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Tell About the South: Kimberly Kyser, Thurs, Feb 22 at 12:30 pm — This Event is Full

Talking about table manners is a prickly proposition–and big business in the twenty-first century. Join us for a “proper” southern luncheon with Kimberly Kyser, author of Ticket, a thoroughly modern etiquette book that demystifies the dreaded prissiness of “proper” behavior. Kyser draws on personal experience, historical research, and humor to remind us that social skills—especially table manners—are important and will always be a mainstay of civilized conduct. 

Born in Hollywood and raised in North Carolina, Kimberly Kyser graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Art History. She then studied at the Parson’s School of Design, New York, and later earned a B.F.A. in painting at the Atlanta College of Art (now SCAD). After a career in the fine arts with exhibitions in the Southeast and works in private and public collections in the US and abroad, she opened Kimberly Kyser, Inc. to design and manufacture special occasion clothing. She has 30 original pieces on display as part of the 20th century fashion design collection at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte.

This event is at maximum capacity, but we hope to offer another one like it soon.

Co-sponsored event: Frederick Douglass’s Legacies

Art by Blake Chamberlain

As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s birth, we consider the following questions: What would Frederick Douglass think of 2018? What did his contemporaries think of him? What was Douglass’s impact, then and now? What is (y)our understanding of this great historical figure?

Join us at the Chapel Hill Public Library in Meeting Room B on Thursday, Feb 22 at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors: Carolina Public Humanities, Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro, and Orange County NAACP chapter.

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? How have they adapted to the changes? How have these past experiences with hazards affected their perceptions of future climate change and sea level rise?

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, Feb 16th, featuring remarks by project directors Baxter Miller and Ryan Stancil as well as snacks by Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner.

This project is made possible by a Community Collaborative Research Grant, a program of North Carolina Sea Grant in partnership with the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science at NC State University. Special thanks to our co-sponsors, Food For All, the Coastal Resilience Center, and the Department of American Studies.

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.

Co-sponsored Event: Who Was Frederick Douglass? Mon, Feb 5 at 7:00 pm