How do scholars become fascinated by their subjects and what is it like when they make a new discovery? How does the process of research, analysis, writing, and teaching change their perspectives of the world? Join Professor Jocelyn Olcott of Duke University for a discussion of her new book and about her journey as a scholar of transnational women’s history. Olcott appears as a part of the Conversations with Scholars series presented by the Southwest Regional branch of the Durham County Library and the National Humanities Center.
North Carolina: The New American Heartland is a multi-dimensional initiative—highlighted by a three-day gathering on September 27–29, 2017—enlisting scholars, artists, journalists, educators, policy experts, activists, community leaders, and others to critically consider North Carolina’s role as a bellwether for the nation. Through the lenses of food, music, and storytelling, the conference will provide a forum for examining the state’s complex and myriad cultural identities and for exploring how the arts and humanities can help us better understand and face our shared challenges.
Mapping the American Experience is a collaboration between the National Humanities Center and central North Carolina school districts to create professional development training for K–12 educators on the use of geographic information system (GIS) technology in teaching and scholarship. With a focus on geoliteracy skills as they apply to the humanities, each training session will support the integration and application of Esri GIS services to curriculum and classroom. This institute will focus on the integration and application of GIS tools for teachers new to the field as well as those experienced with GIS technology.
Featuring the work of artists Diego Camposeco, Aaron Canipe, Jing Niu, and Jina Valentine, “Melt with Ruth” offers a mix of two-dimensional works and experimental videos exploring notions of home, identity, geography, and sense of place in North Carolina. The show takes its title from the lesser-quoted phrase that follows “Look homeward Angel” in John Milton’s poem “Lycidas,” which Asheville author Thomas Wolfe appropriated for his classic 1929 autobiographical novel Look Homeward, Angel: “Look homeward Angel now, and melt with ruth.” The exhibit is presented as part of North Carolina: The New American Heartland.