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RISING Photography Exhibit Opening, Fri, Feb 16 at 5:30 pm

RISING is a collaborative multimedia research project, using photography and oral history to better understand coastal communities’ beliefs and understandings regarding climate change— what changes have coastal residents witnessed due to recurring coastal hazards, if and how they have adapted to the changes, and how these past experiences with hazards have affected their perceptions of future climate change and sea level rise.

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, February 16, featuring remarks by Baxter Miller, music by X, and food by Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner.

This project was made possible by a North Carolina Community Collaborative Research Grant from William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science at NC State University with funding from North Carolina Sea Grant.

Charleston Lecture by Philip & Pierce Freelon, Thurs, Nov 16 at 7:00 pm


Join us in the Stone Center Theatre for the 2017 Charleston Lecture in Southern Affairs by Philip and Pierce Freelon, titled “Black Space Making and the Built Environment.”

Philip Freelon is a renowned architect who served as the lead designer for the Stone Center as well as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Pierce Freelon is a musician and social entrepreneur who founded Blackspace and ran for Mayor of Durham in 2017. These two visionary leaders will discuss past and present challenges and opportunities in the struggle to create spaces for creative expression and social justice, and Renee Alexander Craft will lead the conversation.

This event, co-sponsored by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, is free and open to the public. Free parking is available after 5:00 pm in the Bell Tower parking deck.

Confederate Symbols in the Public Square

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, you can watch the roundtable online via Livestream here. You can also listen to our latest episode of Press Record about Confederate monuments here and check out the Southern Cultures syllabus on Monuments and Memory here.

If you are nearby, please 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 Department of American Studies, 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. Register here!

Image courtesy of Susana Raab/INSTITUTE.

On Display Through December 2017

Drop by the Center and check out our Fall 2017 art exhibit, featuring story quilts based on the deployed experiences of Native American military veterans. Inspired by oral history interviews with veterans from each of North Carolina’s eight state- and federally-recognized tribes, these quilts are artifacts of lived experience and material culture from the American South. Their stories from World War II through ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan reflect the strength and complications of patriotism, as well as the struggles that sometimes continue after leaving the combat zone.

This project was conceived and directed by Karen Harley, a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian tribe. The exhibit is made possible with funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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!