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The Center for the Study of the New South in UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences promotes discourse and dialogue on a rich and diverse constellation of topics and ideas relating to the New South.  Known as the period of regional history from the end of the Civil War to the modern era, the New South offers a bold tapestry of history, culture, social movements, and political issues ripe for reflection and study.

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News and Events for 2014-15

Soul Food: A Contemporary And Historical Exploration of New South Food

Soul Food Adrian Miller event

Foodies, farmers, educators and advocates will explore “farm to table” and sustainability questions during a community discussion of “Soul Food: A Contemporary And Historical Exploration of New South Food” on Thursday, October 2 at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. Ninth St.

The event is presented by UNC Charlotte’s Center for the Study of the New South. Sponsors are Chartwells UNC Charlotte, the Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund and the American Studies Program at UNC Charlotte. The day includes panel discussions at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and culminates with a 6 p.m. talk by James Beard Award winner Adrian Miller, author of “SOUL FOOD: The Surprising Story of American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time.” A reception and a book signing follow Miller’s talk.

There is no charge for the sessions, but reservations are required by emailing jleak@uncc.edu.


Real Talk: Community Conversation on Why the Black American Male Still Matters


The third in a yearlong series of candid community conversations on the relevance of the American black male in the 21st century will focus on Color, Culture and Cash: Realities and Fallacies of Employment and Economic Equity. The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 30 at 6 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City. UNC Charlotte’s Center for the Study of the New South is presenting the free series, titled “Real Talk: A Community Conversation – The Black American Male and Why He Still Matters in the 21st Century.” RSVPs go to ralbert2@uncc.edu or 704-687-0085.

The panelists for the October 30 conversation are:

  • Dr. Patrick Graham, CEO, Urban League of Central Carolinas;
  • Eric Watson, President and CEO, Carolinas MSDC;
  • Kevin Henry, EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, Extended Stay America, Inc.;
  • Brian Willis, Chair of Economic Empowerment, 100 Black Men of America.

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Dr.Jeffrey B. Leak, Director
Ctr. for the Study of the New South
Fretwell 280D
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: 704-687-2708
jleak@uncc.edu