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“Telling Our Stories of Home” at UNC

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Telling Our Stories of Home: Exploring and Celebrating Changing African and African Diaspora Communities

Event Location
Varies: UNC Campus and Wallace Plaza

March 31st-April 8th, 2016

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“Telling Our Stories of Home” festival explores meaning of ‘home’ for African and African diaspora communities
Free panels, workshops, films, and performances will take place March 31-April 2 and April 6-8

A festival on March 31-April 2 and April 6-8 will bring national and international scholars, activists, and performers to the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to discuss the meaning of home in African and African diaspora communities.

“Telling Our Stories of Home: Exploring and Celebrating Changing African and African Diaspora Communities” is the brainchild of two faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences —Tanya Shields, associate professor of women’s and gender studies, and Kathy Perkins, professor of dramatic art. They were awarded a Humanities in the Public Square grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the project.

Events will primarily take place at The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.

War, globalization, gentrification, environmental catastrophe and incarceration offer layered meanings of “home” for women across the globe. “Telling Our Stories of Home” provides a platform for these women to engage in storytelling across national boundaries. 

Artists and scholars from countries as diverse as India, Grenada, Brazil and Rwanda will participate in panel discussions, film discussions, workshops and performances. The inaugural reading of the play, “Torn Asunder”, based on the book “Help Me to Find My People” by former UNC faculty member Heather Andrea Williams, will be among the highlights. 

Participants will address the following questions:
• What is home in the lives of these women?
• How is home shaped by exile, incarceration, war, stress, anxiety or climate change?
• How do we belong to our homes, if our experiences have been erased, marginalized or misrepresented?

The festival is made possible through collaboration with various community and campus partners including the Marian Cheek Jackson Center in Chapel Hill, the Durham Arts Council, the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, the Chancellor’s, Provost’s and Dean’s Offices, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, the Center for Global Initiatives and more.

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