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SRC Poster Session, Fri, Sept 23 at 3:00 pm

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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.

Music on the Porch: Ray Cashman, Thurs, Sept 22 at 5:30 pm

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Ray Cashman has been called a “gritty baritone” and “gumbo troubadour” that can “conjure up the ghosts of the Mississippi.” He has worked as a carpenter, a forklift driver, a mystery shopper, a field hand, a fry cook, a car salesman, a long-distance driver, a bartender, a store clerk, a plumber, a roofer, and a stay-at-home Dad.

Slow_DragBorn in Puerto Rico and raised in Texas, Cashman now resides in Nolensville, Tennessee, where he writes songs about “love, food, music, murder, illicit substances, and the yearning to leave small-town America.” His music is also influenced by his travels around the South (and abroad) and his love of Southern Gothic literature. Cashman’s sixth studio album, Slow Drag, is due out in October 2016, and clips are available on SoundCloud and ReverbNation.

This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!

Art Reception: The South in Color, Friday, Sept 16 at 5:30

Our Fall 2016 art exhibit features photographs from William Ferris’s latest book, The South in Color. Together with his two previous books, Give My Poor Heart Ease and The Storied South, The South in Color completes Ferris’s documentary trilogy on the South’s tumultuous twentieth century. Although color film was not commonly used by documentarians during the latter half of the twentieth century, Ferris found color to work in significant ways in the photographic journals he created of his world in all its permutations and surprises.

FerrisFerris writes, “These portraits are not of the region’s celebrities–such as Eudora Welty and B.B. King–whom I photographed and wrote about elsewhere. They are, rather, prison inmates, quilt makers, and roadside vendors, photographed as they went about their daily lives. Each person has a deep connection to the place in which she or he lives, and they share intimate ties to family and friends in those places.”

The reception will include light refreshments and a live performance by acclaimed jazz vocalist Yolanda Hall. This event, which is co-sponsored by UNC Press, is free and open to the public.

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October Has Come Again: Sun, Oct 30 at 2:00 pm

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Join us at the Carolina Inn for readings, panel discussion, and Q&A with some of the very best contemporary southern writers. Tony Earley will deliver the first-ever Blythe Family Lecture in Southern Literature, followed by additional readings and comments.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited. Please RSVP to X.

Southern Cultures: 21C Fiction Issue Launch, Sat, Oct 29 at 7:00 pm

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Join us at the 21C Museum Hotel in downtown Durham to launch our special (Fall 2016) issue on twenty-first century southern fiction. The issue includes six fantastic new short stories, critical essays on contemporary southern literature, and a who’s who literary roundtable feature titled “Twenty, Twenty-One.” This issue launch is one of several events planned for the month of October to honor southern writers and stories, past and present.

This event is free and open to the public.