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JoJo & Uganda, Tues, Nov 3 at 12:00 pm

UgandaJoin us for a special noon concert with keyboardist John “JoJo” Hermann (Widespread Panic) and New Orleans percussionist Alfred “Uganda” Roberts (Professor Longhair) in the Pleasants Room at Wilson Library. In conversation with folklorist and “Blues Doctor” Bill Ferris, JoJo and Uganda will lead us on a guided tour of New Orleans music and reveal how it helped to shape Widespread Panic’s sound.

Italy and the American South: Seba Pezzani, Friday, October 9 at 2:00 pm

DSC_7076Join us at the Love House & Hutchins Forum for the next installment of “What’s Up Down South?” hosted by William R. Ferris. Ferris will be joined by translator and blues musician Seba Pezzani for an afternoon concert.

Pezanni translated Ferris’s Blues From the Delta into its Italian edition, Il Blues del Delta, and draws his own musical inspiration from the American South. For more than 30 years, Pezanni has toured extensively, playing gigs in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Iceland, and Italy.

What’s Up Down South with Ted Efremoff, Fri, May 1, 2015 at 12:30pm

Senior Associate Director Bill Ferris will introduce us to Ted Efremoff, an Assistant Professor at Greensboro College where he teaches art, administers The Citizen Scholar Lecture Series and directs LIFT Gallery.

Ted will be talking about The Healing Blues Project, an initiative that pairs storytellers experiencing homelessness with blues musicians to create collaborative songs. As cultural producers, storytellers receive an honorarium for their story and share copyright of the song with the musicians. The Healing Blues Project has released an album and works to raise funds for The Interactive Resource Center, a day center for the homeless community of Greensboro.

This event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

What’s Up Down South: Dramatic Changes in the Southern Timber Patch, Wed, Mar 5 at 12:30 pm

As part of his What’s Up Down South series, Senior Associate Director William Ferris will introduce us to Chris Zinkhan and Blake Stansell, the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President of The Forestland Group, this Wednesday at 12:30 pm. In “Dramatic Changes in the Southern Timber Patch: From Pine Tar to Carbon Credits,” Chris and Blake will trace the significant changes in timber utilization, forest economics, and ownership of timberland in the South and beyond.


The Forestland Group’s staff includes some of the nation’s leaders in forestry, forest finance, and conservation. In addition, TFG and its affiliated entities contract with independent forestry, environmental, and natural resource consulting firms to more effectively manage its timber and non-timber assets. TFG oversees the forest resources for its affiliated Heartwood Forestland Funds across 3.6 million acres in 24 states and five countries. The regional teams working in conjunction with local forestry consulting firms are responsible for the daily, on ground management activities and property oversight.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

What’s Up Down South with Tom Rankin: Tuesday, September 24 at 12:30










Join us in Donovan Lounge in Greenlaw Hall for “What’s Up Down South,” featuring Tom Rankin, editor of One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia (UNC Press, 2013). This event, hosted by William R. Ferris, will take place on Tuesday, September 24, from 12:30pm until 1:30pm.

Come and bring a bag lunch if you’d like! More details here.