Glenn Hinson gives keynote at Communities of Song Conference

Glenn Hinson will give the keynote address, “Signifying Style: Ecologies of Social Critique in African American Poetics” at the upcoming Department of Music conference: “Communities of Song: Performing Sung Poetry in the Modern World. The keynote address will be at 3:45 p.m. on April 2 in the Person Recital Hall followed by a reception at Top of the Hill.

Organizers of the conference hope to convene a conversation about sung poetry not only for its poetics but for its association with social memory. By singing poems, musicians and other social agents transform poetry into cultural performances. Repertories of sung poetry frequently play a critical role at moments of community formation, be these collective national, ethnic, postcolonial, or otherwise. In practice, sung poetry is instrumental for social action as well as for marking and sculpting geography.

To find out more visit the conference website.

Marcie Ferris, Sharon Holland, and Katy Clune on WUNC!

If you missed it yesterday, Marcie, Sharon, and Katy appeared on WUNC’s The State of Things to discuss this weekend’s State of the Plate conference. Listen here!

And State of the Plate kicks off on March 27 at the FedEx Global Education Center. Featuring a keynote address by James Beard Award nominee and chef Vivian Howard, State of the Plate will explore the historic, aesthetic and political connections between our local and global food systems and movements.

Lam, a dish of sour pork sausage and crunchy fried rice. Photo by Katy Klune.

Lam, a dish of sour pork sausage and crunchy fried rice. Photo by Katy Klune.

State of the Plate Gathering

The State of the Plate: Food and the Local-Global Nexus, happening this Friday and Saturday at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium, will bring together students, faculty, independent scholars, entrepreneurs, local organizations and community members to share current research, initiatives and insights that explore the history, aesthetics and contemporary politics of food from our local worlds in North Carolina to the global U.S. South.

This interdisciplinary gathering will consider implications and connections between the changing food worlds of the U.S. South and the inter-connected global environment we share. To find out more information visit the Center for Global Initiatives.

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Marcie Ferris in the New York Times!

The New York Times has noticed that there are a lot of women growing, canning, preserving, cooking, and brewing in North Carolina:

Women run the state’s pre-eminent pasture-raised meat and organic produce distribution businesses and preside over its farmers’ markets. They influence food policy and lead the state’s academic food studies. And each fall, the state hosts the nation’s only retreat for women in the meat business.

Of course they reached out to Marcie Ferris, author of a number of studies of food and culture, most recently The Edible South, published late last year by UNC Press. Give it a read here.

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.