Southern Food, Southern Music at Mama Dip’s

Students in UNC’s Southern Music (History 571/Folklore 571) had the pleasure of sharing a class on
“Southern Music and Food” over breakfast at Mama Dip’s Kitchen in Chapel Hill recently.
The class opened with a brief lecture by William Ferris that included selections by Bob Wills (“That’s What I Like About the South”), Bo Carter (“Banana in Your Fruit Basket”), Tony Joe White (“Polk Salad Annie”), Big Bill Lister (“RC Cola and Moon Pie”), and Goodie Mob (“Soul Food”).
Mildred "Mama Dip" Council

Mildred “Mama Dip” Council describes the history of her iconic restaurant.

The highlight of the class was a presentation by Mildred “Mama Dip” Council who explained how she created the restaurant and the ties of food and music she remembered growing up in rural North Carolina. The class concluded with a performance of “Amazing Grace” by Mary D. Williams, a student in the class.

Call for Proposals: “State of the Plate” Local/Global Foodways Conference

The Center for Global Initiatives at UNC-Chapel Hill will host “The State of The Plate: Food and the Local-Global Nexus,” a conference on foodways and the global south, March 27-28, 2015. They have issued a call for proposals that will remain open until November 15.

The conference will take place at the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Among the event chairs is Marcie Cohen Ferris, associate professor in the Department of American Studies.

Professor John Kasson’s new book reviewed in “The Atlantic” and other media!

Congratulations to Professor John Kasson! His new book The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America was recently reviewed in The Atlantic. Read the review here.

In addition to its review in The Atlantic, you can read reviews for The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Weekly Standard, and Newsday.

Professor Cobb’s Contributions to Two Volumes to be Published This Summer!

Congratulations to Professor Dan Cobb, who will have contributions to two edited volumes, Beyond Two Worlds (SUNY Press) and Native Diasporas (University of Nebraska Press), published this summer.  The chapters are drawn from his ongoing research on the life and work of Flathead author and activist D’Arcy McNickle and the the international context of Native activism, respectively.