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Two SOHP Final Presentations

Join us for 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 will stage a performance based on their interviews with the Black Pioneers, the first group of students to desegregate UNC-Chapel Hill. The performance uses 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 will present 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.

Chandler Lecture by Bryant Simon, Tues, April 5 at 4:30 pm

“The Hamlet Fire: Business, Politics, and Eating in the Age of Reagan”

In September 1991, the Imperial Food Products plant in Hamlet, North Carolina exploded in flames.  Twenty-five people lost their lives in the blaze; most were trapped inside the factory behind locked doors. In this lecture, historian Bryant Simon will explore the deep political, social, and economic causes of the fire: causes that made Imperial workers and their community acutely vulnerable and made the accident that happened there, or one like it, a near inevitability.

SimonBryant Simon is Professor of History at Temple University. He is the author of Boardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America (Oxford University Press, 2004) and Everything But the Coffee: Learning About America from Starbucks (University of California Press, 2009). His research and scholarship has earned awards and honors from the Fulbright Commission, Humboldt Foundation, Urban History Association, Organization of American Historians, and the Smithsonian Institution. His work has been featured in the New Yorker, Washington Post, and The New Republic.

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In September 1991, the Imperial Food Products plant in Hamlet, North Carolina exploded in flames.  Twenty-five people lost their lives in the blaze; most were trapped inside the factory behind locked doors. In this lecture, historian Bryant Simon will explore the deep political, social, and economic causes of the fire: causes that made Imperial workers and their community acutely vulnerable and made the accident that happened there, or one like it, a near inevitability.

SimonBryant Simon is Professor of History at Temple University. He is the author of Boardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America (Oxford University Press, 2004) and Everything But the Coffee: Learning About America from Starbucks (University of California Press, 2009). His research and scholarship has earned awards and honors from the Fulbright Commission, Humboldt Foundation, Urban History Association, Organization of American Historians, and the Smithsonian Institution. His work has been featured in the New Yorker, Washington Post, and The New Republic.

Southern Cultures Doc Arts Issue Launch, Fri, Mar 4th

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If you’re nearby (or up for a road trip!), join us at the Power Plant Gallery at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham to get a first look at our Documentary Arts Issue, guest edited by Tom Rankin and featuring Lao immigrants in Morganton, NC, participatory archives and self-documentation in Eastern Kentucky, collaborative documentary work in the Mississippi Delta, missionaries in Louisiana, Christmas in Cat Square, NC, the history of documentation (and resistance) in Hale County, AL, and more.

Documentary Arts Issue Launch
Friday, March 4th | 5:00-7:30 PM
Power Plant Gallery, Durham, NC
* located under the white Lucky Strike tower at the American Tobacco Campus
Light refreshments will be served; remarks at 6 PM. Suggested parking: South Deck at the American Tobacco Campus.