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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.

Tell About the South: Stephen Mandravelis, Tues, Feb 6 at 12:30 pm

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs to Patrick Horn at will be appreciated. Light refreshments will be served.

Malinda Maynor Lowery on Documenting “Unexpected Stories,” Fri, Feb 2 at 12:15 pm

Tell About the South: Javier Arce Nazario, Thurs, Jan 25 at 12:30 pm

“‘Besides being water of good quality, it is very good water’: Redefining Public Health Metrics of Water Quality”

Professor Javier Arce Nazario is an Associate Professor in the Geography Department at UNC-Chapel Hill. His research program has focused on the biophysical and social components of the Puerto Rican landscapes, and how they affect water quality and adaptability to extreme precipitation events. His interests specifically include understanding how watershed composition impacts water quality in the tropics, assessing the economic impact of extreme precipitation events, and exploring how community water management can be viewed through the lens of environmental justice. He is also interested in using historical orthophotography as an outreach tool for education and community involvement in water quality and environmental concerns.

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs to Patrick Horn at will be appreciated. Light refreshments will be served. Special thanks to our co-sponsors, the Latina/o Studies Program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Tell About the South: Karida Brown, Tues, Dec 5 at 12:30 pm

In this talk, Brown will introduce her new research project, The Subaltern School, in which she undertakes a global socio-historical examination of segregated schooling. In the spirit of the CSAS colloquia, she will “tell about two Souths”: that of the U.S. South and that of South Africa, through their shared struggles over how we “do” history in this integrated, “post-racial” era. Focusing on the current battles over commemorative monuments on college campuses, she will share insights from the #RhodesMustFall movement in South Africa to open a discussion about the current protests over Silent Sam.

Karida Brown is a visiting scholar in UNC’s Department of Sociology. She received her PhD in Sociology from Brown University, and her dissertation received the 2017 American Sociological Association Best Dissertation Award. For more information about the Eastern Kentucky African American Migration Project (EKAAMP), click here.

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs to will be appreciated. Light refreshments will be served.