents Documentary Arts & 21st Century Fiction

Up next from Southern Cultures: a special (Fall 2016) issue focusing on 21st Century Fiction — including six new works of creative short fiction, critical essays on contemporary southern literature, and a who’s who roundtable feature we’re calling “Twenty, Twenty-One.” Subscribe now and reserve your copy!

Explore an Archaeological Dig this June!

UNC Anthropology graduate student Geoffrey Hughes invites friends of the Center to come explore an active archaeological dig at Old Salem during the month of June.


The Old Salem Department of Archaeology, under the direction of Dr. Michael O. Hartley, conducts an active program of research and exploration into the material and cultural evidence of the Moravian experience in North Carolina. The Moravians, a Protestant religious group, have been present in North Carolina since 1753 on land purchased from Carolina Proprietor Lord Granville, a tract totaling nearly 100,000 acres. They called their land “Wachau,” after the Danube River valley region of that name, and it soon became known as “Wachovia.”

This June, come observe the excavation of the Rudolf Christ pottery kiln on Lot 38 in Old Salem, for which Geoffrey will serve as project director, located at 433 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC. The site will be open for public viewing from June 6 through July 1, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. On Fridays, the department will host “public archaeology days” with display tables and staff on hand to answer your questions. Come learn about this exciting summer research supported by CSAS!

Two SOHP Final Presentations

We were pleased to host two final presentations at the Love House & Hutchins Forum by graduate and undergraduate students who have conducted oral history interviews and fieldwork/research this semester with the Southern Oral History Program.

SOHP internsOn April 28th at 10:00 am, the SOHP undergraduate interns staged a performance based on their interviews with the Black Pioneers, the first group of students to desegregate UNC-Chapel Hill. The performance used the words of these interviewees to showcase the intersection of gender and race in their experiences at UNC and beyond.

SONY DSCRachel Seidman’s students have been investigating stories about Race, Gender, and Entrepreneurship, exploring training and education, motivations for entrepreneurship, attitudes toward debt and credit, the role of families, and connections to wider communities and social movements. They presented their findings on Thursday, May 5th at 4:00 pm.

Hutchins Lecture: David Garcia, Tues, April 12 at 4:30 pm

“Music of Latin@s and their Predecessors in the United States before 1900”

What was “Latin music” like in pre-twentieth century America? Was there a “Latin music” or even a Latino identity during this historical period? With the current heated political debates surrounding Latinos, immigration, and national identity, a critical exploration of possible answers to these questions is not merely timely but in fact overdue. This lecture will explore ways of understanding the music of Spanish-speaking communities in pre-twentieth century America and will explain why this history should inform our understanding of Latin@s and their place in American society today.

Garcia-1David Garcia is Associate Professor of Music at UNC-Chapel Hill. He studied music at California State University, Long Beach (B.M. in composition, 1995), UC-Santa Barbara (M.A. in ethnomusicology, 1997), and The City University of New York (Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, 2003). Published in MUSICultures, Journal of the Society for American Music, The Musical Quarterly, and other academic journals, Garcia’s research focuses on the music of the Americas with an emphasis on black music and Latin music of the United States. He is also musical director of UNC’s Charanga Carolina ensemble, which specializes in Cuban danzón and salsa music. Garcia’s current book project, The Logic of Black Music’s African Origins in the Mid-Twentieth Century, is under contract with Duke University Press.