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February 2015

Sacred Spaces Art Reception

February 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Please join us at the Center as we unveil our Spring 2015 art exhibit, “Sacred Spaces: A Look Inside the Home of Harlem Renaissance Poet Anne Spencer.” These photographs by John M. Hall reveal the beautiful and unique home and garden of Anne Spencer in Lynchburg, Virginia. The house, which is registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark, served as a salon and southern outpost of the Harlem Renaissance, as the Spencers hosted literary luminaries such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes,…

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Tell About the South: Chuck Reece

February 13 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us at the Center for a lunchtime discussion with Chuck Reece. Together with three partners, Reece launched The Bitter Southerner, a weekly web magazine, in 2013 to tell the stories of a new(er) South. The editors have built a tremendous community around the magazine and its social media outlets, bringing together tens of thousands of readers and followers around the world. The Bitter Southerner‘s new approach to media has garnered the praise of many, including widely known journalists such…

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Hutchins Lecture by Sophie White

February 19 @ 4:30 am - 5:30 pm
Kresge Foundation Common Room, Graham Memorial 039,
Graham Memorial, UNC- Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC United States
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In her lecture, “Beyond the Slave Narrative,” Sophie White showcases the judicial testimony of enslaved Africans in criminal trials in French colonial Louisiana. Drawing on her current research project, White locates the verbal and non-verbal stories which enslaved individuals, forced into a global African diaspora, sought somehow to narrate. Reading past the details of the criminal cases, and interspersing her analysis with excerpts from their testimonies, she focuses on individual slaves’s subjectivity as conveyed through their inflections and uses of…

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March 2015

Tell About the South: Emilio del Valle Escalante

March 25 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

What role have Maya writers and their literatures played in the affirmation of indigenous cultural identity and the struggle for indigenous rights and self-determination in Guatemala since the 1960s? Please join us for a lunchtime discussion with Emilio del Valle Escalante, Assistant Professor of Spanish in UNC’s Department of Romance Studies, on “Maya Literary Resurgence in Guatemala.” Professor Escalante will answer the question above by offering a critical discussion of the poetry of Kaqchikel Maya authors Francisco Morales Santos and…

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