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Author of "The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists" Presents Program


How have southern writers and artists used stories to shape the way Americans think and talk about the South? Find out how storytelling has become tied to southern identity during the program History à la Carte: Voices of Writers and Artists on Wednesday, March 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Bring your lunch to this informal lecture presented by William R. Ferris, Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History and senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-Chapel Hill. Admission is free. Beverages are provided. 

For over 40 years, Ferris has conducted one-on-one interviews with southern and southern-inspired creators — from Eudora Welty, Pete Seeger and Alice Walker to William Eggleston, Bobby Rush and C. Vann Woodward. He drew from these interviews for his book The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists. Using photographs, recordings and a short documentary film, Ferris will highlight several writers and artists during the March 9 program.

In addition, Ferris will discuss how artists represented in the exhibit Southern Impressions: Paintings From the James-Farmer Collection deepen our understanding of North Carolina and the American South. Hear about Tar Heel artist Maud Gatewood and others whose work appears in the exhibit.

Be sure to see Southern Impressions, which takes you on a historical journey that explores the cultural heritage, dramatic landscapes and diverse peoples that have shaped the South and the southern experience. The variety of paintings by native-born and visiting artists captures their unique reflections of the South from 1820 through 1950. The exhibit features 40 loaned paintings from the collection of Dr. Everette James and Dr. Nancy Farmer, of Chapel Hill, alongside museum artifacts. Admission is free for this exhibit on view through July 4.

Using an exhibit guide accessible by cell phone, you can hear some of Ferris’ recordings featured throughout Southern Impressions. Dial 919-589-4433 and select from stops 1 through 11.

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