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  • Novel Sounds II: American Fiction in the Age of Rock and Roll

Novel Sounds II: American Fiction in the Age of Rock and Roll

The second installment of the public program Novel Sounds: American Fiction in the Age of Rock and Roll will be held at the Center March 3, 2017. In conversations among another remarkable group of musicians, novelists, and scholars, we will explore the surprising reciprocity between the apparently irreverent form of rock and roll and serious literature. Novel Sounds II features panels on rock music’s roots in the ballad tradition as well as the influence of rock culture on contemporary fiction.

Friday, March 3, 2017 from 1:00–5:30 pm

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  • The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Oyster

The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Oyster

From the 1840s to 1910s, oysters flourished in the polluted estuaries of America's industrial cities. Their rise and collapse are equally astonishing. Today, oysters are once again on the menu. But what was once a staple of the urban working poor, grown within the city, has become a luxury, produced in rural places. The rise and fall of oysters is a microcosm of changes in food production and consumption in the modern era. It can teach us what people ate, where food was produced and how the city became a place solely for consumers.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Matthew Booker, North Carolina State University

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  • Vicious Vikings as Cultural Ambassadors

Vicious Vikings as Cultural Ambassadors

Popular sources present the Vikings as ruthless warriors yet also take great pains to portray their decorated weapons, jewelry, clothing, houses, and ships—that is, their art. In this talk Nancy Wicker will discuss the patrons who sponsored that art, the artisans who made the objects, and the men and women who used the works, at home in Scandinavia as well as across the diaspora where Vikings raided, traded, and settled, from the North Atlantic to Russia and beyond.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Nancy Wicker, University of Mississippi

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  • Triangle Digital Humanities Network Spring Colloquium and Reception

Triangle Digital Humanities Network Spring Colloquium and Reception

  • February 23, 2017

The National Humanities Center will host the Triangle Digital Humanities Network Spring Colloquium on April 7, 2017. The event will bring together digital humanists from the Triangle area to make connections and to learn about digital research currently underway in local graduate programs. The event will feature brief research presentations by area digital humanities graduate students and information about ongoing collaborative digital projects being conducted by the Center.

  • Spring 2017 America in Class<sup>®</sup> Webinars to Feature Sessions on Islam in America, John F. Kennedy, the Poetry of Rita Dove, More

Spring 2017 America in Class® Webinars to Feature Sessions on Islam in America, John F. Kennedy, the Poetry of Rita Dove, More

  • January 3, 2017

The National Humanities Center has announced its program of spring 2017 professional development webinars for humanities teachers covering a wide range of topics including the cultural history of Islam in America, television and the presidency of John F. Kennedy, understanding the Black Lives Matter movement in its historical context, the poetry of Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove, and cultivating philosophical thinking with students.

  • National Humanities Center to Partner with Vietnam National University to Develop Digital Learning Resources

National Humanities Center to Partner with Vietnam National University to Develop Digital Learning Resources

  • December 15, 2016

The NHC will partner with Vietnam National University in developing digital instructional resources that allow for a deeper understanding of the American Vietnamese War. This initiative, supported by a $175,000 grant from the Fostering Innovation through Research, Science, and Technology Project for Vietnam, will bring together a team of Vietnamese and American educators, scholars, and technology experts to create digital tools that examine the political, social, cultural, economic, and historical complexities surrounding the conflict.

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  • Tatiana Seijas, “Indigenous Trade in the Early Modern Southwest and Mexico”

Tatiana Seijas, “Indigenous Trade in the Early Modern Southwest and Mexico”

  • February 16, 2017

For centuries before the arrival of Europeans, trade routes connected the various peoples who lived throughout the American Southwest and Mexico, and trade among these groups remained an important source of economic vitality and cultural exchange even after the Spanish arrived in the sixteenth century. In later years, these routes formed the basis of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, connecting merchants and communities from Mexico City to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • Miguel La Serna, “The Rise and Fall of the Shining Path”

Miguel La Serna, “The Rise and Fall of the Shining Path”

  • February 1, 2017

Beginning as a small group of intellectual ideologues, the Shining Path grew to become a significant insurgency movement whose violent practices resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Peruvians in the late twentieth century. However, to understand the Shining Path's history and its influence, it is important to understand its origins and the motivations of the individuals who formed its leadership.

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  • Robert D. Newman, “Rage and Beauty: Celebrating Complexity, Democracy and the Humanities”

Robert D. Newman, “Rage and Beauty: Celebrating Complexity, Democracy and the Humanities”

  • January 18, 2017

On October 5, 2016, NHC director Robert D. Newman delivered a keynote address as a part of the ongoing Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Speaker Series at North Carolina Central University. ​In his remarks Newman touched on events as seemingly disparate as the workings of the Continental Congress and the social media origins of the Black Lives Matter movement and discussed the ways that the humanities help us understand the world, relate to one another, and come to terms with the most profound experiences and questions — on the nature of beauty, the search for justice, and the meaning of life in the face of horrific violence and our own mortality.

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