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May 2017

Tell About the South: Pavithra Vasudevan on Environmental (In)Justice in Badin, NC

May 9 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Love House & Hutchins Forum, 410 E. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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"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. 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…

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June 2017

Tell About the South: Charlotte Fryar on Campus History & Racial Justice

June 7 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Love House & Hutchins Forum, 410 E. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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"Building a 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,…

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September 2017

Music on the Porch: Kamara Thomas, Cosmic Americana

September 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Love House & Hutchins Forum, 410 E. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Join us for the first show of our Fall 2017 concert series! Music on the Porch is sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South, and all are welcome. Born in Chicago to a hippie-turned-born-again mother who only permitted her to listen to country/western music, Kamara Thomas is a singer, songwriter, and dramatist who previously performed with the Ghost Gamblers as well as power trio Earl Greyhound. Her debut album Tularosa: An American Dreamtime explores the Mythic…

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Art Reception: Native Veteran Story Quilts

September 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Love House & Hutchins Forum, 410 E. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Join us at the Center as we launch our Fall 2017 art exhibit, featuring story quilts based on the deployed experiences of Native American military veterans. Inspired by oral history interviews with veterans from each of North Carolina's eight state- and federally-recognized tribes, these quilts are artifacts of lived experience and material culture from the American South. Their stories from World War II through ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan reflect the strength and complications of patriotism, as well as…

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Southern Research Circle Poster Session

September 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

What do blended musical genres and black architecture have in common with poetry slams? How did Creoles of color campaign for school desegregation in postbellum New Orleans? Join us for a friendly, informal poster session as we learn about recent graduate and undergraduate research funded by CSAS grants and fellowships. Award recipients completed innovative projects in the fields of History, Anthropology, Music, Environment & Ecology, and American Studies. Come hear about their projects and ask how the Center can help…

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Rocket Launch!

September 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us at the Love House & Hutchins Forum as we celebrate the publication of Gabrielle Calvocoressi's new book of poetry, Rocket Fantastic. Calvocoressi teaches creative writing at UNC-Chapel Hill, and she recently assumed duties as poetry editor for Southern Cultures. We'll also hear some poetry by Tyree Daye, longtime editor of Raleigh Review and author of What You and The Devil Do to Stay Warm (2015). While she was working on the manuscript, the author shared some insights with…

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Music on the Porch: Violet Bell

September 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Love House & Hutchins Forum, 410 E. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Based out of Durham, NC, Violet Bell is an original indie duo striving to create "folk-soul music that sings in your bones." Lizzy Ross has made a name for herself with stirring original songs and “a voice like cigarettes and the smoothest whiskey you’ve ever tasted” (Chicago RedEye). She won FloydFest's On the Rise contest and has been awarded the Carolina Music Award for best rock female and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council. Multi-instrumentalist Omar Ruiz-Lopez (Jonathan Byrd, Crystal…

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Music on the Porch: Gabe & Will, Roots Music from Two Continents

September 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Love House & Hutchins Forum, 410 E. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Will Ridenour has studied the West African harp-lute kora since 1999, touring 28 countries with punk outfit Zegota and dance band Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba. Gabriel Pelli brings an indie rock and jazz background from his work with The Old Ceremony and Squirrel Nut Zippers. Together, Gabe & Will produce a fresh blend of American and West African folk music. Fiddle and guitar join the 21-stringed kora as roots music from two continents collide! You can enjoy a sample…

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October 2017

Harvest Moon Celebration: An Evening of Storytelling, Spoken Word, Song, and Sweet Potatoes

October 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Forest Theater, 123 S. Boundary St
Chapel Hill, NC
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Enjoy an evening with us under the light of the Harvest Moon, as we celebrate the first season of harvest in the Edible Campus UNC Garden, and the vibrant food movement of the region. We will hear the stories of inspiring local food and social justice leaders, and celebrate the next generation of food activists. Our lineup features: -  Andrea Reusing, James Beard Award-Winning Chef and Owner of Lantern, Chapel Hill   -  Jamil Kadoura, Owner of Mediterranean Deli, Chapel…

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Confederate Symbols in the Public Square: A Roundtable

October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, 27516 United States
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What do people choose to see or not to see about the American South? What should we commemorate as southerners/Americans? Whose history do Confederate symbols represent? Even if you can't attend in person, you can watch the roundtable online via Livestream here. You can also listen to our latest episode of Press Record about Confederate monuments here and check out the Southern Cultures syllabus on Monuments and Memory here. If you are nearby, please join us at the Friday Center Auditorium for a roundtable…

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