NC Heartland Registration

North Carolina:
The New American Heartland

September 27–29, 2017

Event Registration

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Heartland events at the National Humanities Center are presented with only a nominal registration fee to cover attendee meals each day. Single day registration is $15/person. Registration for all three days is $30. Please register for all sessions you plan to attend.

Key:   Foodways    Storytelling    Music

NOTE: Separate registration is required for the Wednesday, September 27 screening of “Bright Leaves” at Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus. Seating is limited; reserve your seats here.

To purchase tickets for performances by Mykki Blanco with ZenSoFly (Thursday, September 28) and/or Jake Xerxes Fussell & Nathan Bowles with House and Land and Trío Huracán Hidalguense (Friday, September 29), please visit

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at the National Humanities Center
11:00 a.m. Welcome / Opening Remarks – Robert D. Newman
11:30 a.m. “North Carolina Foodways” – Marcie Cohen Ferris
12:00 p.m. “Welcome Home” Lunch – presented by US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Raleigh Field Office
1:00 p.m. “Immigration and Evolving Southern Cuisine” – Tom Hanchett and Krishnendu Ray. Moderator: Sara Wood
2:15 p.m. “Healthy Ever After” – Nation Hahn, Beth Hopping, Linden Thayer
3:30 p.m. “Local Seafood Stories” – Karen Amspacher, Sean Dimin, Baxter Miller, Ryan Stancil. Moderator: Keia Mastrianni
6:30 p.m. at the Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus
Screening: Bright Leaves (2003), hosted by Tom Rankin and Wesley Hogan; including a post-screening discussion with director Ross McElwee. Reserve Seats

Thursday, September 28, 2017

1:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. at the National Humanities Center
1:00 p.m. Remarks – The Honorable James B. Hunt
1:30 p.m. “Resistance, Protest, and Activism in North Carolina Music” – Shirlette Ammons, Mykki Blanco, Will Boone, Grayson Haver Currin, Tina Haver Currin, Pierce Freelon, ZenSoFly. Moderator: Allison Hussey
3:00 p.m. Storytelling / Readings – Dasan Ahanu, Allan Gurganus, Malinda Maynor Lowery
4:00 p.m. “Storytelling and Sense of Place in North Carolina” – Dasan Ahanu, Allan Gurganus, Malinda Maynor Lowery. Moderator: Michelle Lanier
5:00 p.m. Dinner / Performance – Food: Jefferson Currie / Music: Mangum & Company
8:00 p.m. at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC
Concert: Raise Up (Hip-Hop Beyond Binaries) featuring Mykki Blanco with ZenSoFly Buy Tickets

Friday, September 29, 2017

9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the National Humanities Center
9:30 a.m. Storytelling / Readings – Paul Cuadros, Michelle Dove, Jill McCorkle
10:30 a.m. “Storytelling and Sense of Place in North Carolina” – Paul Cuadros, Michelle Dove, Jill McCorkle. Moderator: Robert D. Newman
11:30 a.m. Lunch and Public Discussions: “Black Lunch Table: The People’s Table” – Organizer: Jina Valentine / Catering: Saltbox Seafood (Chef Ricky Moore) Sign Up
1:45 p.m. “The Changing Identities and Perceptions of North Carolina Music and Musicians” – Nathan Bowles, Jefferson Currie, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Mary Lattimore, representatives of Girls Rock NC. Moderator: Samuel Byrd
3:00 p.m. “Visual Storytelling and Sense of Place in North Carolina” – Aaron Canipe, Jing Niu, Jina Valentine. Moderator: Brendan Greaves
4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks – Robert D. Newman
4:30 p.m. Reception / Performance – Music: Mary Lattimore
8:00 p.m. at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC
Concert: Roots Uprooted (North Americana String Bands in North Carolina) featuring Jake Xerxes Fussell and Nathan Bowles, House and Land, Trío Huracán Hidalguense Buy Tickets

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Black Lunch Table Registration

To maintain the integrity and structure of the project, participation in Friday’s Black Lunch Table requires separate registration. Those conference participants who wish to participate must register and complete a very simple questionnaire. Participation is not mandatory, although it is an important and interesting project and we strongly encourage this. Those who do not register for the project can simply enjoy lunch. Sign Up