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.
In the spirit of collaboration and diversity, the Center promotes the interdisciplinary study of the New South through collaboration between UNC Charlotte faculty, the broader world of scholars, and the Charlotte community. Appropriately located in Charlotte, one of the most dynamic and culturally-rich urban centers in the New South, the Center celebrates the interconnectedness of the arts, history, culture, literature, politics and social movements emerging from one of the most vibrant features in the American landscape.
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Karen L. Cox, associate professor in the History Department and author of the recently published book Dreaming of Dixie: How the South was Created in American Popular Culture (UNC Press, 2011), was featured in The New York Times on September 17, 2011. Her op-ed, "The South Ain't Just Whistlin' Dixie," intelligently discusses the intersection of reality TV and Southern stereotypes against a backdrop of the complex and changing dynamics that characterize today's South.
Read the op-ed at NYTimes.com.
Dr.Jeffrey B. Leak, Director
Ctr. for the Study of the New South
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223