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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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Events

2015

2014

  • October 2, Soul Food: A Contemporary And Historical Exploration of New South Food
  • February 19, Soul Food: A Contemporary and Historical Exploration of New South Food

2013

  • November 5, Hard Hits: Concussion and the Modern Athlete
  • Aug 27: 49ers Football: The Impact on Town and Gown to Explore Newest Sport

Fall 2012

Without Sanctuary Conference

The Center for the Study of the New South, in collaboration with the Levine Museum of the New South, issued a call for papers related to lynching in America and the South in particular, with abstracts due by June 1, 2012. The exhibit of lynching photographs, Without Sanctuary, will be at the Levine Museum of the New South in October 2012.   Those who submitted abstracts will be notified  by July 1, 2012.  Just recently, the Center received funding support from the North Carolina Humanities Council.

The conference will be held at UNC Charlotte Center City at 320 E. 9th St. and the Levine Museum of the New South at 200 East 7th St (October 11-13).   For more information about the conference contact Jeffrey Leak, Director of the Center for the Study of the New South.

Fall 2011

Charlotte, The New South, and the Democratic Convention

The Center for the Study of the New South, in collaboration with J. Murrey Atkins Library, will convene a panel discussion on Charlotte, The New South, and the Democratic Convention on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, in Atkins 125 (First Floor) at 3:00. Panel members are contributors to Charlotte, NC, The Global Evolution of a New South City (University of Georgia Press 2010), edited by William Graves and Heather Smith.  The participants are: 
  • Dr. Owen Furuseth
  • Dr. Bill Graves
  • Dr. Stephen Smith (Winthrop University)
  • Professor David Walters. 
Dr. Heather Smith will serve as moderator.
 

Spring 2009

On Thursday, April 14 at 6:00 PM at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St., UNC Charlotte’s Center for the Study of the New South presents: Nell Irvin Painter, the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University, and author of "The History of White People." This event will be followed by a book signing and reception. Books will be available for sale. Free and open to the public. Complimentary event parking is available after 5:00 PM in the Seventh Street Station parking deck located next to the museum. If an attendant is on duty, please advise you are attending a museum event. You will be handed a ticket to be presented and validated at the museum. For more information about visiting the Levine Museum of the New South, go to the museum website.

Dr. Glenda E. Gilmore, the Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Chair in History at Yale University, presented a lecture on "The Nazis and Dixie" from her book Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950. The lecture was co-sponsored and hosted by the Levine Museum of the New South.

Dr. Robert Smith, formerly of the Africana Studies Department, UNC Charlotte, gave a lecture based on his new book Race and Power: Re-examing the Landmark Supreme Court Decision Griggs v. Duke Power (LSU Press).

Fall 2008

Dr. Derek H. Alderman, East Carolina University Professor of Geography, delivered a lecture at the Levine Museum of the New South entitled "New South or Same Old South: The Politics of Naming Streets after Martin Luther King."

Spring 2008

The Opening of the Center for the History of the New South

Featured a lecture by Dr. William Link, Richard Milbauer Professor at the University of Florida and author of Righteous Warrior: Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism (2008)

February
Dr. Sonya Ramsey, UNC Charlotte History Department “The Best That We Could Give:” Recollections and Reflections on the Lives of Southern Teachers” a discussion of Reading, Writing and Segregation: A Century of Black Women Teachers in Nashville (University of Illinois Press, 2008)

March
Dr. Karen L. Cox, UNC Charlotte History Department, “Selling Moonlight and Magnolias: The South in Advertising,1890-1940”

April
Lecture by Dr. John David Smith,Charles H. Stone Professor, UNC Charlotte History Department

Lecture by Dr. Bill Graves, UNC Charlotte Geography and Earth Sciences Department

Contact Us

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