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February 2021

The Legacy of Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crow – Henry Louis Gates Jr.

February 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Frey Lecture - The Legacy of Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crow Feb. 9 at 5:30 EST Join Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor for Spring 2021, in a conversation with UNC faculty member Karla Slocum, discussing "the Legacy of Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crow." Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. The Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, and…

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Rifles, Radio and Resistance

February 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Rifles, Radio & Resistance: Robert F. Williams and the Black Freedom Movement Thursday, February 18 5:00-6:30 p.m. Featuring Dr. Freddie Parker & Dr. Seth Kotch | Moderated by Christie Norris, Carolina K-12 ***Registrants are encouraged to complete this reading, “Teaching About Self Defense in the African American Freedom Struggle,” prior to participation. While our history books usually include a watered-down version of the American Civil Rights Movement and its use of non-violent direct action, little attention is paid to the…

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The Sonic South – Southern Cultures Call for Submissions

February 22
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Southern Cultures encourages submissions from scholars, writers, and artists for The Sonic South, to be published Winter 2021. Sound provides a dynamic lens into the South’s layered complexities, offering a provocative framework for engaging the racial, gendered, and socio-historical identities of the region. Submission deadline is Feb. 22, 2021.

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Defining Racial Justice

February 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Defining Racial Justice in the 21st Century: Competing Perspectives and Shared Goals February 23 | 5:30 pm Moderated by Jamelle Bouie, columnist for the New York Times and a political analyst for CBS News covering campaigns, elections, national affairs, and culture. The UNC Program for Public Discourse and Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies are hosting an online Abbey Speaker Series event: "Defining Racial Justice in the 21st Century: Competing Perspectives and Shared Goals." In the wake of…

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Off the Shelf Author Talk with Regina Bradley

February 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Regina Bradley discusses her book “Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South” About this Event “Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South” is a vibrant book that pulses with the beats of a new American South, probing the ways music, literature and film have remixed Southern identities for a post–civil rights generation. This work, author Regina N. Bradley argues, helps define new cultural possibilities for Black Southerners who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s and have…

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March 2021

Dramatic Reading and Discussion of XIX

March 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

XIX is a play about the role of Black women in the suffrage movement that led to the 19th amendment; written by Jacqueline E. Lawton, faculty member in the Department of Dramatic Art, UNC-Chapel Hill Synopsis of the Play In 1920, while many in North Carolina favored granting women the right to vote, there was fear the 19th Amendment would open the doors to greater rights for the state's Black citizens. Set in Raleigh, North Carolina, XIX follows Adelaide, a…

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Trailblazers for Justice

March 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Please join the Sisters of Septima Clark Society for an inspiring conversation with young Black women activists: Rebekah Barber of Duke University, Niya Fearrington of  Howard University & NAACP, Julia Clark of UNC-CH & Black Lives Matter, and Desmera Gatewood of Democracy NC. Register Sponsored in part by The Center for the Study of the American South.

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Radical Visions for Caribbean Reconstruction: Island Futures and Mobility Justice

March 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Travel Work will be inaugurating their speaker series with Dr. Mimi Sheller, Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University. Dr. Sheller's talk, “Radical Visions for Caribbean Reconstruction: Island Futures and Mobility Justice," is free and open to the public and requires registration for an event link. This talk is sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South. Register for the talk Travel Work Reading Group Center for…

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Haunted: An American Tale

March 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What does a daddy say to his baby boy when the boogie man is real? Confronted by a surge in White supremacist activity and Confederate nostalgia in the nation that he calls home, one father struggles to explain this wave of hatred and bigotry to his son. In HAUNTED, actor and playwright, Dr. Sonny Kelly takes on the voices of historians, ancestors, elders, youths, politicians, pundits, and poets, as he traces the roots and routes of modern-day anti-Black violence in…

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April 2021

Imagining the Future: Public Art Confronts the Past

April 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Flyer for imagining the future: public art confronts the past

Join us for a conversation about the creation of memories in public space and the power of art in the public sphere. We will be speaking with two artists – Lauren Frances Adams and Jason Patterson – whose work critically engages and analyzes items and symbols created in the nineteenth century. Using their art as a focal point, we will discuss the power of art to encourage the public to think differently about the meanings conveyed, then and now, in…

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