B. B. King, Honorary Professor of Southern Studies

As B. B. King is laid to rest Saturday in Indianola, we wanted to share footage from the 2004 Blues Today Symposium when the Center named King an Honorary Professor of Southern Studies. Charles Reagan Wilson, then Director of the Center, conveys the honor. Greg Johnson of the Blues Archive did a public interview with… Read More >

Congratulations, Southern Studies M.A. Defenders!

Southern Studies graduate students all look forward to the day they emerge triumphant from the little blue room in Barnard Observatory after defending a thesis or internship. The blue room is now named in honor of Dr. Charles Reagan Wilson, professor emeritus of Southern Studies and history and committee member on at least as many… Read More >

Dr. Jessie Wilkerson Wins Award for Best Dissertation

We’re excited to congratulate faculty member Dr. Jessie Wilkerson, who just won an award for  her UNC dissertation, “Where Movements Meet: Women’s Activism in the Appalachian South, 1965–1980.” The Lerner-Scott Prize from the Organization of American Historians is awarded for the best dissertation in US women’s history. She accepted the award this weekend at the… Read More >

Director’s Column: Studying Peace and the South

Ted Ownby, Center Director

In the Fall of 2015, there will be a Southern Studies special topics course on Peace and Southern Culture taught by Dr. Ted Ownby.  Learn more about it here. The following post is taken from Dr. Ownby’s Director’s Column from the Winter 2015 Southern Register, where he discusses the origins of his idea for the… Read More >

SST and Sociology Professor Barbara Combs Explores Legacy of Selma

Many, including several of our Southern Studies students and alumni, traveled to Selma, Alabama earlier this month to be part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march.  We hope to share their stories and photos on the blog soon.  In the meantime,we recommend From Selma to Montgomery: The Long… Read More >

Listen to Dr. Jessie Wilkerson’s Brown Bag

In case you missed Dr. Jessie Wilkerson’s Brown Bag lecture last Wednesday, take a listen here.  In her lecture titled “I’m a Southern, Farm Girl, Union, Democrat Feminist: Finding Feminism in the American South” she drew on oral history work done at the Southern Oral History Program at UNC. SouthDocs will be sharing more sound… Read More >

Wharton Photography Exhibit at the Ford Center

David Wharton, Assistant Professor of Southern Studies and director of Documentary Studies at the Center, has an exhibit of photographs up in the beautiful gallery space at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.  The photographs are taken from The Power of Belief: Spiritual Landscapes from the Rural South, forthcoming in late 2015.… Read More >