Join us for a public poster session, as our 2016 grant and fellowship recipients present their summer (and ongoing) research with the Southern Research Circle (SRC). Successful applicants were awarded from UNC-Chapel Hill’s departments of Geography, Anthropology, Music, English & Comparative Literature, City & Regional Planning, and American Studies.
These students examined competing models of municipal recovery after major storms, engaged in archeological digs, performed with Afro-Cuban jazz musicians, and interviewed survivors of environmental disasters, to mention just a few of their impressive projects. Stop by to see the exciting new directions these young scholars are moving in their respective fields of study. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
“Manners, Memory, and Murder in America’s Holy City”
Sometimes called the “Holy City,” Charleston, South Carolina is one of America’s oldest and most historic cities. It has won numerous awards for its residents’ politeness, and it has been chosen as a top destination for world travelers. However, the nation was shocked by the racially motivated murders that occurred at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the summer of 2015. The reverberations of this tragic event were felt most powerfully across the South, where they amplified ongoing and crucial debates about the region’s understanding of history, memory, and race. In this lecture, Powers will examine the meaning of what happened in Charleston, the cultural intro-spection it triggered, and its ongoing significance for understanding life in the South today.
Bernard E. Powers, Professor of History at the College of Charleston, has published numerous works on African American social and cultural evolution. His book Black Charlestonians: A Social History 1822-1885 (University of Arkansas Press, 1994) won a Choice Award for Best Academic Books. Powers also served as associate editor for The South Carolina Encyclopedia (Columbia: USC Press, 2006), and he recently co-authored We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel (Thomas Nelson, 2016).
This lecture, to be held in the Pleasants Family Room at Wilson Library, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Join us for the first live show of Fall 2016! Last year, the undergraduate a cappella singers of Harmonyx wowed us with their awesome vocals, harmonies, and beatboxing. We are thrilled to host them once again for UNC’s Week of Welcome.
Founded in 1995 by members of the Black Student Movement, Harmonyx performs old and new favorites from R&B, Hip Hop, Gospel, Soul, and Pop–delivering rhythm and gaining audience since their creation. But don’t take our word for it–you can view their 20th anniversary concert here.
This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!
The Southern Culture Movie Series, sponsored by the UNC Writing Center, continues on July 7th with a screening of the 2008 documentary Moving Midway.
Here’s how the film’s website describes it:
“When New York film critic Godfrey Cheshire returns home to North Carolina in early 2004 and hears that his cousin Charlie Silver plans to uproot and move the buildings of Midway Plantation, their family’s ancestral home, an extraordinary, emotional journey begins…. Cheshire and Dr. Hinton examine how the Southern plantation, a crucial economic institution in early America, generated a powerful, bitterly contested mythology that was at the center of a string of American cultural milestones, from Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Birth of a Nation to Gone with the Wind and Roots. After the old manor house and outbuildings reach their new foundations, Cheshire makes contact with the some of the African American cousins whose existence he had never suspected. Their interest in the past they share with Cheshire’s relatives means that, by the time of its reopening, Midway’s ‘family’ has been forever redefined, its past illumined in ways that cast a new light on the South’s (and America’s) status as a mixed-race society.”
This film, which will be screened in 116 Murphey Hall, is free and open to the public.