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Southern Culture Movie Series: Looking for Ms. Locklear

Using only word of mouth, two lifelong best friends and Internet comedians, Rhett & Link, embark on a search for the long-lost teacher of the first grade class where they met. Their journey leads them deep into the heart of an obscure tribe of Native Americans, the Lumbee of North Carolina. Serendipitously, Rhett & Link arrive on the scene at the very climax of the tribe’s century-long political struggle for identity. In a day of mobile devices that allow for a multitude of superficial connections with other ‘users,’ the unforgettable characters in Looking for Ms. Locklear serve as a reminder that people have more to say than an email or text message can communicate.

*Introduction by Candice Locklear, Miss Lumbee 2014-2015

*Organized in conjunction with the American Indian Center and American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Workshop, Lecture and Conference Series: Gender, War, and the Western World 1650s-present

The planned series of events investigates how gender, an amalgam of ideals and practices that give meaning to and socially differentiate male and female, contributed to the shaping of warfare and military culture and was simultaneously transformed by them. It explores this subject by focusing on such themes as the cultural representations of military and war; the interconnections of the military and civil society; war violence and war experience on the home and battle fronts; the consequences of participation in war and the military for citizenship' the gendered process of (de)mobilization, post war cultures, and memories of war. Chronologically, the project covers the key periods of warfare development since 1950. While the main geographical focus is on Europe and the Americas, this history has to include the long-term processes of colonization and empire-building originating from sixteenth-century Europe and their aftermath in the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Australia. 

Public Workshop: Gender, War, and Humanitarianism in the Twentieth CenturyUniversity Room, Hyde HallThursday, September 11, 1:30– 5:00 pm.

Public Keynote Lecture: "Gender, 9/11, and the Wars of Globalization Today;" Thursday, September 11, 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Conference: Gender, War, and Culture: From Age of the World Wars to the Cold War, Anti-Colonial Struggle, and the Wars of Globalization (1910s-present); Friday-Saturday, September 12-13, 2014.

Organized by the UNC History Department and the Duke-UNC Gender, War, and Culture Series. For more information about this event, please see here

Fulbright U.S. Student Program UNC Campus Deadline

Fulbright Applications for enrolled students as well as alumni applying through UNC are due at 11:59pm EST in the Embark Online Application System.


Southern Culture Movie Series: Soul Food Junkies

Through candid interviews with soul food cooks,‭ ‬historians,‭ ‬and scholars,‭ ‬as well as doctors,‭ ‬family members,‭ ‬and everyday people,‭ ‬Soul Food Junkies blends history,‭ ‬humor,‭ ‬and heartwarming stories to place this culinary tradition under the microscope.‭ ‬Both the consequences and the benefits of soul food are carefully addressed.‭ ‬So too is the issue of low access to quality food in black communities,‭ ‬which makes it difficult for some black people to eat healthy.‭ ‬In the end,‭ ‬Hurt determines whether or not black people are addicted‭ ‬to this food tradition that has its origins in West Africa and the black south,‭ ‬yet is loved all over the world.

*Discussion by Sharon Holland, Associate Chair and Professor of American Studies

Southern Culture Movie Series: The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend

This Emmy-winning, high-definition film documents a group of internationally-acclaimed African-American quiltmakers from Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Their compositions have been hailed by Michael Kimmelman of The New York Times as “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced.” The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend explores the extraordinary lives, inspirations, and history of these artists, and also follows them on a touching bus journey to see their quilts exhibited at The Milwaukee Art Museum.

*Discussion by Bernard Herman, Chair and George B. Tindall Professor of American Studies