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Student-curated Civil War Exhibit at Wilson Library, Thursday, April 24 at 5:00 pm

drummerboyJoin us at UNC’s Wilson Library for the opening reception of a student-curated exhibit on Civil War poetry, fiction, images, and other archival materials. The exhibit, titled Imagining the U.S. Civil War, 1861-1900, grew out of a course on American literature taught by Professor Eliza Richards.

The students will explain and provide context for the items they selected and researched. Among the items on view will be The Woman in Battle, Loreta Janeta Velazquez’s 1876 memoir about fighting in the Civil War disguised as a man, and an 1862 poem, “Sinking of the Cumberland,” which describes an early instance of modern naval warfare.

Film Screening & Discussion, Friday, April 11 at 7:00 pm

Editor & Dragon

Please join CSAS and the N.C. Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists as we present a free screening of The Editor and the Dragon in the Freedom Forum. Produced and directed by Walt Campbell and Martin Clark, this film relates the story of a small-town newspaper editor and his confrontation with the Ku Klux Klan. Following the film screening, we will host a panel discussion featuring Ken Ripley, veteran publisher, owner, and editor of the Spring Hope Enterprise; Cash Michaels, award-winning editor, chief reporter/ photographer and columnist for The Carolinian; and Phoebe Zerwick, prize-winning investigative journalist with the Winston-Salem Journal and O, The Oprah Magazine. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jock Lauterer, a Senior Lecturer in community journalism at UNC.

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In 1953, Horace Carter earned a Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service for his reporting on the KKK. Carter persevered in the face of death threats and used the editorial authority of North Carolina’s Tabor City Tribune to protest the Klan’s racist rhetoric and vigilantism. Carter’s bold reporting and the unwavering integrity of his editorials helped lead to the first federal intervention in the South during that era and to the arrest and conviction of nearly 100 klansmen. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this documentary film relates the story of Carter’s courage and the battle for the soul of a small North Carolina town.

Southern Feminisms Panel at the Stone Center, Wednesday, April 9 at 7:00 pm

Southern FeminismsThe Carolina Women’s Center and the Southern Oral History Program present a speaker and panel discussion with graduate students, recent alumni, and current student activists on intersectional feminist identities and southern culture.

The speakers will discuss histories of feminist activism across diverse communities in the southern United States. This event will encourage group discussions about individuals’ personal experiences with feminisms in the South and provide an opportunity to learn about oral history collection as a tool for sharing these stories. This event, to be held in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, is free and open to the public.


Anna Krome-Lukens, PhD, U.S. History, UNC-Chapel Hill

Sarah McNamara, PhD Candidate, U.S. History, UNC-Chapel Hill

Ivanna Gonzalez, Autry Fellow, MDC

Don Vappie and Cheick Hamala Diabaté at Duke, Wednesday, April 9 at 12:00 pm

The Banjo and the Ngoni

ConvergeNC Southern Music Festival, April 3-5, 2014

ConvergeNC logoCSAS is pleased to co-sponsor ConvergeNC 2014! Back for a second year, the festival features a variety of musical acts from campus and the local area as well as points north, south, east, and west.

Thursday, April 3rd, Clockwork Kids will play from their new album Rememory with a light show at the Morehead Planetarium. Élève will open. Tickets are $10, including a copy of Rememory. Doors at 7:00, show at 7:38.

Friday, April 4th, Mipso will headline at the Cat’s Cradle, with the Punch Brothers’ Chris Eldridge supporting. Tickets are $12 presale, $15 day of. Doors at 8:00, show at 9:00. Later that night, ConvergeNC will present a North Carolina hip-hop showcase in the Cat’s Cradle Back Room.

Saturday, April 5th, legendary old-time singer Alice Gerrard and Hiss Golden Messenger’s Mike Taylor will discuss authenticity in Southern Music at UNC’s Gerrard Hall. Doors at 12:30, discussion at 1:00. Beginning at 3:30, ConvergeNC 2014 will present the following artists at UNC’s Bell Tower Amphitheater: Floating Action, Rome Fortune, Ryan Gustafson, Dark Water Rising, T0w3rs, Ghostt Bllonde, and Myrna and Claudia Lopez Bascunan.

ConvergeNC 2013

ConvergeNC is sponsored by Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, UNC Student Congress, the Carolina Union Activities Board, the Orange County Arts Commission, the North Carolina Humanities Council, Mills Rentals, the Center for the Study of the American South, Hickory Tavern, the Center for Global Initiatives, the UNC American Studies and Music Departments, Whole Foods, Carrboro Coffee Roasters, Townsend Bertram, the ArtsCenter, and Steel String Brewery.


View some highlights from last year’s festival here.