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Upcoming Events

January 2015
$25

African Americans in Theater and Popular Culture after 1945

January 31 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
UNC Campus,
Chapel Hill, NC United States

We are pleased to continue our partnership with PlayMakers Repertory Company as they produce the play by Alice Childress, Trouble in Mind (first performed in 1955). Three speakers will discuss the historical and biographical context of this provocative work, which explores the obstacles that African American playwrights and actors faced as they sought to break down racial barriers and stereotypes in post-1945 American theatrical culture. Historian William Sturkey will discuss both the discriminations and opportunities that shaped the experiences of…

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February 2015
$35

Great Books Reading Group – The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Flyleaf Books,
752 MartinLuther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Yearning to revisit some of your old favorites with engaged peers and a learned discussion leader? We are pleased to announce the inaugural season of our Great Books Reading Groups in partnership with Flyleaf Books of Chapel Hill. Join UNC faculty discussion leaders for a session on context and meaning, and then return in two weeks to tackle substantive issues in the text. These programs will feature great UNC faculty, but they will be driven by group discussion not lectures.…

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$20

The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America

February 3 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Flyleaf Books,
752 MartinLuther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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We will examine the ways in which Shirley Temple became the most celebrated child star in film history by embodying hope, trust, and plucky cheer in the midst of the Great Depression, the greatest peacetime crisis in American history. Join history professor John Kasson for a discussion of his book, The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America. TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. All Spotlight on Scholars events take place at Flyleaf Books in Chapel…

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$6

Adult Spelling Bee presented by UNC Program in the Humanities, Flyleaf Books & DSI Comedy

February 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
DSI Comedy Theater,
462 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Were you T-O-P of your C-L-A-S-S when it came to spelling? Do you keep a dictionary on your bedside table in case of emergencies? Do you enjoy watching people stumble over “chrysanthemum” in front of a crowd? Join us for this adult Spelling Bee sponsored by Flyleaf Books & UNC Humanities Program. Beer will be swilled and words will be spelled and we’ll determine who can bring the heat when it comes to linguistic feats. Part variety show, part serious…

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$20

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: When White Characters Masquerade Blackness

February 10 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Flyleaf Books,
752 MartinLuther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Julie Marsden in Jezebel (1938) are not your typical southern belles. They defy patriarchy and resist prescribed roles associated with white femininity while defending the threatened South. Charlene Regester examines how these characters parade, imitate, and/or perform blackness while retaining their whiteness. She argues this masquerading blackness by the protagonists helps explain why these films hold an unending fascination for spectators. TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. All Spotlight on Scholars events…

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The North Carolina Home Front, 1940-1945

February 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
UNC Campus,
Chapel Hill, NC United States

World War II was an international war, transforming regions around the world. North Carolina was no exception. Between 1940 and 1945 millions of service members moved through the fifty-one military facilities in the state. The state’s industrial and agricultural production increased dramatically, transforming this mostly rural state into a mostly urban one. Despite North Carolina’s important contributions to the war effort, the war also exposed hard facts about their state’s demographic makeup. More North Carolinians were rejected for military service…

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$20

2015 Oscars Preview

February 17 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Flyleaf Books,
752 MartinLuther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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We welcome back UNC screenwriting professors Dana Coen and Scott Myers to discuss the ten Oscar nominated films of 2014. This popular event will offer insights into the storytelling, marketing, industry trends, and the Hollywood award environment past and present. They also may be asking whether or not Hollywood is capable of making a good film at all these days. Get tips on your Oscar ballot before the big event! TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. All Spotlight on Scholars events take place at…

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Going to the Show in North Carolina: Movies and Tar Heel Social Life, 1900-1960

February 19 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NC Museum of History,
5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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The North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh has created a remarkable exhibition on the history of films and filmmaking in North Carolina, which we will explore as part of our new series of “Carolina Conversations” with UNC faculty.  We join our partners at the General Alumni Association and the Museum of History to sponsor this special presentation by Professor of American Studies and History Robert Allen–an expert on the social history of the movies in North Carolina and an innovative…

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$62-$125

Latin America and the United States: Cross-Cultural Perceptions, Tourism, and Modern Migrations

February 20 @ 4:30 pm - February 21 @ 1:00 pm
UNC Campus,
Chapel Hill, NC United States

The complex history of U.S.-Latin American cross-cultural perceptions and exchanges continues to shape contemporary politics, cultures, and social relations. How have these interactions evolved over time and also influenced present-day identities, tourism, and migrations in the Americas? We’ll explore such questions from multiple perspectives, beginning with Miguel La Serna’s discussion of Peruvian nationhood and the transnational dialogues that have created Latin America’s national identities. Cultural assumptions also develop through travel experiences that challenge the expectations of both tourists and local…

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$20

Encounters with the Attention Ethic

February 24 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Flyleaf Books,
752 MartinLuther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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What response does seeing human suffering demand of us? This question is at the center of filmmaker Julia Haslett’s most recent film An Encounter with Simone Weil, a personal essay documentary inspired by the French thinker and activist Simone Weil (1909-1943). Haslett will discuss the themes central to her documentary work: attention, empathy, and the complex dynamics of bearing witness. TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. All Spotlight on Scholars events take place at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. There are…

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An Enemy of the People: Theater, Environmentalism, and the Meaning of Water

February 27 @ 4:30 pm - March 28 @ 1:00 pm
UNC Campus,
Chapel Hill, NC United States

Our partnership with PlayMakers continues with this seminar in conjunction with the production of An Enemy of the People, an 1882 play by Henrik Ibsen that was later adapted by Arthur Miller. Ibsen portrays conflicts that erupt when a doctor discovers contamination in “health baths” that are essential for a small town’s economy. Drawing on these theatrical themes, we explore how environmental issues flow into public disputes, modern media, and conceptions of human rights. Public policy expert Richard Andrews will…

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