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Tell About the South: Kimberly Kyser, Thurs, Feb 22 at 12:30 pm — This Event is Full

Talking about table manners is a prickly proposition–and big business in the twenty-first century. Join us for a “proper” southern luncheon with Kimberly Kyser, author of Ticket, a thoroughly modern etiquette book that demystifies the dreaded prissiness of “proper” behavior. Kyser draws on personal experience, historical research, and humor to remind us that social skills—especially table manners—are important and will always be a mainstay of civilized conduct. 

Born in Hollywood and raised in North Carolina, Kimberly Kyser graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Art History. She then studied at the Parson’s School of Design, New York, and later earned a B.F.A. in painting at the Atlanta College of Art (now SCAD). After a career in the fine arts with exhibitions in the Southeast and works in private and public collections in the US and abroad, she opened Kimberly Kyser, Inc. to design and manufacture special occasion clothing. She has 30 original pieces on display as part of the 20th century fashion design collection at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte.

This event is at maximum capacity, but we hope to offer another one like it soon.

Co-sponsored event: Frederick Douglass’s Legacies

Art by Blake Chamberlain

As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s birth, we consider the following questions: What would Frederick Douglass think of 2018? What did his contemporaries think of him? What was Douglass’s impact, then and now? What is (y)our understanding of this great historical figure?

Join us at the Chapel Hill Public Library in Meeting Room B on Thursday, Feb 22 at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors: Carolina Public Humanities, Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro, and Orange County NAACP chapter.

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UNC graduate students, applications for the following are due on March 5th!

Applications for the Center’s 2018-19 Postdoctoral Fellowship are due on March 13th, and more information about CSAS funding opportunities is available here.

SOHP Audio Competition: The Sonic South / Persistence

Since 1973, the Southern Oral History Program has worked to preserve the voices of the southern past. We have collected more than 5,000 interviews with people from all walks of life—from mill workers to civil rights leaders to future presidents of the United States. Made available through UNC’s renowned Southern Historical Collection online, these interviews capture the vivid personalities, poignant personal stories, and behind-the-scenes decision-making that bring history to life.

In order to introduce wider audiences to this trove of Southern narratives, and to support a growing community of audio producers, we are thrilled to announce our new audio competition, The Sonic South. For our inaugural competition, we’re focusing on the theme of Persistence. Women’s voices are central to the SOHP’s collection. Their stories help us understand the social and economic changes that people across the South have experienced and initiated. Women’s leadership and activism—their persistence—have been key to many of the central movements of our time. Of course, not all women have embraced change; persistence can also mean the ongoing power of old traditions and old ways of thinking. But no matter what our politics or our outlook, all our lives have been indelibly shaped by these stories. Read more about the competition here, and learn how to submit.

Hutchins Conversation: Lisa McKeithan, Tues, March 6 at 4:30 pm

Health and the Humanities in Practice: Using a Liberal Arts Approach to Rural Health Challenges in North Carolina

Lisa McKeithan (far right) and the CommWell Health team accept an award for their work

Lisa McKeithan, MS, CRC, is Director and HIV/AIDS Researcher at CommWell Health Clinics in Dunn, North Carolina, an award-winning not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center. McKeithan is Director of CommWell Health’s NC-REACH program, which serves patients who are both HIV-positive and homeless. The National Rural Health Association named it Outstanding Program of the Year, and McKeithan the Outstanding Educator of the Year. In conversation with Dr. Martha King, Teaching Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill, McKeithan will discuss the ways in which the humanities and social sciences shape her approach to healthcare in the rural South.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in 039 Graham Memorial Hall.