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Southern Culture and Memory

February 25, 2017 @ 9:15 am - 5:30 pm

**Please note: This event will be held outside of Chapel Hill at the Archie K. Davis Conference Center. See below for more information**

Southern American culture has sometimes been portrayed as exceptionally coherent and enduring, but like all other societies, the South is constantly changing.  This interdisciplinary seminar will look at the ways in in which Southern American identities and memories have been evolving and the ways that the heritages of the South are translated and transmitted through the arts, including music and literature, through entertainment, including sports, and through historical memory.Fitz Brundage will discuss why some southerners, white and black, no longer view the Civil War as a foundation for southern identity. Next, Jocelyn Neal will look at how Southern culture interfaces with mainstream American popular culture through bluegrass and country music, after which we’ll be treated to a lunch-time performance from Carolina’s Bluegrass Band. Susan Irons will explore the question of 21st century Southern literature and Matt Andrews will look at the influence of college football in southern culture, with special attention to the impact of racial desegregation.

Memory, Southern Identity, and the Civil War
W. Fitzhugh Brundage, William B. Umstead Distinguished Professor and Chair of History

Song of the South:  Assimilation and Secession in Today’s Country and Bluegrass Music
Jocelyn Neal, Professor of Music

What is 21st Century Southern Literature?
Susan Irons, Senior Lecturer, English and Comparative Literature

All Deliberate Speed: College Football in the 20th-Century South
Matthew Andrews, Lecturer in History

Evolution of the South
A panel discussion with our speakers

9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2017. The tuition is $125 ($110 by January 20). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by January 20). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch is $15.00.

For information about lodging click here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

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February 25, 2017
9:15 am - 5:30 pm
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Archie K. Davis Conference Center
12 Davis Dr
Durham , NC 27709 United States
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(919) 549-8181
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