Field Notes
February 2016
From the Associate Director
Dear Friends,
Happy February. 
No matter what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, I'm sure it will warm your heart to meet our new Moxie Scholars. Each year, the Southern Oral History Program and the Carolina Women's Center collaborate to run The Moxie Project: Women and Leadership for Social Change. We choose our scholars from an impressive set of applicants who all share a desire to both learn about the history of women's activism and make a difference in the world around them today. I'm looking forward to working with these young people! Even though it was only 8:00 a.m. when I saw them earlier this week for a getting-to-know-you breakfast, Hampton Smith, Hannah Saggau, Rain Tiller, Seyoung "Sam" Oh, Adrienne Bonar, and Emily Hagstrom displayed a great group dynamic already. 

All of the Moxie scholars are enrolled in Professor Katherine Turk's class this semester, Feminist Movements in the U.S. since 1945, where they are learning about and debating important issues that connect the past and present. In May they will participate in an "oral history bootcamp," and start their paid summer internships in our wonderful partner organizations: Women Advance, the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Pauli Murray Project. New this year is our partnership with the Town of Carrboro, where Adrienne will intern with Mayor Lydia Lavelle, research gender equity issues in municipal government and help with the town's a new oral history project. We are excited about this new collaboration and the chance for our Moxies to learn about leadership in public service. 

To learn more about the individual Moxies, visit the program website. If you want to follow their progress, you can also sign up for our Moxie Memo newsletter, "like" our Facebook page, and look for #MoxieProjectUNC on Twitter. 
All the best,
Rachel Seidman
From the SOHP Workroom

This piece was written by SOHP Communications Intern Charlotte Eure 

As an archival assistant for the Latino Migration Project and with a personal history of moving to the US from Venezuela at nine years old with her family, Maria Silvia Ramirez's life and work meet at a transformative intersection. The challenges of creating bilingual metadata and navigating new software to manage the digital archive of immigrant oral histories coincide with powerful reflections on the individuals interviewed and their journeys long after her work is done. Maria hopes that the New Roots: Voices from Carolina del Norte project and the launch of the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces website in conjunction with the SOHP and University Libraries will help to bridge the sense of division in American culture that positions Latinos as other. By creating better accessibility to the stories of immigrants, Maria believes that a greater understanding can develop across cultural lines.

Join Maria and the rest of the New Roots team at the upcoming reception on Wednesday, February 24th; see below for details.

You're Invited: New Roots/Nuevas Raíces Reception
Please join us at the reception in celebration of the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces website! This digital archive and information system is a joint effort between the Latino Migration Project, SOHP, and University Libraries under the direction of Dr. Hannah Gill. It's a fully bilingual platform for sharing the oral history interviews collected as part of the New Roots: Voices from Carolina del Norte project, which focuses on stories of migration, settlement, and integration in North Carolina.

The reception will be held on Wednesday, February 24th at the FedEx Global Education Center at UNC Chapel Hill; check out the Facebook event for more details. We hope to see you there!
Good News from the SOHP Family

The National Endowment for the Humanities recently did a Q&A with SOHP director Malinda Maynor Lowery about her upcoming book, The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle, for which she received their Public Scholar grant! Check it out here.

Field scholar Taylor Livingston was featured in the December 2015 issue of Chapel Hill Magazine, discussing her work on the women's history walking tour of UNC Chapel Hill's campus. The tour is titled "Digging In Our Heels, Angels On Campus" and will be offered on March 4th at 3:00PM. Learn more about UNC's Priceless Gem tours here, and read the write-up in Chapel Hill Magazine here.

Finally, a big congratulations to Park Cannon, a Class of 2014 UNC graduate and recent SOHP interviewee, for her election to the Georgia House of Representatives! Park is now the youngest queer woman of color to take office in the Georgia State House. Check back soon to listen to her interview. 

Have good news to share? Email us at and we'll feature it in our monthly newsletter and on our website.
The Town of Carrboro Oral History Project

SOHP is excited to announce that we're partnering with the Town of Carrboro on a new oral history project! The project aims to capture 4 to 8 interviews per year, to be archived on the Town's website for viewing and listening by the public. To complete this work, they're seeking 4-5 volunteers to conduct interviews. Interested in volunteering? Learn more and fill out the form here. And stay tuned for more information on this ongoing collaboration!
Press Record Episode 2: "Back Ways: Understanding Segregation in the Rural South"

The second episode of the SOHP podcast, Press Record, went live today! In honor of Black History Month, the second episode of our podcast features the SOHP's ongoing project on Back Ways. As you'll hear, Back Ways, or black roads, were paths African Americans used during the Jim Crow era to avoid potentially violent interaction with whites. In this episode, you'll hear a conversation between two American Studies scholars, Seth Kotch and Kimber Thomas, discussing the project; you'll hear from Darius Scott and Betsy Olson, two Geography scholars at UNC, about how oral history helps geographers map the rural South; and you'll hear advice from historian Ashley Farmer on how to find back ways out of difficult moments during interviews. Check it out on our website, on Soundcloud, and on iTunes!
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