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Co-sponsored event: Migration Studies Social, Tues, Sept 26 at 5:15 pm

Fall 2017 Music on the Porch Series

Join us on the lawn for our 2017 Fall Music on the Porch series!

September 7: Kamara Thomas (Cosmic Americana)
September 21: Violet Bell (Lizzy Ross & Omar Ruiz-Lopez)
September 28: Gabriel Pelli & Will Ridenour (Roots Music from Two Continents)

All performances are free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!

Confederate Symbols in the Public Square: A Roundtable

What do people choose to see or not to see about the American South? What should we commemorate as southerners/ Americans? Whose history do Confederate symbols represent? Even if you can’t attend in person, please listen to our latest episode of Press Record here or watch the roundtable online via Livestream here.



Join us at the Friday Center Auditorium for a roundtable discussion on Confederate Symbols in the Public Square. Our panelists are Sheffield Hale, President and CEO of the Atlanta History Center; Blair L.M. Kelley, Associate Professor of History and Assistant Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies at N.C. State University, and Grace Hale, Commonwealth Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Virginia. This event, co-sponsored by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History and the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, is free and open to the public.

Image courtesy of Susana Raab/INSTITUTE.


Music on the Porch: Violet Bell, Thurs, Sept 21 at 5:30 pm

Based out of Durham, NC, Violet Bell is an original indie duo striving to create “folk-soul music that sings in your bones.” Lizzy Ross has made a name for herself with stirring original songs and “a voice like cigarettes and the smoothest whiskey you’ve ever tasted” (Chicago RedEye). She won FloydFest’s On the Rise contest and has been awarded the Carolina Music Award for best rock female and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council. Multi-instrumentalist Omar Ruiz-Lopez (Jonathan Byrd, Crystal Bright, the Durham Symphony Orchestra) elevates the music with violin, guitar, cello, mandolin, and stellar vocal harmonies. You can view and hear a sample of their music here.

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

Rocket Launch: Tues, Sept 19 at 5:30 pm

Join us at the Love House & Hutchins Forum as we celebrate the publication of Gabrielle Calvocoressi‘s new book of poetry, Rocket Fantastic. Calvocoressi teaches creative writing at UNC-Chapel Hill, and she recently assumed duties as poetry editor for Southern Cultures. We’ll also hear some poetry by Tyree Daye, longtime editor of Raleigh Review and author of What You and The Devil Do to Stay Warm (2015).

While she was working on the manuscript, Calvocoressi shared some insights with the Boston Review: “There are three ‘speakers’ in the manuscript: a young man who is deployed in a jungle war in the late 1960s, his sister who is living in the Hollywood Hills, and the bandleader with whom she has become involved (whose band is called Rocket Fantastic). I’m not sure how it will turn all out but there’s something in the variation of voices and the way pieces manage to live in a kind of mystery that resists clear narrative while still telling a story that feels intimate and deeply challenging for me as a writer. And that’s all I want from my work: to push me to a place where failure is always possible and sometimes really wonderful things occur that transform me.”

You can read excerpts from the book here, and you can buy it now from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite local bookstore. Extra credit for anyone who finishes the book before the party!