1. In Dreaming of Dixie, Karen Cox shows that the chief purveyors of this constructed nostalgia for the Old South were outsiders of the region, especially advertising agencies, musicians, publishers, radio personalities, writers, and filmmakers playing to consumers' anxiety about modernity by marketing the South as a region still dedicated to America's pastoral traditions. Dr. Cox examines how southerners themselves embraced the imaginary romance of the region's past. Only with the pervasiveness of television did views of the South begin to change, as news coverage of the civil rights movement brought images of violence, protest, and conflict in the South into people's living rooms.

    Introduction by W. Fitzhugh Brundage, William Umstead Distinguished Professor of History, UNC-CH

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  2. Memoirist Ellis Anderson spoke on her book, Under Surge, Under Siege: The Odyssey of Bay St. Louis and Katrina (University Press of Mississippi, 2010), which in compelling, at times riveting prose, takes readers into the heart of Hurricane Katrina in this small Mississippi town. In addition to a riveting personal account of survival, her book also looks at the aftermath of the storm, chronicling the first three years of recovery. Under Surge, Under Siege received the 2010 Eudora Welty Book Award and the Mississippi Librarians' Association Award for Creative Nonfiction.

    Ms. Anderson was introduced by Gavin Smith, the Executive Director of the UNC Center for the Study of Natural Hazards and Disasters. Dr. Smith’s new book, Planning for Post Disaster Recovery: A Review of the United States Disaster Assistance Framework, will be published by Island Press.

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  3. Professor Ammerman will present Food in the South: Health, Happiness and the Economy. She will explore the multiple roles of food in the lives of southerners, ranging from family and social connections and celebrations to the foundations of a transitioning agricultural economy. Participants will share their views about the role of local sustainable food systems and whether all NC citizens can benefit from this rapidly developing this rapidly evolving development.

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Hutchins Lectures Fall 2011

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The Center for the Study of the American South brings scholars from across the nation to UNC-Chapel Hill for its Hutchins Lectures Series on southern arts and letters.

The Hutchins Lectures are generously funded by the Hutchins Family Foundation


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The Center for the Study of the American South brings scholars from across the nation to UNC-Chapel Hill for its Hutchins Lectures Series on southern arts and letters.

The Hutchins Lectures are generously funded by the Hutchins Family Foundation with in-kind support from the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence.

For information about the Center, including past Hutchins Lectures, please visit uncsouth.org.

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