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Roots of the Blues Topic of William Ferris Lecture March 16

Update, March 17:  A self-guided audio tour of the exhibit is now available for check-out from the Circulation Desk in Davis Library. It features Prof. William Ferris discussing his work, along with samples of blues music from the CD that accompanies Give My Poor Hear Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues.

Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues
A Reading by William Ferris
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
5 p.m. Reception and exhibit viewing | 5:45 p.m. Program
Davis Library
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library,, (919) 962-4207

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Folklorist William Ferris will speak about his book Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues, published in 2009 by UNC Press.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Ferris toured his home state of Mississippi, documenting the voices of African Americans as they spoke about and performed the diverse musical traditions that form the authentic roots of the blues.

ferris_jacket_smallHis appearance at the Library will mark the opening of an exhibit of forty-five photographs from the book, on view on the first floor of Davis Library March 16 through December 31, 2010.

The exhibit was organized and curated by Ann Stewart Fine Art of Chapel Hill and prepared for display in Davis Library by the University Library’s Public Art Committee. The photographs were previously on view at UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South and a second set will be shown at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans beginning in April.

Copies of Give My Poor Heart Ease will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of the Bull’s Head Bookshop.

Ferris is Joel Williamson Eminent Professor of History and senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South. He was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, where he taught for 18 years. He also taught at Yale University and Jackson State University. From 1997 through 2001, Ferris was chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The William R. Ferris Collection, including source materials for Give My Poor Heart Ease, are part of the Southern Folklife Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library at UNC.

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