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IAAR Brown Bag – “Condom Distribution and Safe Sex Messaging Intervention Targeting Young Black Women”

The UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of African American Research (IAAR) continues their spring 2015 series of brown bag lectures with a presentation by Diane Francis, UNC-CH School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  The talk will be held on February 9, 2015 at 12:00pm in Room 309C of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center. Ms. Francis talk is titled “Condom Distribution and Safe Sex Messaging Intervention Targeting Young Black Women”.

The Stone Center Library staff has prepared a bibliography to accompany this lecture, the PDF of which can be found here.

Additional information about Ms. Francis’ work can be found here:

Department of Sociology Colloquium – Karen Fields

Karen Fields Flyer

Karen E. Fields will be delivering a lecture on February 4, 2015, at 12:00pm in the Hitchcock Room of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center.

Dr. Fields is an independent scholar and the author of several articles and three published books: Revival and Rebellion in Colonial Central Africa; Lemon Swamp and Other Places: A Carolina Memoir (with Mamie Garvin Fields), and a translation of Emile Durkheim’s The Elementary Forms of Religious Life. She also has two book-length works in progress: Bordeaux’s Africa and Race Matters in the American Academy.

She holds degrees from Harvard University, Brandeis University, and the Sorbonne.

Fields’ talk will focus on the French cities of Bordeaux and Nantes and their role in the “triangular trade” of slaves, manufactured goods and colonial products illustrated below.

Selected relevant UNC Library resources:

The Atlantic Slave Trade: Effects on Economies, Societies, and Peoples in Africa, the Americas, and Europe. Ed. Stanley L. Engerman, et al. Durham: Duke University Press, 1992.

Bordeaux Au XVIIIe Siècle: Le Commerce Atlantique Et l’Esclavage. Ed. Christian Block, et al. Bordeaux: Le Festin, 2010.

Deveau, Jean-Michel. La Traite Rochelaise. Paris: Karthala, 1990.

Eltis, David, and David Richardson. “Productivity in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.Explorations in economic history 32.4 (1995): 465-84.

Fields, Karen E., Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life. Ed. Barbara Jeanne Fields and . London;New York: Verso, 2012.

Harms, Robert W., The Diligent: A Voyage through the Worlds of the Slave Trade. New York: Basic Books, 2002.

Lindsay, Lisa A. Captives as Commodities: The Transatlantic Slave Trade. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008.

Miller, Christopher L., The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.

Morgan, Kenneth. “Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.” International history review XXX.4 (2008): 785-95.

Saugera, Éric. Bordeaux, Port Négrier: Chronologie, Économie, Idéologie, XVIIe-XIXe Siècles. Biarritz; Paris: J & D éditions; Karthala, 1995.

Stein, Robert Louis. The French Slave Trade in the Eighteenth Century: An Old Regime Business. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1979.

Walvin, James, author. Crossings: Africa, the Americas and the Atlantic Slave Trade. London: Reaktion Books, 2013.

These and other sources are available as a printable PDF.

2015 UNC-CH African American History Month lecture – Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad


Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad will deliver the 11th Annual African American History Month Lecture on February 17, 2015, in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center Auditorium.

In addition to being the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Research and a sought-after speaker, Dr. Muhammad has published extensively, including his book The Condemnation of Blackness: race, crime, and the making of modern urban America, and several articles. Links to published articles, audio, and video interviews are included below.

Muhammad, Khalil G. “White may be might, but it’s Not always Right.” The Washington Post Dec 09 2007. ProQuest. Web. 14 Jan. 2015.
Muhammad, Khalil G. “”Negro Stranger in our Midst”: Origins of African American Criminality in the Urban North, 1900–1940.” Order No. 3117624 Rutgers The State University of New Jersey – New Brunswick, 2004. Ann Arbor: ProQuest. Web. 14 Jan. 2015.
Muhammad, Khalil Gibran. “Where did all the White Criminals Go? Reconfiguring Race and Crime on the Road to Mass Incarceration.” Souls 13.1 (2011): 72-90. ProQuest. 14 Jan. 2015.
Muhammad, Khalil G. “Playing the Violence Card.” New York Times Apr 06 2012, Late Edition (East Coast) ed. ProQuest. 14 Jan. 2015.

Tavis Smiley Interview: Incoming director of the city’s famed Schomburg Center
The Root Interview: The Schomburg’s Khalil Gibran Muhammad
New York Times: Historian Will Direct Schomburg Center in Harlem
Moyers and Company: Confronting the Contradictions of America’s Past Jun 29 2012 (Video

Lake Effect’s Mitch Teich interviews author Khalil Gibran Muhammad on his book “The Condemnation of Blackness.”


IAAR Brown Bag – “Brazilian Quilombos: Historical & Contemporary Struggles”

The UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of African American Research (IAAR) will be holding the first in their spring 2015 series of brown bag lectures –  “Brazilian Quilombos: Historical & Contemporary Struggles” presented by Adam Bledsoe, UNC-CH Department of Geography – on January 12, 2015 at 12:00pm in Room 309C of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center.

The Stone Center Library staff has prepared a bibliography to accompany this lecture, the PDF of which can be found here.


Penn Center Honors UNC for Care of Penn School Papers

Reposted from the UNC University Library News and Events blog, some exciting news for our colleagues over at UNC’s Southern Historical Collection:

The Penn Center of St. Helena Island, S.C., has named the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill a member of its 1862 Circle. The Center presented the award on April 29 to recognize the University’s stewardship of the Penn School papers at the Southern Historical Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library.

The Penn School began in 1862 as an experimental program to educate and provide services to thousands of African Americans who had been freed by U.S. troops early in the Civil War. The Center today preserves and serves as a resource for the history, culture, and environment of the Sea Islands.

The Center deposited the Penn School papers with the Southern Historical Collection in 1962. The collection contains more than 32,000 letters, journals, and official documents from the school’s history. The diary of Laura Towne, a Philadelphia abolitionist and one of the school’s founders, is among them.

The collection also includes approximately 3,000 photos, some dating to the 1860s. Oral history interviews and later documents relate to the Penn Community Services Center, which opened in 1948 after the school closed.

“The Penn papers document a groundbreaking effort to help newly freed people,” said Tim West, curator of the Southern Historical Collection. “Eventually, it became an effort of the people themselves. Researchers use these papers to study topics ranging from the Gullah culture of the region, to African American education, to race relations.”

As part of its citation, the Penn Center recognized the ongoing active partnership that it maintains with UNC. As a result of these efforts, more than 10,000 pages of the Penn School papers are now available online through the Southern Historical Collection.

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UNC Chapel Hill 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

Reposted from UNC’s office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, here’s a listing of activities taking place on campus next week in celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. 

Join us at Carolina for a week of cooperatively planned events to commemorate the ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact UNC-Chapel Hill Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at (919) 962-6962 or by email.

Click on a date in the list below to see details, times, and locations for all events.

2012 UNC-Chapel Hill MLK Celebration Schedule













Photos from Professor Brundage’s 11/1 lecture

Thanks to everyone who came out to Professor Brundage’s booktalk on the first of the month! We hope you all found his lecture informative and thought-provoking and we encourage you all to take another look at Stone Center Librarian Shauna Collier’s  list of related books available here at the SCL if this is a topic you wish to explore further.

Lecture and exhibit opening TODAY (11/8) at Wilson: “Generations of Captivity in North Carolina: The Bennehan-Cameron Plantations, 1776-1865”

Reposted from the UNC Library News and Events blog

Generations of Captivity in North Carolina: The Bennehan-Cameron Plantations, 1776-1865

Lecture by Sydney Nathans
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011
Wilson Special Collections Library
5 p.m.  Reception and Exhibit Viewing, 4th floor
5:30 p.m.  Program, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza TerllFriends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

The lives of people enslaved at the Stagville Plantation in what now is Durham County, N.C., will be the focus of a lecture and exhibit at the Wilson Special Collections Library. The program and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Sydney Nathans, professor emeritus of history at Duke University, will give a lecture Nov. 8 titled “Generations of Captivity in North Carolina: The Bennehan-Cameron Plantations, 1776-1865.” The lecture will open the exhibit in the Wilson Library’s 4th floor gallery, Kin and Community: African American Lives at Stagville, on view through Mar. 2, 2012.

Nathans has devoted much of his academic life to working in the Cameron Family Papers in the Southern Historical Collection, focusing on relations between whites and blacks and the lives of black families who lived on the Bennehan-Cameron family’s extensive plantations in Orange (now Durham) County.

The Cameron family, which also had substantial plantations in Alabama and Mississippi, was among North Carolina’s largest landholders and slaveholders.

The event and exhibit are sponsored by the Southern Historical Collection and the Friends of the Library.

Monday 11/7 panel: Diversifying the Archives (5:30pm, Manning Hall, Room 307)

Here’s another great event, reposted from the blog of the Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists here at UNC-CH:

What: Diversifying the Archives: Opportunities and Challenges in Representing Underrepresented Populations
When: November 7th, 2011 at 5:30pm
Where: Manning 307
“Please join us for a very special evening with an excellent panel of insightful and inspirational area archivists as they share some of the challenges and opportunities of collecting archival materials for underrepresented populations, including those who may not have produced traditional documents. Come learn about some of their outreach activities with the local African American community, and bring your questions and reflections.
The Panel:
We will provide food, provocative thoughts, and even an event that can count toward your SILS Diversity Advocate Certificate.” QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS EVENT MAY BE DIRECTED TO ANY OF THE UNC-CH SCOSAA OFFICERS.

TODAY at 5:00pm in Wilson: Beyond Blackface booktalk… plus related UNC resources

We hope you’re all excited for TODAY’S book talk with UNC history professor “Fitz” Brundage, as he discusses his latest book, Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930 (UNC Press 2011).

Event details (also available on Facebook):


5:00pm Reception | Main Lobby, Wilson Library

5:30pm Program | Pleasants Family Assembly Room

Free and open to the public

In anticipation of this event, Stone Center Librarian Shauna Collier has put together a list of related books available at UNC libraries. Check it out!

Happy reading, and we hope to see you TODAY at 5pm in Wilson Library!