In 1993, the Oral History Association established a series of awards to recognize outstanding achievement in oral history. We are delighted and honored to announce that New Roots/Nuevas Raíces: Voices from Carolina del Norte is the recipient of the 2016 Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award (Major Project). Congratulations and many thanks to our wonderful colleagues at the Southern Oral History Program, who is a major partner in New Roots, and at the Latino Migration Project in the Institute for the Study of the Americas and in University Libraries. This project is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Read more and learn about other award recipients here.
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.
On 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.
Rachel 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.
Please join us in the FedEx Center for Global Education to celebrate the launch of the New Roots/ Nuevas Raíces: Voices from Carolina del Norte oral history website and digital information system. This bilingual initiative documents demographic transformations in North Carolina by collecting extraordinary stories of Latino migration, settlement, and integration.
This interactive event will feature listening stations where guests can sample these interviews for themselves and an opportunity to talk to the New Roots team, which includes archivists, anthropologists, software developers, UNC students, and North Carolina residents who have donated their stories. Music will be provided by members of Charanga Carolina. Come learn about the South’s New Roots / Nuevas Raíces!
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Please join us at the Center for a lunchtime discussion titled “Social Medicine: Prenatal Care in a Group Setting.”
This is not your standard biomedical prenatal visit: there are nametags, cookies, and group yoga. CenteringPregnancy (CP) is a facilitative, non-hierarchal group prenatal healthcare program, which challenges the traditional provider-patient model of prenatal care and its central tenet that women and their pregnant bodies need medical professionals’ surveillance and intervention. Research has shown that participants of CP have better perinatal outcomes than women seeking traditional prenatal care. However, why CP participants have better perinatal outcomes is unknown. Based on an ethnographic investigation of CP sites in Durham, NC, this talk explores how the macro-level forces of cultural and historical intersections of race, gender, and socioeconomics in the South influence the subjective experience of CP programs.
Taylor Livingston is a PhD candidate in UNC’s Department of Anthropology and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Her dissertation examines the intersections of race, class, and gender in the South through the lens of motherhood. Specifically, she researches how history, race, and class shape the birth outcomes of women participating in CenteringPregnacy. Taylor also coordinates the undergraduate intern program for the Southern Oral History Program.
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Patrick Horn at email@example.com.
This semester, SOHP interns Alex Ford, Destinie Pittman, Devin Holman, and Monique Laborde interviewed members of the “Black Pioneers” — the earliest cohorts of African American students who attended UNC between 1952-1972. On December 9th, the interns will share their research at the Love House and Hutchins Forum. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.
You can learn more about SOHP internships and listen to a sample podcast produced by previous interns here.