Field Notes
June 2016
From the Associate Director
Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you well.  

Like all of you, we have struggled with the horror of the Orlando shootings, and are all the more glad that our new podcast episode focuses on the history of LGBTQ life and activism in the South. We cannot lessen the pain of what happened in Florida, but we can do our small part to contribute to better dialogue about LGBTQ issues, sustained and deepened by listening to voices from the past and present.  

I've been enjoying working with the Moxie Scholars as they explore oral history and their local internships. Friday mornings, when my co-director Shelley Gist of the Carolina Womens' Center and I meet with them to discuss readings and hear how they are making connections between theory and practice, are a highlight of my week.  

I valued a chance recently to meet with the volunteer interviewers for the Town of Carrboro's new oral history project, where we talked about the art and method of collecting interviews. One of our Moxies, Adrienne Bonar, has been helping on that project and set up a great online resource page for the volunteers, drawing on the SOHP's materials.  

I'm also proud that our K-12 teachers' map is starting to get real attention. Collections Coordinator Jaycie Vos will be presenting the map to teachers from across the state at an the 2016 William Friday Teachers Institute in July, Carolina Voices: 
Exploring the Diverse History & Heritage of the Tar Heel State. Organized by the NC  Civics Consortium and sponsored by the North Caroliniana Society, the event will insure that many more teachers know about our great new resource for teaching about NC history in their classrooms. Field Scholar Taylor Livingston will also be presenting about the map at the July meeting of the  African Diaspora Fellows Program, which provides professional development to North Carolina middle and high school social studies, English language arts and world language teachers teachers in African, African American, and African Diaspora Studies.

I hope you are getting time to rest, work on projects that excite you, and appreciate the warmth of the summer sun.

All the best,
Rachel Seidman
New Episode of PRESS RECORD: The SOHP Podcast

Episode 4 of PRESS RECORD is now available on iTunes and SoundCloud! In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, we're focusing on the history of LGBTQ life and activism in North Carolina. Guests include SOHP alums Evan Faulkenbury and Aaron Hayworth, who recently published an article on the Carolina Gay Association in the Oral History Review; UNC professor Randall Kenan; and new field scholar Carol Prince. This episode also includes clips from oral histories with Mandy Carter of the organization Southerners On New Ground; Dr. Terri Phoenix, director of the UNC LGBTQ center; and Ping Nguyen, recent UNC graduate and LGBTQ activist.

Learn more and listen to the episode here, and don't forget to subscribe on iTunes to get new episodes right to your device. Episode 5 coming soon!  
Vote for "New Roots" at CoSA/SAA 2016

The team behind New Roots/Nuevas Raí­ces: Voices from Carolina del Norte has the chance to present a pop-up session at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2016, the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists and the Society of American Archivists! This session would explore the evolution of New Roots/Nuevas Raíces from conception to launch and discuss the unique challenges and opportunities inherent in this collaboration among the Latino Migration Project, the Southern Oral History Program, University Libraries and Library Information and Technology at UNC Chapel Hill, and local Latino community members. But we need your help--please visit this website and vote for us by the end of the day on Monday, June 20th. The five proposals with the most votes will get to present.
Good News from the SOHP Family
SOHP alum Jessie Wilkerson, assistant professor of history and Southern Studies at Ole Miss, recently earned a residential fellowship as part of the Visiting Scholars Program at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences! She'll spend the 2016-2017 academic year in Cambridge, Massachusetts working on her book-length manuscript, "Where Movements Meet: From the War on Poverty to Grassroots Feminism in the Appalachian South," alongside seven other visiting fellows. Congratulations Jessie!
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