Civil rights pioneer and legislator Julian Bond delivered the 2013 Charleston Lecture in Southern Affairs on November 19, 2013, with support from the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. Bond’s address, “Civil Rights, Then and Now,” followed the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, in which he played an important part. It also made clear his unwavering commitment to social justice. As W. Hodding Carter III, Professor of Public Policy and Leadership at UNC, says of Bond, “[He] has been an indomitable long-distance runner in the nation’s ongoing struggle over civil rights.”
View his entire speech below:
CSAS welcomes Jesse Alemán, Professor of English at the University of New Mexico, whose address, “Loreta Janeta Velazquez’s Civil War as a Cuban Woman and a Confederate Soldier,” will focus on a woman who masqueraded as Harry J. Buford, enlisted in the Confederate Army, and fought in several Civil War battles before her gender was discovered. Velazquez later published a memoir titled The Woman in Battle (1876), which recounts her cross-dressing military adventures. Professor Alemán will discuss how this narrative gives expression to an “internal civil war” between Velazquez’s sexual, gendered, cultural, linguistic, and religious identities. This lecture will be held at 4:30 in the Kresge Foundation Room, 039 Graham Memorial Hall.
Jesse Alemán has authored numerous articles in scholarly journals and edited collections, including American Literary History, The Oxford Handbook to Nineteenth-Century American Literature, and Hemispheric American Studies. He edited a reprinted version of The Woman in Battle (2003) and co-edited Empire and the Literature of Sensation (2007). Alemán has received awards for teaching excellence from both the University of New Mexico and Middlebury College, where he serves as a summer faculty member at the Bread Loaf School of English. He is currently at work on “Wars of Rebellion,” which considers Hispanic writings about the U.S. Civil War in the context of related wars in Cuba and Mexico.
Please join us *in Person Hall* for an Argentinian Tango Night with the Julian Hasse Quartet, appearing with David Garcia, Charanga Carolina, and a tango dance crew.
Julian Hasse was born in Buenos Aires and attended the Musicians Institute of Technology in Los Angeles as well as the Berklee Summer School. In Argentina, he developed a career as a bandoneon player, arranger, and orchestra conductor. From 2004-10 he served as a faculty member in the Academia Nacional del Tango in Buenos Aires. In 2006, he was selected to conduct a Tango Orchestra and to write original music for the World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany. As a music researcher, he has written scores of books about tango orchestration, bandoneon performance and repair, and the folk history of the bandoneon. He currently directs an Online Tango University from his home in Chapel Hill.
Join us for a lunchtime lecture by Rachel Willis, Professor of American Studies, discussing “Why the Panama Canal Expansion Matters to the Southern U.S.”
Construction on the Panama Canal’s “Third Set of Locks,” which began in 2008 and is projected for completion in 2015, will double the canal’s capacity and impact the global shipping industry. Half of the world’s container ships are too large to fit through the canal at present, and new container ships continue to be built ever bigger. The expansion project involves deepening approach channels in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, widening and deepening the Culebra Cut, constructing new locks on both the Pacific and Atlantic sides, and raising the maximum operating levels at Gatun Lake.
Willis, a labor economist, will explain how a larger, deeper Panama Canal – and the ability to ship goods more cheaply – could translate into expanded opportunities for American workers as well as reducing dependence on carbon-based fuels. You can read more about Professor Willis’s work and view a slide show of her photographs here.
The James A. Hutchins Lectures
Named for James A. Hutchins Jr. (1917–2002), a distinguished Carolina alumnus who spent most of his life fighting world hunger, the Hutchins Lecture Series has been generously funded by the Hutchins Family Foundation since the 2010–11 season. Speakers are selected with attention to their ability to bring scholarly material to mixed public and academic audiences. Consistent with the Chancellor’s emphasis on outreach and engagement, the Hutchins Lectures bring faculty and students into conversation with community members to discuss issues of common topical interest. Hutchins Lectures are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, they are held at 4:30pm in the Kresge Foundation Common Room (039) at the Johnson Center for Undergraduate Excellence in Graham Memorial Hall. (Previous Hutchins Lectures)