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!

Save the date: Tuesday, Nov. 1st @5pm, African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture

Save the date! On Tuesday, November 1st, UNC history professor Fitzhugh Brundage will deliver a lecture on the history of African Americans in American popular culture. The talk will will take place at 5:30pm in the Wilson Special Collections Library, with a reception at 5:00pm. This event is FREE  and open to the PUBLIC
Brundage is the editor of the UNC Press book Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930, a collection of essays from sixteen scholars in various disciplines that “address the complex roles of black performers, entrepreneurs, and consumers in American mass culture during the early twentieth century.” This book is currently available at Davis Library and the North Carolina Collection (library use only) – check for availability here.
Brundage is also the William Umstead Distinguished Professor of history at UNC, and his books include The Southern Past : A Clash of Race and Memory(2005), A Socialist Utopia in the New South: The Ruskin Colonies in Tennessee and Georgia, 1894-1901 (1996) and Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930.  (1993) 
In 2006, he was awarded the Lillian Smith Award from the Southern Regional Council and the Southern Historical Association’s Charles S. Sydnor Award for a distinguished book in southern history for The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory.
This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Stone Center Library for Black Culture & History. For more information, contact: Liza TerllFriends of the Library at (919) 962-4207 or liza_terll@unc.edu.
Hope to see you there!  

Monday 10/17 & Tuesday 10/18 @Duke: Archives & Justice events w/ Verne Harris (Nelson Mandela archivist)

From our colleagues at Duke, two great events next week featuring Nelson Mandela archivist Verne Harris:
Verne Harris, Nelson Mandela and a Centering of Memory
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Rare Book Room, Perkins Library (note location)
Co-sponsored with the John Hope Franklin Research Center 
Verne Harris has been Nelson Mandela’s archivist since 2004. He is head of the Memory Programme at the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Centre of Memory and Dialogue, an honorary research associate with the University of Cape Town, and former Deputy Director of South Africa’s National Archives. He will give a public talk about the Memory Programme at the Centre of Memory and Dialogue.
Reception to follow. More detailed information here
ARCHIVES & JUSTICE: a faculty/graduate seminar with VERNE HARRIS, Center of Memory & Dialogue, Nelson Mandela Foundation
Time: 12-2pm
Franklin Humanities Institute Garage (C105, Bay 4, 1st Floor, Smith Warehouse)
Lunch provided – Space limited, sign up by Oct 11 via this link
Co-sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Research Center at the University Duke Libraries
You are invited to engage Verne Harris, Nelson Mandela’s archivist since 2004, on questions of “archive,” “deconstruction” and “postmodernisms.” He will open the discussion with a brief reflection on legacy and the archive through three intersecting enquiries: the South African tradition of “memory for justice”; deconstruction’s insistence that the work of archive is justice; and the legacies of Nelson Mandela and Jacques Derrida.
Readings will be available very soon electronically – by signing up at the link above, you will be added to the reading distribution list automatically.
Verne Harris is head of the Memory Programme at the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Centre of Memory and Dialogue, an honorary research associate with the University of Cape Town, and former Deputy Director of South Africa’s National Archives.

Happy Banned Books Week!

Did you know? Saturday marked the start of the 2011 Banned Books Week, which this year takes place September 24th-October 1st.  Established in 1982, this annual event “highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.”
Interested in learning more or getting involved? Check out the ALA’s lists of banned and frequently challenged books. Did any of your favorites make the list?
You can also take part in this year’s Virtual Read-Out, by submitting a short video of yourself reading from a banned or challenged book. Criteria and instructions are available here, and you can browse submissions to the dedicated Youtube channel here.
Looking for a banned book to read in observation of Banned Books Week? Stay tuned to the SCL blog for highlights from our holdings!

Opening TODAY @7pm: "The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs and Germany"

Opening TONIGHT at the Stone Center, this event is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC:
“The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs and Germany” exhibition will open at the Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum, Thursday, September 8, at 7pm.
“The exhibition, on display thru October 28, features photos, cartoons and political posters that tell an intriguing story of how American and German history became intertwined in the struggle for civil rights.
The exhibition was curated by Maria Hoehn, Professor of History at Vassar College and Dr. Martin Klimke, Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.  This project expands the boundaries of the African American Freedom Struggle beyond the U.S. and depicts African American GIs as active participants in the victory over Nazism, the democratization of Germany after WWII, and in the advancement of civil rights in their own country and beyond.
The opening reception is set for 7pm on September 8 and is free and open to the public.   Professor Maria Hoehn will give a brief presentation at the reception.  Local representatives from the National Association of Black Veterans, Tuskegee Airmen, Montford Point Marines, and Buffalo Soldiers will attend the reception as special guests.”
More details about this exhibit are available HERE.
Interested in learning more? Come by the Stone Center Library and check out our latest display of related books. For example:

ADF @DPAC: June 9-July 23

Established in 1934, the American Dance Festival is “an international magnet for choreographers, dancers, teachers, critics, musicians, and scholars, drawing them together to experiment, explore, learn, collaborate, and create in a supportive environment.”
Housed at Duke University since 1977, this year’s performances will take place June 9-July 23.
Notable among the all-start line-up are two African-American troupes: EVIDENCE and the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company. This year’s season is also the last for its director of 43 years, Charles Reinhart.
Interested in learning more? Check out this recent article in the News & Observer, or peruse the ADF website for the festival’s history at a glance and an interactive timeline. Enjoy! 🙂

Thursday, March 31: An Evening in South Africa

Looking for something to do tomorrow evening?  Check out the following event announcement:
UNC Cape Town 2010 Students Present:

THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 5:30-7:15, Graham Memorial room 039

Produced and Presented by
Welcome – Sarah Collman
“The Note” -Introduction by Jennifer Paxton
In the hours leading up to a funeral, four people discover that reconciliation doesn’t come from truth alone. This play examines the cultural stigmas associated with homosexuality and AIDs in post-apartheid South Africa.
“Conflict Diamonds” – -Introduction by Chelsea Bailey
South Africa is home to some of the largest diamond mines in the world – but would you buy a diamond if you knew it cost someone’s life?
Vinny Klokman AKA Irwin Presents: “Wild in Cape Town”
“Elephant Culling” – -Introduction by Caitlin Pardue
Each year, thousands of elephants are killed in South Africa’s game reserves in an effort to curb their population.
“Grafitti” – -Introduction by Ari van den Akker
Cape Town has cultivated a vibrant and growing street art scene, but a new bylaw targeting graffiti artists threatens to end their art.