Monthly Archive for December, 2008

Spring ’09 Meetings of the Triangle Labor and Civil Rights Working Group added to the Event calendar

Four meetings of the Triangle Labor and Civil Rights Working Group (LCRWG) have been added to our event calendar. The LCRWG seeks to foster greater dialogue between activists and scholars on issues related to civil rights and labor in the Triangle and beyond. Send an email to for more information about the Triangle LCRWG.

The Spring ’09 meetings are:

January 28, 2009 – School Desegregation/Neighborhood Development with performance by Hidden Voices, Love House, UNC, 6pm

February 25, 2009 – Urban Planning and Development in the Triangle, Duke, CDS, 6pm

March 25, 2009 – Latino/Immigrant Law, UNC, Love House, 6pm

April 22, 2009 – Film Screening and Discussion, UNC, Love House, 6pm

Events, events, and more events

More exciting events have been added to the Events calendar. They include:

  • The William C. Friday Distinguished Lecture on February 19th
  • The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, which runs from January 18th to January 23rd with multiple events scheduled
  • The Conference “Monuments and Memories: Race in History” beginning on April 15th

Keep an eye on the calendar to learn more about these and other upcoming events.

The Events keep on coming!

Our Events Calendar continues to fill up! Three new events during the Spring ’09 semester have been added. They are:

  • The 2009 Law and Contemporary Problems Conference on January 23. This years topic is “Race and Socio-Economic Class: Unraveling an Increasingly Complex Tapestry”
  • Tea with Trailblazers on February 9th. This annual event commemorates African-American pioneers at Duke’s medical center.
  • A book signing with Professor Richard J. Powell. Professor Powell will present his new book, Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture.

Keep watching the Event calendar for more great events. And if you have an event you would like added to the calendar, e-mail the event information to LCRM_Events [at] unc [dot] edu.

More Events Added to the Event calendar

Several new spring events have been added to our Event calendar. They include two installments of the James A. Hutchins Lecture Series on March 24th and April 14th, an installment of the Adventures in Ideas seminars on April 4th, and part of the General Alumni Associations’s Lifelong Learning program on April 7th. Visit the Calendar for more information.

New Events for Spring ’09 now on the Events Calendar

We have added several new events taking place in the Spring ’09 semester to our events calendar. They include:

“Revisiting the Southern Past” on Jan. 15
“Indians, Southerners, and Americans” on Jan. 20th
“MLK to Black in America” with Soledad O’Brien on Jan. 22nd
“The Secret World of William Alexander Percy” part of the James Hutchins Lectures on Feb. 3rd
The Fifth Annual African-American History Month Lecture given by Barbara Ransby on Feb. 11th

Check out the calendar for more details on these exciting events and many others.

If you know of another event that you think would interest the public or scholars who follow the Long Civil Rights Movement, please e-mail the event information to LCRM_Events [at] unc [dot] edu.

Today: Conference on Contemporary Africa

Today at UNC, there will be a conference on major issues in contemporary Africa. Topics covered will include human rights, global institutions, and social movements. The opening remarks at the confernce will be given by UNC’s Professor Julius Nyang’oro and will be followed by roundtable discussions. For more information visit UNC’s African Studies Center or our Events Calendar.

Lecture Today – “Not Just Words”

Today at UNC, there will be a lecture by Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia. His talk is entitled “Not Just Words: The Remarkable Resiliance of Human Rights.” Check out the events calendar for more details.

Faculty Bookwatch at Duke

Today, there will be a Faculty Bookwatch Panel at Duke University. Today’s panel will discuss Margaret Humphrey’s book Intensely Human: The Health of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War. Come join in on the discussion. See the events calendar for more details.

November 2008 [Summary of Activities]

The following is a brief report on the Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement (LCRM) project’s activities from October 29th to November 25th  2008, when our monthly meeting was held in the Boardroom at UNC Press.

We posted a faculty survey on the project website to begin to solicit the opinions of scholars on our numerous ideas about online services and publications and help us prioritize them.  UNC Press offers a free book to scholars who take the survey.  We are pleased to have three respondents already and plan to pilot the survey with approximately a dozen scholars during December.  After revising the survey, if necessary, we plan to solicit responses via an e-mail blast to UNC Press authors whose work might be considered related to the Long Civil Rights Movement.

Our project wish-list, as described in the survey, continued to take shape in four overlapping pieces:  (1)  an online searchable resource of unique content; (2) an online space for scholarly communication and collaboration; (3) online publishing services allowing scholars to collaborate on articles and monographs and move them through a peer-review process to publication; (4) publications, both online and in print.

To develop a searchable resource, we continued to research software and conduct inventories of content held by the four project partners.  The Southern Oral History Program team completed inventorying LCRM-related interviews in their collection; the total is approximately 2,300.

At UNC Press, We continued to analyze the backlist of approximately 4,000 titles in order to identify the books potentially related to the project; we categorized each title as Core, Possible, Questionable, or Not Related.  Next, we began the laborious process of rights analysis, in order to identify content for which we do not have online publishing rights.

We formed a working group to brainstorm ideas for seeding an online community in which scholars would debate and share ideas.  The project partners at the Southern Oral History Program and the Center for Civil Rights continue to plan for their upcoming conferences in April; possibly, these plans will provide the seeds for the online conversations that we envision.  The Long Civil Rights Movement Conference proved so popular, even before it was properly advertised, that its planners have added concurrent sessions, both to accommodate the large number of registrants and to make the conference even more comprehensive and exciting.

We continued to research and evaluate software that might assist us in offering online publishing services at UNC, and we began to identify model online publications.  A visit by Maria Bonn of the University of Michigan Scholarly Publishing Office, co-hosted by Unc’s Scholarly Communication Working Group and the LCRM project, was inspiring and informative.  Sylvia K. Miller, Project Director, attended the Charleston Conference for librarians and publishers and returned inspired by some of the out-of-the-box sessions held there on blogging and “publishing as community.”

This is the final week to see Black Dreams and Silver Screens

Black Dreams and Silver Screens:Black Film Posters 1920-1995 features original posters, including rare vintage lobby cards, and hard to find and one-of-a-kind materials from the earliest days of Black film making, and from classic films with all Black casts. Aside from their use as promotional material, the posters played an important socio-cultural role for black communities across the United States as they most often showed black actors as legitimate screen stars and cultural icons. Go see it while there is sill time! Visit our Events calendar or the exhibit’s information page for more information.