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Co-sponsored Event: Voting Rights Forum, Thurs Oct 13th at 6:00 pm


Tell About the South: Liz Lundeen, Thurs, Oct 13 at 12:30 pm

lundeen_oct-16Join us for a lunchtime presentation by Liz Lundeen, a PhD candidate in History at UNC-Chapel Hill and former McColl Fellow at CSAS. Liz’s presentation is titled “‘One A. Philip Randolph is Worth A Thousand James E. Shepards’: Understanding Moderate Black Politics in the Wartime South.”

World War II is generally regarded as a pivotal moment in African American History, marked by the “Double V” Campaign and the March on Washington Movement. This talk asks how the exigencies of wartime influenced moderate black leaders in the South to adjust their tactics in the struggle to secure equal rights and to confront racial discrimination. Focusing on the founder and long-time president of North Carolina College for Negroes (today’s North Carolina Central University), Liz Lundeen will examine the wartime politics of black institutional leaders as a means of understanding their contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Music on the Porch: Juanito Laguna, Thurs Oct 6 at 5:30 pm


Juanito Laguna plays Latin American Folk Music that originates from Bolivia, Perú, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico–and now calls North Carolina home. The band includes Christian Reyes (Charango, Andean flute, Panpipes), Nancy Lopez (Charango, Panpipes, Guitar), Fernanda Mediano (Laptop Conga, Bombo, Cabasa), Nickolide Hubnarine (Guitar, Colombian Tiple, Charango), and Ittai Korman (Bass). Samples of their music are available on ReverbNation and YouTube.

This event, which coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month, is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!

Music on the Porch: The Old Ceremony, Thurs, Sept 29 at 5:30pm


Since they formed in 2004, The Old Ceremony have built a unique body of recordings that evoke distinctive musical and lyrical sensibilities, while tapping into a rich, unmistakably Southern vein of melodic songcraft and vivid storytelling. The band appeared at Atlanta’s Summer Shade Festival in August, and they performed with The Connells at Raleigh’s Little Theater on September 17.

Taking their name from Leonard Cohen’s classic album, The Old Ceremony are singer/songwriter Django Haskins, drummer Dan Hall, vibes/organist Mark Simonsen, bassist Shane Hartman, and violinist Gabriel PelliTheir last album, Sprinter, was released in 2012 by Yep Roc Records, and you can hear them on ReverbNation and YouTube.

This event is free and open to the public, and it will happen RAIN OR SHINE! Wear galoshes and stay for a while!