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
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
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,