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November 2013

Russell Goings, Singing the Griotsong

November 20, 2013 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

“Singing the Griotsong: Creating an African American Epic” A Spoken Word Performance and Conversation Russell Goings Wednesday, November 20, 5:00 pm Donovan Lounge, 223 Greenlaw Hall When traveling home from the Million Man March in 1995, African American elder Russell Goings found himself “hearing” the words of a poem that seemed to demand voice. Though Goings had been many things in his illustrious life—from the first African American trader on Wall Street to a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement—he…

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February 2014

Catherine Bishir: Crafting “Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900″

February 5, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Catherine W. Bishir is curator in architectural special collections at North Carolina State University Libraries and a founding member and past president of theVernacular Architecture Forum. She is the author of numerous prize-winning publications, including North Carolina Architecture and Southern Built: American Architecture, Regional Practice. Her articles and essays include works on public memory and monuments, vernacular architecture, building practice, and African American builders and artisans. Her most recent work is Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North…

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Hiss Golden Messenger, “Bad Debt” Performance

February 21, 2014 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Cat’s Cradle,
300 E. Main St
Carrboro, United States

UNC Folklore MA, Michael Taylor performs from his recently reissued, “Bad Debt.” Check out article in the February 20 Daily Tar Heel. Photo Courtesy of Paradise of Bachelors

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March 2014

Departmental Colloquium: Marcie Cohen Ferris, “Edible Moments in Women’s History: The American South”

March 28, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Marcie Cohen Ferris in an associate professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and coordinator of the program in Southern Studies. Her research and teaching interests include the history of the Jewish South, food in American culture, American Jewish women’s history, and the foodways and material culture of the American South.  In 2007, she received the University of North Carolina’s Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.  From 2006-2008, she served as President of…

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Guest Speaker, Sara Franklin: “Judith Jones and the Turn toward American Regional Cooking”

March 31, 2014 @ 5:30 am - 7:00 pm

Sara B. Franklin is a doctoral fellow in the Food Studies program at New York University.

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April 2014

Folklore MA Students’ Thesis Presentations

April 25, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Kelsey Michael The Paths of Hope Valley: Making Home in a North Carolina Suburb Laura Fieselman The Contemporary Homestead: A Regional Moment in an American Movement   Friday, April 25, 1:00 pm, Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall Laura and Kelsey will each speak for about 20 minutes and will take questions.   Then we will adjourn for a reception to celebrate the MA students’ accomplishments, the wrapping up of the first year of our PhD program, and the end of classes.

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October 2014

Guest Speaker: Michael Mason

October 13, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Dr. Michael A. Mason as he discusses the past, current, and future work of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Rooted in principles of cultural democracy and social equality, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage supports the understanding and sustainability of cultural heritage and diversity in communities across the United States and around the world, and produces the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. A group of Maasai in an impromptu song and dance…

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March 2015

Folkore MA Presentations

March 29 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
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April 2015

Glenn Hinson keynote at Communities of Song Conference

April 2 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

“Signifying Style: Ecologies of Social Critique in African American Poetics”

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Due Date for Green, Wilgus, and Patteron Fellowships

April 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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