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Fall 2012 Events


1 – Hutchins Lecture with photographer Jim Wallace in conjunction with the exhibit, “Photographic Angles: News Photography in the North Carolina Collection.” 5 p.m. – Exhibit viewing and reception; 5:30 p.m. – Lecture, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library, UNC campus. In partnership with the UNC Library and Friends of the LibraryThe following day, November 2, Wallace will also participate in the Southern Oral History Program’s Civil Rights programming at the Jackson Center for Saving and Making History. Details TBA.

2 – (Co-sponsored event) “Witness to Rights: An Interactive Exhibit of Photos by Jim Wallace,” presented by the Southern Oral History Program and the Marian Cheek Jackson Center. 4:00 p.m. Exhibit Opening, 2nd floor, St. Joseph CME Church. Exhibit continues Saturday, 11:00-3:00, and Sunday, 10:00-3:00.

8 – (Co-sponsored event) New Orleans Rhythm & Blues with percussionist Uganda Roberts (Profesor Longhair) and pianist JoJo Herman (Widespread Panic). 11 am–12 pm, Hill Hall 107. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by CSAS, the Southern Folklife Collection, Department of History, Department of American Studies, and College of Arts & Sciences.

28 – Reception for Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian’s photography exhibit. Time TBA, Love House and Hutchins Forum.

29 – Hutchins Lecture with Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian. 4:30 pm, Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, 039 Graham Memorial Hall, UNC campus.


2 – (Co-sponsored event) Bluegrass! Tommy Edwards with Stan Brown, Michael Aldridge, and Dewey Brown. 11 am–12 pm, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by CSAS, the Southern Folklife Collection, Department of History, Department of American Studies, and College of Arts & Sciences.

4 – Southern Research Circlea poster session of graduate student research featuring the recipients of the CSAS Summer Research Grants, covering the fields of history, anthropology, folklore, religious studies, and geography. 4 pm, Love House and Hutchins Forum. Free and open to the public.

11 – Music on the Porch with Brett Harris, John Harrison, and Anna Rose Beck. Moderated by Alex Maiolo.

11 & 12 – New Voyages to Carolina: Defining the Contours of the Old North State. 2-day symposium taking a fresh look at NC history, hosted by UNC & NCCU. Former Center director Harry Watson will introduce keynote speaker and SOHP alumna Glenda Gilmore on October 11, 7 pm. Co-sponsored by CSAS, NC Dept. of Cultural Resources, NC Literary and Historical Association, UNC College of Arts & Sciences, UNC Dept. of History, and the Historical Society of North Carolina. For the full schedule, please click here.

25 – Music on the Porch with Mark D. Sanders, moderated by Jocelyn Neal. Co-sponsored by the Department of Music.

25 – (Co-sponsored event) Special fundraiser and preview of Aviva Kempner’s film-in-progress, The Rosenwald Schools (scheduled for completion in late 2012), 7:00 pm, Sonja Haynes Stone Center, UNC campus.

The North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office has documented a number of Rosenwald Schools in North Carolina. More than 800 were built in the state, more than any other state in the country, and Kempner’s film promises to provide even greater understanding of their legacy. This event, which will feature Kempner’s work-in-progress, seeks to raise additional funding for the film. For more information, please contact the Stone Center.


6 – Music on the Porch with Sally Spring, Joe Newberry, and M. C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger, moderated by Freddy Jenkins of WUNC-FM. 5:30 pm, Love House and Hutchins Forum.

7 – Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian, “In This Timeless Time: Living and Dying on Death Row in America,” documentary photography on view through the Fall 2012 semester, Love House and Hutchins Forum.

12 – (Co-sponsored event) Stuart Rockoff, “Southern Jews in the Crucible of Civil Rights,” 7:30 pm, William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Ed. For more information, please contact the Center for Jewish Studies.

13 – Charleston Lecture: “The South and the 2012 Presidential Election,” with Earl Black, Herbert S. Autrey Emeritus Professor, Political Science, Rice University, introduced by Harry Watson, Atlanta Alumni Distinguished Professor of History. 5:00 pm, Hyde Hall, UNC campus.

15 & 16 – (Supported event) Special performances of the one-act original play, Nina Simone…What More Can I Say?, at 7pm and 2pm, respectively, Stone Center Auditorium. From September 13 through November 30, the Stone Center will also exhibit rare photographs, personal letters, and other documents of the acclaimed singer’s life in the Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Stone Center.

18 – (Co-sponsored event) Blues and R&B superstar Bobby Rush in a rare solo performance! 11 am–12 pm, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by CSAS, the Southern Folklife Collection, Department of History, Department of American Studies, and College of Arts & Sciences.

20 – (Supported event) 3rd Annual Carolina Piedmont Blues Benefit, featuring live performances by John Dee Holeman and Lightnin’ Wells. 5:00–7:00 pm, Love House and Hutchins Forum. Free and open to the public.

The benefit is sponsored by Sustaining Roots Music (SOOTS), a community project of the Raleigh Charter High School, which seeks to foster an appreciation of traditional southern music and support the musicians who make it. For more information, please visit

27 – Hutchins Lecture: “Law and Politics on the Edge: North Carolina’s Latest Chapter in Redistricting,” with Kareem U. Crayton, JD PhD, Associate Professor, UNC School of Law, introduced by Daniel Gitterman, Associate Professor of Public Policy, UNC. 4:30 pm, Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, 039 Graham Memorial Hall, UNC campus.

Spring 2012 Events


19 – Hutchins Lecture with Paul Reyes. 4:30 p.m. at the Johnson Center for Undergraduate Excellence, UNC-Campus. Details here …

21 & 22 – 6th Annual Global South Conference, “The Changing Face of the American South: Demographic Shifts and Migrations.” Fed-Ex Global Education Center, UNC-CH Campus. Details here …

26 – Music on the Porch with Maria AlbaniHeather McEntire and Shirlette Ammons. Moderated by Freddie Jenkins, host of Back Porch Music on WUNC-FM. 5:30 p.m. at the Love House, 410 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. Complete details…


14 – Community Pie Day celebration featuring a performance by the Sacrificial Poets, North Carolina’s premier youth poetry and spoken word organization, and the first internationally competing youth performance poetry team in the state.  6 p.m. at the Love House, 410 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill.

22 – Hutchins Lecture with Tomiko Brown-Nagin. 4:30 p.m. at the Johnson Center for Undergraduate Excellence, UNC-Campus. Details here….

23 – Concert for the American Indian graduate recruitment weekend here at the Love House. The performance will feature UNC Faculty members Malinda Maynard Lowery and Dan Cobb, Clyde Ellis of Elon University, along with expert steel guitar player and blues historian John Troutman from U of LA-Lafayette. 6 p.m. at the Love House, 410 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill.

29 – Music on the Porch, featuring Eric HirshKim Arrington, and Peter Lamb. Moderated by Sylvia Pfeiffenberger, a music journalist and ethnomusicologist. 5:30 p.m. at the Love House, 410 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill.Details here…

Fall 2011 Events


4 – Symposium, “A Radical Nation of Democracy: Law, Race, and Albion Tourgée, 1865-1905”


26 – CSAS Benefit Dinner

Spring 2011 Events


11 – Art @ the Center Closing Reception for artist Theresa Gloster, featuring live music by the Brachettes.


5 – Hutchins Lecture: “The Politics of Place,” with Barbara Ellen Smith, Virginia Polytechnic Institutes and State University.

6 – Charleston Lecture and benefit dinner with John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance.

12 – (Co-sponsored event) Daniel Wallace presents Big Fish. Cosponsored by the Department of English.

13 – Tell About the South Luncheon with Tammy Ingram, Center for the Study of the American South’s Post-Doctoral Fellow.

14 – Tell About the South Luncheon with Peter Rutkoff, Chair, American Studies, Kenyon College.

28 – Music on the Porch Featuring Shana Tucker, Gabriel Pelli, and Jane Francis.


1 – Hutchins Lecture: “Health and Wealth: Addressing Root Causes of Poor Health in Eastern NC Through Assets Development,” with Marci Campbell, UNC-Chapel Hill.

2 – Tell About the South Luncheon with Davis Ferguson, a visiting scholar from the University of Chicago.

15 – Hutchins Lecture: “The Devil and the Blues,” with Adam Gussow, University of Mississippi.

15 – Lecture on Jim Dickinson’s legacy and Big Star concert at Historic Playmakers, in partnership with the Southern Folk life Collection.

17 – Music on the Porch featuring the Allen Boys.

19 – Chandler Lecture: “Sharing the Prize: The Civil Rights Revolution and the Southern Economy,” with Gavin Wright.

23 – Tell About the South Luncheon with Scott Matthews, CSAS Postdoctoral Fellow.

31 – Global South Conference: With keynote addresses by the Center’s Chandler Lecturer, Gavin Wright.

31 – Music on the Porch featuring Jon Shain, Rhiannon Giddons, and Steve Kruger.


1 – Hutchins Lecture: “Ours is a Hell of a Story: Civil Rights at the Crossroads,” with Francoise Hamlin, Brown University.

8 – Hutchins Lecture: “Remembering Medgar Evers: Writing the Long Civil Rights Movement,” with Minrose Gwin, UNC-Chapel Hill.

15 – Hutchins Lecture: Who Needs Ceremonies of Memory?: The 150th Anniversary,” with  Michael Kreyling, Vanderbilt University.

16 – Tell About the South Luncheon with Dale Hutchinson, Professor, UNC Anthropology “Landscapes and Liabilities: the Transformation of the American South and the Consequences for Health.”

18 – (Co-sponsored event) Talk and Reception with Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. Co-sponsored with the University’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Center for Global Initiatives.

28 – (Co-sponsored event) Innovation, Engagement, and the Humanities: Models and Methods. Co-sponsored with Program in Folklore in the American Studies Department, and the Institute of the Arts and Humanities.


18 – Hutchins Lecture: “History Redemption: Civil Rights, History and the Promise of America,” with Kevin Boyle, Ohio State University.

19 – Tell About the South Luncheon with Patricia S. Parker, UNC Department of Communication Studies and Faith S. Holsaert, “We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest: Continuing the Work of Ella Jo Baker and SNCC.”

Winter 2010 Events


1 – Tell About the South Luncheon with Lorraine Ahearn, Park Fellow, School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


3 – (Co-sponsored event) “Pauli Murray v. UNC: Wrestling with Change in the Jim Crow South.” Co-sponsored by the Pauli Murray Project and the Duke Human Rights Center

3 – Dr. Alessandro Portelli, professor of American Literature at the University of Rome- La Sapienza, is discussing his new book, “They Say in Harlan County, An Oral History”

5 – (Co-sponsored event) Carolina Blues Benefit featuring Lightnin’ Wells & John Dee Holeman.  Co-sponsored with Raleigh Charter Schools Sustaining Roots Music Community Project

9 – Hutchins Lecture: “The Long Shadow of the Civil War,” with Victoria Bynum, Texas State San Marcos (Emerita).

16 – Hutchins Lecture: “Louisiana Creole Culture and its Significance in the 21st Century,” with Sybil Kein, Michigan State (Emerita).


5 – Hutchins Lecture: “The World’s Experience,” with Adriane Lentz-Smith, Duke University.

12 – (Co-sponsored event) Writing the Magic Carpet of Literature with Editor Alane Salierno Mason. Co-sponsored with the Creative Writing) Program

13 – Tell about the South Luncheon with Katy Smith, history doctoral candidate.

14 – Exhibition Opening Reception for Jimmy Williams Photography featuring a performance by Big Ron Hunter.

21 – Art Reception for Exhibiting Photographer Jimmy Williams.

28 – (Co-sponsored event) Film Screening and Reception of To Kill a Mockingbird in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s book. Co-sponsored by UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill-Orange County Visitors Bureau, UNC Department of American Studies, and the Ackland Art Museum


4 – Hutchins Lecture: “Agitators: Civil Writers in Mississippi,” with Noel Polk, University of Southern Mississippi (Emeritus).

8-10 – (Co-sponsored event) Hurricane Katrina Five Years Later: A Humanities-Focused Observance. Co-sponsored by the Center for Natural Disasters, Gillings School of Public Health and UNC Law Pro-Bono Program

9 – Art Reception for Exhibiting Photographer Donn Young.

20 – Formal Dinner with the Minister of Culture for Culture for the Government of Northern Ireland

21 – Hutchins Lecture: “My Inner Hillbilly: A Poetry and Essay Reading,” with Michael McFee, UNC- Chapel- Hill.

20 – Music on the Porch with Mandolin Orange and Ryan Gustafson.

Spring 2010 Events


6 – Lecture with Dan S. Pierce, author of Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France.


7 – Tell About the South Luncheon Series with  Andrew Ritchey.

8 – Artists Reception for Jeff Whetstone.

13 – Hutchins Lecture: “Imaging his Body Violated: James Baldwin’s Sexual Construction of the South,” with Trudier Harris, J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of English and Folklore, UNC-Chapel Hill.

15 – Music on the Porch, southern music shaken and stirred with Catherine Edgerton of Midtown Dickens, Shirle’ Koslowski of Free Electric State, and Pierce Freelon of The Beast. Emceed by Glenn Boothe of the Local 506.

19 – Charleston Lecture on Southern Affairs presents Congressman John Spratt (D-SC).

21 – Tell About the South Luncheon Series with Jennifer Donnally.

22 -Chandler Lecture on Southern Business History is pleased to present Professor John Majewski.


3 – Tell About the South Luncheon Series features Dwana Waugh from 12-1 pm in the CSAS Conference Room.

4 – Long Civil Rights Movement Scholar Series with John Dittmer.

16 – Hutchins Lecture: “History, Law, and Civilization in Antebellum Literary Addresses at the University of North Carolina,” with Alfred Brophy, Professor of Law, UNC-Chapel Hill.

25 –  Music on the Porch, Southern Music Shaken and Stirred with fusion group Hindugrass and Phil Cook from Indi-rock Megafaun.

30 – Hutchins Lecture: Near the Cross: Photographs of the Sacred South,” with Tom Rankin, Director of Documentary Studies, Duke University.

31 – Tell About the South Luncheon Series with Joshua Davis.


1 – Art exhibit by Jeff Whetstone opens

4 – Long Civil Rights Movement Scholars Series: Bryant Simon, “Lattes in Magic Land: Starbucks and the Creative Class Appeal of Diversity.”

9 – Hutchins Lecture: “John Brown in African American Memory,” with  Zoe Trodd, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of the American South.

11 – Long Civil Rights Movement Scholars Series: Harvard Sitkoff, “The Concept of a ‘Long’ Civil Rights Movement: Advantages and Pitfalls.”

11 – WUNC’s The State of Things featuring Seth Kotch of CSAS’s Southern Oral History Program.

17 – Tell About the South Luncheon Series with Robert Ferguson.

17 – Long Civil Rights Movement Scholars Series: Will Jones.


26 – Hutchins Lecture: “The Autobiography of a Slave Hunter,” with Lucinda MacKethan, Professor of English, North Carolina State University.

Fall 2009 Events


3Hutchins Lecture: “Native Americans, African Americans, and Jim Crow,” with Theda Perdue, Atlanta Professor of Southern Culture, UNC-Chapel Hill.

17Hutchins Lecture: “Susan Dimock and the Company She Kept,” with Elizabeth Barthold Dreesen, Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, UNC-Chapel Hill


13Hutchins Lecture: “Southern Spaces: Critical Regionalism and the Digital Humanities,” with Allen Tullos, Professor of American Studies, Emory University.


1 Hutchins Lecture: “Build the Wall…Save the Castle: Southern Baptists and Race Relations,” with Carl Kell, Professor of Communication, Western Kentucky University.

10Hutchins Lecture: “The Changing Atmosphere of Southern Time,” with James Applewhite, Professor Emeritus of English, Duke University.

22Hutchins Lecture: “The Holocaust and the Spirit of Colonialism: Race, Rhetoric, and Policy in the Nazi Occupied East,” with Ted Rosengarten, Lecturer in History, College of Charleston.

Spring 2009 Events


14 – Hutchins Lecture: “Twang: Striking the Southern Note”, Robert Cantwell, Townsend Ludington Distinguished Term Professor of American Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill


3 – Hutchins Lecture: “Toiling in Mencken’s Shadow: How Much Greening in the Sahara of the Bozart?”, Hal Crowther, Acclaimed Essayist

24 – Hutchins Lecture: “The Old South and the Ancient South: Shreve’s Side of the Story”, James T Carson, Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Ethno history of Colonial and Early National America, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario


3 – Hutchins Lecture: “The Secret World of William Alexander Percy”, Benjamin Wise, Postdoctoral fellow, CSAS

17 – Hutchins Lecture: “Let Us Now Praise Famous Gullies; Georgia’s ‘Little Grand Canyon’ and the Problem of Soil Erosion in the South”, Paul Sutter, Associate Professor of History, University of Georgia

26 – Hutchins Lecture: “Indians, Southerners, and Americans: Race, Tribe, and Nation during Jim Crow”, Malinda Maynor Lowery, Postdoctoral Fellow, CSAS

Fall 2008 Events


11 – Hutchins Lecture: “The Emotional Impact of Jim Crow: Autobiographical Remembrances of Southern Race and Racism”, John C Inscoe, University Professor of History, University of Georgia


3 – Hutchins Lecture: “Brave Enemies, Cowpens, and the American Revolution”, Robert Morgan, Kappa Alpha Professor of English, Cornell University

14 – Hutchins Lecture: “The Black Indians of New Orleans”, Maurice M. Martinez, Professor of Instructional Technology Foundations, and Secondary Education, UNC- Wilmington

23 – Hutchins Lecture: “Tried By War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander –In-Chief”, James M. McPherson, Professor of American History Emeritus, Princeton University

28 – Hutchins Lecture: “Redefining the South”, David Houston, Chief Curator, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana


9 – Hutchins Lecture: “Breaking the Color Line: Changing Interpretations of Slave-Poor White Relations in the Old South”,  David Brown, Professor of History, University of Manchester

23 – Hutchins Lecture: “Eudora Welty: The Woman and the Myths”, Suzanne Marrs, Professor of English and Welty Foundation Scholar- Residence, Millsaps College

Spring 2008 Events


5-19 – Southern Research Circle 2008 UNC Interdisciplinary Conference for Graduate Research on the American South, “Beyond the Sunbelt: Southern Economic Development in a Global Context.”

8 Hutchins Lecture: “Teaching Citizenship: Septima Poinsett Clark and the Role of Education in the Black Freedom Struggle,” with Katherine Mellen Charron, Assistant Professor of History, North Carolina State University.

11-13 – Richard Wright Centennial commemorating the life and work of novelist, essayist and poet Richard Wright


6 – Charleston Area Alumni Lecture in Southern Affairs: “The Lessons of Hurricane Katrina,” The Hon. Kathleen Blanco, former Governor of Louisiana

18 Hutchins Lecture: “Lynching, Spectacle, and Cinema, 1900-1940,” with Amy Wood, Associate Professor of History, Illinois State University.

20 – Chandler Lecture: “A Historian’s Perspective on the American South’s Current Development Dilemma,” Lacy K. Ford, Jr., University of South Carolina

25Hutchins Lecture: “Gender, War, and Violence: Enslaved Women and the Armies of the Civil War,” with – Thavolia Glymph, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies, Duke University.

29 – (Co-sponsored event) Civil War Symposium in honor of Alan Stephenson, donor of the Stephenson Chair in Civil War History. Co-sponsored by the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense and the Department of History.


5 Hutchins Lecture: “What Does the Cigarette Epidemic in the American South Tell Us about Global Tobacco Control Today?” with Louis M. Kyriakoudes, Associate Professor of History, University of Southern Mississippi.

26Hutchins Lecture: “Jesse Helms and the Contours of American AIDS Policy,” with Stephen Inrig, CSAS Postdoctoral Fellow.

28 – Southern Intellectual History Circle, Annual Meeting

29-Mar 1 – (Co-sponsored event) Civil Rights and the Body in the American South symposium. Co-sponsored with the Duke University Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine


15 – Documentary Film Premiere on UNC-TV, “Senator NO: Jesse Helms”

23 – Film and Symposium with Joel Williamson and the “Meaning of Southern History.”

28 – (co-sponsored event), Film Screening “Durham: A Self-Portrait” with a Q&A session with filmmaker Steve Channing, veteran civil rights lawyer, and Jim Johnson, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of entrepreneurship and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center. Co-sponsored by UNC’s Institute of African American Research

29 – Hutchins Lecture: “Rape and the Roots of the Montgomery Bus Boycott,” with Danielle McGuire, CSAS Postdoctoral Fellow.

Fall 2007 Events


6-8 – Conference: “Speculating on the South: Reimagining the Historical South through Scholarship and Art”

6 Hutchins Lecture: “Unleashing the Loas: The Literary Legacy of the Haitian Revolution in the U.S. South and the Caribbean,” with John Wharton Lowe, Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director, Program in Louisiana and Caribbean Studies, Louisiana State University.

16 – “The Perils of Public Homage: Thomas Ruffin and State v. Mann in History and Memory” Conference.


4-5 – Beyond Blackface: Blacks in American Mass Culture Conference featuring Caryl Phillips, Novelist and Professor of English, Yale University reading from “Dancing in the Dark”.

9 Hutchins Lecture: “Proslavery Extremists and the Counter-Revolutionary Confederacy,” with Robert E. Bonner, Fellow, University of Connecticut Humanities Institute.

11 – Birdhouses: Photographs by Rob McDonald; Opening Reception

30Hutchins Lecture: “The Road to Disunion: The Climactic Uncertainty,” with William W. Freehling, Senior Fellow, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.


11 Hutchins Lecture: “FDR and The Environment: The Southern Front,” with Otis Graham, Jr. Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara, and visiting Scholar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

18Hutchins Lecture: “The Media, the Klan and the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina,” with Christopher Arris Oakley Assistant Professor of History at East Carolina University.

Spring 2007 Events


3 Hutchins Lecture: “The Rural Face of White Supremacy,” with March Schultz, Associate Professor of History, Lewis University.

10 – Beverly W. Brannan, Curator of Photography, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, “Women Photographers of the FSA, Working in the South.” Co-sponsored with the UNC Curriculum in American Studies.

19-20 – 3rd Annual Navigating the Global American South Conference with Plenary Speaker: Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation & Louis W. Sullivan, founding Dean and first President of the Morehouse School of Medicine and former Secretary of Health and Human Services. This conference explores regional approaches to public health, investigating what experiences translate between American South and other world regions.


6Hutchins Lecture: “Reading Differently: William Faulkner through African-American and Women’s History,” with Barbara Ladd, Associate Professor of English, Emory University.

8 Alfred D. Chandler Lecture in Southern Business History– Stanley Engerman John Munro Professor of Economics and Professor of History, University of Rochester “Climate, Institutions, and Economic Growth in the Americas since Columbus”

20 – (Co-sponsored event) William Dunlap, Artist Exhibit. Co-sponsored with the UNC Department of Art

21 – (Co-sponsored event) Sumpter Priddy, Independent Scholar and Antiquarian, “Learning from the Arts of the Early South: Museums and the Marketplace.” Co-sponsored with the UNC Curriculum in American Studies

27 Hutchins Lecture: “Whiteness Visible: The Southern Agrarians, Gone With the Wind, and Post- Slavery Melancholia,” with Susan V. Donaldson, National Endowment for the Humanities Professor, Department of English, College of William and Mary.


6 Hutchins Lecture: “Roots Music and the Three Decades of Austin City Limits,” with Tracey Laird, Associate Professor of Music, Agnes Scott College

8 – (Co-sponsored event) “Beyond Cook Books: Researching Food History”, a lecture by Sandra Oliver. Co-sponsored by the Southern Historical Collection and the Curriculum in American Studies

13Hutchins Lecture: “Provincial Cosmopolitanism,” with Leigh Anne Duck, Associate Professor of English, University of Memphis.

15 – (Co-sponsored event) John Michael Vlach, Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, The George Washington University, “From Those Who Wore the Shoe: Acknowledging the African-American Achievement on the Plantation.” Co-sponsored with the UNC Curriculum in American Studies.

20Hutchins Lecture: “Bones: Forced Migration to the Plantation Frontier and the Bodies of Enslaved African- Americans,” with Edward Baptist, Associate Professor of History, Cornell University.

23-24 – New Perspectives on the Black South, A symposium centered on the themes of: The Urban South, The Long Civil Rights Movement, The Remembered South and Beyond History: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

26 – (Co-sponsored event)  Bernard L. Herman, Chair and Edward & Elizabeth Rosenberg professor of Art History, University of Delaware, “Quilts on the Wire: Art and Display in Gee’s Band, Alabama.” Co-sponsored with the UNC Curriculum in American Studies

28Hutchins Lecture: “Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice,” with Ray Arsenault, Co-director, Florida Studies Program: USF-St. Petersburg.

28 – The 3rd Annual University-wide African American History Month Lecture with Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III Founding Director, Smithsonian Institution’s African American History Museum, “The Challenge of Interpreting African American History to the Public”


23 – (Co-sponsored event) Robert Farris Thompson, Yale University, distinguished writer and art historian, A discussion of his latest book, Tango The Art History of Love. Co-sponsored with the UNC Department of Art.

30Hutchins Lecture: “When Race Makes Sense in Southern History,” with Mark M. Smith, Carolina Distinguished Professor of History, University of South Carolina.

Fall 2006 Events


7 – Hutchins Lecture: “Lessons Learned from Southern Lynch Mobs”, lecture by Woody Beck

4 & 11– UNC Interdisciplinary Conference for Graduate Research on the American South featuring members of the Center’s Southern Research Circle.

27Charleston Area Alumni Lecture in Southern Affairs– The Honorable Richard M. Burr, United States Senator from NC on the changing economy of the south and economic development


3 – Hutchins Lecture: “Militarization and Myths of Sovereignty: Racial Domination in the Post- Civil Rights Era”, lecture by George Baca

10 – Hutchins Lecture: “The Aesthetics of Black gospel Music”, lecture by Brooksie E. Harrington

12 – University History: Knowledge in Service to North Carolina, 1789-2006, a symposium on university history featuring Harry Watson, “Sandy” Darity Jr., James Leloudis and Jacquelyn Hall, all experts on race relations, gender studies and Southern and North Carolina history.

12 – (Co-sponsored event) The Virtual Museum, a new website created to make the history of our University available to the general public will be unveiled by the Chancellor. Co-sponsored by the University Library

16 – (Co-sponsored event) Stephen Whitfield, Professor of American Studies at Brandeis University “The (Harry) Golden Era of Civil Rights”

24 – Hutchins Lecture: “Mourning Emmett”, a lecture by Rebecca Mark


5 – “Building the Walls- Saving the Castle: A Rhetorical History of the New Southern Baptist Convention, 1979-2006”, a lecture by Carl Kell

12 – Centering the South Lecture: “Gone but Not Forgotten: The South’s Longleaf Pine Heritage”, a lecture by Lawrence Earley

 12 – (Co-sponsored event) Drew Levinson, CBD news correspondent “Lasting Impressions” Co-sponsored with Carolina Center for Jewish Studies

19 – The South Goes Global! A presentation by James Cobb

19 – (Co-sponsored event) The Hutchins Forum on the South:  “Bubbas and ‘Bamas’, Rednecks & Rappers- the New Faces of Southern History”, presented by the award-winning James Cobb. Co-sponsored by the Dept. of History at UNC

21 – *Centering the South- the Hutchins Family Lectures: “Israel on the Appomattox: Black-White Intimacy in the Old South”, lecture by Melvin Patrick Ely

27 – Hutchins Lecture: “Elizabeth Spencer’s The Voice at the Back Door and the Legacy of Reconstruction”, with Sally Greene and special guest Elizabeth Spencer

Spring 2006 Events


6 – Alfred D. Chandler Lecture in Southern Business History: “Of Papers and Politics: Josephus Daniels and the Raleigh News and Observer”, lecture by Lee Craig


3 – (Co-sponsored event) We Remember the Wilmington Ten 35 Years Later, A 35th anniversary commemoration program featuring  a panel discussion with Dr. Benjamin Chavis Muhammad, journalists, writers and participants who have intimate knowledge of the Wilmington Ten Incident of February 1971.

9 – Centering the South Lecture: “The House I Live IN: Race in American Century”, lecture by Robert J. Norrell

10 – Centering the South Lecture: “Degrees of Freedom: Louisiana and Cuba after Slavery”, lecture by Rebecca J. Scott

16 – Centering the South Lecture: “The Architecture of Politeness: The Charleston Single House- Form & Meaning”, lecture by Robert Russell

23 – (Co-sponsored event) The 2nd Annual University –wide African American History Month Lecture “The Education of Thelonious Monk”, lecture by Dr. Robin D. G. Kelley. Co-sponsored by the Dept. of History, the Dept. of African and African American Studies, the Dept. of Music, the Dept. of Sociology, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, the Office of the Provost, Davis Library, the Campus Y and the Sonja Haynes Stone Center

28 – Centering the South Lecture: “Traveling the Chicken Bone Express: A Perspective on Food and African American Travel Experiences”, lecture by Psyche Williams- Forson


12 – Centering the South Lecture: “A Conversation with Bluegrass Legend Dr. Ralph Stanley”, Moderated by Robert Cantwell, author of Bluegrass Breakdown

30 – Centering the South Lecture: “Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free & Arm Slaves during the Civil War”, lecture by Bruce Levine

Fall 2005 Events


6 – Centering the South Lecture: “The White House Looks South: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson”, lecture by William Leuchtenburg


7 – The Charleston Area Alumni Lecture on Southern Affairs: “The American South: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century”, Former US Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley. Inaugural Event!

10 – Centering the South Lecture: “After the Storm: Envisioning a Future for New Orleans Culture and Community through Music and the Building Arts”, lecture by Nick Spitzer

17 – Centering the South Lecture: “Lost Voices of the Afro-Celts”, lecture by Michael Newton

21 – Delta Hip-Hop Artist “Top Notch the Villain’; preform and answers questions and folklore specialist Ali Neff presents “Let the World Listen Right: Function & Folklore in the Rural Roots of Southern Hip-Hop”

29 – Centering the South Lecture: “New Orleans: An American Pompeii?”, lecture by Lawrence N. Powell


6 – Centering the South Lecture: “The First Waco Horror- The Lynching of Jesse Washington and the Rise of the NAACP”, Patricia Bernstein

7 – Centering the South Lecture: “Race and the Politics of Health Care in the Civil Rights Era”, Professor John Dittmer speaks about the Medical Committee for Human Rights

27 – Centering the South Lecture: “Kudzu! – Untangling Kudzu’s Place in Southern Culture: OF Biography and Biogeography”, presented by Derek Alderman

28 – (Co-sponsored event) O Sister, Here Art Thou! Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard- Bluegrass Pioneers Lice in Concert, Co-sponsored by the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence


8 – (Co-sponsored event) “Blood Done Sign My Name- Back to the Source: The Research Behind Timothy Tyson’s Blood Done Sign My Name”, A panel discussion featuring author Timothy B Tyson and his father, Reverend Vernon Tyson, and Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Director, SOHP, and oral historian Eddie McCoy

Spring 2005 Events


19 – Centering the South Lecture: “Wait a Cotton Pickin’ Minute!” A New View of Changing Slave Efficiency, Alan L. Olmstead, Director of the UC-Davis Institute of Governmental Affairs

19 – Centering the South Lecture: “Bar Mitzvahs, Blues, and Barbeque: It Ain’t Nothing but a Party!” Judy Peirser, award-winning filmmaker and director of the Center for Southern Folklore


3-4 – (Co-sponsored event) “Navigating the Globalization of the American South: An Interdisciplinary Conference Exploring the Changing Face of the Southern United States”

9 – (Co-sponsored event) Author Daniel Wallace introduces the film, Big Fish, based on his book and answers your questions. Co-sponsored by UNC’s Dept. of English


9 – “Lee Hays: A Southern Radical & his Music”, presented by Charles Joyner

Fall 2004 Events


9 – “Journey to the Center of the South”, Jim Clinton, Executive Director of the Southern Growth Policies Board


1-2 – Remembering Reconstruction at Carolina: A Community Conversation

4 –“Walker Evan: Conceptions & Misconceptions”, presentation by John T Hill, Executor of the Estate of Walker Evans

18 – “Tough Plants and Cheesy Yard Art: What All Southerners Share”, hear Felder Rushing, Southern gardener extraordinaire

27 – “Old Salem and the Challenge for History Museums in the 21st Century”, Paul Reber, President of Old Salem, NC.


2 – Centering the South Lecture: American Studies in a Global Context: Studying the US at the University of Jordan”, Dr. Tawfiq Yousef

17 – Centering the South Lecture: “The Tao of Elvis: The Myth and Meaning of America’s King”

23 – Centering the South Lecture: “Britney on the Belle Curve: Dixie in the Life of an American Pop Princess”, Gavin James Campbell


1 – Centering the South Lecture: “Willa Cather and Quilt Culture”, Ann Romines

1 – (Co-sponsored event) the Lehman- Brady Lecture continues the “Writing the South” series with Award-winning author Randall Kenan. Co-sponsored by the UNC American Studies Curriculum and the Duke Center for Documentary Studies

8 – Centering the South Lecture: “The Civil War at Eye Level”, Edward L. Ayers, award-winning historian

13 – Centering the South Lecture: “Southern Songs by Yankees”, hear banjo player Bob White

14 – (Co-sponsored event) Lecture from Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple. So-sponsored by The Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professorship, The Morgan Writer-In-Residence Program and UNC’s Dept. of English

22 – Centering the South Lecture: “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl”, Distinguished Professor Jean Fagan Yellin talks about the remarkable lives of Harriet Jacobs


2 – Centering the South “Ecstasy of Influence: The Training of Billie Holiday”, Robert O’Meally, Director of Columbia University’s Center for Jazz Studies

3 – Centering the South Lecture: “The Racial Politics on Colonial New Orleans”, Jennifer Spear

4 – “It Made Me Look At Myself and Repent”, renowned sociologist Larry J. Griffin speaks about race, religion, and memory of civil rights.


19 – Centering the South Lecture: The Tucker Grove Camp Meeting: Tensions Between the Sacred and the Secular”, Award-winning anthropologist Nancy Fairley

24 – Centering the South Lecture: “Anthropology and History”, Acclaimed author & anthropologist Sidney Mintz

Fall 2003 Events


19 – Centering the South Lecture: “South by West: Thoughts on Two Regions,” Clyde Milner II & Carol O’Connor


2 – Blues Legend Bobby Bush Live! Movie Theater Auditorium, Student Union, 7pm.

8 – Centering the South Lecture: “The Two Princes of Calaber: An 18th Century Atlantic Odyssey,” Historian Randy Sparks tells the epic tale.

27 – Centering the South Lecture: “Through Survivors’ Eyes: From the 60s to the Greensboro Massacre,” Sally Bermanzohn & Fellow Greensboro Massacre Survivors

30 & Nov. 1 – “This House Is Home: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Affordable Home Ownership.” This unique conference fostered critical thinking and reflective communication between a diverse group of housing and community development professionals, policy makers, social scientists, artists and humanists. Featuring Keynote Speaker Hon. Henry Cisneros, Chair and CEO, American CityVista, former Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Mayor, City of San Antonio. Co-sponsored by the Center for Urban and Regional Studies.


4 – Director Brian Bain discusses his documentary film, “Shalom Y’all”. The film immediately follows the discussion.

23 – Centering the South Lecture: “Asia in North Carolina: Steps Toward Asian American Studies in the South”, Dan Duffy and Students.

30 – (Co-sponsored event) Life of Meaning: Southern Jewish Movement in the 19th Century, a presentation by Mark I. Greenberg. Co-sponsored by The Carolina center for Jewish Studies and UNC’s American Studies Curriculum

Spring 2003 Events


6 – “Acquiring Literacy in Slave Communities” a lecture by Heather Williams


2 – Centering the South Lecture: “Fire in My Bones: Experiencing Transcendence in African American Gospel”, Noted Folklorist Glenn Hinson, featuring gospel singing by The Branchettes.

22 – Writing the South with acclaimed author Elizabeth Spencer

23 – (Co-sponsored event) Banjo Legend Billy Faier Live in Concert. Co-sponsored by UNC’s Music in Context: History and Music Discussion Group.


6 – Centering the South Lecture: “From Ike through Clinton: 50 Years on the Edge of History”, Roger Kennedy, historian, author, & advisor to six presidents.

25 – Writing the South with award-winning authors Lee Smith and Hal Crowter

27 – Writing the South with award-winning author Allan Gurganus


25 – Centering the South Lecture: “The Sexual Economy of American Slavery”, Law Professor Adrienne Davis.


30 – Writing the South, Tom Rankin, award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist, kicks off the new Writing the South series.

Fall 2002 Events


21 – Centering the South Lecture: “British Travelers in the South”, Professor Laurie Langbauer


23 – Centering the South Lecture: “What Made Booker Wash(ington)? The Wizard of Tuskegee in an Economic Context”, Professor Peter Coclanis

26 – Centering the South Lecture: “Country Music, Where Art Thou?”, Country music historian Bill Malone

Spring 2002 Events


1 – “Reading Faulkner, Writing History”, a lecture by Don H. Doyle, Nelson Tyrone Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, and author of Faulkner’s County: Historical Roots of Yoknapatawpha 


29 – Centering the South Lecture: “Mattie Rigsbee’s Music”, award winning Professor Thomas Warburton. Introduced by Chancellor James Moeser.

Fall 2001 Events


20 – Centering the South Lecture: “Schooling, Race, and Challenging Curricula in North Carolina”, Professor William A. Darity Jr.


25 – Centering the South Lecture: “Celebrating Bigamy & Other Outlaw Behaviors: Zora Neale Hurston, Reputation, & the Myth of Feminism”, Professor Trudier Harris

Spring 2000 Events


Alfred D. Chandler Lecture in Southern Economic History, Dr. Gavin Wright, William Robertson Coe; Professor of American Economic History at Stanford University.

Spring 1999 Events


8 – Southern Oral History Program 25th Anniversary Celebration. Keynote Speaker: William Ferris, Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


5-7 – Business History Conference, The conference emphasized new research related to the American South. Scholars from North America and Western Europe participated.

Fall 1998 Events


14-16 – Unfinished Business: Overcoming Racism, Poverty and Inequality in the South. The Center organized local forums on racism and poverty issues in 19 cities across the region.

Spring 1998 Events


Southern Intellectual History Circle Meeting. Drew Gilpin Faust delivers the keynote address on historians’ struggles with Scarlett O’Hara.


3-5 – (Co-sponsored event) Inaugural North Carolina Literary Festival; John Grisham appears as the keynote speaker through the kindness of the Morgan Writers Program.


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