Presidents, Politics and Power: American Presidents Who Shaped the 20th Century

The Carrboro Cybrary and Carrboro Recreation & Parks present “Presidents, Politics & Power: American Presidents Who Shaped the 20th Century.” Each week we will be viewing a film that provides a presidential biography and opens up a discussion of our nation’s leaders.  The presidents included in the series are: Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.  Following each film, Dr. David Zonderman, a history professor at NC State, will lead us in discussion and answer questions.  You can pick up a packet of short essays at the Cybrary that will help inform the discussion.  Come learn about the impact of past presidents before voting in a new one this year.  This program is made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Preview the series by viewing the first video online via NC Live!  Log in to NC Live from the Cybrary’s website and go to the new NC Live Media Collection.  Click on TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt, Parts 1 & 2. Then, come join us in the Century Center for another viewing and discussion on Monday, January 28th.

Mondays 9:00-11:00am
Januay 28 -- March 3
Carrboro Century Center


Monday, January 28, 2008 - 4:00am to 6:00am


Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St.

We lost another great one: Dan Okun

I don't think I ever met him but Daniel Okun's name often came up whenever you heard about activism around the environment, peace, or civil rights. Okun passed away on Monday. He was 90.

He also has left us a wonderful legacy through the next generation of his family, many of whom are great activists in their own right. My thoughts go out to the whole Okun clan. The entire community truly benefited from Okun's long tenure in Chapel Hill and we fortunate to have him with as long as we did.

Buy Nothing Day & Lisa Garmon dedication

On Friday, 23 Nov 2007, Internationalist Books & Community Center will host Buy Nothing Day. Popular media call the Friday after Thanksgiving "Black Friday" because retail sales are huge. In response, many community centers have offered a Buy Nothing Day alternative. Instead of hoping to find happiness in materialism, they hope to remind people that some amazing things can be free (or shared, or passed on): skills, knowledges, friendship, conversation, food, etc.

Internationalist Books will sell nothing on Friday, but we will be open for open workshops and skillshares, 11am-4pm. On the front patio, we will have a table of nicely used clothes for trade/giveaway/additional donations. From 12noon-5pm, we will host a potluck. Please stop by the store and bring used clothing, food, family, friends, and yourself.

At 4pm, we will officially dedicate our Lending Library to long-time activist and supporter Lisa Garmon. We share wonderful memories of her, and she indelibly changed the lives of many in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and UNC. Please join us for our dedication to her life, her work, and her honor.

The Politics of Public Memory at UNC, in Orange County, and in North Carolina

A week from today (11/16), newly reelected council member Sally Greene (congrats, Sally!!) and I will host a day-long conference at UNC that returns attention to the oft-debated question of how we remember, and why we continue to honor, some of our most checkered ancestors.

The ancestor in question is Thomas Ruffin, the pride of Hillsborough and of UNC (and of the state generally). Ruffin was Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court for most of the three decades leading up to the Civil War and a UNC trustee for 42 years. Scholars have placed him on par with John Marshall as a jurist. There's a dormitory that bears his name on the UNC campus, and his imposing statue guards the front door to the North Carolina Court of Appeals building in Raleigh.

"Free Men" Reunion Recalls Chapel Hill Desegregation

Participants in and witnesses to desegregation protests that rocked Chapel Hill in the 1960s will speak in a free public program at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 8 in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Wilson Library.

They will recall their experiences and celebrate republication of John Ehle's “The Free Men,” a landmark book about the era that was first released in 1965. Winston-Salem publisher Press 53 reissued the book in February. Ehle will participate in the UNC program with:



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