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Music on the Porch: Eric Przedpelski & Friends, Thursday, March 23 at 5:30 pm

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The premiere Spring show of the Center’s Music on the Porch series will be a tribute to the soul of the late, great David “Fathead” Newman. While some may not recognize his name, most recognize his sound, made famous by numerous Ray Charles hits from the 1950s and 60s. Connecting in their early twenties, Newman and Charles played together for twelve years. Their recordings from those years have been a major influence on the musical journey of saxophonist Eric Przedpelski, who looks forward to sharing some of Fathead’s favorite songs.

Przedpelski will be joined by Mark Templeton (piano) and Nat Reeves (bass), who have played together since their youth. Templeton enjoyed early success, sharing the stage with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, and Kenny Garrett. Reeves is one of the most widely respected jazz bassists in history, having toured and recorded with Sonny Stitt, Jackie McLean, Kenny Garrett, Pharaoh Sanders, Pat Metheney, John Scofield, and Curtis Fuller. Joining the group on drums is one the most respected drummers from the Triangle Area, Jake Buchanan.

Please come out and join us for this historic evening! This show is free and open to the public.

Art @ the Center: Fear of A Black Marker, Friday, March 10 at 5:30 pm

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Join us at the Center for the opening of Keith Knight‘s “Fear of a Black Marker: Political Cartoons.” Knight’s syndicated series include The K Chronicles, (Th)ink, and The Knight Life.

The K Chronicles has won the Glyph Award “Best Comic Strip” multiple times, most recently in 2010. Knight was awarded the Comic-Con Inkpot Award for career achievement in San Diego.

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

Hutchins Lecture: Robert Gipe, Thurs, March 9 at 4:30 pm

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“Storytellers and Sociopaths: Thoughts on How We Define Reality from Post-Obama Appalachia”

This lecture will explore connections between the rich storytelling tradition, grinding economic challenges, hard political choices, despair, and hope experienced by people in the southeast Kentucky coalfields. Gipe will read from his previously published fiction, and he will address the creation of the Higher Ground community performances, a series of oral history-based theater events in Harlan County, Kentucky which have been running from 2003 to the present.

Gipe_TrampolineRobert Gipe is the author of the award-winning illustrated novel Trampoline (Ohio University Press, 2015). His short story “Dreadful Crash” appeared in the 21C Fiction Issue of Southern Cultures (Fall 2016). Gipe teaches at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, where he directs the Appalachian Studies program. He has worked previously as a pickle packer, a forklift driver, and a DJ.

This lecture, to be held in 039 Graham Memorial Hall, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Hubby Jenkins @ Night Light, Monday, March 6 at 8:30 pm

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Chandler Lecture: Trevon D. Logan & Caitlin Rosenthal, Mon, March 6 at 4:30 pm

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According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, economic historians have produced a number of new studies that “reshape how [we] view the connection between slavery and capitalism… show[ing] the role that coercion played in bringing about a modern market system that is more typically identified with freedom.” Was the economic rise of the West dependent upon slavery, or has the economic impact of cotton production been overstated? Have historians of cotton’s “empire” been playing fast and loose with the facts? Or have the economists become “champion nitpickers,” to quote Eric Foner, reducing history to “a source of numbers, a source of data to throw into their equations”?

This year’s Chandler Lecture in Southern Business History will be delivered by Trevon D. Logan and Caitlin Rosenthal. Logan, the Chair of Economics at Ohio State University, has published influential articles in economics, economic history, and sociology journals, as well as a forthcoming book with Cambridge University Press. Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of History at the University of California Berkeley, is the author of From Slavery to Scientific Management (forthcoming from Harvard University Press).

This lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Davis Research Hub, on the second floor of Davis Library. Light refreshments will be served.