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The Center for the Study of the American South, which hosts Southern Cultures, the Southern Oral History Program, Critical Ethnic Studies, and leads UNC’s Southern Futures Initiative, is changing the conversation about the American South using the world-class research and teaching that UNC offers. This year, we engaged in community collaborations, created spaces (virtual and physical) for conversations, and supported scholarship to examine challenges and encourage dialogue. Through virtual webinars, peer-reviewed journal essays, and oral history teaching and research, we continue to develop rigorous analysis and resources to promote understanding and problem-solving. CSAS embodies the truth that “to give is to receive.”

As much as this final newsletter of 2020 looks back at the year, it also begins with one of our most current and forward-looking projects: “Reckoning with Silent Sam,” the first phase of our Imagining UNC’s Future with Art initiative.


Our December 2020 Newsletter t introduces Phase 1 (Imagining UNC’s Future with Art) of the “Reckoning with Silent Sam project. The newsletter takes a look at the year behind us and envisions collaborations for 2021.

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