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Drop by the Center for “Arts Everywhere Day,” Fri, April 7 from 1:00-3:00 pm

Our current art exhibit of Keith Knight’s political cartoons will be featured as part of Arts Everywhere Day, a campus-wide celebration of the arts in daily life. The core principles of the event are

  • The arts are for everyone.
  • Every space can be a creative space.
  • The arts create and share new meaning.
  • Curiosity and discovery enrich daily life.

Join us from 1:00-3:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

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Music on the Porch: Lenard D. Moore & University of Mount Olive Jazz Band, Thurs, April 6 at 5:30 pm

Join us at the Center Moorefor an inspirational evening of poetry and jazz! The University of Mount Olive Jazz Band, directed by Dr. William Ford, will perform classic jazz standards.  Discover the essentials of jazz music improvisation and techniques combined with the poetic voice as a jazz instrument.

Poet, essayist, and playwright Lenard D. Moore is Associate Professor of English at the University of Mount Olive. He was the first African American President of the Haiku Society of America. Moore founded the Carolina African American Writers Collective, and was co-founder of Washington Street Writers Group. He received the North Carolina Award for Public Literature in 2014 and his work has been featured in Southern Cultures.

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

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Follow Along on our Literary Tar Heel Tour!

Click here to access the virtual tour. 

Music on the Porch: Counterclockwise String Band, Thurs, March 30 at 5:30 pm

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Hailing from points as distant as Montgomery, Alabama and Winneconne, Wisconsin, Counterclockwise String Band is (L-R) Tad Smith (dobro), Alan Barnosky (guitar, vocals), Palmyra Romeo (bass), Michael Malek (banjo), and Robert Thornhill (mandolin). Bridging the traditional and the progressive, this Triangle-based quintet offers its own unique interpretations of time-tested melodies. You can enjoy their tunes on YouTube or their website.

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

Tell About the South: Darius Scott & Rachel Cotterman, Tues, March 28 at 12:30 pm

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Back Ways and “Good Roads”

Southern Oral History Program field scholars Darius Scott and Rachel Cotterman explore recent findings from Back Ways, an SOHP project that examines the relationship between infrastructure development and experiences of racial segregation in the rural American South. Their talk will focus on the activities of the North Carolina “Good Roads Movement,” Good_Roadsan influential Progressive Era (1890s-1920s) reform project that worked to improve rural roads. The movement was shaped by both appeals to historic agrarian racism and commitments to scientific objectivity. The result was a supposedly unbiased plan that effectively institutionalized inequitable road development. This talk will address the challenges and possibilities of combining archival research and oral history in exploring the rural South as shaped by public policy and lived experience. You can read more here and listen to a “Press Record” podcast about this project via SoundCloud or iTunes.

This talk is free and open to the public, but RSVPs to pathorn@unc.edu are appreciated. Light refreshments will be provided.