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Anniversary Event Schedule


Thursday, April 11

5 p.m.
Welcome Reception, Cocktails and Authors, Sonja Haynes Stone Center

  • Featuring Alumni & Faculty Book, CD, and Record Signing

6:30 p.m.
Maness Lecture featuring Tift Merritt, Sonja Haynes Stone Center

  • The Maness Lecture, held annually, celebrates exceptional artists, writers and scholars in American Studies. This year’s lecture welcomes several Tar Heel alumni that have gone on to prolific song-writing and musical careers, and will feature a panel discussion moderated by Tift Merritt, musical performances and more.


Friday, April 12

10 a.m.
American Studies Forum, Sonja Haynes Stone Center

  • Join us for TED talk style conversations with our graduate students and faculty on their latest research and discoveries, as well as on the history of all our programs.

12:30 – 2 p.m.
Foodways of the South Lunch, Sonja Haynes Stone Center

  • Featuring “Your Tar Heel American Studies Story” Oral History Booth
  • Student and Faculty Exhibits
  • Local, southern cuisine

3 p.m.
Anniversary Tours (will have to select one)

Souls Grown Deep Collection Tour led by Bernie Herman, Ackland Art Museum

  • In 2017, UNC acquired a number of significant works of art  from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, which holds the largest and foremost collection of contemporary art from the African-American South. Join Bernie Herman, George B. Tindall Professor of Southern Studies, for an exclusive tour of these special pieces.

Southern Folklife Collection Tour led by Steve Weiss, Wilson Library

  • Join Steve Weiss, Curator of the Southern Folklife Collection, for a personal behind-the-scenes tour of UNC’s Special Collections at Wilson Library.

Arts Everywhere Self-Guided Tour

  • Arts Everywhere collaborates with diverse partners to embed the arts into daily life at Carolina through creative and cutting-edge programs that promote artistic expression, live arts experiences, and learning through the arts.

7 p.m.
Artist & Art Educator Lonnie Holley, Caldwell Family Artist-in-Residence, Public Performance, Ackland Art Museum

  • Lonnie Bradley Holley is an African-American artist and art educator. His art and music, born out of struggle, hardship, but perhaps more importantly, out of furious curiosity and biological necessity, has manifested itself in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and sound. His work is now in collections of major museums throughout the country, on permanent display in the United Nations, and been displayed in the White House Rose Garden. Join us for a special concert and public talk at the Ackland Art Museum.