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We have a podcast!

We are thrilled to launch our podcast Southern Futures to tell stories of the diverse and changing South hosted by our own Melody Hunter-Pillion.

We are launched our first two episodes with Tyree Daye, Dr. Blair L.M. Kelley and Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery.

Visit our podcast page here.






Tyree Daye, a poet from Youngsville, N.C., talks of a deeper home and a poetic connection to the South felt by artists and non-artists alike. He also explains how artists try to create the empathy needed to consider someone else’s lived experience.

Listen to his episode here





Dr. Blair L.M. Kelley, North Carolina State University professor of history and Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and International Programs for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery, Director of the Center for the Study of the American South, talk about social movements and the tough conversations we must have about our past in order to achieve a shared future.

Listen to their episode here.




Malinda Maynor Lowery is a Professor of History at UNC-Chapel Hill and Director of the Center for the Study of the American South. She is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Her second book, The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle, was published by UNC Press in September 2018.  Her first book, Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation (UNC Press, 2010), won several awards, including Best First Book of 2010 in Native American and Indigenous Studies and the Labriola American Indian Center National Book Prize from Arizona State University



Steve Weiss, Curator Southern Folklife Collection UNC


Steve Weiss is the Curator of the Southern Folklife Collection at the Wilson Special Collections Library at UNC Chapel Hill, one of the nation’s foremost archives of Southern music, art, and culture. He has produced several reissues with YepRoc Records including Doc Watson, Live at Club 47, Tia Blake: Paris and Montreal Demos, and Dolly Parton’s first 45rpm single “Puppy Love/Girl Left Alone.” Steve’s articles have appeared in No Depression and ARSC Journal.

Listen to his episode here.


Courtney Rivard

Courtney Rivard on “Stories, Crisis, and Survival” – From TV newscasts to social media, so much of what we know about current social movements, COVID-19 or other issues is shaped by narratives. Courtney Rivard, a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and Director of the Digital Literacy Communications Lab, demonstrates how compelling stories similarly shaped our perception of the South during the Great Depression. The conversation explores the power of storytelling during times of crisis. What is the impact of storytelling on our collective memory and ability to resolve issues?

Listen to her episode here.


Southern Futures is a podcast powered by the Southern Futures initiative, a new collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences, UNC Libraries, the Center for the Study of the American South and other units of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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