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April 2014

Folklore MA Students’ Thesis Presentations

April 25 @ 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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March 2014

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

March 31 @ 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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Departmental Colloquium: Marcie Cohen Ferris, “Edible Moments in Women’s History: The American South”

March 28 @ 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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February 2014

Hiss Golden Messenger, “Bad Debt” Performance

February 21 @ 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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Catherine Bishir: Crafting “Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900″

February 5 @ 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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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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October 2013

Did you know you can minor or (new this year) major in Folklore? Details under Programs.

October 29, 2013 - January 15, 2014

Click here to find out about Minoring in Folklore or Majoring in American Studies with a Concentration in Folklore.

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October 7, 2013 @ 3:30 am - 5:00 pm

Several students in the Folklore MA and American Studies PhD programs will present papers at the upcoming meetings of the American Folklore Society.  On Monday, October 7, they’ll present their papers in Chapel Hill.  Come hear the work of our emerging scholars and help them prepare for the conference.

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September 2013

Benjamin Filene: Storytelling, Place, and Public Engagement

September 23, 2013 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

How can closely observed stories lead scholars to new understandings and engage new audiences?  What are the possibilities and limits of local history?  How does community-engaged work fit (or not) within the academy?  Benjamin Filene, Director of Public History at UNC Greensboro, will explore these issues by showcasing two projects about African American history in North Carolina: one an award-winning exhibition about a company town near Greensboro and the other a work in process that emerges from a children’s book…

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January 2013

A Report from the Field: Preserving Music History

January 10, 2013 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Barretta, Fussell, and Leadbetter colloquium flier

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