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January 2015

African Americans in Theater and Popular Culture after 1945

January 31 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

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

The North Carolina Home Front, 1940-1945

February 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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

February 20 @ 4:30 pm - February 21 @ 1:00 pm

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

February 27 @ 4:30 pm - March 28 @ 1:00 pm

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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