On Wednesday, April 30 at 3:00 pm on the front porch of the Love House and Hutchins Forum, four undergraduate interns with the Southern Oral History Program will share a live performance based on their collected oral histories from this spring semester. Their project focused on gay and lesbian student activism and life at UNC-Chapel Hill from the 1970s onward, and their interviewees shared many remarkable stories. Join us as they give voice to a sampling of individuals who had something to say about the past. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
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Please join us for Murphy Hicks Henry’s lecture on “Steel-String Magnolias: Women in Bluegrass,” at 4:30 in the Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. This lecture will focus on women’s historical contributions to the development of bluegrass, which have often been overlooked in favor of male musicians and headliners.
Murphy Hicks Henry is the author of Pretty Good For A Girl: Women in Bluegrass (University of Illinois Press, 2013). She wrote a monthly column titled “On the Road” for Banjo Newsletter for over twenty years before turning it over to her daughter, Casey. She is the cofounder (with her husband, Red) of the Murphy Method, a forty-plus video series offering instruction on the banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and ukulele. Henry and her husband also perform as “Red and Murphy.” They have recorded six LPs and numerous CDs featuring many of Henry’s original songs, including the feminist number “I Ain’t Domesticated Yet.”
Please join us at the Center for a discussion with Bernie Herman, who will share his comments on the art of Ronald Lockett, titled “Once Something Has Lived It Can Never Really Die.” Lunch will be provided.
Ronald Lockett stands at the center of one of the most provocative and least understood American art movements. Defined neither by manifesto nor patronage or institution, Lockett’s art emanates from a cohesive, coherent movement united by creative practice and critical conversation articulated through the art itself. Words fail this movement, and historically words have limited and even endangered its presence and progress in contemporary artworlds. The creative practice that connects the art and artists of this movement takes shape in the appropriation and manipulation of “found”–often discarded or surplus–materials; its critical conversations unfold in deeply coded works produced in the long histories of struggle against systematic racial, economic, political, and institutional discrimination.
It is an art that has achieved its greatest, most intense florescence in the heart of the historically oppressive landscapes of the American South, but appears everywhere in the flows of the larger Southern diaspora of the twentieth century. The art of Ronald Lockett, largely unrecognized in conversations of the Contemporary, epitomizes what might be recognized as the Birmingham-Bessemer Movement in the visual and performing arts. In a movement manifest in a broader artistic practice, Lockett is joined by Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, Joe Minter, Mary Lee Bendolph, and others who make objects that range from monumental sculptures to patchwork quilts. Lockett’s art, too often marginalized through the language of folk, self-taught, and vernacular, transcends limiting artworld ideologies, speaking with affective and instructive power to themes of everyday life, spiritual concern, and the sweep of historical events.
Bernie Herman is the George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, where he also serves on the Art History faculty. His books include Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper (2011), Town House: Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City, 1780-1830 (2005) and The Stolen House (1992). In 2011 he held a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for a collection of essays, Troublesome Things in the Borderlands of Contemporary Art. His blog, Meditations on the Worlds of Things, reflects on ways of thinking about the textures of everyday life.
Jessica B. Harris, Professor of English and Culinary History at Queens College/CUNY, will deliver her address, “Links in the Chains: Culinary Connectedness in the Atlantic World.” Co-sponsored by the The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, the Institute of African American Research, and the Department of American Studies, this lecture will examine the cultural and culinary connections shared by the foodways of the African Atlantic World. This event will be held in the Kresge Foundation Room, 039 Graham Memorial Hall.
Jessica B. Harris is the author of twelve cookbooks documenting the foods and foodways of the African Diaspora. Her most recent, High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America, won the International Association of Culinary Professionals 2012 cookbook award for culinary history. Her other books include guidebooks to France and Paris and a book documenting the beauty secrets of women of color. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Harris has contributed to popular publications ranging from Essence to Saveur to German Vogue. Dr. Harris holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College, Queens College, The Université de Nancy, and New York University.
Dr. Harris was the inaugural scholar in residence in the Ray Charles Chair in African-American Material Culture at Dillard University in New Orleans, where she established an Institute for the Study of Culinary Cultures. Dr. Harris is currently a professor at Queens College/C.U.N.Y. and is at work establishing an Institute for connecting culinary cultures. In 2012, she was asked by the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture to consult on the development of their new cafeteria.