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The Center’s lunchtime series showcases presentations from faculty, senior graduate students, and community members that focus on southern scholarship and specialized knowledge of regional topics.

Past topics have included literature as a window on southern life, demographic change in North Carolina, American Indian issues and culture, antebellum student life in Chapel Hill, land use, race relations, struggles at the Mexican border, and capital punishment.

Past Tell About the South presentations



Listen to Previous Presentations

3-D Genealogy with Robert G. Williams

In this presentation, Williams discusses visualizing his ancestor’s land acquisition in a 3-dimensional space. Through this process, Williams discovers the suppressed truths of his own privilege. The accounts reveal how lands taken from Choctaw and Chickasaw peoples and labor taken from enslaved African-Americans produced the wealth his ancestors used to ensure their children’s prosperity from 1817 to 1865.

Effects of Confederate Monuments on Political Attitudes and Behavior

Lucy Britt and Tyler Steelman, both PhD candidates in UNC’s department of Political Science, discuss whether laws protecting Confederate monuments affect Southerners’ feelings of political efficacy, belonging in their community, and likelihood of politically participating.

To read about other previous Tell About the South presentations, visit our archive.