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Film Screening: Getting Back to Abnormal, Full Frame Theater, Wednesday, November 19 at 7:00 pm

Join us at the Full Frame Theater in Durham’s American Tobacco Campus for a provocative exploration of Southern race and politics on film, followed by a Q&A with Directors Paul Stekler and Andrew Kolker.

abnormalstillNew Orleans’ long history of political dysfunction and complicated racial dynamics gets a new lease on life when Stacy Head, a polarizing white woman, wins a seat on the city council after the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Four years later, she needs black votes to get reelected. But will her record of blunt racial talk doom her chances? GETTING BACK TO ABNORMAL follows the unlikely odd couple of Head and her irrepressible black political advisor, Barbara Lacen-Keller, as they try to navigate New Orleans’ treacherous political scene. With its cast of only-in-New-Orleans characters, Getting Back to Abnormal is a provocative and amusing look at race in America, set against the backdrop of the city’s rich culture. The film had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival and was nationally broadcast on the PBS series POV in August 2014. You can view a behind-the-scenes discussion between the producers about portraying New Orleans on film here.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Southern Oral History Program, the Southern Documentary Fund, and Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies.

Music on the Porch: Faculty Jazz Quintet, Thursday, October 23 at 5:30 pm

We’re celebrating the final Music on the Porch performance of the semester with free pizza! Join us at the Love House for an exciting performance by five of UNC’s very own jazz virtuosos. Led by Professor Jim Ketch (trumpet), the quintet also includes Professors Stephen Anderson (piano), Juan Alamo (vibes), Jason Foureman (bass) and Dan Davis (drums). Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!

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The UNC Jazz Studies area serves a growing undergraduate student population through a variety of classroom courses in jazz history, improvisation, harmony, and composition/arranging. A highly successful Summer Jazz Workshop is attracting high school, collegiate, and adult learners from across NC and beyond. Students perform in the UNC Jazz Band, 4-5 Jazz Combos, and Charanga Carolina. Students also have the opportunity to perform with distinguished guest jazz artists. Recent guests have included Kate McGarry, Dave Pietro, Luis Bonilla, Eric Alexander, Rodney Whitaker, Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis, Dave Stryker, Joel Frahm, Joe Magnarelli, Gary Smulyan, Scott Wendholt, Steve Wilson, and many others. The UNC Jazz Band and Jazz Combos have recorded 4 compact disks and Charanga Carolina recently released their second recording.

Tell About the South: Sharon Holland, Tuesday, October 21 at 12:30 pm

slj_coverSharon P. Holland (Editor), along with Managing Editor Kathleen Crosby, will speak about their work transitioning SLJ (The Southern Literary Journal) from the Department of English & Comparative Literature to UNC’s Department of American Studies. Taking a very well-known journal from its home in literary studies to a journal with interdisciplinary content is no small feat, and the editors will outline their process as well as sharing their thoughts on Southern Studies, the publishing industry, and contemporary scholarship in American Studies, more broadly.

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Holland is a graduate of Princeton University (1986) and holds a PhD in English and African American Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1992). She is the author of Raising the Dead: Readings of Death and (Black) Subjectivity  (Duke UP, 2000), which won the Lora Romero First Book Prize from the American Studies Association (ASA) in 2002. She is also co-author of a collection of trans-Atlantic Afro-Native criticism with Professor Tiya Miles (American Culture, UM, Ann Arbor) entitled Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country (Duke UP, 2006). Professor Holland is also responsible for bringing a feminist classic, The Queen is in the Garbage by Lila Karp to the attention of The Feminist Press (Summer 2007) for publication (2007). She is the author of The Erotic Life of Racism (Duke UP, 2012), a theoretical project that explores the intersection of Critical Race, Feminist, and Queer Theory. She is also at work on the final draft of another book project entitled simply, “little black girl.” You can see her work on food, writing and all things equestrian on her blog, theprofessorstable.wordpress.com. She is currently at work on a new project, “Perishment”: an investigation of the human/animal distinction and the place of discourse on blackness within that discussion. She is presently Professor in and Associate Chair of the Department of American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.

This event is co-sponsored by UNC Press. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Patrick Horn at pathorn@unc.edu.

Fall 2014 music series

Bring a picnic and join us on the lawn for our fall Music on the Porch programming!  All shows take place at 5:30 PM on the Center’s porch and lawn (see below for address). Check out the full line-up–from old time to hip-hop, and Irish reels to jazz.


Thursday, August 28

Shirlette Ammons & jocElyn Ellis
Hip-hop

Friday, September 12
Wayne Martin & friends
Old time

Monday, September 22
Liz Knowles on the Irish fiddle
with Open the Door for Three

Thursday, September 25
UNC Student Jazz Combo

Wednesday, October 1
Artist and musician Lonnie Holley
Soul & improvised sounds

Thursday, October 9
Joe Troop & Diego Sanchez
Acoustic world music duo

Thursday, October 23
UNC Faculty Jazz Quintet

Center for the Study of the American South
410 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Songs from the Struggle: An Evening of Music with Mary D. Williams, Tuesday, October 14

MWilliamsJoin us at Chapel Hill Public Library as we welcome acclaimed gospel singer Mrs. Mary D. Williams for an educational evening of performance and participation.  Mrs. Williams, recognized as one of the best gospel singers in the country, will sing protest songs from the Civil Rights Era and examine their connections to the Slavery Era and the Negro spirituals of that time.  Mary will ask the audience to participate as she teaches how to sing the songs and how to use music to understand our shared history.

Mary has traveled to more than 40 colleges and universities, more than 30 public schools, over 100 churches, a dozen libraries, and seven public school teachers’ institutes, offering week-long training sessions for teachers. She has taught, along with friend and colleague Dr. Timothy B. Tyson, a community-based college course, “The South in Black and White: History, Culture and Politics in the 20th Century South,” for the past six years. She currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.

Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room B