Events, Film, Music, Special Collections

Music of the Mississippi with Profs. Bill Ferris and Greg Kable, April 18

Prof. Bill Ferris

Muddy Water: Bill Ferris and his Return to the River
Monday, April 18, 2011
5 p.m. Reception (Lobby)
5:30 p.m. Program (Pleasants Family Assembly Room)
Wilson Special Collections Library
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 962-4207

Join UNC professors Bill Ferris and Greg Kable for an exploration of musical history in conjunction with Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, now in performance at PlayMakers Repertory Company.

The evening will feature a screening of Ferris’s documentary Return to the River, which tracks American musical roots along the banks of the Mississippi, following the path traveled by Jim and Huck.

He will then be joined in conversation and an audience discussion with Kable, dramaturg for Big River.

Ferris is Joel Williamson Eminent Professor of History and senior associate director of UNC’s 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 and chaired the National Endowment for the Humanities. His most recent book is Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues.

Kable is adjunct associate professor of dramaturgy in the Department of Dramatic Art. He has been associate dramaturg at PlayMakers since 1997. He holds an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.

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