We’ve got a busy week coming up at the North Carolina Collection and we’re hoping you’ll join us for some of our activities.
On Monday (Nov.8), we’ll celebrate the publication of The Good Government Man: Albert Coates and the Early Years of the Institute of Government. Prize-winning North Carolina author Howard Covington has written a fascinating biography of Coates, the founder and first director of the Institute of Government at UNC. The Good Government Man depicts Coates’s striking originality and his sometimes exasperating determination. Among the notable figures making appearances in the book are novelist Thomas Wolfe; U.S. senators Frank Porter Graham and Sam Ervin, Jr.; state supreme court justice Susie Sharp; F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover; and every North Carolina governor from Locke Craig to Terry Sanford.
We’re particularly excited about the book because it’s published by us — the North Carolina Collection. It’s the first in our Coates Leadership Series, books that we plan to release in the coming years that document some of the University’s great leaders.
There’s more on our book release event here.
On Wednesday (Nov. 10), we’ll celebrate North Carolina’s American Indians with several events. As you may know, our state is home to the largest population of Native Americans east of the Mississippi. We’ve assembled a panel of experts to discuss some of the issues affecting American Indians in 21st-century North Carolina. The panel is moderated by Dr. Clara Sue Kidwell, director of UNC’s American Indian Center. Panelists include:
• Thomas N. Belt, Cherokee language instructor, Western Carolina University;
• Edward K. Brooks, attorney and legal counsel to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina;
• Beckee Garris, staff, Catawba Indian National Tribal Historic Office;
• Theda Perdue, Ph.D., Atlanta Distinguished Professor of Southern Culture in UNC’s history department; and
• Gregory A. Richardson, executive director, North Carolina Commission on Indian Affairs.
We’ll also be featuring a demonstration by two Catawba Indian potters. Both events coincide with the opening of our NCC Gallery exhibit “Unearthing Native History: The UNC Catawba Archaeological Project.”
No R.S.V.P. required for either event. Just show up and enjoy.