February 21, 2014
UNC Folklore MA, Michael Taylor performs from his recently reissued, “Bad Debt.”
Photo Courtesy of Paradise of Bachelors
February 5, 2014
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 Carolina, 1770-1900, published in 2013 by
the University of North Carolina Press.
For more information on the event, please contact Patricia Sawin, department of American Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-962-4065.
This talk is sponsored by the Folklore Program in the Department of American Studies.
November 20, 2013
“Singing the Griotsong:
Creating an African American Epic”
A Spoken Word Performance and Conversation
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 was decidedly not a poet. Yet he realized that he was being charged with creating something that did not yet exist, an epic poem chronicling the African American experience. Starting in his late 60s, Goings dedicated himself to this task, yielding a masterwork that stretches to more than a thousand hand-written pages. A small portion of this poem was published in 2009 as The Children of Children Keep Coming, a 300+ page book that includes illustrations by Goings’s close friend, the iconic African American artist Romare Bearden. In this presentation, Goings will perform pieces of this epic poem, and talk about its creation.
Sponsored by UNC’s Folklore Program, Department of American Studies, Department of English, and the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture
November 5, 2013
October 29, 2013
October 7, 2013
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.
September 23, 2013
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 and set of photographs in UNC’s North Carolina Collection. Since 2006 Benjamin Filene has worked with his students to complete a series of community-based, collaborative projects relating to North Carolina history. Filene is the author of Romancing the Folk: Public Memory and American Roots Music and co-edited the collection Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World.
January 10, 2013
November 26, 2012
Colloquium Series Lecture with Miguel La Serna (History, UNC-CH)
November 12, 2012
Colloquium Series Lecture with Daniel W. Patterson (Emeritus, English and Folklore, UNC-CH)