Thursday, Oct. 14: UNC’s African and African American Studies Department: The Beginning of a Revolution

October 14, 2010
3:30-5:30 (reception to follow)
Kresge Common Room, Graham Memorial
How did African and African American Studies begin at UNC?
To answer this question, the Department of African and Afro American Studies has invited back to campus a panel of some of the student activists and faculty who worked to establish the program over 40 years ago.

Evelyn A. Davis
Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC (1972), now a professor of law at the University of California, Davis.
Abdullah Salim Jr. (formerly Reginald Hawkins)
Graduate of UNC (1970), co-founder of the Black Student Movement, now an attorney in Maryland.
Townsend Ludington
Boshamer Professor of English and American Studies (retired) who presented the original proposal for a program to the Faculty Council.
Perry A. Hall
Author of In the Vineyard: Working in African American Studies, and a member of the African American Studies department.
Sponsored by:
Department of African and African American Studies
The Institute for African American Research
Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History

Thursday, Oct. 14: “The Race Beat: History and Legacy” panel

The UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host a panel discussion Oct. 14 with acclaimed reporters and editors who covered the American civil rights movement. “The Race Beat: History and Legacy” – part of the Nelson Benton Lecture Series at the school – will be held in the Carroll Hall auditorium Oct. 14 at 5:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
The event features the co-authors of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Race Beat,” Hank Klibanoff and Gene Roberts. Klibanoff, former managing editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and former deputy managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, will moderate the panel. Roberts, former editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer and former managing editor of The New York Times, will be a panelist.
The other panelists are Hodding Carter, UNC professor of public policy and former editor of the Delta Democrat Times (Greenville, Miss.); Joe Cumming, former Atlanta bureau chief for Newsweek; and Moses J. Newson, former executive editor of the Baltimore Afro-American and former reporter at the Tri-State Defender in Memphis, Tenn.
For more details about this event, please see the School of Journalism and Mass Communication website.
Interested in learning more about the book?
check it out!
– see the New York Time’s book review
listen to NPR’s conversation with co-author Klibanoff

Dorothy Height, 1912-2010

Learn more about the fascinating life of civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height by reading her memoir, Open Wide the Freedom Gates. A copy of the book is available in the Stone Center Library.
Several books by Height are available in electronic format via the library catalog. Search for “Height, Dorothy” in the catalog to bring up the results.
An obituary can be found online at the New York Times web site.

Black Comic Book Heroes Topic of Talk on Feb. 22

It’s Clobbering Time! Comic Books and Creating the Idea of Black Masculinity
Lecture by Randall Kenan

Monday, Feb. 22, 2010
5 p.m. Reception and viewing of the exhibit Popular Culture in Print
5:45 p.m. Program
Wilson Special Collections Library
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library,, (919) 962-4207
Randall Kenan, associate professor of English at UNC, will provide a look at African American comic book heroes in a free public lecture Feb. 22 at 5:45 p.m. in Wilson Library.
In “It’s Clobbering Time! Comic Books and Creating the Idea of Black Masculinity,” Kenan will discuss African American superheroes in the comic books he read as a youth. He will focus on the way he viewed their presentation of both race and masculinity and their impact on his own writing.
“Comic books come up a lot in my work via the characters and their interests,” said Kenan.
Kenan’s most recent book is The Fire This Time, a nonfiction look at race in contemporary America. His 1992 collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and among The New York Times Notable Books of 1992.
He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Sherwood Anderson Award and the John Dos Passos Award. Kenan also was the 1997 Rome Prize winner from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was awarded the North Carolina Award for Literature in 2005.
Kenan’s talk coincides with the opening of the exhibit Popular Culture in Print, on view in the Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room of Wilson Library Feb. 22 through May 31. Contact the Rare Book Collection for exhibit information.

Unknown Origins of the March on Washington: Civil Rights Politics & the Black Working Class

Presented by the History Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Featured Speaker:
Dr. William P. Jones
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Associate Professor, History
About William P. Jones:
Jones is a historian of the 20th century US with a particular interest in race, class and work.
February 17th, 2010
Hitchcock Multipurpose Room
Sonya Haynes Stone Center
7:00 PM
Free & Open to the Public
Reception & Book Signing Following Talk
Sponsored by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center, UNC School of Law, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs through the Diversity Incentive Fund, and the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence.

African American Resources in the Southern Historical Collection

Holly Smith, Overholser Archival Fellow for African American Studies, will discuss manuscript collections in the SHC that relate to African American history and culture, as well as the SHC’s 2009-2010 Documenting the African American Southern Experience Initiative.
Wednesday, January 27
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Pleasants Family Room
Wilson Library
Sponsored by the University Library Staff Development Committee