I serve as Director of the Center for the Study of the American South (CSAS) at UNC-Chapel Hill, whose mission is to nurture rigorous scholarship, critical conversations, and creative expressions for a diverse and changing South.
The Center generates and disseminates scholarship with special emphasis on interdisciplinary work grounded in the arts and humanities that includes engagement with communities outside the University as a core principle. CSAS elevates the stories of Southern communities to serve their futures. The Center serves as a nexus for scholars, artists, students and members of the public who seek a creative, surprising, inclusive South.
CSAS generates scholarship through the Southern Oral History Program and in our research grants and fellowships; we disseminate scholarship through the journal Southern Cultures and in convening public lectures, conversations, and performances.
These are a few of the ways I have engaged the public through my work at CSAS and beyond:
- “No More Silence,” with Professor William Sturkey, Season 3, Episode 14, About South (November 2018)
- “Unique As We Are Alike,” a multidimensional exploration of contemporary Lumbee identity (October 2018)
- “Silent Sam and the Study of the South,” a co-authored statement by the staff and faculty of the Center for the Study of the American South (August 2018)
- “What Makes Someone Native American?” by Lisa Rab, Washington Post Magazine (August 2018)
- NC Bookwatch: Stephanie Elizondo Griest, All the Agents and Saints [Video] (March 2018), UNC-TV
- “A Pipeline in the Sand,” by Adina Soloman and Asher Elbein, Bitter Southerner (February 2018)
- NC Bookwatch: Karen Cox, Goat Castle [Video] (November 2017), UNC-TV
- Focus On: Confederate Monuments [Video] (November 2017), UNC-TV
- Confederate Symbols in the Public Square: A Roundtable [VIDEO] (October 2017, Chapel Hill, NC)
- “Hurricane Matthew Hits a North Carolina Tribe Particularly Hard”, by Valerie Bauerlein, Cameron McWhirter and Paul Overberg, Wall Street Journal (October 2016)
- “The Collard Sandwich is a Robeson County Delicacy,” by Elizabeth Shestak, Our State (March 2015)
- “Adaptation, Survival, Gratitude: A Lumbee Thanksgiving Story,” produced by Tina Antolini, Gravy (November 2014)
- “No Honor at All,” Raleigh News and Observer (August 30, 2014)
- “American Indians and Chapel Hill,” The Carolina Story: A Virtual Museum of University History