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"Fourth World War" - Movie Night at Internationalist Books

Come out and watch the documentary "The Fourth World War," a film about the struggle of poor and working-class people all over the globe who must battle both large corporations and oppressive governments in order to survive and win basic human rights. Filmed in the streets of Mexico, Korea, Argentina, Palestine, Quebec City, and other locations all over the world, this is an emotional and very politicized look at glaring injustice and the emerging movements that seek to combat it.

(Excerpt from the film)
We walked and these moments changed us. We saw the buildings burning and the pain in our neighbor’s eyes. We rushed bayonets in the mountain and lines of police in the city.

We were touched by too much death. We loved and felt alive. We heard the echo of our word in other voices. We watched the moon rise over the barricades.

We were wounded by the courage of small children. This is not the whole story or the only story.

It is an introduction to some of the people with whom we share this planet.

A much greater story remains to be told. A story that we will write together.

 

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Date: 

Thursday, January 27, 2011 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Internationalist Books and Community Center, 405 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

Local Histories exhibit - opening reception

This is a great temporary use for what some of you think of as The Old Chapel Hill Museum, although it's still The Old Chapel Hill Library to me.  It's an exhibit curated by UNC professor elin o'Hara slavick about the meaning of place.  The show opens January 28 and runs through April 28th with special events on February 11th, March 18th, and April 4th. 

Read on or visit their web site to learn more...

Local Histories: The Ground We Walk On”

an exhibition of over 50 artists from across the U.S. exploring Alfredo Jaar’s idea that “place can not be global,” curated by artist elin o’Hara slavick + art historian Carol Magee

January 28 – April 29, 2011

OPENING RECEPTION: February 11, 5-9pm

523 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 USA (the old Chapel Hill Museum)

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 2-7pm; Saturday 12-7pm; closed Sunday + Monday

Performances by Cathy McLaurin, Neill Prewitt and Lance Winn March 18, 7pm

Mildred’s Lane Goes Elsewhere: a collaboration between artist J. Morgan Puett and Elsewhere, a living museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, a conversation, April 4, 7pm

Artists: Alexis Bravos, Lauren F. Adams, Sophia Allison, Dave Alsobrooks, Patricia Bellan-Gillen, Erik Benjamins, Joshua Bienko, Lynn Bregman Blass, Molly Brewer, Ian Brownlee, Ann Chwatsky, María DeGuzmán, Lee Delegard, Travis Donovan, Jordan Essoe, Ashley Florence, Matthew Garcia, Gail Goers, Heather Gordon,  Michael Gurganus, Elizabeth Hull, Brett Hunter, Michelle Illuminato, Michael Itkoff, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Ann Pegelow Kaplan, Susan Alta Martin, Mario Marzan, Cathy McLaurin, Morgan Muhs, Shaw Osha, Lillian Outterbridge, Freddie Outterbridge, Allyson Packer, Jessica Almy-Pagán, John Douglas Powers, Neill Prewitt, Susanne Slavick, Leah Sobsey, Spectres of Liberty, Tracy Spencer, Cici Stevens, Mary Carter Taub, Julie Thomson, Montana Torrey, Paul Valadez, Jeff Waites, Michael Webster, Cathy Weiss, Amy White, Ripley Whiteside, Lance Winn, Denis Wood 

Date: 

Friday, February 11, 2011 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

523 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

The Battle Against Poverty: Writing a History of the North Carolina Fund

Program with Robert Korstad and James Leloudis
Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010
Wilson Special Collections Library
5 p.m. Reception and viewing of exhibit The Poor Among Us, North Carolina Collection Gallery
5:45 p.m. Program, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 962-4207

Robert Korstad and James Leloudis will discuss their newly published history To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America. The fund was launched in 1963 by Governor Terry Sanford as a way to combat poverty and social inequality in the state.

Korstad is professor of public policy and history at Duke University. Leloudis is professor of history and associate dean of honors at UNC.

The program complements a two-part Wilson Library exhibit:

  • The Poor Among Us: Photography of Poverty in North Carolina is on view in the North Carolina Collection Gallery (2nd floor) through September 30.
  • Communities in Action is on view in the Southern Historical Collection (4th floor) through October 16.

 

Date: 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill

Library and Museum

Another bit of woolgathering speculation, this time prompted by headlines about the closing of the Chapel Hill Museum and letters linking it with the funding voted for library exansion as an either-or choice. 

In the town where I grew up, one room of the library was devoted to town history, a full gallery of maps, artifacts, letters, photos, etc.  In the process of visiting libraries for some academic research, I discovered that many town libraries house town-history collections of varying scope, often showcased around the building if not featured in a specific room.

Ashley Osment, y'all

This weekend, Chapel Hill lost one of the best human beings I've ever met. Ashley Osment was a civil rights lawyer, a mother, a musician, and a friend to many.  She was always an inspiration to me as a woman who didn't just balance community activism with parenthood but truly integrated the two, and succeeded at both fantastically.  She was so brave that after her ovarian cancer returned (with a vengeance), she responded in part writing a column in the Chapel Hill News about her experience. She knew she was dying.

A truly wonderful obituary (by Ashley's husband Al McSurely) is posted at the blog of Curmilus Dancy. I excerpt some of it below.  I also recommend the profile of her published in The Carrboro Citizen in March. The public is invited to a memorial service for Ashley on Wednesday at 11:00 am at Chapel Hill Bible Church.

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