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Tell About the South: Charlotte Fryar, Wed, June 7 at 12:30 pm

“Building Stone_Centera University of the People: The Movement for a Free-standing Black Cultural Center at UNC-Chapel Hill”

As the SOHP’s University History Field Scholar, Charlotte Fryar has spent the last year exploring one of UNC-Chapel Hill’s most significant movements in student activism for racial justice, which led to the creation and construction of a free-standing building for the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. The movement for a free-standing black cultural center, with its climax between 1991-93, was part of a larger and longer movement, cultivated by generations of UNC students, who organized to address the ways in which the University’s leadership has fallen short of reconciling with the racialized foundations on which the institution is built. This talk will discuss oral history interviews with alumni who were active in the movement for a free-standing Stone Center and the ways in which interviews with alumni-activists can help to clarify for both current students and administrators what is at stake in addressing University history and how to reconcile with that history in order to act justly for all members of the UNC community–in the past, present, and future.

FryarCharlotte Fryar is a PhD candidate in UNC’s Department of American Studies. She has previously served as Lab Associate for the Digital Innovation Lab and as a researcher for the Chancellor’s Task Force on University History. Her dissertation, a hybrid of digital and textual components, is titled “Building A University of the People.” It investigates the history and continued legacies of racial justice student activism at UNC-Chapel Hill from 1968 to the present as a way to examine institutional racism in and on the landscape of the University’s campus.

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs to pathorn@unc.edu will be appreciated. Light refreshments will be served.

Tell About the South: Pavithra Vasudevan, Tues, May 9 at 12:30 pm

“Producing An Intimate Inventory: Race and Waste in an Aluminum Town”

This dissertation project focuses on Badin, North Carolina, a segregated company town for workers at the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa), from its establishment in 1915 to present-day issues of environmental injustice.AluminumTown Vasudevan has developed a play, “Race and Waste in an Aluminum Town,” narrating the story of predominantly black West Badin with excerpts from oral histories and observation from community meetings. This talk will focus on the intimacy of racial capitalism. Industrial toxicity intimately binds race to waste, as manifested in disconcertingly familial relations in the factory, in quotidian practices of caregiving, and in affectively charged natural landscapes.

PV_photo1A PhD candidate in Geography at UNC-Chapel Hill, Pavithra Vasudevan studies the stuff of environmental justice: toxicity, racism, and social movements. She supports the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network as a member of the Planning Committee. Artistic research projects include a short film, “Remembering Kearneytown,” and “Race and Waste in an Aluminum Town,” a play illustrating 20th century racial capitalism. She is the founding co-president of the Hurston Collective for Critical Performance Ethnography at UNC-Chapel Hill and the 2016-17 McColl Fellow at the Center for the Study of the American South.

This discussion is free and open to the public, but RSVPs to pathorn@unc.edu are appreciated. Light refreshments will be served.

Appalachia Issue Launch Party, Thursday, May 4 at 5:30 pm

Join Appalachia_coverus at the Center to celebrate a very special issue of Southern Cultures. We’ll enjoy music by Sam Gleaves, readings by Silas House, and a mountain menu by Sherri Castle. Attendance is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for food and the issue: click here!

Gleaves

 

Born and raised in Wythe County in southwest Virginia, Sam Gleaves performs innovative mountain music with a sense of history. Sam’s performances combine traditional Appalachian ballads, dance tunes, original songs, and the stories that surround them. His debut album Ain’t We Brothers has been reviewed by National Public Radio, No Depression, and The Bluegrass Situation. Lee Smith has called the album “courageous as hell and country to the bone.”

Silas House by C. Williams

Silas House is a critically acclaimed novelist and playwright who describes the main goal of his writing as “looking into the lives of rural Americans who so often get overlooked by the media.” He currently serves as the NEH Chair of Appalachian Studies at Berea College. House writes that “Sam and I are passionate about giving voice to rural people, about place, and about the power of art to empower and transform. Both of us are very concerned with the rural Other, people who have a deep love for these rural places yet don’t fit in there, due to orientation, race, or other issues.”

Guest edited by Elizabeth S.D. Engelhardt, the Appalachia Issue includes Harlan County U.S.A. soundscapes, a break-up with Pearl S. Buck, musings on Dollywood & hillbilly consumerism, interviews with Appalachian “Country Queers,” and lost photos of black Asheville. Click here to subscribe or view the issue at Project Muse.

SOHP Intern Performance, Thurs, April 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm

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Follow Along on our Literary Tar Heel Tour!

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