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Hutchins Conversation: Jason Oliver Chang, Tues, Mar 20 at 4:30 pm

Anti-Chinese Racism and the Making of the Mexican Mestizo

Jason Oliver Chang is Assistant Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. At UConn he is an affiliated faculty member with the Maritime Studies Institute as well as the Institute of Latinx, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies and the Associate Director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute. In 2010 Jason earned his PhD in Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Chino: Anti-Chinese Racism in Mexico, 1880-1940 (University of Illinois Press, 2017) and co-author of Asian America: A Primary Source Reader (Yale University Press, 2017). He has published articles in the Journal for Asian American Studies, the Pacific Historical Review, and the Journal of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures in the Americas. Jason’s current work rewrites Asian American history from the perspective of Chinese, South Asian, and Filipino sailors to think how racial formations work at sea.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the University Room at Hyde Hall. Special thanks to our co-sponsors: the Department of American Studies, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, the Department of Asian Studies, the Carolina Asia Center, the Chinese Undergraduate Student Association, the Carolina Hispanic Association, the Latina/o Studies Program, the Center for Global Initiatives, and the Institute for Arts and Humanities.

Music on the Porch: Ryan Cavanaugh & Rex McGee, Thurs, March 22 at 5:30 pm

Our Spring 2018 Music on the Porch season opens with two of the best banjo players in the world. Ryan Cavanaugh gained early fame as a young musician, sharing stages with with traditional greats like Doc Watson, Doug Dillard, and John McEuen. Béla Fleck–to whom Cavanaugh is often compared–has called him “one of the best technical players ever.” Ryan’s latest release, with C Lanzbom of Soulfarm and Deadgrass, is Every Note the Heart Can Play (2017).

Born in Winston-Salem, NC and raised on a family farm near Sauratown Mountain, Rex McGee had early formal training on the piano and fiddle. He learned to play from his father Will, a left-handed fiddler who learned from his father on a fiddle made out of a gourd. Rex enjoys performing in various musical genres: rock with Celtic stars Brynmor, traditional and original folk tunes with contra dance group Footloose, and jazz/folk with vocalist Martha Bassett. He is known by 3-finger style banjo players all over the world as a vanguard innovator on an instrument of humble origins.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 5:00 pm in the Park Place parking lot, approximately two blocks from the Love House & Hutchins Forum. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!

Making America: Immigration & Entrepreneurship in North Carolina, Tues, March 27 at 7:00 pm

Our 2018 Chandler Conversation in Southern Business History features four leading entrepreneurs who hail from around the world but now call North Carolina home. Please join us in the FedEx Global Education Center for this free panel discussion. Parking is free after 5:00 pm in the McCauley parking deck, directly below the FedEx Center.

Utibe Udoh is the owner of African Land, a retail establishment in Durham that specializes in African clothing, jewelry, sculptures, paintings, and other cultural products. Founded in 1989, the store is a “tribute to Motherland, Africa,” promoting African culture and heritage in North Carolina. Born in Lagos State, Nigeria, Udoh moved to Durham in 1981 to attend college. He received his B.A. in accounting from North Carolina Central University and an MBA from Campbell University.

Uli Bennewitz was born in Lima, Peru, raised in a small Bavarian village in Germany, and educated in Devon, England. He first came to the U.S. in 1980, and his first job was to clear 9,000 acres of farmland in eastern North Carolina. Hoping to build a healthier local food system without chemicals and factory food processing, Bennewitz built the Weeping Radish in Grandy, which has since grown into a 24-acre farm, brewery, butchery / charcuterie, and restaurant complex. He has been credited with inspiring the “brewpub bill” that enabled the microbrewing industry to boom in North Carolina.

Perla Saitz is the Program Director and Co-Owner (with Rebeca Cabrera) of the CHICLE Language Institute in Chapel Hill. The institute offers classes in language and literature for children and adults, as well as translation and interpreting services in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, Portuguese, Karen, Burmese, Kinyarwanda, and Swahili. Saitz was born in Mexico City, but she has lived in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area since 1999. Cabrera is from Costa Rica, and she moved to North Carolina in 2009.

Amit Singh co-founded Spectraforce Technologies in 2004. Spectraforce is a global IT consulting, workforce solutions and IT outsourcing services firm with corporate headquarters in Raleigh and 11 offices/development centers across the U.S., India, and Jamaica. Amit moved from India to the United States in 1997 and completed the Executive MBA program at Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2003. Today, Spectraforce provides a portfolio of consulting, staffing, and outsourcing services and solutions to a broad range of clients and industries worldwide.

This panel discussion will be moderated by LaChaun Banks. Banks is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where she studied global economics, trade, and development. She also attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong and earned an Executive MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School. As Associate Director for NCGrowth, Banks leads programs in economic development and manages teams that support local start-ups and businesses in rural areas. She specializes in creating jobs and equitable opportunities for people across the state.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors: the Center for Global Initiatives, the Carolina Asia Center, the Department of Asian Studies, the Latina/o Studies Program at UNC-CH, the Carolina Hispanic Association, the Center for European Studies, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, NCGrowth, and the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise.

Music on the Porch: Orquestra GarDel, Thurs, Mar 29 at 5:30 pm

With a dizzying repertoire that includes salsa dura, jazz, and Afro-Cuban-inflected originals, Durham’s Orquesta GarDel is one of the most respected salsa groups in the region. Co-founded in 2006 by UNC ethnomusicology professor David Garcia, the group boasts a dynamic roster that connects Latino/a performers with musicians from various cultural backgrounds.

Completamente multinacional, pero con un sabor especial de Carolina del Norte, Orquesta GarDel emociona al público con una experiencia enérgica de música de baile latina. La gran orquesta de trece miembros reproduce el formato clásico de un conjunto Nuyorican de salsa dura repleto de metales, percusión y coros, con en sus propios arreglos de canciones de los grandes artistas de salsa, cumbia y merengue. 

Bring a picnic blanket (or your dancing shoes) and stay for a while! This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 5:00 pm in the Park Place parking lot, approximately two blocks from the Love House & Hutchins Forum. Special thanks to our co-sponsors, the Carolina Hispanic Association and the Latina/o Studies Program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Music on the Porch: Che Apalache, Thurs, April 5 at 5:30 pm

Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. The group’s founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While playing the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time for a living. That’s how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar), and Martin Bobrik (mandolin).

In 2017 the band received grants from the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to tour the United States. At the prestigious Appalachian String Band Music Festival, they were awarded first place in the Neo-Traditional band competition. Evoking stories and images from Appalachia to the Andes, their debut album Latingrass reflects a powerful cultural and musical exchange. Catch a listen on YouTube or WUNC’s The State of Things.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 5:00 pm in the Park Place parking lot, approximately two blocks from the Center. Special thanks to our co-sponsors, Carolina Hispanic Association and the UNC Latina/o Studies Program. Trae una manta de picnic y quédate un rato!